Month: March 2020

ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 2)

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“Two dogs that I was interested in through other rescue organizations got adopted the day before I went to meet them.

After that I started contacting Miniature Dachshund breeders, but I strolled into a pet store and saw Rosie.

It was love at first sight.

She was tiny.  I think she was 3.2 lbs.

She was playful, but not crazy, and was very sweet.

While we were signing the paperwork to buy her, she fell asleep in our arms.”

ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 1)

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“Our last dog died.

He was a double dapple Dachshund who died when he was 11 years old.

I really wanted a rescue mutt but it was a surprisingly hard process.

I had to fill out applications and give references.

When I went to the ASPCA, they had a lot of big Pit Bulls, but we had a small apartment, and we wanted a small dog.”

BUCKY LA FONTAINE AND DOLLY, THE BLACK LABRADOR/TERRIER SIBLING RESCUE DOGS FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 3)

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“We brought Dolly home and she came down with the same virus so we had to bring her back to the the animal hospital at Bide-A-Wee.

We saw Bucky again, and got to see how much he and Dolly had already bonded, trying to play together through their crates, while recovering.

I couldn’t leave Bucky there, so after they were well enough, we brought both of them home.”

 

BUCKY LA FONTAINE AND DOLLY, THE BLACK LABRADOR/TERRIER SIBLING RESCUE DOGS FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 2)

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“About six months later, I was working with Bide-A-Wee and I attended their annual fundraising gala.

They brought a few rescue dogs to the event. I was introduced to Dolly (the wire-haired).  She was adorable and kissed me right away.

It was love at first sight.

I decided it was the right time for me to get a dog.”

BUCKY LA FONTAINE AND DOLLY, THE BLACK LABRADOR/TERRIER SIBLING RESCUE DOGS FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 1)

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“I’ve always had Yorkshire Terriers.

Audrey Hepburn was my inspiration and she had Yorkshire’s.

Years ago in my career I worked with Audrey. She wore some of my fashion designs.

When my last Yorkie, Master Timmy (he was named for his great grandfather) passed away, I was very sad.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 5)

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“I have found that my dogs play a similar role in my life.

For me, what’s most joyous is accepting responsibility for them.

They give me the chance to give them the care and love they innately deserve.

That means consistency and being a presence in their life on a daily basis.

They give me the chance to be a better person.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 4)

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“I am a teacher and I work with some kids that have emotional difficulties.

I see how helpful the dogs are in stressful situations and how stabilizing and reassuring they can be.

Some of the kids have service dogs, which provide a venue for affection and the opportunity to care for another being without judgement or conditions.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 3)

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“There weren’t major changes when Percy lost his eyesight.

They had both been taught visual as well as aural commands, so the transition was pretty smooth.

I am not sure Watson is aware that Percy is blind, but they don’t run around as much together.

When we walk, Watson will walk on the outside to keep Percy sandwiched in between us.

As a New York City teacher, I definitely carry a lot of stress on a daily basis and living and working with the dogs has shown me how to deal with my feelings better.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 2)

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“Percy, for instance could be shown behaviors and would remember them, whereas Watson  was taught certain behaviors, by having us catch him doing them and calling out the word for the action.

For example, Watson learned to sit by sitting and having us call out the word, sit.

Percy is five months older than Watson, but we trained them together, although Percy was already housebroken.

Percy is eight and Watson is almost eight.

About 3 and a half years ago Percy had an infection which turned into an auto immune condition.  The illness led to chronic inflammation of his eyes and glaucoma with scarring and he became blind.”