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Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 5)

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“I have found that my dogs play a similar role in my life.

For me, what’s most joyous is accepting responsibility for them.

They give me the chance to give them the care and love they innately deserve.

That means consistency and being a presence in their life on a daily basis.

They give me the chance to be a better person.”

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.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 3)

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“There weren’t major changes when Percy lost his eyesight.

They had both been taught visual as well as aural commands, so the transition was pretty smooth.

I am not sure Watson is aware that Percy is blind, but they don’t run around as much together.

When we walk, Watson will walk on the outside to keep Percy sandwiched in between us.

As a New York City teacher, I definitely carry a lot of stress on a daily basis and living and working with the dogs has shown me how to deal with my feelings better.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 2)

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“Percy, for instance could be shown behaviors and would remember them, whereas Watson  was taught certain behaviors, by having us catch him doing them and calling out the word for the action.

For example, Watson learned to sit by sitting and having us call out the word, sit.

Percy is five months older than Watson, but we trained them together, although Percy was already housebroken.

Percy is eight and Watson is almost eight.

About 3 and a half years ago Percy had an infection which turned into an auto immune condition.  The illness led to chronic inflammation of his eyes and glaucoma with scarring and he became blind.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 1)

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“I got my dogs with my partner, so it wasn’t primarily my decision.

I am extremely glad, though.

I wasn’t involved in selecting and purchasing them, but I was very involved with teaching and training them.

I taught them how to sit, stay, wait for us to walk before them, and other general forms of etiquette.

It was interesting to see how differently Percy and Watson learned from one another.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 6)

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“I also feel like dogs are mirrors of us.

I try to learn from their behavior.

Just like with people, you can’t control their behavior.

You can only control your own responses.

I try not to be disappointed, but more accepting.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 5)

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“We just moved to New York from London and our routine is always the same.

We go for long walks every day; I like to take long walks and they are always willing.

I think Harry more than Milly has changed my life.

I love having him but he doesn’t like people petting him.

I tend to try to please people and it’s upsetting to see people so disappointed that he won’t let them pet him.  I feel like I am letting people down.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 4)

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“They are absolutely child replacements, although I try to treat them like dogs, not babies.

Getting them when my last daughter left home, made having an empty home more bearable.

There was no longer silence when I opened the front door.

I feel like I am never alone.

They will also never grow up, like my children did.

They will never leave home, or prefer to be with their friends.”

Having the dogs has been a constant in our lives.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 2)

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I had Harry first and it was so easy, I just decided to get another one.

I soon realized it was twice as much work.

Be careful what you wish for; sometimes you imagine things being one way and it turns out to be another.

I thought having two would be as easy and peaceful as having one dog, but it is not.

Like with children, I appreciate each one because of the other.”

 

Rosie, the Newfie Doodle Mix (Newfoundland Poodle) He said, part 4

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“Mentally, Rosie has added to my life in so many ways– she relaxes me, makes me laugh, forces me to be in the moment more and gets me to enjoy being outside more.

I also socialize more since having Rosie.

My wife and I have met several people that have become friends in the dog community.

I think my wife and I spend more time together relaxing with Rosie and more conversations, in general.

Overall, Rosie has improved my quality of life dramatically.

I am grateful my wife persisted to get a dog.”