CACC

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 6)

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“Samantha is so full of love that she zoomed around the apartment when I came home from school and then sat on my lap for most of the evening.

Technically, Samantha is my boyfriend’s dog as well as mine, but I am protective of her and have made it known to him that she is really mine.

I am the one who struggled with her while he was away while I was in school 12 hours a day.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 5)

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“Since having Sam, the most difficult and yet comforting time, was when my boyfriend went to rehab.

I was on my own as a new dog mom and all the responsibility was mine.

As a full time student, I hired a dog walker (even though I work part time as a dog walker).

I needed help while I was at school.

At the same time, she was a great comfort to come home to.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 4)

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“Samantha is gentle, playful and obedient.

Her only problematic quality is that she doesn’t eat.

I brought a bag filled with different brands of dog food we tried with no success and our veterinarian told us we had exhausted most of our options but that we should try Stella & Chewy’s or Fresh Pet.

We had success with Fresh Pet, and top it off with the dehydrated Stella & Chewy’s.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 3)

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“I didn’t have my wallet or any identification because we hadn’t planned on adopting a dog, yet.

My boyfriend agreed to adopt her and he used is identification and paid for her, but we agreed that she would be my responsibility.

At first she was so sick that people couldn’t understand why we chose her.

My father said she was so ugly because she was skin and bones and coughing constantly.

Once she recovered, he too fell in love with her.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 2)

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“I wanted to go to an animal shelter,  just to pet the dogs.

We went to the CACC (Center for animal Care and Control), where we saw Samantha and fell in love.

She was extremely underweight.

She was half her weight now and she had a bad case of Bordatella, but she was also so sweet and innocent.

She just needed medical attention and love.

When we took her for a walk she was eager to please us, as she

was completely obedient and already housebroken.

I knew after the walk that I wanted her.”

 

 

 

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 1)

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“I wanted a dog for years.

I used to cry because I wanted a dog so bad.

I was living in Croton-On-Hudson in a not dog friendly neighborhood and my boyfriend just moved to Manhattan.

Once we got an apartment and settled in together, it became possible for us to get a dog.

We knew we would get a dog down the road.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 7)

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“Having Stella is something that bonds us together.

As a result of having her, we have more patience with one another and have created a stronger set of communication skills.

Stella has brought out a more nurturing side to my boyfriend and he truly loves her, which in turn adds an element to our relationship.

We spend a lot of time outdoors with Stella, whereas we might have just been indoors, doing our own thing before.

Sometimes when I am watching a beautiful sunset while walking Stella, I think to myself,  if not for her, I might not be seeing this right now.

She has taught us to be more observant of the world around us.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 6)

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“Stella can fix her own leash if it gets tangled.

She knows how to spin on command and she can jump and catch a ball on a fly.

When she was very little and we brought her home, I had just started a new job and was gone half the day.

It took a toll on my relationship with my boyfriend, who had never owned a pet before, and wasn’t sure he wanted a dog, let alone a puppy, but was supporting my decision and desire.

All of a sudden he became Stella’s major care giver and it wasn’t a job he was used to.

I changed some things around in my schedule and took on more responsibility.

Over time, Stella won over boyfriend’s heart.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 5)

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“After hearing her story, we wanted her mom, but I knew that I wasn’t experienced enough to rescue a dog who has been through trauma because I’ve never owned my own dog.

We chose Stella.

It felt right because she’s my first dog and we are her family.

We’ve had her since August of 2017.

Since having her, some of our best times were when we were establishing a bond with Stella by teaching her commands and tricks.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 4)

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“We found out her mom was dumped in a High School Football field and they didn’t know how long she had been there.

A good samaritan called the ACC (Animal Control Center) and got her mom to a rescue group, where they realized she was pregnant.

Luckily, her mom gave birth under the care of a veterinarian with the rescue group and she delivered nine healthy puppies.”