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Monarch Butterfly Rescue — 10-Days And He Is Still Around!

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the post as to how it all began on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

10-days in and he appears to be doing ‘OK’ — and Deanna has (thanks to Google) ascertained that it is a male. He gets put under a light during the day so that he gets heat. A few days ago we let him out. He can’t fly. He can hop around. He gets fruit and seems to be eating something. He doesn’t seem to be in distress.

I too did some research, albeit cursory. The damage to his wings was apparently not due to a mishap. Instead it is a parasitic disease that commonly attacks butterflies. Never knew that.

The lifespan of a non-migrating monarch butterfly is said to be 4 – 6 weeks. Longer for those that migrate. Don’t know what makes a monarch migratory.

4 – 6 weeks doesn’t seem that long. So, I am not sure whether our’s is already on borrowed time.

But, for now, he seems to be doing ‘OK’. I will keep you posted.

A different one.

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by Anura Guruge


Monarch Butterfly Rescue — Deanna’s New Project.

by Anura Guruge

She found it on the grass, on Sunday, at her sister’s ‘farm’ in Maine. It couldn’t fly. One of its wings looked ripped. Her sister picked it up and gave it to Deanna. It immediately made it self comfortable on her sweater. The rest is history. She decided that she is going to try and rescue it.

Her sister had hatched some butterflies over the Summer. She still had a plastic bottle all set-up for butterflies.

It was given sugar water, fruits etc. And then a flower. It seemed happy enough. We brought it home. That was 2-days ago.

It seems happy enough. It moves about and appears to be eating.

I know nothing about butterflies other than that they are pretty. I don’t even know how long they live. But, so far, so good. It is neat to have it in the kitchen.

I will try and keep you posted. I hope it hangs around for awhile.

A different one.

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by Anura Guruge


‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ & Dr. Elizabeth Ring — Very Impressed.

by Anura Guruge

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Braxton, our (rescue) Harrier, has had a real bad rash for some days now. We knew it was due to allergies but it was clear that he needed some heavy-duty prescription medication.

Busy time and I did not fancy a 40-minute (each-way) run to our usual (and trusted) vets in Pembroke. Though we do not travel that stretch of Rte 11 often we had seen ‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ a few times on the rare occasions we do sail by. Definitely closer. So, we called and made an appointment.

Sure glad we did. Very positive, uplifting experience from start-to-finish. Very friendly, very professional, very caring. All good. Decent (not outlandish) prices too. That was a bonus. I am sold. No reason to hike to Pembroke — and they, when required, will make house calls. That is good to know.

Very impressed with Dr. Ring. The epitome of what you expect a dream vet to be! She took her time. Let Braxton get used to her.

Braxton LIKED the place. Did not growl. Let them touch him. Never seen him that mellow and trusting with strangers. The place has good vibes. You can see that they have thought things out. The reception area is HUGE — very open and uncluttered. Puts dogs at ease. They can look around and see empty, unthreatening space. Very clever.

Well, you probably worked it out. Definitely two thumbs and two paws up. We will be going back — but, hopefully, not too soon and not too often.

But, if you need a local vet, sure give them a try. You will not regret it.

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by Anura Guruge

Your Quintessential 4-Legged Harrier — Tired From A 3.5 Mile Run.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. With a Sony a7 II.

Just saying ‘Aaahhh’ will suffice.

His name is ‘Braxton‘, he was a rescue and he is 5-years old.

Loves to run but it wears him out. Has to have his rest in the afternoon.

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Another Dramatic Sri Lankan Elephant Rescue — This Time From An Agricultural Well.

by Anura Guruge

Click here for the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.

This is the 3rd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 5 months!

Yes, we have a lot of elephants and water ….
But …. Hhhmmm.

At least this time they didn’t use firecrackers to frighten the ‘poor’ pachyderm!

As I have already stated in prior posts, we Sri Lankans have a special relationship with elephants.

So we will go to great lengths to save an elephant, PLUS elephants are valuable and precious commodities whether domesticated or wild.

I am proud. We did good again.

