foster dogs

Olive, the Basset Hound, Staffordshire Terrier and Unknown Mix, Rescue dog (part 5, she said)

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“We live on the Upper West Side, and assumed we would take the puppy being fostered near us, but our son, seven at the time, insisted on Olive, who was in Brooklyn.

So, we went to see her at her foster home.

She was listed as part Dachshund, which we weren’t keen on, but our son fell in love with Olive as soon as he met her.

He said, that’s our dog!”

Tallulah, the Yellow Labrador Retriever/Whippet Rescue (Part 4)

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“It’s a big transition coming to New York City from the suburbs of Alabama, but Tally is doing great.

She is occasionally skittish around the noises of the city, but she loves the energy here.

I’ve taken her on the train a few times and she is relaxed.

She has no problem with the subway.

In general, just in my last year of college when I didn’t have an roommates and I decided to live alone in New York, she has been my only roommate and companion and it’s great because she is there for me every step of the way.

When I transition, she transitions.

She’s something familiar and provides me with a real sense of stability.”

Tallulah, the Yellow Labrador Retriever/Whippet Rescue (Part 3)

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“Once she got into a ball point pen and when I came home there was ink all over my light colored carpet and her face was covered with ink.

Aside from the normal puppy phase, she was a great college dog.

She got lots of attention from people on campus and became a very social dog.

I just graduated from undergraduate school in May and came to NY a month ago for graduate school.

We rented a truck and drove up to New York City for 16 hours.”

Tallulah, the Labrador Retriever/Whippet Rescue Dog (Part 2)

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“I took her home as a foster to adopt, and adopted her a week later.

She was so small that I took her everywhere with me, even shopping.

A week and a half later, I took her to college with me.

Because I left before the foster time was up, I adopted her over the phone and had my mother go to the shelter and finalize the paperwork.

Tally was a very curious puppy and got into anything I left on the floor.”

Tallulah, the Labrador Retriever/Whippet Rescue dog (Part 1)

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“I’ve always loved dogs.

I got Tally when I was in college, two years ago.

I got another dog first, but he was already sick with heart worm.

I didn’t want him to die in the shelter, so I adopted him and got him treated, but he died six months later from a grand mall seizure, related to his heart worm.

I knew I wanted to get another dog, so I waited until I went back home to Florence, Alabama and went to the local shelter, where I met Tally.”

 

 

Ike, the rescue Boxer, Collie, Chow, Labrador Retriever, Hound mix (part 3, he said)

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“I saw very quickly, that Ike is a great dog.

He is different from my last dog, but great in his own ways.

One the biggest joys I have is watching Ike run.  He flies through the air.

He is always happy and a pleasure to watch.

I remembered the joys of having a dog.

I think in general, no matter what the level of personal trauma, dogs are there for you.

They give unconditional love, no matter what.”

Ike, the rescue boxer, collie, chow, labrador, hound mix (part 2, he said)

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“That was a long time ago, but I didn’t know if I wanted to go through that again.

It was a tremendous loss.

I still look at photos of him and tear up.

I also didn’t know, if Ike would live up to the standards of my last dog.

But, my daughter pulled the card of being an only child, and I caved.

My wife and daughter promised to do all the walking, and my wife took care of the adoption process.

My wife and daughter have made a real effort with the walking, but I do my share.

I would say I do one third of the walks.”

 

Ike, the Rescue Boxer, Chow, Collie, Labrador, Hound, mix (he said, part 1)

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“My daughter was the reason we got Ike.

I thought she shouldn’t grow up without a dog.

We met Ike on the street and that put the wheel in motion.  We were just walking to dinner and encountered him.  He was very friendly and his foster dad said, he was up for adoption.

I had to come to grips with my reasons for not getting a dog.

Primarily, I thought the city is not a place for a big dog, and I only wanted a big dog.

Also, we travel a lot, I didn’t want to pick up poop, and I just didn’t want another responsibility.

But that was only partially the reason, the other being that I hadn’t gotten over the loss of my last dog.”

Ike, the Rescue Boxer, Chow, Collie, Labrador, Hound mix (part 2, she said)

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“Ike, along with his entire litter of siblings was rescued by a group called Social Tees.

The foster people were attached already, but couldn’t keep him.

They were working 10-12 hours a day.

They watch Ike when we go out of town, sometimes.

Ike has changed my life, as a stay at home mom with a tweenage daughter.

He has given me a new purpose.”

Ike, the rescue Boxer, Chow, Collie, Lab and Hound mix (part 1, she said)

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“Our daughter had been asking for a dog for ten years and my husband was adamantly against having a dog in the city.

Then one day he said, yes.

During a frigid winter two years ago, we decided we would wait until May, but two weeks into March we saw this beautiful dog being walking in Tribeca.

We thought, this is the kind of dog we would like someday, only to find out that he was being fostered and available for adoption.

Two days later, Ike was ours.”