depression

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 3)

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“My oldest, who is allergic is off at college and my husband is coping.

He took shots for a few years with our last dog, (who was supposed to by hypoallergenic), but has since stopped.

Scout has not only cheered up my son who asked for her, but is a great addition to the family.

She is a therapy dog.

Scout makes everybody happy.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 1)

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My older son wanted a dog.

I have two boys and two girls.

He is the second oldest.

He’s a teenager and he seemed a little depressed and it seemed like getting a dog would be a good thing.

Of all my kids, he doesn’t ask for a lot.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 5)

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“Time is malleable in your head but seeing something tangible, like the growth and aging of a dog helps to serve as a point of reference.

Sometimes my sister’s passing feels like yesterday, and other times it seems like a long time ago.

Ellie helps me focus on the time at hand.

She is pretty much my dog, so she is my job.

I would recommend people who are going through something emotional, like a drastic change in their life to get a dog.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 4)

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“Ellie has created new thoughts.

While I am sad about my sister, it’s also okay to be happy about having a puppy.

I want to be there for Ellie.

She depends on me, and that helps put things in perspective.

Watching her live in the moment with no past or future has been helpful.

Watching her grow has also been valuable because I realize how much time has gone by since my sister’s accident.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 3)

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“I pretty much knew at that moment that I wanted her.

That was in August and I picked her up a month later.

Ellie has been great for my parents and me.

It’s a new life in our house.

I think it’s good to keep busy when you are grieving.

Before I got Ellie, I was just alone, thinking about my sister all the time.

Ellie is a responsibility so she has helped me get out of my house physically, as well as my head emotionally.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 2)

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“One of my friends researched French Bulldog breeders online and found one up in the Bronx in an area called, Country Club, near the water.

My friend, my sister’s boyfriend and I went to the breeder’s house and she had two left in  a litter up for adoption.

There was a little cream puppy and a little blue puppy.

The blue ones can go for up to $15,000, so I didn’t think she was in my price range and I didn’t ask about her.

After hearing my personal story (because I had to fill out a form explaining why I wanted a Frenchie on her website before even being eligible for one of her pups), she offered to sell me the Ellie, for the price of the cream puppy.”

L.T., the rescue hound, terrier, and golden retriever mix (part 2)

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“We spent close to four hours with him–my entire family sat with him to make sure it was going to work.

He was gentle with my granddaughter and he got along with my daughter’s dog, so we adopted him.

After five months we got an email from Paws Crossed asking if we would be interested in setting up a play date with L.T. and his sister.

We were happy to have the sibling puppies socialize together.

We met at a dog park in Westchester and they got along beautifully.

They looked identical, and after ten minutes they were inseparable.

We are going to set up a play date once a month.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue (part 3)

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“The unconditional love and being needed by Cleo is what saved me.

My problems became less important when I focused on training and caring for Cleo.

My mother loves Cleo and is grateful for what she brought to our lives.

I have since moved out which is what led to getting Charley.

Charley is a character.

He is needier than Cleo.

Cleo has taken on the role of both mother and bratty big sister.

Ultimately, I am the pack leader (when I want to be), but I am not a real disciplinarian.

They are my own small family.

I call them my children.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue. (part 2)

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“I’ve had Cleo longer than Charley.

I found a dog on Pet finder that I wanted to meet at the SPCA in Westchester.    That dog had been adopted by the time I got there, but Cleo put her paw on the glass as I walked by, and got my attention.

The rest was history.

I work a lot and have long hours so I thought Cleo should have a friend.

I was looking for a smaller dog on Pet finder and found Charley.

He was transported by truck from Texas with Rescue Roadtrips.”

Charley, the terrier, dachshund mix rescue and his sister, Cleo, the hound, pit bull rescue. (part 1)

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“I had a childhood dog which passed away while my parents were divorcing.

I wanted another dog but my mother (who I was living with at the time), said, absolutely not.

I was still living at home, and battling really bad depression.

I was in such a bad state that my mother caved in and agreed to let me get a dog.

Cleo saved my life.”