companion dogs

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 4)

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“We can’t leave anything out on the counter because Milo gets into everything.  He really loves the paper in my purse.

The other day he got my passport and I caught him chewing the edges.

He loves money, too.  I’ve got a $10.00 bill that he chewed a hole in.

He likes anything he can find and chew.

He is also fond of eyeglasses and shoes.  We remind our houseguests to hide their shoes and other personal belongings for their own protection.”

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 5)

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“It’s a big decision.

Also, Winston was dying of pneumonia when we got him.  The vet said he was 2 days away from death.

I still recommend adopting before shopping, but I learned a lot about puppy mills, pet stores and when you meet a dog that is meant to be yours, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.”

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 4)

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“We knew nothing about Winston’s breed (Shiba Inu) but the moment I made eye contact with him it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.  I can’t find the words to describe the feelings, except that I felt like I’d met a soulmate.

Getting Winston from a pet store also shifted my point of view about dog buying.

Prior to Winston, I had been staunchly anti-buying from a pet shop, but I realized that once a dog leaves a puppy mill it still needs a home.”

 

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 3)

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We were living in a temporary apartment while we were looking for a new place.  Getting another dog was not on the table because we already had one, but one day when we were picking up her food at this pet store, I made eye contact with this puppy and I ended up leaving the store with him in my arms.

We weren’t planning on buying another dog for a myriad of reasons.

We already had a dog, we were living in a temporary space and we don’t support puppy mills.  Also, we hadn’t been together long.”

 

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 5)

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“The best thing is having them both together.

It’s rewarding watching them complement each other.  Nikki has made Winston more affectionate and Winston has made Nikki more playful.”

The worst thing is that we travel a lot and there is nothing worse than walking into an empty house.”

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 4)

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“The first year of his life was difficult.

He was sick with pneumonia.  He was indoors for 5 months, so that stunted our ability to socialize him for a while.

At first Nikki didn’t know what to do with puppy Winston.  She looked at me as if to say, what did you do?

The first year, Nikki was intent on being an only child.

Eventually Winston wore her down and now they are the best of friends.”

Preston, the Failed Show Dog Rescue, And Scarlet, the Black Labrador Mix, Rescue (Part 5)

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“We rushed him to the Blue Pearl Animal Hospital.

It turned out that he had eaten rat poison.

We got there just in time, because he was hemorrhaging internally.

I thought I was going to lose him because he had bled out too much.

The vets said he had a 50/50 chance of surviving.

I prayed and prayed.

He made it..”

Preston, the Failed Show Dog Rescue, And Scarlet, the Black Labrador Mix, Rescue (Part 4)

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“The most difficult time was at the end of the summer of 2016.

Preston got up one morning and was lethargic.

We knew something was wrong and took him to the veterinarian.

They did some tests for Lyme Disease and other illnesses but they didn’t find anything in his bloodworm.

They thought it was an orthopedic injury.

Over the next two days he deteriorated rapidly and one morning he coughed up blood and his chest was all black and blue.”

Preston, the Failed Show Dog Rescue, And Scarlet, the Black Labrador Mix, Rescue (Part 3)

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“We went online looking for a Vizsla to rescue and came across a site that had a Vizsla mix.

That dog was adopted, but we saw a photograph of Scarlet and we decided to rescue her from a kill shelter in North Carolina.

We didn’t want to bring Scarlet home right away so we introduced her to Preston in a neutral zone in Brooklyn and within 15 minutes they were playing together.

They have been best friends ever since.”

Milo, the Pomsky (Pomeranian/Husky Mix), (part 3, she said)

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“We ended up looking at Lancaster Puppies and Greenfield Puppies.

As soon as we saw photos from Greenfield, where Milo’s photo was posted, we knew we wanted him.

We missed out on a few other pups before him, because they get adopted really quickly, so we called the breeder and put a deposit on him immediately.

We flew Milo to New York City five days later.

That was eight months ago.”