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PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 5)

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“Princess has brought a better sense of communication to my marriage.

We discuss how we take care of her.

He takes care of the finances and I do the rest.

When I walk in my apartment at the end of the day, my stress doesn’t matter.

As long as I’ve got Princess, life is good.”

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 2)

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He brought Princess’s sisters, but they didn’t work out.

They didn’t want to walk and they were hard to train.

I tried to house break both of them, but neither would walk and I ended up dragging them.

I called up the original owner and asked him to take them back because it wasn’t working out.

He told me he had the runt of the litter and she was the last remaining puppy.

That was Princess.”

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 1)

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“My mom wanted a dog, so a friend came over and we looked on Pet Finder, the ASPCA and other rescue sites, but the process was too long.

They didn’t make it easy.

They wanted to interview me and check out my home.

So, I put flyers out around my apartment complex in Georgia and one person responded.

He said, his dog had puppies and if I wanted one he would bring two for me to meet from a litter his dog just had, and I could choose the one that I wanted.”

BAILEY, THE STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER, CHOW CHOW, BOXER AND LABRADOR RETRIEVER RESCUE MIX (PART 6)

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“Going on these walks makes it able to see how pushing through her challenges has paid off.

Our walks are a mutual understanding of what we do in the morning and represent the respect we have for each other, as well as her accomplishments.

It’s a great way to spend the morning and we both love it.

Joy Rides is an amazing organization.

They transported Bailey and hundreds of thousands of other dogs from kill shelters in the south and bring them up north for adoption.”

BAILEY, THE STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER, CHOW CHOW, BOXER AND LABRADOR RETRIEVER RESCUE MIX (PART 2)

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I followed a number of rescue organizations on Instagram and saw an image of Bailey on See Spot Rescued, and I fell in love with her.

My husband and I applied right away.

They checked out our references pretty quickly and then we went to meet her.”

BAILEY, THE STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER, CHOW CHOW, BOXER AND LABRADOR RETRIEVER RESCUE MIX (PART 1)

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“I’ve always volunteered for different animal organizations.

Guiding eyes for the blind was one, and more recently, Bad Ass Brooklyn Rescue.

Working with the rescue animals inspired me to adopt a rescue dog.”

NIKO, THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“Niko has given us reason to do things that we might not have done without him.

I would’t have just gone for a walk in the park by myself, but now I take Niko and walk for hours.

Niko has brought my fiancé and me closer together.”

BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 5)

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“The first time I noticed how much of an impact Babka had on my life was during a snowstorm a few weeks after getting her.

We usually just stayed inside, but she needed to be walked and I took her out.

Just getting out of the house and walking in the fresh snow felt calming.

I was appreciative that another living body needed me and got me out of the house.  My routine had changed and I liked it.

My relationship with my husband has grown, in that we are on a team with a common goal; taking care of Babka.

Having Babka makes us feel more like a family, not just a couple.”

OLIVE, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT WANTS TO PLAY 24/7 (PART 3)

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“Someone at my dog park in New Jersey, had a Frenchie who I really liked and I reached out to their breeder and she was about to have a litter.

She told me that I needed to reserve a dog, because they bred very conservatively and would be spoken for quickly.

At the time I wanted a male, but when she sent me photos of the litter, I fell in love with Olive’s face and knew she was the puppy for me.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 5)

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Jojo is my best buddy.

I take him with me everywhere.

He came with me to the Dr. for my annual physical and when the Dr. tested my knee reflexes with a medical hammer, Jojo started growling at him, thinking I was in danger.

He would protect me at any and all costs.

As a single person, getting outside my own head and taking care of another being fulfills my life.”