Puppies dumped - Humane Society takes in 8 puppies found abandoned in driveway


LACONIA — The New Hampshire Humane Society found itself with eight new puppies Wednesday morning after a driver making an early morning delivery discovered them in two crates in the driveway.
The driver called Laconia Police who responded to the scene and moved the crates indoors where the puppies greeted workers at the shelter when they arrived.
It was the second time in six weeks that puppies have been left in the driveway at the Humane Society on Meredith Center Road according to Marylee Gorham, executive director of the organization, who said that she has reason to suspect that the puppies came from the same source as the five male puppies who were dropped off in mid-April.
She said that most recently abandoned puppies were from two different litters, one male and three females who are about 20 weeks old, and two males and two females who are about 12 weeks old.
"We're grateful that they don't appear to be undernourished and were left with us rather than being abandoned in the woods," said Gorham, who said that she wishes that the people who brought in the dogs had called the society and dropped them off during the day.
"At the end of the day, we're here to help the animals. It's a traumatic experience for the dogs to be left outside in crates overnight. There have been bears seen in the area so it can be dangerous for them," she said.
She said that the puppies appear to have been left off around 10 Tuesday night and were quite cramped in the crates and must have spent about eight hours in the dark before they were discovered.
The puppies are a mixed breed and may have some Collie and Labrador as well as Staffordshire Terrier lineage.
"We're going to worm them and check them out and make sure they have all of their shots. They'll be spayed and neutered and will be available for adoption or foster homes in a week or so. They're infinitely adoptable little pups and we think they'll make wonderful pets," said Gorham.
She said that the shelter now has 93 cats ready for adoption and the most recent arrivals push the dog population up to 22.
"It's something of a crisis for us to have so many dogs come in at the same time and can use any help the public can give us. Volunteers and cash donations would be the most helpful,'' she says.
Gorham said the last of the abandoned dogs who were left in April is Thor, who is the Humane Society's Pet of the Week this week and like the other abandoned dogs needs the reassurance and confidence that a loving family will give him.
Founded in 1900 by M. Jennie Kendall, the New Hampshire Humane Society was formerly known as the Women's Humane Society. Originally located in Nashua, the organization worked tirelessly for the welfare of women, children and animals.
The Women's Humane Society made its way to Laconia in 1935 and worked in conjunction with the southern branches until 1968. It was then that the Laconia shelter assumed sole responsibility for the animal welfare portion of Ms. Kendall's vision. The shelter gradually evolved into the organization it is today, assuring each animal exceptional care and comfort, gentle behavioral support, excellent medical treatment and specific adoption guidelines.

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Four 12-week-old puppies get ready for naps at the New Hampshire Humane Society. They were found Wednesday morning abandoned in a crate in the driveway. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)


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Marylee Gorham, executive director of the New Hampshire Humane Society, comforts four 20-week-old puppies who were found Wednesday morning abandoned in a crate in the driveway at the Humane Society. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

