“I have someone to come home to every day and my life feels like it’s in place.
First I got a dog and then I got a serious boyfriend right after.
It’s been smooth sailing since having Willow.
Dogs are a lot of work, time and commitment, but there is a great payoff–
“Willow changed my personal travel schedule and now I spend a lot more time in NYC.
Before I got her, I worked in London and other cities, but I try to be home as much as possible.
Having her encourages me to have more stability in my life.”
“I got her when she was nine weeks old, so I had a moment of hesitation.
I got over it when I realized the joy of having a puppy.
Willow was relatively easy to train.
I spent a lot of time with her because I work as a free-lancer.
I adopted her last January.
“The got a lot of healthy dogs from a kill shelter in Kentucky.
I started following their website to see when they got new dogs.
I put in an application after I saw Willow’s picture, and was approved right away.
I met her for the first time when I picked her up from the shelter.”
“I thought it was time to get a dog.
The ability to travel with and include them on outdoor excursions made me want a dog over a cat.
I used to foster dogs for Social Tees the rescue group, but ended up getting Willow at the Sullivan County SPCA.
I had a ski rental last year nearby and found this SPCA online.”
“I just recently retired and having Kai gives me a routine and a schedule.
I still mourn the cat, and realize that Kai is not a substitute.
I used to get maybe 8,000 or 9,000 steps on my Fitbit, but now I get 10,000 by 2 pm.
He runs much faster than I do.
I know this, because he ran away from me twice in Rockaway.”
“I was as nervous as could be.
Finally, I got the call, one and get the baby.
He was with his foster mom in Manhattan.
I picked him up and took him to Rockaway, and BAM, I had a puppy to take care of.
We moved to Manhattan in October and he has adjusted very well.
He loves the smells, but hates the noise.”
“I went through Rescue Dogs Rock, while living in Rockaway.
They offered me a Maltese/Chinese Crested mutt with three legs who was one and a half years old.
I took him.
When I saw his photograph, I fell in love with his face instantly.
I applied for him, filled out a long form, had a phone interview and then had a house visit.
I was approved.”
“My late husband and I had a cat and the cat was his beloved cat.
We had agreed when the cat passed away, we would get a dog.
My husband died three years ago and the cat died last summer.
I went online in late June looking for a rescue dog.
I wanted an adult poodle.”