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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 a year and a half, 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.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I lost my last dog four days before I got Poppy.

He died at twelve from old age.

I went to Columbia Greene Humane Society in Hudson, New York.

I was hoping to find a border collie mix, and there she was, amongst all the pit bulls up for adoption.

She was just what I was looking for; a female under the age of two years.”

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 1)

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“My family had dogs growing up.

I am a nurse and wanted to help rehabilitate a dog from the pound.

I visited a lot of animal shelters in Baltimore, where I was living at the time.

When I looked in one of the cages, I saw Shy, who was all the way in the back and wouldn’t even lift her head, while other dogs were jumping up, ready to go out of the cage.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THE PASSING OF THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 2)

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“I thought I could save her and give her a longer life, though sadly she was only with us for seventeen months.

After Suzi died, the group that we fostered her for, called Ready for Rescue, contacted us to see if we were too heartbroken or ready to foster again.

My husband and I decided that we could either be selfish and be grief stricken for six months or so, or we could give another abandoned dog a chance.

Suzi died on the 15th of March and Ellie was abandoned on the 17th of March.”

SMOKY, THE GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS (PART 5)

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“I feel that any time I’ve had struggles in my life, my dogs have all been there for me.

They give unconditional love.

If you’re having a bad day, they don’t care.

As long as I love on Smoky, the love is always there.

A dog’s love is always there.”

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 4)

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Smoky took to our black lab and they were best friends for eight years until she died.

After that, Smoky bonded even more with our Malamute Shepherd mix who lived another year and a half.

It’s hard to say definitively the best or worst time since having Smoky, because he has always been there for me.”

 

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 3)

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“While we were still in Tennessee, we saw a flyer for a lost dog with a picture of Smoky.

The vet said, absolutely, do not give him back.

When we brought him back he was still sick with infection from the prong collar that had been removed from his neck.

We had two other dogs at home back in Florida and weren’t sure if he would join the pack or they would welcome him–but they all got along well, right away.”

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 2)

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“It was night time so we brought him back to our cabin and he slept the whole night.

We brought him to the vet the next morning and he cut the prong collar off of his neck with bolt cutters.

We gave him antibiotics and took him back to our cabin rental, where we weren’t supposed to have dogs.

He slept for the next three days.”