“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 feel a purpose for something other than myself.
The best experience with Allie has been the team work between my husband and me as parents.
I adopted my last dog as an adult so I was single when I got Monty.
Having Allie before kids has been a great trial run for us as parents-to-be.
My husband and I have similar temperaments, and Allie has taught of us that no matter what is going on in our lives, when we come home to her, she is our family and that is the most important priority in our lives.
It’s about loving each other and being loved as a family.”
“We met her, fell in love and took her home.
All the other dogs were full of energy and she was just sitting in the crate acting mellow.
We wanted a mellow dog.
She was very timid so we started working on socializing her right away.
We took her to a Monday night puppy play group at Unleashed and we discovered that she was the mediator of the group– a policeman, if you will.
She barked when there was either too much excitement or not enough (to get other dogs to play).
Having a dog has changed the pace of my life.
Allie makes me stop and smell the roses, literally, instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of NYC.
She also keeps us on a schedule for walking and playtime.”
“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.”