Month: May 2016

Enzo, the Mini-Aussie with a touch of Corgi (part 1)

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“My parents dog died and I made it a year without getting my own dog.

The last dog I had was half Aussie Shepherd and she was very good .  I wanted another Aussie Shepherd because I knew he would be trainable.

I’ve had him since he was twelve weeks old and he’s now two years.

He’s (almost) all Aussie, but his mom was part Corgi so that’s why he’s smaller.

He’s lived up to his name in being one of the smartest breeds.

People are amazed at how smart he is.

One time he had diarrhea and I wasn’t home and he chose to get sick in the bathtub.  I thought that was smart and thoughtful.”

Elmo & Frida, the California rescues (she said, part 3)

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“Before I moved here I got rid of a lifetime of stuff.

Six months after moving here my cat sitter came to see how the dogs were living and she cried from joy.

She was the one who had rescued them and couldn’t believe how far they had come.

The dogs love New York City.

They were invigorated as soon as they got their first whiff of the brisk November air.

The down side that immediately occurred for me, was that I stopped going to yoga at 9 a.m. because I am out walking the dogs.  But, I still getting exercise walking them.

Alternately, some of the best moments have been off leash in Central Park, on our morning and late night walks.

It’s complete joy.

Elmo just takes off and runs.  He is exuberant and loves running.

Frida had been abused so it’s a good chance for her to deal with her fear and interact with other dogs.

Having dogs brings me out too.  I am not a social person but I get out every day with them.

They bring me great joy.

Pets in general are a great part of my life.”

Frida and Elmo, the California rescues (she said, part 2)

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“They were starving to death and weighted two thirds of their current weight.

It took me a year to move and get them to adapt to living with my 2 cats.

I gave them about a month of gradual transition.

I started with baby gates in the hallway and gradually increased their space accessibility.  I took them on leash walks in the living room.

I also took them to two rounds of obedience training in Los Angeles.

I made two separate trips across the country– one with the cats and another with the dogs.  I thought it would be less stressful for all of us.

Once I got to New York City I moved into a studio and within a week it was fine.

Everybody found their corner.

I’ve been here 2 1/2 years and it’s been fine.”

Elmo & Frida, the California rescues (she said part 1)

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“Elmo and Frida were found abandoned and locked in a condo complex in South East Los Angeles during a 110 heat wave.

They had no food or water for a week and no-one paid any attention to them.

I had cats, and my cat sitter noticed them there because she had a client in that building.  She inquired about them and nobody knew anything.

She sent out an email to all of her clients in search of a home to see if someone could adopt them together because they were already so  bonded.

That same week I had decided to move to New York from a large house and a yard, to a studio apartment.

I decided to adopt them.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 2)

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“I remember when I was coming home from a trip outside the city because my depression was really bad and I hadn’t met Ziggy yet, because my mother had just gotten him.

I was panicked at the thought of returning to the city and facing my sadness.

I got off the plane and went straight to my mom’s apartment and I saw Ziggy in his crate and was filled with happiness.

Whatever I am going through with my depression doesn’t matter to Ziggy–no judgements.  There is no pressure, whereas a lot of my friends have a hard time.  They feel helpless and not sure of what to say or how to behave.

No matter how hard my day has been and how alone I feel, I know that I can see Ziggy and get unconditional love at the end of the day.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 1)

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“Ziggy is my 5th dog.

I’ve never been without a dog.

I dropped out of school for personal issues.  I have depression and thought a puppy would help.

You can’t be sad around a puppy or a dog, really.

Ziggy helped so much.

Aside from depression, I have panic attacks.  Often I would go to my mom’s apartment when I was in a panic and Ziggy would bring me out of it.

I’ve been thinking about getting Ziggy certified as a therapy dog.

He gives unconditional love.  He is a little ball of love.

I live in my own apartment, so when I sense an attack coming on I go to my mom’s apartment.  I know that Ziggy will be there.  It’s like always having a friend there for you.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 3)

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“He’s so smart that he remembers the streets and is slowly becoming less frightened.

He’s never had an issue with people or dogs– it’s more like trucks or buses.

I have expectations.

I want humor, affection and to meet other dog people.

Having a dog is a constant source of comfort.

It keeps you sane and grounded when you care for an animal.

It takes you out of your own head.

One thing all my dogs have given me is:  unconditional love.

It’s hard when they die, but it’s harder to be without a dog.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 2)

“I’ve had Ziggy for two months.

The best moment was bringing him home.

I am going through a divorce and I have been lonely.

Ziggy is a great companion.  He is very loving.  His first priority is to be a pet.  He follows me everywhere.  It’s hard to get privacy.

The hardest thing is that he is scared of street noises.  They stress him out.  I am exposing him a little bit each day and rewarding him when he looks up at me while he’s on the leash.  I basically reward him whenever he’s not too preoccupied to take the treat.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 1)

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“I’ve always had a dog or multiple dogs and I recently relocated to New York, so I got a mini Golden doodle.  I hoped that he would adjust to city life easier than a big dog (needing less space and exercise).

I also wanted a buddy.

I should add that my daughter really wanted a dog and that weighed heavily in the decision making process.

I’ve had two other standard Golden doodle’s and I loved them.

They are incredibly loyal, fun and sweet.

He came from Kentucky, where my other two doodles came from.

I had him flown to New York and everything went smoothly.”