“In August of 2015 we filled out an adoption form before we found a dog.
The adoption counselor interviewed us for an hour and was careful to ask questions that would match us with a suitable puppy.
She asked specific questions regarding temperament, breed, color, size and about our personal activities, as well as how much time we were willing to invest in the puppy, and how much time we would be spending at home.
She said there was a litter of puppies coming up from Virginia.”
“I thought New York City was a difficult place to raise a dog, so we wanted a smallish dog.
I would get into bed and go on Pet Finder on my phone at 11:00 at night, and look for New York rescue puppies.
Initially, I looked at Labrador Retriever rescues, but I spoke to someone at Unleashed NYC, the rescue group, and she had adopted two dogs from Unleashed, NYC and had a great experience.
The provide a link to puppies they have up for adoption.”
“I grew up with a lot of pets– cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, and more.
I had a horse and we had a barn full of animals.
I had never really had a pet of my own.
Those were family animals.
My husband had a dog growing up.
Our nine year old son loves animals, too.
We knew we wanted a dog or a cat, but my son decided we should get a dog.”
“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.”
“Before the dogs were transported up to New York the rescue group posted a video of Olive and her sister Katy.
When they got here, my son said, we should visit Olive first.
He had a gut feeling.
We visited her and her foster family in Brooklyn and that was it.
She was three or four months old and was so friendly that we said, we’ve got to get this dog.
She is a year now.
The hardest thing for me was house training her.
It takes patience.
I thought it would take a couple of weeks, but it took a few months.
She pee’d on the rug for a few months.
We had to learn her body rhythms.
It finally paid off.”
“We go upstate for the weekends and watching her run free and explore and swim is a joy.
The family spends more time outside since having Olive, and we talk to strangers on the street.
That can be good and bad.
One day in the cold rain in November, I was walking Olive and a stranger told me, you should die, for just being outside.
She thought I was abusing Olive, when I was just taking her outside to go to the bathroom.
At first I wondered if I was doing the wrong thing, but then I realized that I was simply being a responsible caring dog owner.
We were both in the cold rain.
It’s like having a kid; you close your eyes and just do it.”
“Everybody in my family likes dogs and we didn’t have one.
My seven year old really wanted a dog, so we started looking online for rescues.
We looked on Petfinder, but a friend who got her dogs through Unleashed, NY, recommended them.
We saw a puppy called Hugo, who the family liked.
He was going to be brought up north from Virginia in the fall, when we wanted our dog.
We expressed interest in Hugo, but he died from Parvo.
He had two sisters in his litter and Olive was one of them.”
“I spoke to the woman from the same rescue group, and they had a 7 year old pocket Beagle that was listed under the Urgent category. He was at a kill shelter and looked like he just needed somebody. He was skinny, really scared and had fleas. The rescue group said that he looked like he had been on his own for a while.
They drove him up to NYC from Bowling Green, Kentucky. The I saw him, he was not what I expected. He was full of energy and squirming around.
I didn’t know what beagles were like so I had no idea what energy they have. I thought because he was a little bit older that he would be calm. I tried to keep him contained in a pen and that didn’t work.
Once I put him on the patio while I was cleaning the floor and he broke through the plastic screen covering a window, so he made his own doggie door.
Buddy is more concerned with what I am doing and Ozzie is concerned with what Buddy is doing.
The only scare I had with Ozzie was when he ate chocolate pudding, but he was okay.
There was never any jealously between them. They know their pecking order.”
“My boyfriend was living with me and he was really against getting a dog. He thought it was too much work.
It was something I wanted for a long time.
After he moved out, I started looking for a dog.
I got Buddy the day after my 30th birthday. He was my birthday present to myself.
There was an event at the Petco near my apartment and Buddy was the first and only dog I met. I felt like a could relate to him. He seemed happy and content, like a chill little guy. There was another woman interested but she seemed weird. They asked me if I wanted to take him for a walk and I walked him home to my apartment. He sniffed around, hopped on the couch and seemed at home I went out of the room and he followed me. He’s always by my feet. He’s my little shadow.
Having Buddy helped me get over a bad relationship quickly.
I feel like I am pretty fortunate, and giving Buddy a good life means a lot to me. I know that he feels safe and loved.
Once he got out of his collar, ran down the block, and headed towards the nearest avenue with a lot of traffic. Luckily, a construction worker caught him and held onto him.
I got a camera to see what he was up to during the day because I work long hours at the office. I watched him sitting by himself and even though it didn’t seem to bother him, I wasn’t okay with that.
I decided I would feel better if he had a companion.
Everyone tried to discourage me from getting another dog. They said, you’re not going to be able to handle this.
All the while I looked on the Bowling Green rescue dog websites because Buddy was from Bowling Green, Kentucky.”