Month: January 2017

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei, mix from Puerto Rico (part 3)

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“Over time we developed a routine with Vivi.

She was already housebroken, but was  terrified of street life–cars, street noises and the elevator.

It took about a month for her to acclimate to New York City and our lifestyle.

We did a DNA test after three months and it turned out that she had no lab in her, whatsoever.

She is supposedly Terrier, Chow Chow, Greyhound, Chihuahua and Sharpei.

Vivi has help bond the family together.

There is always something to talk about where Vivi is concerned.

We think she is funny.

She can bounce on her hind legs for quite a while and makes some very entertaining groaning sounds.

She has brought more laughter to our household.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei, mix from Puerto Rico (part 2)

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“We didn’t find what we were looking for in a New York shelter, so we went to Pet Finder to expand our search.

We found a five month old Labrador mix at Stray From the Heart, a New York City rescue group.

I filled out the paper work, organized a home ivies and it turned out that Vivi was still in Puerto Rico.

She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei mix from Puerto Rico (part 1)

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“After living in New York City for two years, my family felt settled.

Our kids were six and eight at the time, and were begging us for a dog.

We started looking at rescue dogs.

We looked at the ASPCA first, and then the CACC, but we didn’t find an appropriate dog at either place.

We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy, between thirty and forty pounds because of apartment living.

At that point we thought it would be ideal to get a Labrador Retriever mix, because labs are considered family friendly.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, the terrier mix that helped her people get over their last dog (part 3)

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“She’s become more playful and more cheeky.

She asks for more food and begs for treats.

She really knows how to work my husband.

She whimpers and whines to get on the bed.  She knows she’s not allowed, but occasionally I come home to see her on my side of the bed, laying beside him.

When my husband and I hug and kiss, she whimpers, so my husband picks her up to join us.  Once she feels included she licks his face and expresses pure contentment.

Ellie has pushed me to learn more about dog behavior because she doesn’t love everyone.

She has taught be to be more patient.”

 

Eleanor Roosevelt, the mixed terrier rescue, that helped her people get over their last dog. (part 2)

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“My husband and I decided that we could either be selfish and be grief stricken for six months or so, or we could give another abandoned dog a chance.

Suzi died on the 15th of March and Ellie was abandoned on the 17th of March.

We all grieved together, as Ellie was abandoned and missing her people at the same time that we lost Suzi and were sad and alone.

Ellie seemed like a good fit for that reason.

After caring for a senior dog for over a year, we wanted to care for a dog with a bit more energy that was also more independent.

Ellie was meek and seemed depressed at the beginning.

After six months, she started coming around.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, the mixed terrier rescue that helped her people get over the passing of their last dog. (part 1)

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Ellie for short, is our second (foster to adopt) dog.

We first fostered a twelve year old rat terrier called Suzi until she was thirteen and a half, when she passed away.

Nobody wanted to adopt an older overweight and slightly handicapped dog, so we kept her until she died.

Suzi lost nineteen pounds while we fostered her and had an unbeatable spirit.

She was my furry little soulmate.

I thought I could save her and give her a longer life, though sadly she was only with us for seventeen months.

After Suzi died, the group that we fostered her for, called Ready for Rescue, contacted us to see if we were too heartbroken or ready to foster again.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue (part 3)

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“The unconditional love and being needed by Cleo is what saved me.

My problems became less important when I focused on training and caring for Cleo.

My mother loves Cleo and is grateful for what she brought to our lives.

I have since moved out which is what led to getting Charley.

Charley is a character.

He is needier than Cleo.

Cleo has taken on the role of both mother and bratty big sister.

Ultimately, I am the pack leader (when I want to be), but I am not a real disciplinarian.

They are my own small family.

I call them my children.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue. (part 2)

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“I’ve had Cleo longer than Charley.

I found a dog on Pet finder that I wanted to meet at the SPCA in Westchester.    That dog had been adopted by the time I got there, but Cleo put her paw on the glass as I walked by, and got my attention.

The rest was history.

I work a lot and have long hours so I thought Cleo should have a friend.

I was looking for a smaller dog on Pet finder and found Charley.

He was transported by truck from Texas with Rescue Roadtrips.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue. (part 1)

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“I had a childhood dog which passed away while my parents were divorcing.

I wanted another dog but my mother (who I was living with at the time), said, absolutely not.

I was still living at home, and battling really bad depression.

I was in such a bad state that my mother caved in and agreed to let me get a dog.

Cleo saved my life.”

Amelia, the rescue terrier mix from Los Angeles (part 3)

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“Amelia and I just moved to New York City from Los Angeles and the weather and noise level has been a challenge for her.

Being here, we are closer to my family and they have a lot of land and two dogs for her to play with.

Amelia has been very social since moving to New York and it’s great to watch her run and play with other dogs.

I am also starting a new job soon, so it will be an adjustment for Amelia and me to be apart during the day.”