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POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 2)

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“She was not cuddly because she had been in the shelter for two months.

She was surrendered by a family, at age 1.5 years.

Poppy had no manners.

She had no training at all.

She had never been on a leash and had no impulse control.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I lost my last dog four days before I got Poppy.

He died at twelve from old age.

I went to Columbia Greene Humane Society in Hudson, New York.

I was hoping to find a border collie mix, and there she was, amongst all the pit bulls up for adoption.

She was just what I was looking for; a female under the age of two years.”

BUCKY LA FONTAINE AND DOLLY, THE BLACK LABRADOR/TERRIER SIBLING RESCUE DOGS FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 1)

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“I’ve always had Yorkshire Terriers.

Audrey Hepburn was my inspiration and she had Yorkshire’s.

Years ago in my career I worked with Audrey. She wore some of my fashion designs.

When my last Yorkie, Master Timmy (he was named for his great grandfather) passed away, I was very sad.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 4)

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“I am a teacher and I work with some kids that have emotional difficulties.

I see how helpful the dogs are in stressful situations and how stabilizing and reassuring they can be.

Some of the kids have service dogs, which provide a venue for affection and the opportunity to care for another being without judgement or conditions.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 5)

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“Since having Kiwi, we moved to New York, from Palo Alto and she provided great 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.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 3)

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“I got her when she was nine weeks old, so I had a moment of hesitation.

I got over it when I realized the joy of having a puppy.

Willow was relatively easy to train.

I spent a lot of time with her because I work as a free-lancer.

I adopted her last January.”

OLIVE, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT WANTS TO PLAY 24/7 (PART 3)

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“Someone at my dog park in New Jersey, had a Frenchie who I really liked and I reached out to their breeder and she was about to have a litter.

She told me that I needed to reserve a dog, because they bred very conservatively and would be spoken for quickly.

At the time I wanted a male, but when she sent me photos of the litter, I fell in love with Olive’s face and knew she was the puppy for me.”

OLIVE, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT WANTS TO PLAY 24/7 (PART 2)

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“I say that it’s like living with a toddler.

She wants to play 24/7.

I started doing research into rescuing a Frenchie but I realized pretty quickly that the ones available to rescue usually had either health or behavioral issues.

I realized that I wasn’t the best owner for that situation.”

OLIVE, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT WANTS TO PLAY 24/7 (PART 1)

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“I got Olive because my last dog died and I was still living at home, but was considering moving out on my own.

I was doing research on good apartment dogs and French Bulldogs came up a few times.

I also thought they were very cute.

People said they were quiet and calm.

Olive is the opposite.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 3)

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“Jojo became more and more of a shared dog, and we consider it joint custody.

Two things changed  everything with Jojo and me.

Hiking and biking.

We started to go on the bus to Harriman State Park and hike all day.

We got there at 10:30 a.m. and left at 5:00 p.m.

I bike everywhere, so I bought a dog carrier that I attached to my bike and we are a team.

We rode to down to the battery along the river and then up to the little red lighthouse at the George Washington Bridge.”