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12/16/10 - MY EVENING WITH FOSTER DOGS (PICTURES)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

As many of you know, I am a member of Boston Terrier Rescue of North Carolina. Last night I had the privilege of hanging out with one of our most experienced foster moms. She has five personal BT's and as of last night seven fosters. I've never seen someone able to calm a dog like Elaine. You would think with 12 dogs running around that the house would be in a state of chaos. Of course there was playing going on between the dogs but no fights, not much barking and all were well behaved. Even the two dogs that she picked up from high-kill shelters yesterday acted as if they had been in her home since pups. She's an amazing lady.

Below are pictures of some of the dogs that I got to play with last night. These are the faces of foster dogs. Some are old, some are sick, some have terminal health issues and need a loving home to live out their remaining days. All are perfect in their own little way.

Meet Aspen. An 8 year old male. He acts like he's 3 years old. I love Boston's with big heads and he has a whopper!


This is Waylon. He has the most awesome underbite!


Buster was found on a very busy street in Charlotte, NC. He's a muscular little boy with unique coloring.


Terri - the wild child! She is blind but that doesn't stop her from being the wildest one in the bunch. She is my personal favorite!


Miss Erica Kane - her life was saved yesterday. She was picked up from a high-kill shelter.


Norma Jean (named after the beautiful Marilyn Monroe). Norma is sweetie pie. She prefers to spend her days in someone's lap.


Heidi is an owner surrender. She has a terrible bacterial infection. The poor girl is itching like crazy and very uncomfortable. She is going to the vet today.

  
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PMCOPPI10 12/20/2010 6:51PM

    We have labs.
I think what you do is wonderfol.
Patty

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JULIAINLA 12/20/2010 1:08PM

    Oh my gosh, I envy you getting to spend time with that wonderful foster mom and her 12 BT fur babies! I love them all and I hope Heidi isn't itching anymore, the poor baby!

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 12/20/2010 12:55PM

    WOO HOO! ANother animal lover! All of your fosters are adorable! I work with a cat and some dog animal shelter in my area.. I can't foster yet, due to space, but soon I will! I am striving for it! emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 12/16/2010 7:11PM

    Touching story and you know that I'm also partial to BT as our Bandit
is a BT mix.

If given the chance, they/ the dogs, live in the now and forget about the past.
they are fortunate to have such a loving pack leader.

Thanks for sharing
Wish I could bring a couple home! : )

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NICKI109 12/16/2010 5:08PM

    Oh, how sweet, they are all adorable. Thank you so much for sharing, I absolutely LOVE dogs. I have a Weimaraner and an English Springer Spaniel.

Thats great you guys are able to foster and give them a second chance.

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MJMOONEY 12/16/2010 3:37PM

    Glad you had fun. Sometimes I feel like we are running a rescue. My hubby has brought home 6 Pit & pit mixes - found homes for 3 & 3 are family.

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SPHAPPYHIKER 12/16/2010 2:13PM

    I give you and your friend lots of praise for being wonderful people to be able to foster dogs. Kids I can do, dogs no. Thank you for sharing!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 12/16/2010 1:11PM

    You seriously made my day by posting this! I love BT's!!! And seeing their adorable eyes and faces just makes me smile. Thank you!

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GAYLE-G-63 12/16/2010 1:00PM

    Kim, they are marvelous little dogs. I am so in awe of anyone who fosters. They are doing such an service to animal welfare. Give your lady hugs from me!

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BARBIE176 12/16/2010 12:30PM

    So cute. Thank you for sharing. My daughter had two foster dogs about 2 years ago and she kept one of them. It is the best dog too.

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/16/2010 12:29PM

    I love your babies!! They are very blessed to have a mom like you who will love them unconditionally! I had 4 shihtzu's but am down to just one now. Her mom, dad and sister (whom left this life just last year) were all very special to me. I'm so glad there are people like you in this world!! I wish I could take in every animal who doesn't have a loving home (sigh!).

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PRUPLEBEAR 12/16/2010 11:42AM

    so cute!

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NULIFE4ME 12/16/2010 11:19AM

    Nice job Kim:) It's good to have people like you and your friend in the world!

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ANH102712 12/16/2010 11:09AM

    They are so cute and you are a very special person for taking care of the doggies!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/16/2010 10:29AM

    Erica looks so precious!

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VEGGIE_POWERED 12/16/2010 9:50AM

    Note to self, quit corporate job, open non-profit no kill shelter. Wow...just wow, when you see goodness like this come from someone, it really makes you realize that there is so much more all of us can do. Thanks for sharing.
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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 12/16/2010 9:20AM

    Thank you, and all the people who take care of our fur-friends!!!

