Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Dachshund Family Values
Now, we're city dogs, but boy do we love the country. We'd love to have an exchange program like this for dachshunds, but visiting our doxie cousin 'Rudy' every few months in downstate rural Illinois will just have to do!
Meet Allison Gable, back row, holding 'Delilah,' her 13-year-old son, Harry, holding 'Montana,' and 15-year-old Fresh Air Fund kid Roberto Otero of the Bronx holding 'Chelsea' at the Gable family home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Excerpt from The News Times: When Roberto Otero was 8, he came to Ridgefield courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.
The Bronx child learned about picking blueberries, swimming in the ocean -- but most of all, he learned about the warmth and love of Allison Gable's family in Ridgefield, his host family.
Today, at 15, Roberto is visiting the Gables for the holidays.
"It feels like I've been adopted into the family," he said of the Gables. "Allison is just like having another mom. I've been coming out here for quite a few holidays. It's a very nice break from the city. Even the dogs here are like family to me," he said of the Gable's two [three?] dachshunds. Read more about the Gable family and the Fresh Air Fund at The News Times.