first time dog owner

BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 4)

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“After taking her to the vet because she had a skin issue, namely, 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 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.”

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 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 entire 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/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 3)

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“We filled out the paperwork and took her home.

We were absolutely terrified that first day.

For me, the responsibility seemed overwhelming.

My husband was scared as well.

The first night we got her, she slipped out of her harness and ran down the sidewalk.

She was fat at the time so he caught up with her quickly, but had to turn her on her side to stop her from running again.”

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.”

 

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE WEST CHESTER HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 3)

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“We were torn between Silka and one other, but my mother suggested we go with our first instinct and the reason we were there in the first place.

We adopted Silka and brought her home that day.

That was two years ago.

The only hard part since getting Silka has been her teething phase, which she is still going through.

She used to bite us and it was hard for her to stop.”

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 2)

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“We had a picture in our minds of what we wanted our dog to look like and she fit the bill.

It was love at first sight from the photograph.

We drove up to the shelter the next day to meet her.

We were offered a room where people meet and play with potential puppies and dogs to adopt.

When we first met her and her siblings, they all jumped at us.”

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 1)

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”I’ve always wanted a dog and finally my parents said, we are going to get a dog.

I was 15 at the time and lived at home.

That was two years ago.

My family adopted her from the Westchester Humane Society.

We were looking at dogs on their website and a photo of Silka popped up.

The angle of the photo made her look slender and very unique.”

 

TUCKER, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT CHOSE HIS FAMILY (PART 4)

 

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“Our entire lives revolve around Tucker.

It’s like being a parent.

I am excited to see how Tucker reacts when we expand our family and have a child.

I think he will drive the kid crazy.

I also think he will be a great friend and protector.”

TUCKER, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT CHOSE HIS FAMILY (PART 3)

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“I called him and after much arguing the owner of the Pit Bull finally paid half the bill.

It wasn’t really about the money, but about taking responsibility.

I would never want any dog owner to suffer the way we did.

I don’t know if I can think of a happiest moment, because there are so many.

When Tucker saw snow for the first time he ran around in circles,  buried his nose and  was in ecstasy.

He also loves the beach;  he loves to bury his face in the sand.”