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The First Day


By Victoria Scavo

When a pack of snarling coyotes cornered his puppy, John Green called on his wild side to save his best friend.

“I held up my arms and ran at them yelling,” said Green, who took on the four attackers with only a tree branch while out on a walk Sunday at George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park.

Three of the coyotes backed off. Green smacked the remaining one with the branch.

“I wasn’t going to let anything happen to him,” said Green.

His 18-month-old corgi, Butters, was released back to his family last night after undergoing surgery.

Butters wandered off on the golf course at 8:30 p.m. Sunday only to run into this rare pack of city coyotes. Green heard barking and growling and went running to the rescue.

After Green ran home with Butters in his arms, he noticed blood on the dog’s fur and immediately called Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain.

James Barr, an Angell emergency critical care animal doctor, examined the shocked pup that night and performed surgery yesterday morning on the dog’s 25 puncture wounds. Butters is expected to be back to normal in three weeks.

Coyote attacks in the city are not a common occurrence, according to Cheryl Jacobson of the MSPCA Living with Wildlife Department.

Jacobson said coyotes feed on insects, berries and small creatures such as mice and rats, and that a small dog running at night could look like “moving prey.”


Now that's not something you hear about often, is it?

I also read in the Boston Herald that January 1st is usually a busy day for divorce lawyers. Calls drop off after October. People either don't want the holidays to be unpleasant or they make a New Year resolution to get rid of their partner. That seems a bit cruel.

The year's movie watching begins with Fun with Dick and Jane. I love Judd Apatow and this certainly had its moments but not enough for me to really enjoy it from beginning to end.

The first book of the year is Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth. The movie starring Nicole Kidman is based on the book. I found it quite interesting. I don't have a clue as to what the next book to be read will be.

We went to my in-laws and picked up a car from them. We had just missed my brother-in-law and our nephew. Our nephew, ~C~, is starting to eat cereal now.

For dinner my husband suggested we go to The Top Steakhouse but I didn't think I was presentable in jeans. Good thing we didn't go because they are closed on Sundays. We went to Schmidt's in German Village. We don't go there often but when we do... I love it! So the first day of the year was a good one for me.

My intestines were a little upset but I think they don't like champagne or half a bottle of champagne. Our next door neighbor with Piper came home about 2:30am and woke me up. They turned off the music about 3am but I didn't get to sleep again until 4am or so. I was really trying to finish my book!