Month: December 2016

Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 3, she said)

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“We both have new jobs this year and are planning a wedding, so there is a lot of stress.

Niko gives me such a sense of calm and peacefulness.

If I am having a bad day I always look forward to coming home.

He makes our house a home, and he is king of our household.”

Niko,the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 2, she said)

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“I like the Schipperke and had thought about getting one when I was single a few years ago.

I am glad I waited.

Niko is a perfect mix of the dogs we liked.

He was the ultimate compromise.

I think Niko has changed my life in a positive way.

He gives us a reason to get up and around.

He’s motivation to get off the couch.

We see the sunrises and sunsets every day.

We walk all over the city and we travel with him.

He has a great attitude and he’s always up for an adventure.”

 

Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 1 she said)

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“My boyfriend and I grew up with dogs.

I grew up with Shepherds.

He grew up with smaller dogs, like cockapoos.

We both knew we wanted a dog, but were long distance for a year.

We argued about what kind of dog to get.

He really wanted a Husky, but I didn’t like the idea of a big dog in the city.

He did a lot of research and found the Alaskan Klee Kai.

The breed was started 30 years ago and is a cross between the Siberian Husky and the Schipperke.”

 

Leo, the Lionhearted, Miracle Terrier Rescue (part 3)

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“One of the rescuers said, the puppies had hearts of lions, so we called him Leo (the lionhearted).

One of the reasons for getting Leo was so that he could be a companion for my mother.

She is 83 and has early stages of dementia.  Her Doctor recommended getting another dog to help keep her focused and social.

My mother cooks for him, plays with him and even walks him.

Leo acts as a therapy dog as well as a companion.

My mother has a routine with him and it keeps her mind busy.

Leo is very social, he wants to play with every dog he sees, so she has been forced to be social as well.

All in all, Leo has been a help to our family.”

Leo, the Lionhearted, Miracle Terrier Rescue (part 2)

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“I filled out an application for him on the Friday before Mother’s Day and that Sunday, I got a call to go to Unleashed on Columbus Avenue to meet with him.

He and his brother were both available.

I had filled out the application for Leo, so I met with him, and after the apartment inspection he was ours.

I found out that his mom and two other dogs were surrendered to a shelter and immediately spayed and neutered, without knowing that one of the dogs was pregnant.

After opening her up and discovering she was pregnant, they closed her up, unsure if the puppies would survive, but they did.

Leo is a miracle baby.”

Leo, the Lionhearted, Miracle Terrier Rescue (Part 1)

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“I was looking for a small dog after I dog sat for a friend of mine who has a chihuahua.

I had a Rottweiler, German Shepherd mix before that who passed away at the age of 15.

We thought we wouldn’t get another dog, but after sitting for a small dog, we decided we wanted another dog; and we wanted a small dog.

You can take a small dog everywhere–on the train, a bus, in a cab and on a plane.

I found Leo on the Eve’s Sanctuary website.

Harry and Milly, the Papillon dogs that make an empty nest more bearable (part 4)

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“We just moved to New York from London and our routine is always the same.

We go for long walks every day; I like to take long walks and they are always willing.

I think Harry more than Milly has changed my life.

I love having him but he doesn’t like people petting him.

I tend to try to please people and it’s upsetting to see people so disappointed that he won’t let them pet him.  I feel like I am letting people down.

I also feel like dogs are mirrors of us.

I try to learn from their behavior.

Just like with people, you can’t control their behavior.

You can only control your own responses.

I try not to be disappointed, but more accepting.”

 

Harry and Milly, the Papillon dogs that make the empty nest more bearable (part 3)

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“They are absolutely child replacements, although I try to treat them like dogs, not babies.

Getting them when my last daughter left home, made having an empty home more bearable.

There was no longer silence when I opened the front door.

I feel like I am never alone.

They will also never grow up, like my children did.

They will never leave home, or prefer to be with their friends.

Having the dogs has been a constant in our lives.”

Harry and Milly, the Papillon dogs that make the empty nest more bearable (part 2)

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“I thought having two would be as easy and peaceful as having one dog, but it is not.

Like with children, I appreciate each one because of the other.

Harry is shy with people, but more social with dogs and Milly is the opposite.

Milly likes to be the center of attention, so Harry gets less attention than he used to.

It only took a week for Harry to stop guarding his toys when I got Milly.

They bonded with each other in a matter of weeks, though they are each more

bonded to me than each other.

I think it’s not a coincidence that I got these dogs as I became an empty nester.”

Harry and Milly, the Papillons that make an empty nest more bearable (part 1)

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“I got my dogs for companionship.

I always had big dogs and this time I wanted an active small dog.

I just wanted something different.

I am a petite person and I didn’t want anything so strong.

I also wanted a dog that could sit on my lap.

I just liked the way Papillon’s look.

I had Harry first and it was so easy, I just decided to get another one.

I soon realized it was twice as much work.

Be careful what you wish for; sometimes you imagine things being one way and it turns out to be another.”