South End, September 2014


on the way to the arboretum (sonya kovacic)

on the way to the arboretum (sonya kovacic)

In 1865, Robert C. Hooper from Boston, owned a dog named Hooper's Judge who was a cross between an English Bulldog and the now extinct white English Terrier. Hooper's Judge became the direct link to what we now know as the Boston Terrier, a terrier with a "distinctive look: a lovable mug with a square jaw line and upright ears that are sometimes cropped but are best left to stand on their own." In 1893, the Boston Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel club.

The Boston Terrier has been Boston University's mascot since 1922 when BU students voting for a school mascot got to choose between the Boston Terrier and a moose. According to BU's website, "the terrier was later named Rhett after Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind because, 'no one loves Scarlett more than Rhett' referencing Rhett Butler's affection for Scarlett O'Hara (scarlet is BU's primary color)."

The Animal Rescue League of Boston, located in the South End, is an animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The league has been around since 1899 and is the only animal welfare agency in Massachusetts that has an entire department dedicated to animal rescue. Other services include a veterinary clinic, dog training courses, and the opportunity to foster or adopt a dog.