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OTIS, THE COMICAL PUG (PART 4)

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“The best part of having Otis has been meeting friends and learning about my neighborhood.

He has been my key to the upper west side of Manhattan.

He inspires me to get out and explore.

while walking with Otis I am looking at the architecture, talking to tourists,

and taking the time to smell the flowers when he does.

I am not as focused on getting from one place to another in a rush.  I’ve learned to take my time.

He balances me emotionally, because he’s so happy all the time, and his life is so simple.

I realized I needed to take a page out of his book.”

Otis, the Comical Pug (part 3)

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“The worst think about having him is how needy he is.

This breed is a needy one.

Otis is always under foot.  I can’t even go to the bathroom without him being by my side.

If I shut the bathroom door, or any door, he cries and bangs on the door.

I’ve gotten used to  him watching me on the toilet.

It’s the easiest option and he doesn’t judge me.”

OTIS, THE COMICAL PUG (PART 2)

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“Their faces were comical and made me giggle.

They seemed low maintenance.

All lies.

You can never do enough homework.

Pugs shed, whine, drool and are chewers.

I wasn’t prepared for all of that, but I decided that he’s my puppy child, and it is what it is.

If people don’t like it, they don’t have to come over.

It’s Otis’s house.”

The worst think about having him is how needy he is.

This breed is a needy one.

Otis is always under foot.  I can’t even go to the bathroom without him being by my side.

If I shut the bathroom door, or any door, he cries and bangs on the door.

I’ve gotten used to  him watching me on the toilet.

It’s the easiest option and he doesn’t judge me.”

OTIS, THE COMICAL PUG (PART 1)

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“I sold my big house in New Jersey where I raised my children and my pets died about a year before that.

I moved to New York City with my husband after he retired, leaving my friends and family and needed a new wingman (so to speak).

I wanted a dog that was still dog-sized, but easy enough to travel with.

After I moved and began to walk around the neighborhood, I  was drawn to the Pug breed.”

 

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE WEST CHESTER HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 3)

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“We were torn between Silka and one other, but my mother suggested we go with our first instinct and the reason we were there in the first place.

We adopted Silka and brought her home that day.

That was two years ago.

The only hard part since getting Silka has been her teething phase, which she is still going through.

She used to bite us and it was hard for her to stop.”

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 2)

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“We had a picture in our minds of what we wanted our dog to look like and she fit the bill.

It was love at first sight from the photograph.

We drove up to the shelter the next day to meet her.

We were offered a room where people meet and play with potential puppies and dogs to adopt.

When we first met her and her siblings, they all jumped at us.”

TWIGGY, THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND/CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUE (PART 5)

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“I am lucky to have such understanding neighbors.

I received a note under my door the first time I left her alone saying, your dog has been barking and crying the entire time you were gone. It was so sad, the next time you leave, please just drop her off with us.

We leave her with the family next door, but I don’t want to take advantage of them.

I have been considering bark busters, but am trying to leave her alone for short intervals of time and build up to longer periods.

Twiggy has become the emphasis of our lives.

We are devoted to her and she is devoted to us.”

TWIGGY, THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND/CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUE (PART 4)

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“She apologized and swore she would find us a dog.

That Thursday she called and said, she was able to put us at the top of the list for Twiggy, with one caveat-we had to be on their behavioral therapist’s reality show.

We went to Broadway Barks and were filmed admiring Twiggy, even though we had adopted her the previous week.

Since that time, I have fallen in love with her and have a hard time being apart from her.

I took her to work with me for about a year and a half, but have now semi-retired and work from home.

I need to go out on appointments sometimes and we both get separation anxiety.”

TWIGGY, THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND/CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUE (PART 3)

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“She said, I have the perfect dog for you, and went and got Twiggy, who at the time was called Grace.

Twiggy was the dog we had craned our necks earlier to look at.

She told us Twiggy’s background we gave her our references.

She said, she admired one of our references, who turned out to be the publicist for the Humane Society.

I thought it was a done deal.

She came back with the paperwork and said, I am so sorry, I’ve been away for a week and there are two people ahead of you for Twiggy.”

TWIGGY, THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND/CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUE (PART 2)

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“My partner and I both craned our necks because she was so beautiful.

We assumed that she was one of the patients at the hospital, as opposed to one of the dogs up for adoption.

At the interview I was wearing a rainbow button, because the Supreme Court had just legalized gay marriage the day before.

The interviewer said, I see your button and I am so excited, I’ve been with my partner for 43 years.

We told her we were looking for a short haired, small female.

We thought she would bring out a chihuahua.”