Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
It’s been a long cold winter; one that drove people indoors and locked the door behind them with more than 8 feet of snow and another storm predictably on the radar before the last one left. We trudged through day upon day that were unsuitable for man or beast. The Heartbeat of Haverhill blog has been silent for ages it seems for myriad reasons letting THOH Facebook page carry the daily notations and photographs that could be posted in mere minutes rather than the hours the blog posts take.
At long last, THOH got outside today encouraged by the longer hours of sunshine and temperatures that stretched close to the freezing mark – and, for this winter, that is as close to balmy as we’ve seen in a month. The initial idea was to capture the demolition of the Newman building but a trip to Merrimack Street was worthwhile only for the conversations shared with other people expecting to witness the final fall of the large empty building. It never happened. We struggled only briefly to find a Plan B within the dwindling time we could use on this task. Maybe with the return to the blog, something light and fun that would lift spirits with the hope of spring and the promise that winter isn’t all that bad anyway. So we headed out to Riverside Park to capture kids skating on the new rink. Who doesn’t love rosy-cheeked cherubs on wobbly ankles? Alas, no kids.
Riverside Park looked beautiful despite snow drifts high enough to incapacitate an otherwise useful bench. Plowed pathways invited walking, and so we left the warmth of the car rounded a corner and encountered a fashionably dressed little lady with big photogenic brown eyes.
Finally something Rosie! Rosie, the pug, she posed briefly as I exchanged information with her entourage. And we learned of a secret spot in the park where dogs are honored for their abilities to make us humans feel great, a special dog tree that celebrates the love and joy of woofers.
The Heartbeat of Haverhill had a new story and a new quest – find the secret tree and on the way remember why people love their dogs.
After Rosie, we met Frank and Fred and Cinnabon and Huckleberry and beautiful grey faced Ginger, a gentle and wise looking dog who will be celebrating her 13th birthday in July.
All dogs were well behaved, all on leashes and all very happy to be outside in the snow even though they couldn’t be let off their leashes for a good old fashioned romp because the gates on the dog park were encumbered by snow. The first dog we saw from a distance was Frankie a chocolate labradoodle pup whose tail appeared like a highly animated cartoon snake over the top of a snow bank. We found Frankie to be about 82.9% well behaved and that’s commendable given the fact he’d been cooped up inside for so many snow days. Huckleberry, on the other hand, was more restrained and stately than his name might infer. He is a striking bluetick coonhound.
Cinnabon another labradoodle pup, displayed mad snow snorkeling skills. This puppy couldn’t sit still too long because the joy of the outside was just too much to be contained. And you know what, her joy was contagious.
The Heartbeat of Haverhill made our way to the dog tree smiling broadly and squinting at the bright and formerly elusive sun.
As we replaced a few dog photos that had blown free of their branches, the final dog of the visit strolled up wondering when it would be his turn to leave a greeting. Fred is a very handsome basset hound/pitbull/something-else-maybe mix who is an avid fan of p-mail and cookies, and his big head was perfect for some last patting before we headed to the car, much, much happier than when we’d started out. and that my friends is why people share their lives with pets.
If you are in the market for a pet consider MSPCA Nevins Farm Methuen (www.mspca.org/ (855) 258-8641). Where else could you have a choice between a llama, a chicken, a cat, a dog, a guinea pig, or a rabbit…and more?