Month: November 2018

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 8)

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“We met neighbors we never spoke with before and our children now know every dog on the block.

Scout taught me to take life a little less seriously.

I appreciate the simplicity of play.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 7)

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“After having four kids, with one already out the door, getting Scout is like having a new two year old.

She has added a new layer to our nuclear family.

We have met new people and made new friends through having Scout.

She has introduced us to an entire subculture.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 6)

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“I used to think the dog ate my homework was a joke, but I have been a witness to Scout doing just that.

She recently ate several pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that must have fallen on the the floor.

Luckily, her unfortunate food choices have worked themselves out of her system and we haven’t had to take her to a veterinarian.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 5)

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“Scout has been a great distraction for the family side our oldest child went off to college.

Everyone misses her, but Scout is like a new family member as well as a new responsibility.

She needs a watchful eye because she is a puppy.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 4)

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“The kids love to play with her, and they help with the walking when they can.

We also have given in to getting a dog walker sometimes because it takes the pressure off of us.

I can take the kids to activities like soccer or dance after school without worrying about running home to walk her.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 2)

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“My son wanted a bigger dog.

We had a Bijon Frise before Scout who wasn’t friendly, but I grew up with a Labrador Retriever and knew their good temperament.

Half of my family is allergic to dogs, which is why we had a Bijon.

We decided to give the Labrador a chance with restricted access around the apartment.

She doesn’t go in any of the bedrooms.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 3)

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“My oldest, who is allergic is off at college and my husband is coping.

He took shots for a few years with our last dog, (who was supposed to by hypoallergenic), but has since stopped.

Scout has not only cheered up my son who asked for her, but is a great addition to the family.

She is a therapy dog.

Scout makes everybody happy.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 1)

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My older son wanted a dog.

I have two boys and two girls.

He is the second oldest.

He’s a teenager and he seemed a little depressed and it seemed like getting a dog would be a good thing.

Of all my kids, he doesn’t ask for a lot.”

Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 7)

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” His energy level was through the roof.

I spent hours outside with him in the park, at the dog run and home playing with him to work off his energy, give him exercise and make sure he no longer felt abandoned.

10 months later, he’s more secure and his past is further and further behind, and so is his attention seeking behavior.

He knows he is well loved.”

Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 6)

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“The worst part of getting Yoda was that he had been neglected and had some maladaptive behaviors.

He chewed on things and barked for attention.

It’s taken time, but his behavior is improving.

I had to be one step ahead in training him.

I mean, I had to keep him out of trouble and and keep him safe.

He ate garbage off the sidewalk, chewed furniture, pulled at whatever clothing I was wearing (both outside or at home), and barked for attention.”