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JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 3)

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“Jojo became more and more of a shared dog, and we consider it joint custody.

Two things changed  everything with Jojo and me.

Hiking and biking.

We started to go on the bus to Harriman State Park and hike all day.

We got there at 10:30 a.m. and left at 5:00 p.m.

I bike everywhere, so I bought a dog carrier that I attached to my bike and we are a team.

We rode to down to the battery along the river and then up to the little red lighthouse at the George Washington Bridge.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 2)

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“His owner said, Jojo would come home home after our trip to the dog run and Central Park, and pass out from exhaustion.

Next, we started having sleepovers.

His owner and I decided that I would keep him for several days at a time, which turned into Thursday evening through Monday morning.

I started taking him to the veterinarian, because I had him on the weekend, and his owner and I work during the week, and neither of us have much free time.”

TALLULAH, THE YELLOW LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE (PART 5)

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“In general, just in my last year of college when I didn’t have any roommates and I decided to live alone in New York, she has been my only roommate and companion and it’s great because she is there for me every step of the way.

When I transition, she transitions.

She’s something familiar and provides me with a real sense of stability.”

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 4)

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“I just graduated from undergraduate school in May and came to NY a month ago for graduate school.

We rented a truck and drove up to New York City for 16 hours.

It’s a big transition coming to New York City from the suburbs of Alabama, but Tally is doing great.

She is occasionally skittish around the noises of the city, but she loves the energy here.”

I’ve taken her on the train a few times and she is relaxed.

She has no problem with the subway.

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 3)

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“Tally was a very curious puppy and got into anything I left on the floor.

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 2)

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“I took her home as a foster to adopt, and decided to keep her a week later.

She was so small that I took her everywhere with me, even shopping.

A week and a half later, I took her to college with me.

Because I left before the foster time was up, I adopted her over the phone and had my mother go to the shelter and finalize the paperwork.”

 

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 1)

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“I’ve always loved dogs.

I got Tally when I was in college, two years ago.

I got another dog first, but he was already sick with heart worm.

I didn’t want him to die in the shelter, so I adopted him and got him treated, but he died six months later from a grand mall seizure, related to his heart worm.

I knew I wanted to get another dog, so I waited until I went back home to Florence, Alabama and went to the local shelter, where I met Tally.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 5, HE SAID)

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“It took six months to trust her off leash and be confident that she wouldn’t run off.

Penny has really come into her own.

She trusts us.  We have developed a great bond.

The best thing about having her is the joy she has brought to our lives.

I consider her a missing piece that made our family more complete.

I think the hardest part of having a dog is the time and commitment.

Penny requires a certain amount of time every day, so we sacrifice other things in order to take care of her.

Whether it’s work, exercise, or my social life, I am very happy to have the responsibility and live up to it.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“She was confused at first, but took to her crate right away.

It really helped give her a sense of security–having her own crate.

She had been sharing a crate with a German Shepherd at her foster person’s house.

We started calling her Penny right away and she began responding to her new name after a few weeks.

Over time Penny acclimated to New York City life pretty well.

We trained her to play off leash in Central Park after having her for three months, and at first, it was only for short periods of time.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 3, HE SAID)

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“We also spoke with her foster person, who told us that she was originally nervous but that was becoming less so, and she thought she would turn into a great dog– with the right people.

We went home, walked it over for a few weeks, and decided to formalize the adoption process.

She was a good size for an apartment and we liked that.”

She was a dachshund mix, and we felt that her young age made her trainable to be a good city dog.

We were excited to have her.”