family dog

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 6)

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“The routine of having a dog gets the family out every day.

After the death of my father-in-law, we knew we could count on the routines of my children and Vivi to teach us the enjoyment of every day life.

Vivi is teaching the children a sense of responsibility by being another member of the family and having her needs met too.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 5)

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“We think she is funny.

She can bounce on her hind legs for quite a while and makes some very entertaining groaning sounds.

She has brought more laughter to our household.

The kids are too young to walk her alone, but they feed her and give her water.

Over a two month period of time my father-in-law became increasingly ill and my husband traveled to see his family, frequently.

While he was away, having Vivi was a great comfort to my children and me.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 4)

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“We did a DNA test after three months and it turned out that she had no lab in her, whatsoever.

She is supposedly Terrier, Chow Chow, Greyhound, Chihuahua and Sharpei.

Vivi has helped the family bond together.

There is always something to talk about where she is concerned.”

 

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 3)

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“She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.

Over time we developed a routine with Vivi.

She was already housebroken, but was  terrified of street life; cars, street noises and the elevator.

It took about a month for her to acclimate to New York City and our lifestyle.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 2)

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“At that point we thought it would be ideal to get a Labrador Retriever mix, because labs are considered family friendly.

We didn’t find what we were looking for in a New York shelter, so we went to Pet Finder to expand our search.

We found a five month old Labrador mix at Stray From the Heart, a New York City rescue group.

I filled out the paper work, organized a home visit and it turned out that Vivi was still in Puerto Rico.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 1)

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“After living in New York City for two years, my family felt settled.

Our kids were six and eight at the time, and were begging us for a dog.

We started looking at rescue dogs.

We looked at the ASPCA first, and then the CACC, but we didn’t find an appropriate dog at either place.

We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy, between thirty and forty pounds because of apartment living.”

 

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 2)

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He brought Princess’s sisters, but they didn’t work out.

They didn’t want to walk and they were hard to train.

I tried to house break both of them, but neither would walk and I ended up dragging them.

I called up the original owner and asked him to take them back because it wasn’t working out.

He told me he had the runt of the litter and she was the last remaining puppy.

That was Princess.”

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 1)

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“My mom wanted a dog, so a friend came over and we looked on Pet Finder, the ASPCA and other rescue sites, but the process was too long.

They didn’t make it easy.

They wanted to interview me and check out my home.

So, I put flyers out around my apartment complex in Georgia and one person responded.

He said, his dog had puppies and if I wanted one he would bring two for me to meet from a litter his dog just had, and I could choose the one that I wanted.”

NIKO, THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (HE SAID, PART 1)

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“The timing was right for us to get a dog.

We both grew up with families that had dogs and we knew down the road we wanted a dog.

We each wanted a dog (individually), but it was never the right time.”