Month: April 2019

Sandy, the Rescue, That is A Big Dog, In A Small Body (Part 5)

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“If you give in to your dogs every request and desire that is not an ideal relationship– then you become the pet and she is the master.

We have an understanding.

Every bath comes with lots of treats.

The pros far outweigh the cons.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 5)

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“The healing was a slow process but I knew he was over the hump when he could walk up the steps to our brownstone, as well as wanting to take longer walks.

Whenever I thought something was wrong with him during the recovery process, I drove him right back to the Animal Medical Center to see Crystal Sunlight, his surgeon.

She reassured us every step of his recovery.

He’s been well for the last six months, except that he needs to lose 10 pounds.

I pamper him too much, but to me, he’s the best dog.

I am hoping when he gets his summer haircut, it takes a pound off of him.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 4)

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“He had three surgeries in one week and even then, he still had an 80% chance of survival as well as keeping his infected leg.

The hardest part was just seeing him so sick, but I had a lot of confidence in the Doctor’s at the Animal Medical Center.

It took Oscar three months to recover.

One week in the hospital and then intensive care at home.

I remember the nurse taking off his collar and leash and his watching that.

I think he thought I was leaving him and it broke my heart.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 3)

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“Oscar is like my best friend.

I like the responsibility of caring for him.

I know he likes me and that makes me feel good.

We love walking together and driving in the car.

We like being outside together.

He almost died from some flesh eating bacteria about mine months ago.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 2)

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“There hasn’t been a whole lot of improvement with his manners.

We got him on a Friday and Jack Klugman died that Sunday.

My first thought when he died was that this dog is going to be called, Oscar Madison.

He lives up to his name.

Every evening we put about 20 toys in a neat pile in front of the living room fireplace and by the time we wake up in the morning, they are spewed all over the living room floor.

I know something is wrong with him if there is no mess in the morning.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 1)

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“Our previous dog, Hatter, a Briard, died and I asked my wife if we could rescue a dog.

She went online and found a dog that looked like a Briard that needed to be rescued.

He’s from the south, but was at a shelter in Elmsford, West Chester.

My wife drove up to the shelter to meet him and brought him home that day.

He was four months old, friendly but was a slob.

After he ate, the food was all over the living room rug.”

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 5)

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“The worst part of having Poppy is that we go away a lot.

I hate to leave her because she was left in a shelter and abandoned.

I don’t want her to think we aren’t coming back.

It’s just hard.

The reunion is always great, though.  She literally hugs me.

She stands up and wraps her paws around me.

Having a dog has enhances your life.

Who wouldn’t want extra love in their life?”

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 4)

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“Poppy had to learn that my husband and I  were the alphas, not her.

We also had to exercise her a lot, because she is a working dog and needs both physical and mental stimulation.

We’ve had her for nine months and some of the best times have been playing frisbee with her.

My husband has been teaching me how to throw a frisbee and it is a great activity that all three of us do together.

We entered her in her first toss and fetch frisbee competition and she did really well.”

 

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 3

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“She was very mouthy with me and she bit hard.

That was how she played.

She put her mouth all over my legs and bit too hard.

She had never been taught boundaries.

Most puppies that are mouthy learn to back off from biting hard when someone says, ouch.

Poppy didn’t understand that.

It was obvious she had never been touched or received attention.”

 

 

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 2)

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“She was not cuddly because she had been in the shelter for two months.

She was surrendered by a family, at age 1.5 years.

Poppy had no manners.

She had no training at all.

She had never been on a leash and had no impulse control.”