Brownie And Starr Are A Couple Of Special Bully Breeds Just Waiting To Make You Smile!

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We have a special double feature for our Adoptable Dog of the Day!  Both are provided to us thanks to the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments Animal Services, and both are just so sweet!  Brownie is a super-cuddly bully-baby that just NEEDS to love you, and Starr is just the biggest baby ever!  We can’t wait for you to meet them.

Let’s have NECCOG Animal Services introduce our lovely ladies today:

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Brownie- Chocolate Labrador/Pit Bull Mix, female, approximately 3 years old, approximately 70 pounds

Brownie is such a love bug!  She is incredibly sweet and loving and bonds very quickly to whomever gives her attention.  She needs an owner that will spend lots of time with and give her positive reinforcement as she is a bit timid of new things.

She is always trying to seek comfort by laying down right on top of you and burying her head in your lap. We do not know all of her history but we can tell she has had a difficult life.  She LOVES to go for walks and hikes (as we think she was never taken for walks) and loves to run and play.

She does well with most other dogs however a meet and greet is a must with any dogs currently in the family.  No small children please as we think this would startle her.  She also does well with cats.

Brownie has been with us since September 10, 2016.

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Starr- Rhodesian Ridgeback/ Pit Bull/ Labrador Mix, female, approximately 3 years old, approximately 50 pounds

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Starr is truly a Star!!!  Her personality is something special.  She came to NECCOG in rough shape-covered in fleas and lots of missing hair, now her beautiful dark brindle coat has come all in and she is shining from the inside out!

She loves to run and play especially chasing tennis balls, and she will even bring them right back to you. She had a rough start to her life but we will make sure she has a wonderful life from this point forward.

She does great with everyone she meets and does well with children.  She enjoys falling asleep on car rides and cuddling.  Could you open up your heart and home to this sweet girl?!

Starr has been with us since September 30, 2016

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NECCOG Animal Services

P.O. Box 759

125 Putnam Pike

Dayville, CT 06241


'super-henge' Revealed: A New English Mystery Is Uncovered

This story was updated at 11:25 a.m. ET on Sept. 9.

The remains of a massive stone monument, 15 times the size of Stonehenge and located just 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) away from the famous site, were recently discovered by British archaeologists.

The stone monoliths were found buried beneath the bank of the Durrington Walls "super-henge," one of the largest-known henges in the United Kingdom, and could have been part of a huge Neolithic monument, the researchers said.

The finding, announced on Saturday (Sept. 7) at the British Science Festival in Yorkshire, could mean that everything researchers think they know about Stonehenge may need to be "rewritten," according to Paul Garwood, a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, and the principal pre-historian for the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project — the group that discovered the stones using noninvasive, remote-sensing technologies. [Gallery: Stunning Photos of Stonehenge]

It is not yet clear whether the stones were put in place at the same time as those of Stonehenge, nor do the researchers know how the stones were used. However, those who study the mysterious rock monuments of the U.K. previously thought that only Stonehenge and one smaller henge located near the famous monument featured significant stone monuments. Now they know that isn't the case.

A view of Durrington Walls, with the relative position of the newfound stones represented as yellow dots..
A view of Durrington Walls, with the relative position of the newfound stones represented as yellow dots..

Credit: © University of Birmingham

The 90 or so huge stones discovered at Durrington Walls may have originally stood nearly 15 feet (4.5 meters) high before they were pushed over some 4,500 years ago, according to the researchers. The stones were then buried under a bank of earth that measures about 130 feet (40 m) across and nearly 10 feet (3 m) high in some places. This massive bank forms the outer perimeter of the Durrington Walls "super-henge."

Durrington Walls is also surrounded by a 58-foot-long (17.6 m) ditch that forms an enclosure around an area that is approximately equivalent to 1 mile (1.5 km) of land. Inside the bank of the henge are a few smaller enclosures and timber-ringed circles. The massive landscape monument is associated with a settlement dating back about 4,500 years, to the Late Neolithic period, the researchers said.

The super-henge was constructed at the site of a natural depression in the landscape near the river Avon that was surrounded by a chalk scarp, or sharply edged hill. The newfound stones may have formed an artificial wall to the south of the hill, creating a C-shaped "arena" that once could have been the location of springs and a valley leading into the Avon, according to the researchers.

While none of the stones have been excavated yet, the researchers think they could be related to the only large stone within the Durrington Walls henge. Known as the "Cuckoo Stone," the presence of the 7-foot by 5-foot (2 m by 1.5 m) block of sarsen stone suggests that the buried stones may also be sarsen stones — the same, locally sourced stones that were used to build Stonehenge.

"This discovery of a major new stone monument, which has been preserved to a remarkable extent, has significant implications for our understanding of Stonehenge and its landscape setting," Vincent Gaffney, professor in the School of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford in the U.K., said in a statement. While researchers have yet to excavate any of the stones, it's possible that they were brought to the site of Durrington Walls at the same time that similar stones were brought to Stonehenge.

Last year, Gaffney and other researchers with the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project announced the results of a four-year survey of the landscape around Stonehedge. The survey was performed using the same noninvasive technologies, such as ground-penetrating radar, that led to the discovery of the huge stones under Durrington Walls.

In their survey, the researchers found that Stonehenge is far from a lonely pile of massive rocks standing in a field. It's actually part of a complex network of so-called "ritual monuments" that includes other areas encircled by wooden posts, timber, stones or earthen banks. The researchers also found that the Cursus, an enclosed, rectangular area to the north of Stonehenge, features two ditches at either end that line up with the Stonehenge's "avenues," or processional paths leading in and out of Stonehenge, which align with the sun's movement during the midsummer solstice.

Editor's Note: This story was updated to correct a spelling error.

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