family, loyalty, love

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (PART 5, SHE SAID)

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“Stella licked my tears away.

It was a simple moment, yet she made my anguish disappear.

I focused, instead of crying, and I found myself and where I needed to be.

It was magical.”

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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Stella is dependent on me, but she is also a great comfort.

I know that she is always here for me.

Once I was driving I got lost.

My phone battery died and I had no GPS.

I had no way of getting in touch with my boyfriend.

I was frustrated and frightened.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

 

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.”

BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (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, in that 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.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“She was confused at first, but took to her crate right away.

It really helped give her a sense of security–having her own crate.

She had been sharing a crate with a German Shepherd at her foster person’s house.

We started calling her Penny right away and she began responding to her new name after a few weeks.

Over time Penny acclimated to New York City life pretty well.

We trained her to play off leash in Central Park after having her for three months, and at first, it was only for short periods of time.”

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE WEST CHESTER HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 4)

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“She would start and go wild and continue for a good ten to fifteen minutes in that crazy chomping mode.

This was before she had all her shots and she couldn’t go to the dog park or socialize with other dogs, yet.

I walk her more now because I am out of school.

I knew having a dog was going to be a lot of work, responsibility and fun.

It has been exciting because I see a new side to Silka every day.

I am watching her shed her puppy ways and grow into an adult dog.

It’s hard to put into words why I love her so much, but I feel very connected to her.”

 

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.”