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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lankan’s Use Fireworks To Rescue Elephant That Fell Into A Canal!

by Anura Guruge

Click here for the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article.

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Few things of note here.

We Sri Lankans, as I have mentioned here often, have a special relationship with elephants. That has to be the first thing to take away from this story.

The second thing to take away is that we are very fond of fireworks and will find any excuse to use them.

Third, while we are noted for, and taking pride in, our sloth, we can be very resourceful.

This story captures all of that in one neat package.

This is the 2nd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 4 months!

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by Anura Guruge

My Good Deed Of The Day — Alpaca ‘Rescue’ In Wolfeboro, July 8, 2017

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

This was at the ‘Wolfeboro Craft Fair’, at around 1:15pm, on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the height of the quite powerful storm that rolled through. [That one picture, taken early on doesn’t tell the full story of the severity of that storm that lasted about 40 minutes.]

We were staying dry inside one of the three large tents when suddenly these two kids (in their late teens I reckon) burst in with two very soaked and pitifully bleating alpacas. It was quite dramatic and you could tell, immediately, that the alpacas were in distress. One flopped onto the ground the refused to budge. They were not happy.

Appears that the tent that they were under collapsed on top of the two alpacas which scared them no end — on top of the lightning, thunder and heavy rain. The ‘boy’ in charge (in the blue T-shirt in the above pictures) was ‘upset’ and doing his best to take good care of the alpacas and his drenched female helper. He was continually running out, into the storm, back to his mangled tent to retrieve sweatshirts for his companion, hay for the alpacas and towels.

He needed someone to hold onto the two alpacas while he rushed out and his helper was trying to get into her sweatshirt.

That is where I came in. He gave me very specific instructions that I must hold tight — hence why the reins are wrapped around my hand. They didn’t give me any trouble. Good as gold. They were scared. Reminded me of doctors in distress. Teischan took the three pictures of me with my Sony a6500. She did a good job.

When the rain abated they took them out and put them in a portable pen next to the collapsed tent. They were still soaked and not happy.

They took them home, to Belmont, in a trailer shortly after they managed to untangle and dismantle the tent. So, these two pictures are after the storm and you can see what happened to the tent. Despite the heavy winds and rain this was the only tent that collapsed. Others leaked, swayed and looked all set to get blown away but, in the end, stood their ground.

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by Anura Guruge

84 Abused Great Danes Shockingly Rescued From A Mansion In Wolfeboro, NH!

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the the U.S. ‘Humane Society’ Press Release.

WMUR TV Coverage.
Click here for access.

Location of the crime.

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Person: Christina Fay (60-years of age)

Name of business: De La Sang Monde Great Danes

Address: 149 Warren Sands Road, Wolfeboro, NH 

They have a Facebook page that is still up
— though people have started leaving appropriate comments!

Click to access and leave YOUR comments!

At least 8 dogs are already ready for adoption.
Use ‘Humane Society’ link above for details.

This suffice to say is extremely distressing and aggravating even if you are not a dog person (as we are). Deanna saw this earlier today and was most upset and wanted me to cover it ASAP.

It is hard to fathom how this could have gone on for this long, in affluent Wolfeboro — the ‘Oldest Summer Resort in America’ and home to celebrities like Mitt Romney NOT to mention the world capital of heated driveways to avoid shoveling snow. Yes, to be fair the mansion is on a back road in a very secluded part of town.

I am very fond of Wolfeboro and my association with Wolfeboro goes back 26 years. Wolfeboro is a beautiful town and some of the nicest people I know either live or work there. So, I hate seeing stuff like this associated with Wolfeboro. There was a move to boycott Wolfeboro in 2014 because of its then openly racist police chief. But, that, luckily, is behind us now. But, there is still a dark cloud over Wolfeboro — the ‘unsolved’ murder of local mother Stacey Burns over 8 years ago! This horror as such is another black eye for Wolfeboro.

The police and all the associated agencies appear to have done well in terms of the rescue and the arrest. But, that still begs the question as to how this could have gone on for this long without anybody suspecting anything.

