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WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I thought it was time to get a dog.

The ability to travel with, and include them on outdoor excursions made me want a dog over a cat.

I used to foster dogs for Social Tees, the rescue group, but ended up getting Willow at the Sullivan County SPCA.

I had a ski rental last year nearby and found this SPCA online.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 2 Said, Part 3)

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“Bodie was listed as a Catahoula/Boxer mix, (his name was Nate at the time) and he was at a shelter in Mississippi.  We sent in the application digitally, thinking we wouldn’t hear anything for a week or so.

Someone from the shelter called us two hours later and said, he’s yours if you want him.

My first instinct was, something’s wrong with him, but my husband talked to the people at the shelter and found out they had googled him and seen the trailer to his movie.

They said, anyone who made a movie like that had to have a heart.

Bodie was ours we wanted him.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 2 Said, Part 2)

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” I moved in with my boyfriend(now husband), and we had a few conversations where I convinced him that it was time to get a dog, because honestly, there is never a right time and I was done waiting.

He knew it was important to me and he got on board quickly, though I instigated it.

The Sunday after Christmas, 2013, we were lounging in the kitchen, drinking coffee and I suggested that we look at dogs on Petfinder.

We were looking at a Catahoula Leopard dogs, (the state dog of La.).  We like labs but thought let’s look at something more unusual.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 2 Said, Part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog but because I am an actor and my schedule and my life were so unpredictable I always put it off.

Four years ago I was on tour with The Book of Mormon and I realized that my gift to myself    after the tour would be a dog.

I was done making sacrifices.

I knew how much I loved dogs and I wanted a dog.  I made it a priority.

I even made my security code on my phone, D-O-G-S.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 5)

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“Whenever I go home with Bodie now, they are like two long lost friends.

When you see another person parenting in the same way you do, you realize you are on the same page.  It makes me respect Mike all the more.

Raising a dog is a common goal that doesn’t stop.  It makes you closer on a daily basis.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 4)

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“My father had a heart attack and I went home to take care of him.  I took Bodie with me.   My father says he doesn’t care about dogs, but he warmed up to Bodie real quick.  Anytime I looked over, they were sleeping on the sofa together.

My dad is a pretty hard guy and Bodie softened him.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 3)

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“I was in Central Park with Bodie when he was five months old and I was watching two people get into an argument.

I didn’t notice that Bodie got swept away with a bunch of dogs and a dog walker.

I freaked and literally ten minutes went by.

My cell phone rang and it was Mike, and I was thinking, how am I going to tell Mike the dog is gone.  He said he was in the park and walking over to meet us.

As  Mike approached, I saw one of my dog friends from the park, with Bodie (attached to a leash).  She had found him.  That is one of the beautiful things about having dog friends.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 2)

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“We started the application process and filled out our first application, in which I realized Mike, my husband, and I were talking about two different dogs.  I said, it’s a 10 week old puppy in Mississippi and we’re never going to get him.  Well, two hours later they called and said, he’s yours.

I was mad because I didn’t want that dog.

I asked the woman on the phone how this happened so fast.  She said she just googled me and saw the trailer to my last movie.  She said, anyone who made that movie, has to have a heart, so we fast tracked it.

When I got off the phone with her, I said to Mike, that’s our dog.

We’ve never looked back.

 

Bodi, the Great Rescue From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 1)

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“My husband wanted a dog desperately and I said it isn’t the right time, and he said, It’s never going to be the right time.

I conceded.

We went on Pet Finder one Sunday morning as an exercise, because we were just beginning the search.  We have two shelter cats and getting them was like an act of congress, so we thought it was going to take a long time.”

IKE, THE RESCUE BOXER, CHOW, COLLIE, LABRADOR, HOUND, MIX (HE SAID, PART 5)

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“One the biggest joys I have is watching Ike run.  He flies through the air.

He is always happy and a pleasure to watch.

I remembered the joys of having a dog.

I think in general, no matter what the level of personal trauma, dogs are there for you.

They give unconditional love, no matter what.”