Month: October 2016

Princess, the Pit Bull, Labrador Retriever mix therapy dog (part 3)

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“My brother kept Princess in Coney Island for me.

I got to visit her anytime I wanted, so I was there every other day.

I waited until I got the paperwork so my landlord couldn’t make a legal complaint.

She’s been with my husband and me for three months and it’s been a Godsend.

Princess has brought a better sense of communication to my marriage.

We discuss how we take care of her.

He takes care of the finances and I do the rest.

When I walk in my apartment at the end of the day, my stress doesn’t matter.

As long as I’ve got Princess, life is good.”

Princess, the Pit Bull, Labrador Retriever therapy dog (part 2)

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“I got Princess and started training her for my mother.

In December of 2013, after having Princess only four days, my mother passed away.

I kept Princess and moved back east in April or May of 2014.

It was really hard at first when I moved to NYC.

My landlord said I couldn’t keep her, so I had to get a medical note saying that she had become my service dog to deal with the trauma from my mother’s passing.

We were separated for two years during this process.”

Princess, the Pit Bull, Labrador Retriever mix therapy dog (part 1)

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“My mom wanted a dog, so a friend came over and we looked on Pet Finder, the ASPCA and other rescue sites, but the process was too long.

They didn’t make it easy.

They wanted to interview me and check out my home.

So, I put flyers out around my apartment complex in Georgia and one person responded.

He said, his dog had puppies and if I wanted one he would bring two for me to meet from a litter his dog just had, and I could choose the one that I wanted.

He brought Princess’s sisters, but they didn’t work out.

They didn’t want to walk and they were hard to train.

I tried to house break both of them, but neither would walk and I ended up dragging them.

I called up the original owner and asked him to take them back because it wasn’t working out.

He told me he had the runt of the litter and she was the last remaining puppy.

That was Princess.”

 

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog who is a true companion, (part 3)

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“Rocky is an extension of me.

He’s like my kid.

I am so incredibly proud of him.

He has a great personality.  He makes people laugh, he calms them down when they are stressed and he is incredibly well behaved.

He makes me feel like I did something right.

Getting him is the most grown up thing I’ve ever done.”

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog who is a true companion (part 2)

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“I came to NYC from London for work.

The airline lost Rocky at JFK for almost two hours.

People were trying to track him down, but no one seemed too interested.

They told me to go to building C, but no one even knew where building C was located.

I called the travel agent back in London (at 3 A.M. their time).

He kept apologizing but didn’t know anything about dog transport.

People say that dogs get separation anxiety, but I had separation anxiety.

Finally, someone at the airport checked for me and took me to building C, but it was a terrifying two hours.”

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog, who is a true companion (part 1)

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“One of my good friends has a Frenchy and I used to look after him.

I fell in love with him.

I’d always wanted a dog, and after hanging out with a Frenchy I felt ready to go for it as an adult.

I went to a breeder through an app in London called Pets For Homes, and his litter came up.

I went to view him and his brother.

Rocky was calm and chill.

He fell asleep in my arms and farted, and that sealed the deal.

Rocky is a true companion.

I share my life with him.

I get to take him to work with me.

At work, whenever people are stressed, they go and sit with Rocky and he helps calm them down.”

Flora, the mix (part Jack Russell Terrier, part herding Cattle Dog), (she said part 3)

“Flora can be aggressive and I keep my eyes on her when we go out.

She’s small but no lap dog.

She is very independent and very territorial.

She’s got two close dog friends, but those are the only dogs she likes to socialize with.  When other dogs get too close, she bares her teeth and warns them off.

Flora is good with people, especially my family–she is affectionate with my kids.

One of the advantages of having a family dog is that my children have learned a sense of responsibility.

They understand that she is a living, breathing being that needs feeding, walking and attention.

We are all glad to have her.”

Flora, the herding mix, (part Jack Russell, part Herding Cattle Dog) (she said, part 2)

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“Flora had every imaginable health problem.

She had worms, ear mites, fleas and anything else you can imagine.

Getting her was an expensive proposition, but Flora

is part of the family and we are all very attached.

We have had her for nine years.

She is a high maintenance dog.

She needs a lot of exercise and is very excitable.

When we have people over, it’s hard to get her to settle down.

She is also a hunter.

Once she got a bird in the dog park, which I couldn’t believe.

She was stalking it and before I could intervene she caught it.”

 

 

Flora, the herding mix (part Jack Russell, part Australian Herding Dog) (she said, part 1)

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“I had dogs before I had kids.

When my kids wanted a dog, even though I knew better, I capitulated.

I knew that I would be the one taking care of her, even though my kids swore up and down they would.

We went on the North Shore Animal League website and saw Flora.

She was only three months old and was really cute.

It turned out that she was in Arkansas.

My kids insisted she was meant to be our dog, so we flew her from Arkansas to NY.”

Lola, the Corgi, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix (he said, part 3)

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“My son was watching tv and feeding her raisins.

We had to rush her to the vet because my girlfriend and I knew it was dangerous.

The vet had to induce vomiting and put her on fluids for hydration.

We now have a list of food on the refrigerator, and the kids learned a valuable lesson.

One of the ways Lola has changed my life is that I feel more grounded.

In a divorce situation it’s strange having children come and go (for both the parents and the kids), and having Lola all the time has helped smooth out the waves.

One more thing– I recommend adopting and supporting your local shelter.”