This sorry incident raises a number of issues and the need for some New Hampshire laws to be changed:

  1. Appears that the perpetrator of this evil, Christina Fay, despite her apparent wealth, will NOT be on the hook to pay for ANY of the huge costs that will be associated with taking care of these 84 dogs! That is wrong, wrong, wrong. The law should be changed, at once, to make sure that perpetrators are fully liable for all costs and that the State can go after all of their property.
  2. It appears that she managed to skirt the requirements for a Commercial Breeder License. That too is wrong. How can you have 84 dogs and still claim not to be a Commercial Breeder, That has to be looked into.
  3. Right now she has only been charged with two misdemeanors! 84-dogs and only two misdemeanors. That is NOT right.

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by Anura Guruge

Puppy Rescue Van Crash In Portsmouth, N.H. — Kind Of Close To Home.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

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>> Braxton 1 year birthday.

>> Braxton at play.
>> Getting Braxton.
>> Method to my madness.

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Click to access WMUR news report of puppy rescue van overturn from May 28, 2015.

The van that Braxton came in — to Kittery, Maine, just north of Portsmouth, NH.

Different outfits BUT we got Braxton (who we thought was a Beagle but has proved to be a Harrier) from a rescue van, in Kittery, Maine — just north of Portsmouth, N.H.

Yes, as far as we can tell, there are numerous such vans making the trek north, with rescue animals from the south, weekly. Yes, it is ‘big’ business — though it is worthwhile. We would not have got Braxton IF not for a rescue service like that.

The accident would have been ADDED trauma for the animals, especially the dogs. It took Braxton a YEAR to recover from being a rescue dog who had spent much of his life in a crate — and he, like all our dogs, was pampered and spoilt once we got our hands on him. So I feel bad for these animals. Shame.

Kind of upset me. 

We Got Our Rescue Puppy From Kentucky, Braxton, The Beagle, Today. Very Slick & Smooth Operation. Kudos.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


 .by Anura Guruge

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>> The name ‘Braxton’ —
>> Sep. 21, 2013.
>> Method to my madness

>>Sep. 23, 2013.
>> We are getting a Beagle
>>Sep. 21, 2013.

>> Goodbye to ‘Ulysses’ — Sep. 16, 2013.

We picked him up in Kittery, Maine, at the ‘Welcome to Maine’ visitor center, off I-95, at noon — as promised and as hoped. No hitches. Very smooth. We were very impressed. Very slick, professional operation. More in a minute.

Sure is a beagle. Paperwork says ‘mixed’ — but they also say they don’t know exact date of birth of breed. I weighed him a few minutes ago (after he had his dinner at 4:30 pm). 5.6 pounds! He is LITTLE. Smallest dog I have ever had. Having had Goldens for 25 years I am not used to such a small dog. But, sure is cute.

Ate his dog food, mixed with warm skim milk. But prefers chicken and cheese. Likes yogurt too. All our dogs get yogurt at night (to match my yogurt eating habit, though I eat Greek, plain, low-fat). He will get chicken and cheese.

So here is the first set of pictures. Suffice to say all are delighted. Deanna will probably be taking 50 pictures a day.

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I found him on ‘Adopt-a-Pet‘ (via Petfinder) online, as I posted here, and spent 36 hours making sure I got him.

The NH contact and ‘Foster Home’ was Janice Berry, in Rochester. She was very good. Yes, I pestered her near daily, including this morning at 10:30, to make sure the puppy would arrive today. We highly recommend her. Phone number: 603-332-2965.

The actual agency appears to be ‘Butler County Animal Shelter’ in Kentucky.

The delivery operation by bus was very smooth. Very impressed.

This was so good that I am already talking about getting another one!

Some pictures of the dog drop off this noon in Kittery, Maine.

The ladies that drive the delivery bus take pictures of each puppy as it is handed over and then posts it on their Facebook page (quite quickly). Very impressive.

This is the picture they took of us.

Sept 28, 2013 Picking up Braxton our resue - adopted doggie