Month: June 2016

Hero, Izumi, Mellons, the rescue family (part 4 -he said)

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“I had dogs growing up so it’s easy to be involved with someone who has 3 dogs.

When I met my girlfriend, she had 1 dog, Hero.

She sent me a photo of Izzy at the adoption event.  I didn’t realize she was adopting Izzy until later that evening.

That was about a month before we moved in together.

I didn’t know what to think because Izzy was so sick, but when she got better it was great because Hero was happier.  She was never alone and was happy to have a companion.

Mellons is a mess, in that he is loud and has a way of flinging himself at everything.  He doesn’t jump on the couch, he throws himself on the couch.  Sometimes he makes it and other times he hits the side of the couch and lands on the floor.

Having 1 dog would be the hardest because it would be alone all the time, but with 3 dogs they always have each other.

It’s more expensive but the same amount of work.”

Hero, Izumi, Melons, a family of rescues (part 3- she said)

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“For me, as an animal rescuer, I lose dogs everyday because I work at a kill shelter.  It’s incredibly consuming.

Everyday I am so thankful for my for my own dogs, but everyday I feel that I am not doing enough because I am so focused on saving dogs (that are not mine).

At the end of a hard day my dogs make me feel better.

I love them more than myself.

I see them a million moments a day enjoying life and it’s hard because I think of all the dogs that aren’t as lucky.”

Hero, Izumi, Melons, a family of rescues (part 2 –she said)

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“I volunteer at the CACC (Care for Animal Control Center) and Melons was set to be euthanized.

He was almost 4 and had kennel cough.

I had him pulled from the euth list and agreed to foster him–that was 6 months ago.

I pretty much knew from the first day that I would keep him.

I didn’t make it official until I had him for 4 months.

I also volunteer with Best Friends Animal Society and they were having a pop up adoption event where I was working.

I saw that the CACC had an adoption van parked nearby and went out to say, hello.

One of the adoption counselors had Izzy in her lap.  She looked exactly like Hero and was incredibly sweet.

I finished working the Best Friend’s event and went home with Izzy.”

Hero, Izumi and Melons, a family of rescues (part 1-she said)

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“I found hero in Shanghai.

I was living in China for 2 years studying Mandarin in an immersion program.

The month before I was set to leave, and my visa was about to expire, I was walking down a super busy street and I saw a puppy running in the street.

I picked her up and asked people around me if she was theirs, and she was not.

She was filthy, underweight, and missing big chunks of fur.  She was a mess.

I brought her home with no plans to keep her, and a month later I bought her a plane ticket, had her microchipped and got her a rabies vaccine.

After an 18 hour flight, Hero became an American dog.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 4)

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“I got a phone call at 10 p.m. saying he was a million times better and I could take him home  the next day.

$3200.00 later, he was perfectly fine.

In fact, he was trying to pick up trash to eat in the parking lot outside of the emergency vet practice.

My wife and I have become more outdoorsy since getting a dog.

We go to different beaches (that allow dogs).

We take him to Central Park, and spend a lot of time walking with him.

The responsibility of a dog is greater than you think, but it’s all worth it.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 3)

“I’ve always wanted to have 2 dogs; 1 called Charlie and the other called Dave.

FullSizeRender-50For right now we’ve got 1 dog, Charlie.

We took him to my parents house and he got into some fermented dough and he was lying on the ground seizing.

My father called me at work while Charlie was under the table, delirious.

I took him to the emergency vet at 3 p.m.

I remember carrying him while crying, and I signed a waiver saying they could do whatever  it took to save him.

They flushed his system with charcoal and fluids and wanted to keep him overnight.  When I went to see him and say goodbye he was still delirious.

They didn’t know if he would make it.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 2)

“I told my wife we were driving to Rhode Island to pick up a check for my business.

As we were pulling into Charlie’s foster family’s driveway, I told her we were about to meet a puppy for adoption if we liked him.

She was surprised and happy.

Charlie was only 6 weeks old and we couldn’t bring  him home with us until he was twelve weeks, but we decided he was going to be our family dog.

He had a great smile, high energy and he was warm and friendly.

The funniest part is, that when he was ready to be picked up, I had to go out of town for a bachelor party so my wife drove up and got him by herself.  She spent the first weekend alone with Charlie in a 4 story walk up house in Boston.

He was too small to walk up the stairs so she carried him up and down the stairs by herself.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 1)

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“I grew up with dogs.

I was single and living alone so I put off getting a dog.

When I got engaged and bought a house I decided it was time to get a dog.

I own my own business so I could take a dog to work.  I knew I wouldn’t be leaving him at home all day by himself because I had flexibility.

I knew I wanted a Labrador Retriever or a Lab mix.

There is a rescue agency based in Rhode Island that rescues dogs from down south and places them up and down the northeast coast.

I saw a photo of Charlie on their site.  He was brought up to a foster family in Rhode Island from Alabama.

I decided to surprise my wife.”

Zoe, the rescue from down the block (part 3)

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“I come from a family of dog lovers and they all lover Zoe.

There is a sidebar.

She is a huge jumper and got up on the dining room table recently and took a lamb shank off the table.

She will thieve food whenever possible.

She is a garbage disposal.

She is very smart and knows some lingo.  She knows the word Milwaukee, that means, let’s go for a walk.

She loves the word, garbagio– it’s her alter ego.  She’s the Zorro of garbage (she’s always hoping to find a few morsels).

My wife and I used to joke about getting a dog like Zoe before she was ours and I fell it was good fate, or luck.”

Zoe, the rescue from down the block

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“We called and she basically said, I can’t take care of Zoe, and asked, would you be interested in taking her?

I flew across country to get her and spent the night in L.A.

She slept on my lap throughout the entire 4 1/2 hour flight back to New York.

We’ve only had her 6 months but I spend a lot of time with her, more so  than anybody else because I am in a professional transition.

She gives me a great break while I am conducting my new business search.

She’s so affectionate and loving, and always wants to play.

She is a constant play companion, both indoors and outdoors.”