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STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“We used to travel a lot.

Now we alternate traveling or we board her.

I miss her when we go away, but I know she is happy.

She is always happy.

When I miss my family she helps me.

After we Skype, she is always close to my body.

She makes me feel less lonely when I miss them.”

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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“Stella is part of my family now.

She loves me unconditionally.

She’s so cute and I know she depends on me.

I have my family back in Brazil, but she makes me feel like we are building our own family here.

She is almost like having a kid.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 5)

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“The worst part of having Poppy is that we go away a lot.

I hate to leave her because she was left in a shelter and abandoned.

I don’t want her to think we aren’t coming back.

It’s just hard.

The reunion is always great, though.  She literally hugs me.

She stands up and wraps her paws around me.

Having a dog has enhances your life.

Who wouldn’t want extra love in their life?”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 4)

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“Poppy had to learn that my husband and I  were the alphas, not her.

We also had to exercise her a lot, because she is a working dog and needs both physical and mental stimulation.

We’ve had her for a year and a half, and some of the best times have been playing frisbee with her.

My husband has been teaching me how to throw a frisbee and it is a great activity that all three of us do together.

We entered her in her first toss and fetch frisbee competition and she did really well.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I lost my last dog four days before I got Poppy.

He died at twelve from old age.

I went to Columbia Greene Humane Society in Hudson, New York.

I was hoping to find a border collie mix, and there she was, amongst all the pit bulls up for adoption.

She was just what I was looking for; a female under the age of two years.”

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 3)

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“Harry is shy with people, but more social with dogs and Milly is the opposite.

Milly likes to be the center of attention, so Harry gets less attention than he used to.

It only took a week for Harry to stop guarding his toys when I got Milly.

They bonded with each other in a matter of weeks, though they are each more

bonded to me than each other.

I think it’s not a coincidence that I got these dogs as I became an empty nester.”

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.”

 

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 1)

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“I got my dogs for companionship.

I always had big dogs and this time I wanted an active small dog.

I just wanted something different.

I am a petite person and I didn’t want anything so strong.

I also wanted a dog that could sit on my lap.

I just liked the way Papillon’s look.”

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.”