family crisis

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 4)

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“My brother kept Princess in Coney Island for me.

I got to visit her anytime I wanted, so I was there every other day.

I waited until I got the paperwork so my landlord couldn’t make a legal complaint.

She’s been with my husband and me for three months and it’s been a Godsend.”

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 3)

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“I got Princess and started training her for my mother.

In December of 2013, after having Princess only four days, my mother passed away.

I kept Princess and moved back east in April or May of 2014.

It was really hard at first when I moved to NYC.

My landlord said I couldn’t keep her, so I had to get a medical note saying that she had become my service dog to deal with the trauma from my mother’s passing.

We were separated for two years during this process.”

DIEGO, AS IN DIEGO RIVERA (HE SAID, PART 5)

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“We took him to our regular veterinarian and he needed to be crated for 3 months and we gave him different meds around the clock.  That was a difficult time.

When Diego comes back from his walks he runs in and tears around the apartment, really happy to be home–here.”

DIEGO, AS IN DIEGO RIVERA (HE SAID, PART 4)

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“My wife and I board dogs sometimes and Diego is the best concierge.  He is happy to see other dogs, shares his food and his dog bed, too.

He likes the company.

Diego had a pinched nerve in his back and I took him to the animal hospital on the east side.  They thought it was no big deal but he was still screaming in pain.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 3)

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“When we got to our apartment, his new home, the first thing he did was pee in the bedroom.

He was never trained to walk on a leash and he was just let out in the backyard to do his business.

He still has irrational fear sometimes on our walks, but he is the least aggressive dog you will meet.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 2)

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“As the end was getting closer, I gave in and agreed to pick up Diego.

I changed my mind because my sister found a home for her other 2 dogs, pugs.  My wife really wanted Diego, so I agreed to it.

I went up to Rochester before she went into hospice to say goodbye and I rented a car, got a crate and wanted to get out of there so quickly, that I got a speeding ticket.

Meanwhile, Diego didn’t know what was going on and started hyperventilating in the back.  I would stop along the way to walk him, but nothing helped.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 1)

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“It was my wife’s idea to get Diego.

My sister was very ill and before she went into hospice care, she asked us to adopt him.

My wife had fallen in love with him when we visited previously, so she wanted to adopt him when my sister asked.

At first I told my sister, no.

It was an expense we couldn’t afford and we had just lost our last dog, Winnie.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (SHE SAID PART 3)

“Then we took him to Gotham Vet, and the vet suspected that he injured his neck,

it was awful because he was in so much pain that I was beside myself.”

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.”

ELLIE (SHORT FOR ELEPHANT), THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT IS AN ENTERTAINING CLOWN, AND GREAT COMFORT (PART 1)

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“I’d been wanting a Frenchie for a few years.

They are like clowns; they have funny temperaments.

I was a college student so I couldn’t afford to get a dog, and I didn’t have the time to care for one either.

I graduated from college last May and then a few weeks after that, my sister died in a car accident.

She was 20 years old.

My parents thought it was time for me to get a dog.

I wasn’t working yet, so I had a lot of free time.”