Bensons Animal Farm
March 20, 2012 13:19:44 (EDT)|
Hi! When will the Dog Park open? Thanks!
Steve March 14, 2012 19:15:02 (EDT)
Hi Cheryl. Thanks for the pleasant image. It is good to know the turtles are doing ok out there. I heard the frogs going to work today, too.
cheryl March 13, 2012 17:38:28 (EDT)
Counted 5 basking in the sun today !
cheryl March 13, 2012 12:01:06 (EDT)
Dana Sion March 11, 2012 22:37:38 (EDT)
The dog sled fundraiser for the friends of the Hudson dog park was great and raised some much needed funds to help open the dog park
cheryl March 6, 2012 10:41:07 (EDT)
hey how did the dog sled day go ?
lots of funny sled teams ??
Steve February 20, 2012 18:23:40 (EDT)
Thanks, Cheryl. You are a kind soul.
Cheryl February 20, 2012 09:07:19 (EDT)
Don't know if it's still alive but...the vet down on D.W. Highway had a turtle that someone picked up off the side of the road. It's shell was crushed. The doctor repaired the shell with cement or something and the turtle was swimming in the tank in the waiting room !
My vet has a turtle he has had since his college days !
I had 2 retired classroom turtles Sunoco and Shell.
On a sunny day behind my house, I love to quietly sneak up on the turtles to count how many are on a fallen tree in the river. On a good day there's at least 10-15... sometimes more
Again sorry about Penelope !!
L. Records February 19, 2012 21:04:51 (EDT)
I'm not looking to return the message board to just Benson's people but to all who loved Benson's for what it was hopefully without being so judgemental.
Steve (webmaster) February 19, 2012 20:57:46 (EDT)
Penelope the Turtle, 1982-2012.
My dear turtle companion Penelope died from natural causes on Thursday. She has been part of the family ever since my then-two-year-old daughter found her as a hatchling in Robinson Pond. We have loved and cared for her all these years. She would have been 30 this summer. Penelope was full of spirit and curiousity. She was always watching for company and enjoyed having me sit near her and play with her. She loved joining in the activity when there were people visiting the house. She will be missed by many.
Bob Arctor February 18, 2012 20:33:36 (EDT)
What's the point of your post Larry? If you're so interesting in returning this message board to the Benson's people then why are you baiting Mercer? Larry Records opinion is obviously a little biased given the line of work he's in...
He's right about one thing, circuses and zoos are not necessarily cruel, just exploitative. It does all depend on the people. Major zoos have the benefit of ACTUALLY educating people about conservation and natural behaviors. I've yet to see a circus that has anything to do with actually helping animals or inspiring children to care about animals actual well being, rather than the tricks they can do. As for Mr. Records traveling "petting zoo" I could not say. But I assume it's nothing special.
You're all or nothing attitude ("I truly respect your view if you are a vegan, do not keep pets and would refuse life saving medical treatment developed thru testing on animals. Otherwise your high and mighty ideals make me want to barf.") is by far the worst attitude anyone can take toward an ideology. It's this kind of thinking that people use to reassure themselves that any kind of effort is pointless if it not the absolute most you can do.
As you can tell from the language he used, "do-gooders", "bleeding-heart", "animal rights activist", Larry has had some problems with people telling him "his business". For a man that knows all the counter-points, Larry may not understand the difference between the "animal rights" and "animal welfare" positions. Someone interested in either would object to Cole Bros. but not necessarily to a well maintained zoo, with caring people who are interested in conservation and education. Although Larry may call his rinky-dink operation a "zoo" it's just another circus.
Dana Sion February 16, 2012 17:55:45 (EDT)
Hello Anonymous(Urban Explorer),
You are more then welcome to visit the new Benson Park as it is called now however all buildings are now secured, alarmed and watched by the police and only open with special permission or if you are part of one of the many public clean up days at the park. In the future (if article #14 passes at the upcoming March 13 vote (2012) ) there will be a museum to the old park, concession stand and gift shop in the old Elephant Barn.
Why are many items about the old park noted as "Nashua, NH" it was because at the time Hudson, NH was much smaller then it is today and not well known at all and to mention the city of Nashua that it is next to was much more marketable.
For more details about the museum and park fundraising check out www.friendsofbenson.org (also on Facebook).
Larry R. February 16, 2012 15:28:46 (EDT)
I've been trying to stay out of this. But...
