Dogs

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THE PASSING OF THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 1)

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Ellie for short, is our second (foster to adopt) dog.

We first fostered a twelve year old rat terrier called Suzi until she was thirteen and a half, when she passed away.

Nobody wanted to adopt an older overweight and slightly handicapped dog, so we kept her until she died.

Suzi lost nineteen pounds while we fostered her and she had an unbeatable spirit.”

She was my furry little soulmate.

KODA, THE INTUITIVE GERMAN SHEPHERD (PART 2)

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“Koda was very territorial of his home and I didn’t introduce him to Winston properly.

Meanwhile, my dog was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Koda sensed that and responded with typical animal instincts and didn’t want him to be part of the pack.

After a few months, the more time they spent together, the more they warmed to each other.

They had a year together.”

KODA, THE INTUITIVE GERMAN SHEPHERD (PART 1)

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“Koda is actually my boyfriend’s dog.

He’s always had German Shepherds.

I had a Boston Terrier when we met, called Winston.

I was nervous around Koda at first, because as a Shepherd, he looks so scary, but he turned out to be the sweetest dog.”

 

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 4)

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“One night Jojo jumped off the bed and his legs gave out from under him.

I knew he was in distress because he was panting heavily and he couldn’t walk.

I rushed him to the Animal Hospital, Blue Pearl, and they operated on his spine the next morning.

It took four to five months for him to heal, and he is as recovered as he will ever be.

He can run and fetch, climb up on rocks, and ride on the bike.

He can’t jump off of anything, play tug of war, and he can’t wrestle.”

 

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.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 2)

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“His owner said, Jojo would come home home after our trip to the dog run and Central Park, and pass out from exhaustion.

Next, we started having sleepovers.

His owner and I decided that I would keep him for several days at a time, which turned into Thursday evening through Monday morning.

I started taking him to the veterinarian, because I had him on the weekend, and his owner and I work during the week, and neither of us have much free time.”

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 2)

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“I took her home as a foster to adopt, and decided to keep her a week later.

She was so small that I took her everywhere with me, even shopping.

A week and a half later, I took her to college with me.

Because I left before the foster time was up, I adopted her over the phone and had my mother go to the shelter and finalize the paperwork.”

 

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 2, HE SAID)

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“She was being fostered locally in Yonkers and she was clearly not a pure dachshund, which was my preference.

We liked a photo of her running in the water and decided to meet her.

I reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock, the rescue agency, and said we were interested in meeting Lori (her name at the time),

They set up an appointment for us to meet her in person.

She was a little shy, sweet and friendly (once she got past her shyness).

She didn’t show any signs of aggression.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 1, HE SAID)

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“I’ve always loved dogs and I’ve always wanted a dog, and I had a change in my job situation.

I was going to be working from home, so I would have the ability to give time to taking care of a dog.

My girlfriend and I searched for rescue dogs online.

We knew we wanted a rescue.

My girlfriend wanted to get a dachshund, so we googled dachshund rescue and Pet finder showed us various dachshunds, including Penny (whose name wasn’t Penny at the time).”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 2, SHE SAID)

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“We called that photo Honey Ryder, because it reminded us of the image of the James bond character, Honey Ryder, coming out of the water in her white bikini, and the photo of Penny was her coming out of the water, with the sun behind her and her fur was glistening.

She was so cute.

She wasn’t all doxie, but we said, that’s okay, she’s so cute we have to meet this rescue.

The organization that posted her on Pet finder was called Rescue Dogs Rock.

We hadn’t heard of them, but soon found out they do great work.”