depression, unemployment, joy, marriage

Elmo & Frida, the California rescues (she said, part 3)

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“Before I moved here I got rid of a lifetime of stuff.

Six months after moving here my cat sitter came to see how the dogs were living and she cried from joy.

She was the one who had rescued them and couldn’t believe how far they had come.

The dogs love New York City.

They were invigorated as soon as they got their first whiff of the brisk November air.

The down side that immediately occurred for me, was that I stopped going to yoga at 9 a.m. because I am out walking the dogs.  But, I still getting exercise walking them.

Alternately, some of the best moments have been off leash in Central Park, on our morning and late night walks.

It’s complete joy.

Elmo just takes off and runs.  He is exuberant and loves running.

Frida had been abused so it’s a good chance for her to deal with her fear and interact with other dogs.

Having dogs brings me out too.  I am not a social person but I get out every day with them.

They bring me great joy.

Pets in general are a great part of my life.”

Frida and Elmo, the California rescues (she said, part 2)

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“They were starving to death and weighted two thirds of their current weight.

It took me a year to move and get them to adapt to living with my 2 cats.

I gave them about a month of gradual transition.

I started with baby gates in the hallway and gradually increased their space accessibility.  I took them on leash walks in the living room.

I also took them to two rounds of obedience training in Los Angeles.

I made two separate trips across the country– one with the cats and another with the dogs.  I thought it would be less stressful for all of us.

Once I got to New York City I moved into a studio and within a week it was fine.

Everybody found their corner.

I’ve been here 2 1/2 years and it’s been fine.”

Elmo & Frida, the California rescues (she said part 1)

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“Elmo and Frida were found abandoned and locked in a condo complex in South East Los Angeles during a 110 heat wave.

They had no food or water for a week and no-one paid any attention to them.

I had cats, and my cat sitter noticed them there because she had a client in that building.  She inquired about them and nobody knew anything.

She sent out an email to all of her clients in search of a home to see if someone could adopt them together because they were already so  bonded.

That same week I had decided to move to New York from a large house and a yard, to a studio apartment.

I decided to adopt them.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 2)

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“I remember when I was coming home from a trip outside the city because my depression was really bad and I hadn’t met Ziggy yet, because my mother had just gotten him.

I was panicked at the thought of returning to the city and facing my sadness.

I got off the plane and went straight to my mom’s apartment and I saw Ziggy in his crate and was filled with happiness.

Whatever I am going through with my depression doesn’t matter to Ziggy–no judgements.  There is no pressure, whereas a lot of my friends have a hard time.  They feel helpless and not sure of what to say or how to behave.

No matter how hard my day has been and how alone I feel, I know that I can see Ziggy and get unconditional love at the end of the day.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 1)

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“Ziggy is my 5th dog.

I’ve never been without a dog.

I dropped out of school for personal issues.  I have depression and thought a puppy would help.

You can’t be sad around a puppy or a dog, really.

Ziggy helped so much.

Aside from depression, I have panic attacks.  Often I would go to my mom’s apartment when I was in a panic and Ziggy would bring me out of it.

I’ve been thinking about getting Ziggy certified as a therapy dog.

He gives unconditional love.  He is a little ball of love.

I live in my own apartment, so when I sense an attack coming on I go to my mom’s apartment.  I know that Ziggy will be there.  It’s like always having a friend there for you.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 3)

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“He’s so smart that he remembers the streets and is slowly becoming less frightened.

He’s never had an issue with people or dogs– it’s more like trucks or buses.

I have expectations.

I want humor, affection and to meet other dog people.

Having a dog is a constant source of comfort.

It keeps you sane and grounded when you care for an animal.

It takes you out of your own head.

One thing all my dogs have given me is:  unconditional love.

It’s hard when they die, but it’s harder to be without a dog.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 1)

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“I’ve always had a dog or multiple dogs and I recently relocated to New York, so I got a mini Golden doodle.  I hoped that he would adjust to city life easier than a big dog (needing less space and exercise).

I also wanted a buddy.

I should add that my daughter really wanted a dog and that weighed heavily in the decision making process.

I’ve had two other standard Golden doodle’s and I loved them.

They are incredibly loyal, fun and sweet.

He came from Kentucky, where my other two doodles came from.

I had him flown to New York and everything went smoothly.”

Sandra, Sandy for short (part 2)

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“She’s noisy, but not in a balky way.  She’s got a full range of growls, snorts and other sounds.

She’s a bit of a diva.

She likes to remind you that she’s there by either making noises (ranging from a purr to a bark), or snuggling into you.

The complications  of adopting a dog whose history is unknown and figuring out her quirks can be difficult.

She can be possessive of things, which leads me to think maybe she was on the street and had to fight for something, anything.

She doesn’t show signs of abuse but she has some anxious habits (like all her unusual sound effects).”

 

Sandra, Sandy for short (part 1)

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“I was thinking to adopt in August of 2013 but I didn’t really know what I wanted.

I stopped in to a shelter just to see what the process was and they were taking Sandy for a walk, so we had a chance meeting.  I was with a friend and a roommate and we were all taken with her.

I didn’t know what I was looking for in a dog, but she was the right size (I think of her as the biggest small dog).

She has a ridiculously cute underbite, her legs turn out, she has one white paw and she was immediately warm towards us.”

 

Penelope, the beagle that brings people together (part 2)

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“I don’t know much about biology and she’s not playing music anymore but we share our love of dogs.

My wife and I are thinking about having kids soon and we thought having a dog would be a good transition, or a good place to start.

We both share in the responsibility of Penny.

I imagine it’s a lot like having a kid.

I like her.  I like her personality.  She never backs down. She can be swamped by 4 dogs and she holds her own.

My wife and I love each other and we love having Penny.”