friendship

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 8)

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“We met neighbors we never spoke with before and our children now know every dog on the block.

Scout taught me to take life a little less seriously.

I appreciate the simplicity of play.”

Jojo, the Beloved French Bulldog, Shared by Two People (part 5)

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“Jojo is like a service or therapy dog.

He came with me to the Dr. for my annual physical and when the Dr. tested my knee reflexes with a medical hammer, Jojo started growling at him, thinking I was in danger.

he would protect me at any and all costs.

As a single person, getting outside my own head and taking care of another being fulfill my life.”

Jojo, the Beloved French Bulldog, Shared by Two People (part 1)

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“I just kept walking by the store where Jojo would come to work with his mom, because I would see him sitting on the sofa by the window.

I started to go in  and sit with him, and he would play with me.

Then, I started walking him and taking him to the dog park to play.

After the dog run, I started taking him to Central Park for at least an hour at a time.

From one hour it turned into an afternoon, and then I began keeping him for an entire day.”

Lino, the outgoing French Bulldog (part 3)

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“Lino helped me get over my social anxiety because I didn’t have a choice.

He forced me to get outside and relate to others, which I hadn’t been able to do.

I no longer have a social anxiety.

For example; I wouldn’t have been able to talk to you a year ago without feeling anxious, but now it’s ok.

It was just my husband and me for seven years.

Now, we share this love of Lino and it has brought us closer as a family.”

Lino, the outgoing French Bulldog (part 2)

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“Nothing was planned.

My husband ran out and got food, toys, and a crate.

And so, life as a dog owner began.

Sometimes in the bad weather we have to go out, but I have come to enjoy this because we get out and talk to other people.

We are from France, but feel like we are part of a community in NY, now.

I work from home, and have done so for the past four years.

I got used to not being social and developed a social anxiety because I spent so much time alone.”

 

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (she said, part 4)

The best and worst time we’ve had with Charlie was after moving to NYC when we left him with my boyfriend’s mom because we both had jobs, but didn’t have a place to live.

We couch surfed for two weeks until we found an apartment.

We were without Charlie for two months, until Christmas.

Coming back to NYC with Charlie was the happiest day of his life.

He and my boyfriend are extremely attached and I am a third wheel.

My boyfriend hijacked my dog.

Ridgebacks are one dog owners, but this Rhodesian has two.

I feel like I don’t credit for the early morning walks.

We’ve met great people on our walks.  We’ve made a lot of friends and so has Charlie.

One of the nicer experiences was when we went away for a few days and a friend from the park took care of Charlie.

He’s been following her ever since.

Chewie, the Border Collie/Aussie lifesaver (part 1)

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“I was lonely and felt that I didn’t have any life in me.

My psychiatrist told me to get a dog.

That was 7 years ago.

While I was on vacation I saw a Border Collie that I liked a lot and I thought, this is the kind of dog I want.

I went on the internet and searched and found a breeder in New Jersey.

I waited a few months for Chewie to be born, and then another few months to take him home.

We both felt like we belonged together from the moment I brought her home.”

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 2)

 

“That was 3 years ago November.

Unfortunately, a very bad thing happened was Tucker was 6 months old.

He had’t been neutered yet and we were just walking on a Sunday night and he was attacked by an unneutered adult pit bull.

The pit had Tucker’s head in his mouth and he was bitten on his ear and jaw bone.

I rushed him to Blue Pearl (the animal hospital), it was only 1 block away.

We were lucky that the injuries weren’t as severe as they could have been.

A lot of people in the neighborhood  had heard about the incident and one of my neighbors found the owner of the pit and demanded his pone number.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 3)

“I’ve always wanted to have 2 dogs; 1 called Charlie and the other called Dave.

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We took him to my parents house and he got into some fermented dough and he was lying on the ground seizing.

My father called me at work while Charlie was under the table, delirious.

I took him to the emergency vet at 3 p.m.

I remember carrying him while crying, and I signed a waiver saying they could do whatever  it took to save him.

They flushed his system with charcoal and fluids and wanted to keep him overnight.  When I went to see him and say goodbye he was still delirious.

They didn’t know if he would make it.”

Zoe, the rescue from down the block

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“We called and she basically said, I can’t take care of Zoe, and asked, would you be interested in taking her?

I flew across country to get her and spent the night in L.A.

She slept on my lap throughout the entire 4 1/2 hour flight back to New York.

We’ve only had her 6 months but I spend a lot of time with her, more so  than anybody else because I am in a professional transition.

She gives me a great break while I am conducting my new business search.

She’s so affectionate and loving, and always wants to play.

She is a constant play companion, both indoors and outdoors.”