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ERIN4771 12/16/2010 9:18AM

    oh kim...i am crying right now....how beautiful all those babies are!!! little norma jean, what a face!!! thank elaine for taking the time and send all those babies my love!!!! it breaks my heart that anyone would send these little creatures away...now i definitely have to win the lottery and get started on that no kill shelter i want!!!! thank you for sharing your pictures with us!!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/16/2010 9:17AM

    They are soo cute!!

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SHELLEY147 12/16/2010 9:17AM

    How blessed those dogs are to have you in their life! I love dogs, wish we could have one....but we can only have a cat (which I also love!) :) ~hugs~ to you for all your good work!!

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12/15/10 - WHAT I MISS ABOUT BEING THIN

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I am a member of the Aspire & Inspire Team. One of our challenges this week is write a blog each day.

Here is my first one for the week:

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Last night my son had a holiday band concert at school. I rushed home after to work to change into something casual yet festive. I have two closets full of clothes. My dilemma was to find a pair of jeans that fit and then a cute sweater that was large enough to cover the roll of fat hanging over the top. I have at least 20 pairs of jeans and can only fit into two. Neither of which is loose.

I miss the days of opening my closet and having so many options that it was hard to decide what to wear. I can't wait until I have that problem again!!!

  
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PMCOPPI10 12/20/2010 6:55PM

    I know that I will not be thin again.
I work out 3 days a week and my body is changing but not to thin.
I went from an apple to an Avocado...looking for the pear by the end of 2011.
I am 53 and 54 in January...I shoot now for healthy,.
Patty

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STFY31 12/20/2010 11:28AM

    I finally cleaned out my closet and got rid of EVERYTHING that does not fit. I am now left with rows and rows of empty hangers a couple of sweatshirts and some maternity jeans (pathetic) I hope this empty closet motivates me to try harder :)

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/16/2010 8:53AM

    I am with you. I miss being told not to lose more weight by my doctor. I will get where I am at a healthy weight again soon.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/16/2010 8:25AM

    I don't have many jeans - period ... so I look forward to buying new clothes when I reach some goals... rewards for our hard work!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/16/2010 12:24AM

    Hope your sons concert went well and that he had a good time. I know what you mean about being able to choose from many different outfits but keep working at it and you will lose the weight! Use your frustration to your benefit. Take it out on exercising. Don't worry about how quickly or slowly you might be losing weight because there is no time table. It will come off eventually! emoticon

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ANH102712 12/15/2010 3:45PM

    I totally hear you on this one! I sooo miss my skinny silver and lucky jeans! But I will get back into them! Have a great night!

Andrea

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SPHAPPYHIKER 12/15/2010 1:21PM

    Kim
I know that frustration. Use that frustration and turn it into motivation to fit into those jeans again. I know you can do it!!

How was the concert? I always enjoyed going to my kids concerts.

Mari

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CAROLCRC 12/15/2010 12:42PM

    I'm in the same boat - only a few things in the closet fit. When I last lost weight I had such fun 'going shopping' in my closet to see what fit now! Can't wait to be able to do that again.

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LATVIAN_SANDY 12/15/2010 12:38PM

    Oh Kim - I know how THAT feels! But maybe that can be your goal - i.e. fit into a certain outfit by such-and-such a day. I tried that once, and it worked for me (unfortunately, I have since gained some back, so I need to do this again!). Wishing you a wonderful - active! - holiday season! Get out & get moving!

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PRUPLEBEAR 12/15/2010 11:48AM

    Hope you had a great time at the concert! I want to get to that point too! I am sure we will...look at all the wonderful support we have here! We can do this!

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BARBIE176 12/15/2010 11:36AM

    What a great blog Kim. First, I hope your son had an emoticon concert. Second, I am sure he was just happy to have his mom there supporting him! Keep on giving it your best shot and you'll achieve your goals and fit into those pants as well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 12/15/2010 10:02AM

    HI Kim,

I know exactly how you feel. It's been wonderful since I've lost weight; I have SO many clothes to chose from. The clothes I was wearing before not FIT and some are becoming too BIG. But it's great to have options. I just went down another jean size and am about to retire my larger large size.

You'll get there my dear! I have confidence in you!!!

Huggz,
~Gayle~


PS Hope your son had a good concert. :-)

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 12/15/2010 9:43AM

    I know that feeling!

Recently I went to the local fitness club and checked the place out. After finding out all the details of cost, hours, etc they told me about the attire.

The said to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.

I thought first, if I had any loose fitting clothing I WOULDN'T BE AT THE FITNESS PLACE
and second, maybe I should listen to them literally and wear A TIRE.

; )

Have FUN getting on track with your new team!!

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BAILEYSMOM4 12/15/2010 9:36AM

    One, they had to go and make those low cut jeans that push the muffin top into effect! Two, I have the same closets full of clothes and I got rid of a lot of stuff this summer I never thought I'd fit in again - so now I'm losing and am looking for those clothes!! argggghhhh
We hold onto them things for years and then the second we get rid of them, poof we start to lose weight!

