ASPCA

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 3)

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“He had crazy looking ears and a great soul.

I got him on June 1st, and I call that summer, my summer of Zimmy, because I was off from work and spent every day with him.

We went to the beach, hiked mountains or had some sort of daily adventure.

When I got him, he was about a year old.

He has been the love of my life for the past nine years.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 2)

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“Every time I went in, I visited the dogs, as I had dogs on the brain.

In fact, I had already picked out a name.

I was writing a book at the time and one of the chapters was on Bob Dylan, so I knew I wanted to call the dog, Zimmerman.

The third time there, I passed two huge German Shepherds, and in the same cage was a small Shepherd mix cowering in the corner.

I told the worker that I wanted to see that dog, and within two minutes, he was my dog.”

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 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.”

 

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei mix from Puerto Rico (part 4)

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“The kids are too young to walk her alone, but they feed her and give her water.

Over a two month period of time my father-in-law became increasingly ill and my husband traveled to see his family, frequently.

Having Vivi was a great comfort to my children and me.

The routine of having a dog gets the family out every day.

After the death of my father-in-law, we knew we could count of the routines of my children and Vivi to teach us the enjoyment of every day life.

Vivi is teaching the children a sense of responsibility by being another member of the family and having her needs met too.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei, mix from Puerto Rico (part 2)

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“We didn’t find what we were looking for in a New York shelter, so we went to Pet Finder to expand our search.

We found a five month old Labrador mix at Stray From the Heart, a New York City rescue group.

I filled out the paper work, organized a home ivies and it turned out that Vivi was still in Puerto Rico.

She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei mix from Puerto Rico (part 1)

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“After living in New York City for two years, my family felt settled.

Our kids were six and eight at the time, and were begging us for a dog.

We started looking at rescue dogs.

We looked at the ASPCA first, and then the CACC, but we didn’t find an appropriate dog at either place.

We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy, between thirty and forty pounds because of apartment living.

At that point we thought it would be ideal to get a Labrador Retriever mix, because labs are considered family friendly.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue (part 3)

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“The unconditional love and being needed by Cleo is what saved me.

My problems became less important when I focused on training and caring for Cleo.

My mother loves Cleo and is grateful for what she brought to our lives.

I have since moved out which is what led to getting Charley.

Charley is a character.

He is needier than Cleo.

Cleo has taken on the role of both mother and bratty big sister.

Ultimately, I am the pack leader (when I want to be), but I am not a real disciplinarian.

They are my own small family.

I call them my children.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue. (part 2)

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“I’ve had Cleo longer than Charley.

I found a dog on Pet finder that I wanted to meet at the SPCA in Westchester.    That dog had been adopted by the time I got there, but Cleo put her paw on the glass as I walked by, and got my attention.

The rest was history.

I work a lot and have long hours so I thought Cleo should have a friend.

I was looking for a smaller dog on Pet finder and found Charley.

He was transported by truck from Texas with Rescue Roadtrips.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue. (part 1)

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“I had a childhood dog which passed away while my parents were divorcing.

I wanted another dog but my mother (who I was living with at the time), said, absolutely not.

I was still living at home, and battling really bad depression.

I was in such a bad state that my mother caved in and agreed to let me get a dog.

Cleo saved my life.”

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 3)

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“I think Ferris has changed how we look at animals.

Instead of us thinking that he should do one thing our way, we’ve learned to adapt and compromise.

When he’s on the leash and an aggressive dog comes by, I step between them to stop anything before it happens.

I don’t say, “bad dog,” I simply diffuse the situation.

I know what works for both of us.

We average walking 6-10 miles of walking a day in the city.

I didn’t want him to suffer from our move to the city.

I wanted to maintain his quality of life.”