Month: February 2018

Otto, the Strong Willed Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Puppy (she said, part 3)

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“We asked if we could meet the parents, literally.

She is a small breeder who has eight dogs and only has three or four litters per year.

She has great testimonials, and we got to meet Otto’s parents.

It is a great and healthy environment for the dogs.

We waited for a litter for a month and a half and have had him since the day after Thanksgiving,”

Otto, the Strong Willed Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Puppy (she said, part 2)

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“There are always reasons not to, but in the end we decided to go for it.

Our hearts trumped our rational thought.

We always liked Dachshunds.

We joked about having one because they are funny and sweet.

I did a lot of research, as to avoid a puppy mill.

I read about what to ask breeders.”

Otto, the Strong Willed Miniature Long Haired Dachshund (she said, part 1)

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“I didn’t question why to get a dog, I wondered what was stopping me from getting a dog.

My fiancé and I are from the U.K. and we wondered what would happen if we went back with a dog.

Luckily there is no more quarantine, if you get your dog the right injections.

Also, I thought about living in a small space, and giving our dog a good quality of life.

We wanted to know that with our work schedules that we could hire a dog walker and get him enough exercise.”

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 5)

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“I also love how much she gives back tome in regards to companionship and laughs.

Lily has a great sense of humor, and makes me laugh regularly.

She loves to roll around on the ground while seemingly smiling, and likes to steal things like socks, shoes and a loofa sponge.

She never destroys things, she just likes the game of taking them and having us chase her.

Coming home after work is pure joy, because she is so happy and we like seeing each other.”

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 4)

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“Lily was there when I met my current wife and was so jealous of her that she used to eat her undergarments.

It took about six months for Lily to come around, but now they are best friends.

Lily gets upset when my wife is not around, and waits in the hallway for her to come home.

Lily has changed how I live my life.

It’s everything from the mundaneness of scheduling things, to the whole idea of having something you are responsible for.”

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 3)

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“When I first got Lily, I was going through a divorce and she was a constant source of joy and playfulness, which was wonderful.

She required a lot of attention, which was a great diversion from the divorce.

She was great about getting me a whole new social network and seeing parts of the city I had never been to before having her.

I have made friends through my walks with Lily that are now part of my social life.”

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 2)

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“I told him I would take her hunting.

Of course I had never been hunting before.

Cut to six months later, my father and I had our Elmer Fudd hats on, following Lily around with hunting guns.

That day, the birds and other animals were safe, that’s for sure.

Several years later, I can now say, Lily is a good hunter.”

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 1)

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“We’ve always had a dog in our house and I realized I am not as happy without a dog as I am with one.

I had a friend who was always raving about his dog and I asked him who his breeder was.

Lily’s breeder is a hunting breeder.

The breeder gave me a big lecture about how she wouldn’t be happy if she wasn’t hunting.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 5)

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“After a few months we noticed that Koda started playing with Winston.

He stopped being on guard and included Winston in our pack.

A dog is truly man’s best friend.

We go everywhere together.

I really believe that he has enhanced my relationship with my boyfriend.

He has given something of a common bond to our relationship.

He has given us something we can both care about.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 4)

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“The worst of times was his initial reaction to my dog, Winston.

It made me really sad to witness Koda snapping at him, and refusing to allow Winston to be  part of the pack.

Looking back, I realize it wasn’t his fault.

I walked Winston right into Koda’s home, his territory.

After the first meeting, we spent more time together in neutral places, like walking on the beach, or we would go to Sanford Farm, a large preserve, where people bring their dogs.”