Good Lord! What a pile of BS.You do-gooders have no idea of the bond that can form between trainers and elephants and other exotics and the the benefit the animals can derive from the mental and physical excercise required in training for performing. Training and travel are not cruel. The important thing is how it is done.You can take great pride in knowing no child will ever again know the wonder of riding an elephant in New Hampshire.
I truly respect your view if you are a vegan, do not keep pets and would refuse life saving medical treatment developed thru testing on animals. Otherwise your high and mighty ideals make me want to barf. If you don't like the circus then don't buy a freaking ticket! Beyond that please leave this message board for FANS of Benson's . It was what it was. It's dead now. May it rest in peace.
After animal trainer Gunther Gebel Williams died an animal activist dressed in a devil costume danced on his grave. True story. Thats kind of what's going on here.
I am confident I know the bleeding heart counter point to everything I have written here.
My sincere thanks to Freinds of Benson's and the town of Hudson for the wonderful job they are doing in creating a beautilul park and preserving fond memories of a happier time. Now if they could just set up an animal rights activist filter at the entrance the place would be perfect.
Brad February 15, 2012 12:02:13 (EDT)
Thank you Wilbur Mercer for your comments. I too recall Benson`s as a child and have good nostalgic memories. To quote you:
"Take your nostalgia and remember the great times you have had with friends and family and Benson's, just don't forget to learn from the creatures that were taken away from theirs. We as a species are the product of millions of years of evolution and we have learned so much, especially recently. We need to start acting like it. Treat others as you would have them treat you. "
Michael February 12, 2012 15:44:16 (EDT)
The Friends of Benson Park, Inc., hope to soon secure the purchase of Benson's Wild Animal Farm memorabilia. Help them secure a permanent home at the park: vote YES on article #14 in Hudson town elections in March of 2012.
Deb February 11, 2012 10:05:49 (EDT)
A little while back I found this site by accident & thru Friends of Benson's facebook page. I just wanted to say that I enjoy this message board for the insight and information that I would not find otherwise. I found the elephant sanctuary because of it and can watch the elephant I saw as a young girl at Benson's, that has spawned a great interest and as I discover more about these wonderful creatures, I share that knowledge with my young granddaughter.
So happy to hear about the good sized gift to the organization!
cheryl February 9, 2012 10:58:01 (EDT)
I don't think anyone considers anyone 'lowlings',
But we must agree to disagree
The sun is shining brightly...
:) February 8, 2012 16:46:38 (EDT)
Thank goodness we have someone like a Wilbur Mercer to guide the rest of us through our ignorant ways. A burden has been lifted. We have his superior approval, so that of us 'lowlings' may continue on with our nostalgia. Now that we have moderately met his approval, we can again lift our heads with some degree of sentimental dignity. We may now proceed with our reminiscing and great memories per the yawning 'ok' of the Great Mercer. Pay heed, however, to his domineering threat of a mighty return, if we waiver from our sentimentally naive and ignorant ways:)
dottie February 8, 2012 16:21:36 (EDT)
i saw a message from you about bensons farm that said you are looking for a picture of your grandfather. he worked with betsy the elephant. i have a picture of my mother from 1933 getting on betsy there is a man helping her who looks like he works there do you think it could be him? if so i could scan picture and send it to you.thanks Dottie my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilbur Mercer February 6, 2012 18:35:26 (EDT)
Of course you can have your nostalgia Deb. I am certainly not trying to take that away from you folks. Times were different and standards were low. For enterprises like Cole Bros. standards are still low. I was completely behind the renovations at Benson's until a disgusting, abusive Circus came into the picture. We've learned so much about animal emotions and psychology since the days Colossus occupied his cell, I guess I was just hoping I wasn't the only one who's interested in moving forward. To use Cole Bros. cruelty to make money to pay homage to the lackluster conditions at Benson's is a double slap in the face to the animals that were forced to call Benson's "home".
Friends of Benson's claims that they have no intention of inviting Cole Bros. back to Hudson this year. As long as that remains true, this is the last you will hear from me on this message board.
Take your nostalgia and remember the great times you have had with friends and family and Benson's, just don't forget to learn from the creatures that were taken away from theirs. We as a species are the product of millions of years of evolution and we have learned so much, especially recently. We need to start acting like it. Treat others as you would have them treat you.
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