No shortage of workout options since LASC closed


LACONIA — Fitness, like nature, apparently abhors a vacuum, for since the abrupt closure of the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club in November alumni of the club have opened three new workout venues in the city, while Riverbank House, the recovery retreat, will open its gym to the public this summer.
Janine Page of the Downtown Gym, which operates from three units either side of the marquee of the Colonial Theatre on Main Street, said "when the club closed it was tough," explaining that not only were trainers out of work but also members had nowhere to work out. In particular, she stressed that "there was a large demand for cycling from among the many competitive triathletes and cyclists in the Lakes Region.
Although the Downtown Gym offers a range of classes in different forms of exercise, Page said that 17 stationary cycles, all facing a screen on which landscapes are thrown to provide virtual rides, represent the gym's niche in the fitness marketplace. Page said she works closely with Miles Chase of MC Cycle and Sport across the street. "Our goal is to offer the best cycling program," she said, "and we're shooting for New Hampshire." The gym counts 83 members, she said, and has 100 for its goal.
Page said that the relationship between those who once worked together but now operated independently is more complementary than competitive. A nurse at Lakes Region General Hospital, she worked at the club for 15 years and said "It is like a family." There is even talk among the different facilities, she remarked, about an arrangement that would entitle patrons to two visits at each of the facilities.
Four other employees of the Laconia Athletic and Swin Club — Tommy Richard, the fitness director; Amy Jones;; Tammy Levesque; and Jen Mailloux — partnered to operate Studio 151 on the first two floors of the red frame building at the corner of Elm Street and Bayside in Lakeport. Together, the four have more than a half-century of experience in the fitness business, including Levesque's role as the founder and former owner of Fitness Edge in Meredith.
The weight room is on the ground floor, where the low ceiling, posts and beams and view of the water above the Lakeport Dam lend the space a unique character. Group classes are held on the floor above. In addition, to one-on--one personal training, Studio 151 has a full schedule of classes, which includes Pilates, Tabata, Barre and Zumba. "We're growing, and growing fast," Richard said. He explained that to make fitness "accessible to all" there is no monthly fee, but instead a "donation," generally between $5 and $10, for a class.
Zach Bartholomew and Lyndsey Cook said that before the club closed they began developing the business plan for what became Raw Fitness, which opened on Pleasant Street side of 600 Main St. earlier this month. "We wanted to create a boutique, studio atmosphere that is relaxing and welcoming," Bartholomew said, sitting in one of two chairs across from a settee.
Bartholomew said that the fitness regimens emphasize improved mobility, greater range of motion and functional movement that enhance quality of life and minimize risks of injury, "This is a place to help those who want to get in shape," Bartholomew said, adding that some may be recovering from an injury while others may be training for a competition and most will be somewhere in between.
Raw Fitness operates on two floors, with an open space for group classes on the ground floor and weight room in the basement one-on-one sessions by appointment. Batholomew said he begins by assessing the condition of each client then taking a measure of their goals and designing a program to pursue them. He noted that with an aging demographic low impact fitness programs can contribute significantly to longevity while enjoying a high quality of life.
Meanwhile, Randy Barlo of Riverbank House has converted the building on Messer Street that most recently was home to Winnisquam Printing to a gym, Pump Neighborhood and a yoga studio. Both facilities will serve the residents of Riverbank House, but at the same time be open to the public. The gym is expected to be equipped and opened shortly, but Tyler Blanchard of Nibbuti Yoga said he is welcoming patrons and hopes "people can find where we are."

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Tommy Rickard of Studio 151 introduces a woman to weight training by ensuring she follows the proper form to gain the maximum benefit with the minimum risk. (Michael Kitch photo/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Zach Bartholomew and Lyndsey Cook aimed to offer a warm welcome to patrons of Raw Fitness on Pleasant Street and enlisted pets Tallulah, right, and Mika to help. (Michael Kitch photo/Laconia Daily Sun)

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With an array of stationary cycles, the Downtown Gym is home to many of the competitive cyclists and triathletes in the Lakes Region.  (Michael Kitch photo/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Tyler Blanchard stands before the waterfall at Nubbuti Yoga on Church Street, which with the gym Pump Neighborhood is part of the campus of Riverbank House but also is open to the public.  (Michael Kitch photo/Laconia Daily Sun)

Gilford loses out on fire boat

GILFORD — A Portsmouth fire boat is likely not going to be cruising the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee any time soon.
At the selectmen's meeting Wednesday evening, Fire Chief Steve Carrier said the Portsmouth City Council reconsidered the offer and decided to send the boat to New Castle.
Selectmen's Chairman Richard Grenier did not take the news well, saying he was dismayed at the news and would like to go to the Portsmouth City Council to express his disappointment. Grenier also said he would like to address the New Castle officials and propose that if things don't work out as expected for them with the boat that they consider passing it along to Gilford.
The 30-foot boat was acquired by Portsmouth in 2006 through a Homeland Security grant, which restricts the use of the boat. It can be donated but not sold. It no longer meets the needs of Portsmouth and salt water is taking a toll on its condition.
Gilford's current fire boat is much smaller and 40 years old. It is called into action about 17 to 20 times a year, and was already on the town's capital improvement list for replacement.
– Gail Ober