Cooper’s Dream Animal Rescue

Kiwi, the rescue Chipoo (chihuahua/poodle) mix (he said, part 5)

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“Kiwi is a fantastic greeter whenever I come home.

She wags her tail to the point of losing her balance.

It’s a clumsy cuteness.

She is also a great walking partner.

After a day of work, I will walk her in the park for an hour.

She never loses stamina and she is also inquistive and helps me discover new things.

She is a great cuddle and always wants to under the covers with us.

She is a big licker; noses in particular.

I love the ease with which she gives affection.”

Kiwi, the Chipoo (chihuahua/poodle) rescue mix, (he said, part 4)

IMG_1998“I’ve been working with Kiwi to build trust ¬†for four and a half months and it seems to be paying off, though she still tries to claim my spot on the bed.

We are currently working on that.

I will occasionally have to wear an oven mitt so her bite doesn’t hurt.

When she bites, I send her off to her crate with a treat.

Since she is a rescue dog, we don’t know if she had some traumatic experience or not.”

Kiwi, the Chipoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (he said, part 2)

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“She grew up with cats, but she got to know my dogs and I think I converted her to become a dog person.

I got a cruise contract, singing, and it too me out of town for a year.

My girlfriend got Kiwi when I left, as a replacement animal.

We had been talking about adopting a dog at some point, but hadn’t seriously considered it.

My leaving was the tipping point.”

 

Kiwi, the Chipoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (he said, part 1)

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“I’ve always had dogs.

I grew up with them in San Diego, California.

I had two or three at the same time, and they were all different sizes–

usually, one large and one or two small dogs.

I have been dating my girlfriend for about five years and my love for dogs has rubbed off on her.”

 

Kiwi, the Chihapoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (she said, part 4)

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“Since having Kiwi, we moved to New York, from Palo Alto and she was a continuity of companionship throughout the move.

We weren’t as close to a dog park in California, so New York is great for her because she loves the dog park.

Having Kiwi has given me another creature to care for and my maternal instincts have kicked in.

The three of us make a nice little family.”

Kiwi, the Chihapoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (she said, part 3)

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“I was convinced from the first minute, when she hopped on my lap, that she would be mine.

It took a little convincing with some of my roommates, but by the week’s end, everyone approved.

It was difficult at first because she wanted to sleep with me, but my roommate didn’t want her in our bedroom, she was relegated to the living room.

She cried and scratched at the door, so I got a trainer and I practiced going in and out of the bedroom and not responding when she cried or scratched at the door.”

Kiwi, the Chihapoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (she said, part 2)

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“To get past the no dog rule, I got a letter from a therapist saying, I needed her for emotional support, which I did,

I didn’t hear for a few days, but when I followed up, they told me to come and pick her up.

I left work and picked her up an hour later.

It was a foster to adopt process and I had a week to decide if I wanted to keep her.

I had a few roommates, so they had to get to know her and approve.

My boyfriend was visiting, and he had to approve, too.”

Kiwi, the Chihapoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (she said, part 1)

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“My boyfriend moved away for a year and we were having a long distance relationship, so I basically replaced him with a dog.

I applied to several different rescue groups online and applied for several different dogs.

I got rejected from a few, because I work full time.

Then, I saw Kiwi’s profile on Cooper’s Dream website and applied right away.

I liked the expression on her face and they described her as being quiet.

Also, I lived in a no dog allowed apartment.”