Month: November 2016

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 2)

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“People don’t tell you how hard having a puppy is.

I wish someone had told both of us how difficult it would be.

It was a major adjustment.

A puppy requires a lot of time and supervision.

Every second was consumed with my puppy getting into something.

She chewed headphones, rugs, shoes, underwear, pillows and the couch.

Honestly, I was ready to get rid of her, but my boyfriend said Penny is our dogter (dog/daughter), and right now she’s a puppy, but soon she’ll be a dog.

She will calm down.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog and my boyfriend decided it was the right time.

We moved into a dog friendly apartment and we had job security.

We were dog walking and dog sitting and met a particular breed, (a Cavanese) and we fell in love.

We wanted to get a rescue but I have severe allergies.

We wanted a dog that didn’t shed and didn’t bark, but couldn’t find a dog with that criteria in the rescue world.

We asked someone with a Cavanese where she got her dog and then we contacted the breeder.

The timing was just right because that breeder just had a litter.

We went to Pennsylvania and picked out Penny.

She was the only puppy that came up to our lap and fell asleep.”

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 3)

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“I think Ferris has changed how we look at animals.

Instead of us thinking that he should do one thing our way, we’ve learned to adapt and compromise.

When he’s on the leash and an aggressive dog comes by, I step between them to stop anything before it happens.

I don’t say, “bad dog,” I simply diffuse the situation.

I know what works for both of us.

We average walking 6-10 miles of walking a day in the city.

I didn’t want him to suffer from our move to the city.

I wanted to maintain his quality of life.”

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 2)

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“He responded well to obedience training, (hounds are very strong minded).

He became easier to walk on a leash and his leash aggression began to subside.

He is 101 pounds, so when he would bark in a friendly or aggressive way, or go after another dog we felt it.

When we moved to the city from the mountainous countryside of Canada he adapted like he had always belonged.

People are often intimidated by Ferris because of his size, but he is a gentle giant.

The only time he gets aggressive is when another dog repeatedly comes after him; then he feels the need to defend himself.”

 

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 1)

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“We wanted a second dog, so we got Ferris.

We used to live in the mountains of Canada and we wanted a companion for our Golden Retriever, Ben, (who since passed away due to a brain tumor).

We found Ferris on a local internet advertisement.

He was about eight weeks and sick with Parvo.

We were told he had a 60% chance of recovering.

He survived Parvo.

Ferris came the alpha dog very quickly because Ben was so submissive.

He became a different dog when Ben died.

His dominant traits receded and he wasn’t as protective.”

 

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 4)

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” I wasn’t a natural dog person.

I was a bit nervous about the lifestyle change and I was slow to get on board with having a dog.

The first week he was home, it felt like I was back to having a baby again.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed.

He had diarrhea, while running throughout the apartment.

The whole family was on edge.

Relievedly, Charlie was a quick learner.

I’ve come to understand how important he is to the girls and to the family.

Without him in New York, our family didn’t feel complete.

He just arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy.

I like that the girls have someone to cuddle, teaches them responsibility and he keeps them from growing up too quickly.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 3)

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“Other people were coming in and admiring him and we felt pressured to make a decision.

At that point we decided to take him home.

The guard told us that he barked a bit at night.

We faced a lot of challenges at first.

He was six months old and had not been house broken, he barked incessantly and we lived in an apartment building.

We ended up getting a babysitter for Charlie in the evening.

He was quick to house train, but still has bouts of separation anxiety.

His barking has gotten better over the past few years.

We moved from Hong Kong to New York one the summer and Charlie was in a kennel in Hong Kong for two months while we looked for housing.

Charlie just came back from the airport.

He saw grass for the first time today in Central Park. and loved it.”

Charlie, the doodle rescue from Hong Kong (part 2)

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“We thought he was a tiny poodle from the picture.

His name was Chuen Fan, meaning rice roll.

It turned out that he was being transported to the SPCA where my daughter worked.

We decided to go meet him and when we got there, his hair was long  and very matted.

He was not the tiny poodle we had thought he would be.

In fact, he was twice the size that he looks now, from all that hair.

He looked at us with those big sad eyes.

He was so sweet.

He was the only dog not barking at us, so we thought he was calm.”

 

Charlie, the doodle rescue from China (part 1)

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“Our daughters were begging and pleading to get a dog but this was our third move in six years.

We moved from New York, to London, to Hong Kong, so we were worried about getting a dog with our nomadic lifestyle.

My husband said, he would think about getting a dog if our daughters did research on the responsibilities of having a dog.

Our older daughter began volunteering at the SPCA near where we lived in Hong Kong.

Our younger daughter read every single book at the library on dogs.

She became an expert on how to take care of all the different breeds.

During our daughters’ time at the SPCA, we kept looking at the dogs on their website and one day there was this adorable looking dog.”

Sammy, the Bijon Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said, part 4)

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“When my family went down to the Jersey Shore and took Sammy along, it was a lot of fun to watch him explore his new environment.

He was running around looking for new places to hide and crawl underneath, since he couldn’t hide beneath our bed.

Towards the end of our vacation, he did look wistfully at the car, though.

I think he was ready to go back to his home and routine.

He has definitely made a difference in our family.

He reduces everyone’s level of stress and adds a real sense of contentment.”