Month: February 2017

Lulu, the Maltipoo (part 4)


“Dogs are about unconditional love.

Now that my kids are away at school, they palpably miss Lulu.

They often say, they can’t imagine life without a dog.

My youngest if probably the most attached and when I visit him at school I always bring Lulu along.

She is a great comfort and a member of the family.”

Lulu, the Maltipoo (part 3)


“My kids are teenagers, now.

Lulu can tell when something is bothering them or they are sick.

When my son was around five, he was afraid to go upstairs to the second floor by himself and he would take Lulu with him for security.

Lulu brings so much love to our family.

When I see my kids playing with her, I enjoy watching them express their to love towards  her freely.

When my kids were younger, they could be moody–but never with Lulu.”

Lulu, the Maltipoo (part 2)


“We had a medium sized dog all picked out–a cockapoo.

I brought my son to the pet shop and the cockapoo was too hyper.

A trainer at the shop said, that dog is not for you.  He could tell by my son’s wary body language that he was afraid and it wasn’t the right fit for us.

All the dogs were going nuts and were hyper, except Lulu.

She was just laying there peacefully.

The trainer brought her over and my son held and hugged her .

It was really cute and that was it.”


Lulu, The Maltipoo (part 1)


“My daughter wanted a dog for years.

It started when she was around nine.

She would make presentations and contracts of how things would be with her taking care of the dog.

It would be great.

One day when she was about twelve, I started to convince my husband that getting a dog was a good idea.

He said, I don’t want a dog, but if we get a dog, I want a big one.

I said, if you don’t want a dog, you don’t get to pick what kind of dog–you don’t want.”

Penny & Parker, the Pomeranians (part 3, she said)

“One year later, we learned the ropes and found a reputable breeder, registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club), and we got Parker, who cost us just about nothing in vet bills.

We tried to go through rescue first, but we came up against roadblocks. No one could tell us what size the dog would be an we needed a small dog for the safety of Penny.

We ended up with a breeder and we chose Parker from his photo.  He had a great face.

The first time Parker saw the beach, he lost his mind.  He buried his head in the sand.  He loved every moment on the beach.

It’s hard to say a worst moment because they have been a joy.

They make you get out of your house, out of yourself.”

Benny, the wingman

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“I got Benny for my kids and me.

They were ten and twelve at the time.

The day we brought him home he pee’d on the tile floor.  He dragged a nearby folded beach towel over to the puddle and covered it.  That was the first and only time he pee’d indoors.

I lost my condo in Boca during the mortgage crisis in 2008.  I was also in the mortgage business, causing my career to go kaput.  I worked several survival jobs to provide for Benny and me.

It took many years to get back on my feet.  There was a chance I was looking at being homeless.

Just having Benny in my life kept me sane.

Ultimately, Benny myself and our belongings were crammed into my ’99 Honda Accord (with 170,000 miles on it) and headed north to move in with my girlfriend (now wife).

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Penny & Parker, the Pomeranians (part 2, she said)

“We got Penny from a pet store and she ended up costing us thousands of dollars in veterinary fees because she was so sick.  She had bad knees and all sorts of medical issues. Her knees cost $5,000.00.

I am grateful we had pet insurance, Petplan, they paid for everything.

Eventually, we decided Penny would be happier with another dog to play with.  We felt it would take some of the pressure off of us to constantly entertain her.

And it did.

She was happy then, but she’s happier now.”

Penny & Parker, the Pomeranians (Part 1, she said)


“We were asked to babysit a friend’s Pomeranian and my husband I fell madly in love with him.

His name was Prince and he was a very intelligent and personable dog.  He would look you in the eye and you really felt like he was trying to connect with you.

After that experience we decided we wanted a Pomeranian.

We didn’t know how to go about finding a dog.

We didn’t know about puppy mills and pets stores, and their connection.

We had no idea.”

Murphy, the bluetick coonhound/border collie mix rescue from a kill shelter (part 3)


“Murphy helps me to relax.

I found a lump in my breast and felt instantly afraid, without any instant resolution.

I had two weeks of living in fear, but Murphy helped take my mind off of what was happening with me.

Murphy also makes me laugh.

He is still a puppy so he’s very clumsy and friendly.

He loves little kids and likes to lick their hands and faces.  I think he genuinely wants to make them smile.

He is not a food or treat driven dog.

Getting love and affection is motivation for Murphy.”

Murphy, the bluetick coonhound/border collie mix rescue from a kill shelter (part 2)


” Two things have happened since I’ve had Murphy.

My father is much older and suffers from a neurological disorder and he got very sick.

It was very scary.

When I would cry, Murphy would come right up to me and snuggle.

He really got me out of my head.

He initiated walks outside and it was great to have something that depended on me, so I couldn’t give in to my feelings of isolation.

He is insistent on staying in the moment, so I can’t linger on anything too long.”