There’s a new attraction in the back of a Chatham pet shop.
Boston, a 2-week-old miniature horse, drives in to work with the shop’s owner every morning in a Cadillac. Then he hangs out in the back of Paws and Claws as visitors stop by.
Boston was orphaned after his mother suffered a fatal complication during birth. There was no mare to nurse the colt, and a Cape Cod farmer didn’t have the time or equipment to keep the equine healthy.
That’s where Lucille Grenier came in. Grenier, the owner of the pet shop, is a part of what she calls a tight-knit Cape Cod horse community. When she heard about the animal in need, she said, she wanted to help.
“First, I went over there just to see if he would take a bottle,” Grenier said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “And then they asked me if I wanted him. I said, ‘Sure, why not.’ ”
When Grenier took the newborn to her property in Dennis Port, the colt had no name. After Grenier realized that the foal was born on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, she concluded that naming him after the city seemed fitting. “He is a survivor and certainly Boston Strong,” she said.
At her Dennis Port property, there is another horse she has rescued — 7-year-old Niah, a Tennessee walking horse. Her name stands for “Now I am home,” because Grenier rescued her from near-certain death, she said.
Niah and Boston are getting along well, but Boston is a bit feisty, said Grenier, whose rescue of the colt was first reported by the Cape Cod Times. “He’s got a lot of sass,” she said. “My boyfriend has been joking we should call him South Boston because he has that kind of an attitude.”
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