You will get there my friend! Just keep plugging along... and maybe get rid of your skinny clothes - that will do it for sure! LOL emoticon

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DEEISINSPIRED 12/15/2010 9:24AM

    Hope the concert went well, and your son had a great show! emoticon

So by reading your blog, I have to ask...how's your patience holding up? I know, believe me I know that it can be very frustrating going to the closet and having minimal amount to choose from. Use that feeling to dig your heels in, and let it motivate you to keep going and not give up on yourself...not get frustrated on results not happening quick enough, and your problems will be back before you know it! emoticon

Sending you a big hug for support emoticon - Hang in there girlfriend...you're worth it! emoticon

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ERIN4771 12/15/2010 9:09AM

    i have been there, trust me....but know that you will get to that point again, it just takes time and patience, both of which are not the easiest...i know you looked fabulous and i hope you had a great time at the concert!!! emoticon

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Update on my son

Monday, December 06, 2010

First I would like to thank you all so much for your prayers, well wishes and concern for my son, Michael.

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Michael had a really good weekend. He only had minimal swelling in his joints and the rash around his neck was noticeably milder. We don't have the results back from the test for Fifth Disease and Lyme Disease. I'm expecting that today. I'm just happy that Lupus and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis were ruled out.

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PRUPLEBEAR 12/15/2010 11:50AM

    NOt sure how I missed this! My youngest had a mild case of 5th a couple years ago. HUGS

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LATVIAN_SANDY 12/10/2010 1:27PM

    Glad to hear he's better, praying for you, and hoping that you find out soon what's going on.

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STFY31 12/8/2010 12:52AM

    I was just checking in to see if there were any updates on your son. I am glad some of the major test came back negative. My son did come down with fifths disease when he was 6 but it was relatively mild in symptoms (he looked like he had just been slapped) I was in my first trimester of pregnancy at the time and I guess exposure to it can be harmful to the fetus but it all turned out fine in the end.
I am sorry you are not finding answers, there is nothing worse than not knowing to me. Make them check everything from strep to food allergies and in the mean time give him a hug from your spark friends and take care of you during this too!! emoticon

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KAYWEB555 12/7/2010 11:10AM

    With Momma Bear 69 praying on your side you are in good prayer ccompany. Hoping it is an allergy to some food that he consumed! God bless you and the family! Keep all in prayer!

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SUNSHINES3 12/6/2010 6:05PM

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Sunshine

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/6/2010 5:37PM

    I'm glad to see that he's feeling better... and hopefully when you obtain the results you can tend to what needs tending and he'll be back to 100%

Now you need to take care of YOU too...

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NHGRL68 12/6/2010 4:30PM

    I'm glad to hear your son is doing OK. I hope you find the answers that you are looking forward. I'll continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon

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SARAHNICOLE__17 12/6/2010 3:42PM

    Oh thank god!!! How stressful. I'm so happy to hear that he's doing a bit better. I'm loving your BT holiday wallpaper by the way! Too cute. My BT has the hugest eyes.

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NULIFE4ME 12/6/2010 3:15PM

    Hang in there Kimroid! We're all here for you:)

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/6/2010 12:49PM

    Oh that is good news!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/6/2010 12:26PM

    So happy to hear that Michael is improving. It always helps to know the results and exactly what is going on. Continuing prayers...

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 12/6/2010 12:24PM

    Super glad for the improvement
Praying for more too!

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BORNAGAINBRAT 12/6/2010 10:40AM

    I am so sorry my friend! I will certainly keep you and Michael in my prayers. emoticon

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DRB13_1 12/6/2010 10:02AM

    Hope his recovery is complete and nonrecurring emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 12/6/2010 9:54AM

    Kim, I'm thinking of you and Michael. I'll keep putting out well vibes!!!

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GIGISMOMMY 12/6/2010 9:08AM

    So happy to hear that Michael's weekend went better! Here's hoping you get an answer on what's going on soon.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/6/2010 8:33AM

    Very happy to hear he is better!!! I will keep you in my prayers!

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MISSY0356 12/6/2010 8:26AM

    Glad to hear he is doing better. You and your family are in my prayers. Keep us posted.

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CHEFKATLEANER 12/6/2010 8:20AM

    Glad to hear that Michael had a better weekend. I hope the results from the other tests are also negative.



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New Family Member (pictures)

Monday, November 29, 2010

This is my new 10 month old baby boy, Kenny. We adopted him last week from Boston Terrier Rescue of NC. I didn't want to post pictures until I knew that he would get along with Boris and Biscuit (Zig). He is a very sweet little boy who had quite a rough start in life. He was found in a box on the side of the road with his two sisters. They had mange and numerous parasites. He has been adopted twice and returned to the rescue group both times. I'm absolutely clueless as to why any one would return him. He is crate trained, house broken, plays well with other dogs and has a sweet temperament. He does snore like a grown man though!



