Month: June 2017

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 5)

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“Time is malleable in your head but seeing something tangible, like the growth and aging of a dog helps to serve as a point of reference.

Sometimes my sister’s passing feels like yesterday, and other times it seems like a long time ago.

Ellie helps me focus on the time at hand.

She is pretty much my dog, so she is my job.

I would recommend people who are going through something emotional, like a drastic change in their life to get a dog.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 4)

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“Ellie has created new thoughts.

While I am sad about my sister, it’s also okay to be happy about having a puppy.

I want to be there for Ellie.

She depends on me, and that helps put things in perspective.

Watching her live in the moment with no past or future has been helpful.

Watching her grow has also been valuable because I realize how much time has gone by since my sister’s accident.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 3)

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“I pretty much knew at that moment that I wanted her.

That was in August and I picked her up a month later.

Ellie has been great for my parents and me.

It’s a new life in our house.

I think it’s good to keep busy when you are grieving.

Before I got Ellie, I was just alone, thinking about my sister all the time.

Ellie is a responsibility so she has helped me get out of my house physically, as well as my head emotionally.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 2)

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“One of my friends researched French Bulldog breeders online and found one up in the Bronx in an area called, Country Club, near the water.

My friend, my sister’s boyfriend and I went to the breeder’s house and she had two left in  a litter up for adoption.

There was a little cream puppy and a little blue puppy.

The blue ones can go for up to $15,000, so I didn’t think she was in my price range and I didn’t ask about her.

After hearing my personal story (because I had to fill out a form explaining why I wanted a Frenchie on her website before even being eligible for one of her pups), she offered to sell me the Ellie, for the price of the cream puppy.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 1)

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“I’d been wanting a Frenchie for a few years.

They are like clowns; they have funny temperaments.

I was a college student so I couldn’t afford to get a dog, and I didn’t have the time to care for one either.

I graduated from college last May and then a few weeks after that, my sister died in a car accident.

She was 20 years old.

My parents thought it was time for me to get a dog.

I wasn’t working yet, so I had a lot of free time.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 4, he said)

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“Dogs are simple beings and help gain perspective on life.

Anchoas helps me appreciate some of the less complicated aspects of life.

When I come home, after being on the road, I feel a sense of endearment and comfort that I don’t get from my co-workers.

I feel completely relaxed to see my girlfriend and Ancho.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 3, he said)

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“We had more than one dog, so they were part of a pack and had each other, whereas Anchoas is alone.

My girlfriend and I are his pack.

My dogs growing up where raised by my family.

Anchoas is my first puppy as an adult.

Being on the road can be stressful, and my girlfriend loves sharing anything the puppy is doing, which is a nice reminder that I have something re-energizing to come home to.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 2, he said)

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“That has definitely happened with Ancho.

Growing up, I’ve had large dogs, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls and other big dogs.

I think the terms of endearment are a little different for a smaller dog.

It might just be appearance, but they are more dependent on you in that they need to be looked after.

As a puppy, he needs more attention than I have given to a dog that age.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 1, he said)

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“My girlfriend wanted to get a dog and I was just supportive of that.

I wasn’t 100% sure of whether we were settled enough in the apartment, but I left the decision making to her.

She chose the breed, the breeder, and Anchoas.

Honestly, I am out of town a lot for work, so I knew she would be more of the caretaker than I would be.

I also feel like I can fall in love with any dog.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“I look forward to more fun times and adventures now that we are over the rudimentary phase, like potty training and teaching him to walk well on the leash.

He used to try to run over to other dogs, and sprint after birds, but he’s more obedient now.

Ancho (his nickname), draws my boyfriend and I closer together and makes us feel like a family.