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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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stimulating environment so boredom doesn't lead to mischief or despair. For rescues with behavioral issues like noise phobia or separation anxi- ety, seniors or someone who works from home can provide a quiet set- ting and companionship. "I never discourage someone from adopting a rescue;" says Dr. Michael Krawshuk of Weston Veterinary Clinic. "With time and some professional guidance, issues can be overcome." Behavioral therapy is available in Waltham at MSPCA-Angell West. The facility provides 24/7 emergency and critical care services as well as a broad range of veterinary care and physical therapy. The behavior team conducts reward-based training classes and consults individually with families. Sometimes DNA testing is recommended so training can be keyed to the type of breed. Families that rescue pets come from different places and backgrounds. And they have different reasons to save a homeless pet, perhaps to dis- courage breeding, or to get a pet with a mixed gene pool to avoid genetic problems that can plague purebreds. Rescuing can also be a more afford- able option. In any case, owners of rescued pets know the special bond that forms when we extend ourselves to help an animal whose needs are great. With technology connecting people with pets from near and far, thousands of dogs and cats find new "forever" homes and in their own way rescue those who rescued them, one at a time. There was Nancy Monaghan's Stella, a rescue from the MSPCA in Boston. Monaghan met Stella on the day she was released for adoption. "Shaking and shivering, Stella looked at me with her shy, serious eyes," says Monaghan. "I brought her home. We went to training and she trained me." No matter that her reported age, lineage, and estimated full-growth size were wrong, the bond between Monaghan and Stella transcended all. "No one can tell you how having a dog will enrich your life; you have to experience it for yourself. Just rescue!" "No one can tell you how having a dog will enrich your life; you have to experience it for yourself." M E D I A B A K E R Y 114 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 A Shelter Dog Rescued Me

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