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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 a t time, which turned into Thursday evening through Monday morning.

I started taking him to he 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.”

 

Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 3)

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“I was lucky because someone backed out and I got Barcley.

Since having Barcley, I went through a job change.

I went from having a structured schedule to a more flexible one.

Barcley has been a great distraction.

He gets me out into the neighborhood and helps me connect with people I would never have met before, when I had a rigid work schedule.”

 

Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 2)

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“The matchmaker asked tons of questions.

They are very protective of the breed.

She matched me to a man in Philly and a woman in New Hampshire.

We met the breeder in Philly before the puppies were born.

The mom-to-be was about to have an ultrasound the next day and he found out she was having fewer puppies than he originally thought.

I went on a waiting list.”

Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 1)

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“I met a therapy dog at the Meet the Breeds Dog Show at the Javits Center, and she was an Irish Terrier.

She was so lovely and different from other dogs I had seen.

The Irish Terriers have a bit of a different look.

They have a beard, are scruffy, yet elegant and a perfect size.

I started doing a lot of research online.

The breed club has a matchmaker.

She spoke with me on the phone and made a match.”

Babka, the Jack Russell/Rat Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue Mix (part 5)

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“The first time I noticed how much of an impact Babka had on my life was during a snowstorm a few weeks after getting her.

We usually just stayed inside, but she needed to be walked and I took her out.

Just getting out of the house and walking in the fresh snow felt calming.

I was appreciative that another living body needed me and got me out of the house.  My routine had changed and I liked it.

My relationship with my husband has grown– we are on a team with a common goal; taking care of Babka.

Having Babka makes us feel more like a family, not just a couple.”

Babka, the Jack Russell/Rat Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue Mix (part 4)

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“After taking her to the vet because she had a skin issue–mange, we were told we needed to put her on a diet and give her a lot of exercise to slim her down.

We walked her five miles a day.

It worked and she lost a lot of weight after only two months.

She also had a growth spurt and that took care of the rest of the unwanted fat.”

 

Babka, The Jack Russell/Rat Terrier/Chihuahua rescue from Bide-a-Wee (part 2)

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“I was bitten when I was a child and I was a little nervous around dogs in general.

The counselors at Bide-a-Wee recommended that we meet Babka, (called Pretty Girl, at the time), even though she was just six months old.

Her tail wagged the whole time we spent together and she leapt from my lap to my husband’s lap.

His cats used to do that, so he took this as a sign that she was meant to be ours.”

 

Babka, the Jack Russell/Rat Terrier/Chihuaua rescue from Bide-A-Wee (part 1)

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“My husband always wanted a cat and I am allergic, so we agreed to get a dog.

I was not an animal person, before Babka.

We had just started looking and went to Bide-A-Wee Rescue.

Initially, we wanted a one year old dog.

We thought an older dog, (older than a puppy), would be easier for first time dog owners.

The other thing is I was afraid of a nipping puppy.”

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.”