bichon frise

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 2)

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“My son wanted a bigger dog.

We had a Bijon Frise before Scout who wasn’t friendly, but I grew up with a Labrador Retriever and knew their good temperament.

Half of my family is allergic to dogs, which is why we had a Bijon.

We decided to give the Labrador a chance with restricted access around the apartment.

She doesn’t go in any of the bedrooms.”

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 1)

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“Ginkgo is mutt from the Kent Animal Shelter in Riverhead, Long Island.

I am going to circumnavigate on a sailboat and I will need protection, as well as a companion.

She will be more of an alert dog, than a protector.

I knew I needed a small dog because I will be on a small boat and Ginkgo was the only small dog at the shelter.

I’ve had her for four years.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 4)

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” I wasn’t a natural dog person.

I was a bit nervous about the lifestyle change and I was slow to get on board with having a dog.

The first week he was home, it felt like I was back to having a baby again.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed.

He had diarrhea, while running throughout the apartment.

The whole family was on edge.

Relievedly, Charlie was a quick learner.

I’ve come to understand how important he is to the girls and to the family.

Without him in New York, our family didn’t feel complete.

He just arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy.

I like that the girls have someone to cuddle, teaches them responsibility and he keeps them from growing up too quickly.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 3)

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“Other people were coming in and admiring him and we felt pressured to make a decision.

At that point we decided to take him home.

The guard told us that he barked a bit at night.

We faced a lot of challenges at first.

He was six months old and had not been house broken, he barked incessantly and we lived in an apartment building.

We ended up getting a babysitter for Charlie in the evening.

He was quick to house train, but still has bouts of separation anxiety.

His barking has gotten better over the past few years.

We moved from Hong Kong to New York one the summer and Charlie was in a kennel in Hong Kong for two months while we looked for housing.

Charlie just came back from the airport.

He saw grass for the first time today in Central Park. and loved it.”

Charlie, the doodle rescue from Hong Kong (part 2)

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“We thought he was a tiny poodle from the picture.

His name was Chuen Fan, meaning rice roll.

It turned out that he was being transported to the SPCA where my daughter worked.

We decided to go meet him and when we got there, his hair was long  and very matted.

He was not the tiny poodle we had thought he would be.

In fact, he was twice the size that he looks now, from all that hair.

He looked at us with those big sad eyes.

He was so sweet.

He was the only dog not barking at us, so we thought he was calm.”

 

Sammy, the Bijon Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said, part 4)

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“When my family went down to the Jersey Shore and took Sammy along, it was a lot of fun to watch him explore his new environment.

He was running around looking for new places to hide and crawl underneath, since he couldn’t hide beneath our bed.

Towards the end of our vacation, he did look wistfully at the car, though.

I think he was ready to go back to his home and routine.

He has definitely made a difference in our family.

He reduces everyone’s level of stress and adds a real sense of contentment.”

 

Sammy, the Bijon Shitzu teddy bear mix, (he said, part 3)

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“I took Sammy up to my mother’s in the Berkshires.

She was a dog breeder years ago, so we knew she could handle the situation.

About six to eight weeks later, my wife talked to my mother and asked for Sammy back.

My mother wasn’t happy, but gave him up willingly.

When I brought Sammy back home, he was fully house trained and we could all enjoy him.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said, part 1)

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“I was having a hard time with a lot of stuff and someone suggested that a dog would be a good idea.

They said, a dog would be a good thing for me to focus on in a positive way.

I started by going to the North Shore Animal League but they didn’t have any puppies that my allergies could tolerate.

They did have some senior dogs that were hypoallergenic, but the kids wanted a puppy.

The puppy was also going to be an elementary school graduation present for my younger daughter.”

 

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said part 2)

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“I looked at a few puppies at a pet shop and noticed a Bijon Shitzu mix that was on sale because it had been at the store for a long time.

He was four months old, so his cost was reduced.

Sammy was friendly, hypoallergenic and it seemed right.

i surprised both my daughters and they were very excited.

I set up a gated area in the living room with his crate and toys.

We had problems right off the bat because he pooped everywhere, including his crate and gated area.

I tried walking him constantly, but my wife and I weren’t ready to handle a puppy.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear, pet shop rescue (she said, part 2)

“He called his mother, who used to breed dogs and told her he had a puppy for her.

My husband drove Sammy up to the Berkshire’s where she lives and left him with her.

After six weeks I felt bad for my husband and asked my mother-in-law if she would give Sammy back.

She was sad, and said she would miss him because he was the best dog she ever had, but ok.

And then Sammy came home.

My husband and daughters were so happy to have him back, that I felt good about bringing Sammy home.”