  
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LATVIAN_SANDY 12/10/2010 1:25PM

    WHAT a cutie!!!!

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ERIN4771 12/8/2010 1:15PM

    oh my goodness!!! what a handsome little guy!!! and i love the name emoticon....i hope he is fitting in with the others, and i am so happy you did this!!! rescuing an animal is never easy, but so worth it!!!! congrats on your new addition!!
erin

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MISSCUS 12/8/2010 1:05PM

    Oh yeah, that pink nostril just shines right out! He is so darn cute!

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HUNNNYBEE 12/8/2010 6:16AM

    Awwww! What a sweet little puppy! I'm so glad to hear that he has a loving home!!! My daughter adopted a little beagle about a year ago...similar situation. 'Bella' is now a part of the family and we can't imagine life without her!

Kenny is ADORABLE!!!

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MISSCUS 12/7/2010 4:12PM

    What a handsome boy! Gotta love a puppers!

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KAYWEB555 12/7/2010 11:07AM

    How on earth do these people get away with leaving these wonderful pups in a box on the roadside? Thank you for sharing your home with this little guy! Bostons are wonderful loving pups!

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STFY31 12/5/2010 3:21PM

    Oh he is so freakin CUTE!!

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ACCEPTMYSELF 11/30/2010 2:33PM

    What a sweetheart!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/29/2010 11:21PM

    He is so cute. emoticon

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NORDICVALKYRIE 11/29/2010 7:22PM

    Adorable!! :D

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OFFDREA 11/29/2010 5:52PM

    that second picture is PRECIOUS!!!!!
He is adorable!
Who the hell would leave a puppy in a box :(

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NHGRL68 11/29/2010 4:24PM

    What a cutie!!! I'm glad things are working out with this one and glad he has found a nice family to take care of him:-)

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PRUPLEBEAR 11/29/2010 2:22PM

    so cute!

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JULIAINLA 11/29/2010 2:07PM

    I cannot even believe someone would leave him and his siblings (or any dog or cat) on the side of the road. Kenny is so lucky to have found a wonderful home with you and your happy doggies. He's adorable!!! :)!!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 11/29/2010 12:59PM

    What a DOLL!

I'm glad he found a great home and your family found another great furkid!

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ALYFITN 11/29/2010 12:31PM

    He's adorable!

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MSPRIS3 11/29/2010 12:22PM

    So cute! Kudo's to you for adopting a pup in need!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/29/2010 11:57AM

    He looks adorable! emoticon on the addition to your family!!

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GAYLE-G-63 11/29/2010 11:54AM

    Kim he is TOO cute!!! What an adorable face!!!

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MIMICOTO 11/29/2010 11:52AM

    He is beyond cute!!!!!!!

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GMREBER 11/29/2010 11:34AM

    Yeah for rescued puppies! He looks adorable. I hope he has found his forever home!

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MOMMYTO1IN2012 11/29/2010 11:21AM

    Oh, Kenny is such a cutie! Love him!

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CHEFKATLEANER 11/29/2010 11:21AM

    He's adorable! :D

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STARFISH619 11/29/2010 11:08AM

    He is absolutely precious! I am so happy for you, and so very happy for him to have a new loving fur-ever home. Reading things like this always warms my heart. Thank you for sharing. :)

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BORNAGAINBRAT 11/29/2010 10:56AM

    Love at first sight! You can just see how special he is. emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/29/2010 10:52AM

    What a cutie!!!

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NULIFE4ME 11/29/2010 10:51AM

    He's precious:)

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TJCADDO 11/29/2010 10:47AM

    Oh, look at Kenny!!! What a cute dog. I am glad that he has finally found home with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOSTON TERRIER FUNNY

Monday, November 15, 2010

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KAYWEB555 12/7/2010 11:03AM

    You just never know what a Boston will do with surprise objects! Love the eyes! Thanks for sharing.

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OFFDREA 11/24/2010 12:48PM

    Bostons are the best breed EVER!!!!!

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LIVESTRONG2010 11/24/2010 11:47AM

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Too cute

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NHGRL68 11/16/2010 10:26AM

    cute! emoticon

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MUVFASTA 11/15/2010 6:02PM

    That was funny! Thanks for sharing!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 11/15/2010 5:58PM

    I know what you mean!
2DH=TooDarnedHilarious


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MRE1956 11/15/2010 5:50PM

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CHEFKATLEANER 11/15/2010 4:47PM

    hahaha! thanks for sharing :D

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BORNAGAINBRAT 11/15/2010 4:35PM

    Too funny!

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