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Eleanor Roosevelt, the mixed terrier rescue that helped her people get over the passing of their last dog. (part 1)

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Ellie for short, is our second (foster to adopt) dog.

We first fostered a twelve year old rat terrier called Suzi until she was thirteen and a half, when she passed away.

Nobody wanted to adopt an older overweight and slightly handicapped dog, so we kept her until she died.

Suzi lost nineteen pounds while we fostered her and had an unbeatable spirit.

She was my furry little soulmate.

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.”

Amelia, the rescue terrier mix from Los Angeles (part 2)

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“Amelia has a wonderful, curious spirit and she’s easy going.

I knew she would be great to travel with, and I was right.

We traveled a lot when I first got her and she was always well behaved.

My boyfriend and I were living apart when I first got Amelia, so waking up to her made being apart from him easier.

She has been a great comfort and a wonderful companion.

I lived in Los Angeles with Amelia for a year before we moved to New York to live  with my boyfriend and become a family.”

Amelia, the rescue terrier mix from Los Angeles (part 1)

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“I had been looking at different rescue organizations on social media for about a year.

I saw Amelia and her three sisters up for adoption on MaeDay Rescue.

All of her sisters were adopted but Amelia was still at the rescue organization two weeks later.

I felt it was meant to be.

I was living in Los Angeles at the time, and there were so many wonderful dogs that needed homes.

After spending a weekend trial with Amelia, I knew she was special and there was no way I could have brought her back.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required major house training (part 3)

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“I am so glad we didn’t get rid of her because she’s amazing.

She’s friendly, lovable and has a zest for life.

I love doing things with her, like going to the park, traveling together, and seeing things for the first time through her eyes.

I will never forget the expression on her face the first time she discovered a lizard in Florida.

Her curiousity has added an appreciation to everyday life that I have taken for granted.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 2)

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“People don’t tell you how hard having a puppy is.

I wish someone had told both of us how difficult it would be.

It was a major adjustment.

A puppy requires a lot of time and supervision.

Every second was consumed with my puppy getting into something.

She chewed headphones, rugs, shoes, underwear, pillows and the couch.

Honestly, I was ready to get rid of her, but my boyfriend said Penny is our dogter (dog/daughter), and right now she’s a puppy, but soon she’ll be a dog.

She will calm down.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog and my boyfriend decided it was the right time.

We moved into a dog friendly apartment and we had job security.

We were dog walking and dog sitting and met a particular breed, (a Cavanese) and we fell in love.

We wanted to get a rescue but I have severe allergies.

We wanted a dog that didn’t shed and didn’t bark, but couldn’t find a dog with that criteria in the rescue world.

We asked someone with a Cavanese where she got her dog and then we contacted the breeder.

The timing was just right because that breeder just had a litter.

We went to Pennsylvania and picked out Penny.

She was the only puppy that came up to our lap and fell asleep.”

Hero, Izumi, Mellons, the rescue family (part 5- he said)

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“One of the hardest times was when my job was getting out of control with the hours.

I would get up, go to work, come home and go directly to bed.

During that time, even when I was going straight to bed, I still had the comfort of the dogs between the time I went to bed and fell asleep.

My relationship with my girlfriend has always included the dogs.

They are so funny and expressive and bring a strong feeling of family to our relationship.

Having dogs has been a strong connector.

We have parental roles (I am more of a disciplinarian), but neither of us are very good at disciplining them.

They don’t need much correcting.

When I open the door and 3 dogs rush at me and want affection it’s pure joy.”

Hero, Izumi, Melons, a family of rescues (part 3- she said)

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“For me, as an animal rescuer, I lose dogs everyday because I work at a kill shelter.  It’s incredibly consuming.

Everyday I am so thankful for my for my own dogs, but everyday I feel that I am not doing enough because I am so focused on saving dogs (that are not mine).

At the end of a hard day my dogs make me feel better.

I love them more than myself.

I see them a million moments a day enjoying life and it’s hard because I think of all the dogs that aren’t as lucky.”

Diego, the sensitive greyhound rescue (part 1)

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“I started working with greyhound rescue 2o years ago.

Through that process, I learned about racing and abuse and the rescue efforts that were going on around the country.

That’s when I met my first greyhound, Nutmeg.

I got her in February, 2001.  She had been severely beaten and abused.

She was physically beaten and was afraid of everything, from different noises to her own fur coat.  She had been malnourished and her coat was patchy and thin.  Her skin was really dry.  Dogs’s skin and coat is a sign of their health and Nutmeg was in bad shape.

I worked with her to bring her back to optimal health.”

Elmo & Frida, the California rescues (she said part 1)

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“Elmo and Frida were found abandoned and locked in a condo complex in South East Los Angeles during a 110 heat wave.

They had no food or water for a week and no-one paid any attention to them.

I had cats, and my cat sitter noticed them there because she had a client in that building.  She inquired about them and nobody knew anything.

She sent out an email to all of her clients in search of a home to see if someone could adopt them together because they were already so  bonded.

That same week I had decided to move to New York from a large house and a yard, to a studio apartment.

I decided to adopt them.”