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Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 4)

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” I wasn’t a natural dog person.

I was a bit nervous about the lifestyle change and I was slow to get on board with having a dog.

The first week he was home, it felt like I was back to having a baby again.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed.

He had diarrhea, while running throughout the apartment.

The whole family was on edge.

Relievedly, Charlie was a quick learner.

I’ve come to understand how important he is to the girls and to the family.

Without him in New York, our family didn’t feel complete.

He just arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy.

I like that the girls have someone to cuddle, teaches them responsibility and he keeps them from growing up too quickly.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 3)

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“Other people were coming in and admiring him and we felt pressured to make a decision.

At that point we decided to take him home.

The guard told us that he barked a bit at night.

We faced a lot of challenges at first.

He was six months old and had not been house broken, he barked incessantly and we lived in an apartment building.

We ended up getting a babysitter for Charlie in the evening.

He was quick to house train, but still has bouts of separation anxiety.

His barking has gotten better over the past few years.

We moved from Hong Kong to New York one the summer and Charlie was in a kennel in Hong Kong for two months while we looked for housing.

Charlie just came back from the airport.

He saw grass for the first time today in Central Park. and loved it.”

Charlie, the doodle rescue from Hong Kong (part 2)

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“We thought he was a tiny poodle from the picture.

His name was Chuen Fan, meaning rice roll.

It turned out that he was being transported to the SPCA where my daughter worked.

We decided to go meet him and when we got there, his hair was long  and very matted.

He was not the tiny poodle we had thought he would be.

In fact, he was twice the size that he looks now, from all that hair.

He looked at us with those big sad eyes.

He was so sweet.

He was the only dog not barking at us, so we thought he was calm.”

 

Charlie, the doodle rescue from China (part 1)

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“Our daughters were begging and pleading to get a dog but this was our third move in six years.

We moved from New York, to London, to Hong Kong, so we were worried about getting a dog with our nomadic lifestyle.

My husband said, he would think about getting a dog if our daughters did research on the responsibilities of having a dog.

Our older daughter began volunteering at the SPCA near where we lived in Hong Kong.

Our younger daughter read every single book at the library on dogs.

She became an expert on how to take care of all the different breeds.

During our daughters’ time at the SPCA, we kept looking at the dogs on their website and one day there was this adorable looking dog.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 3)

fullsizerender-11“The only limitation of this job is that it is very physically demanding.

I try shoe inserts, take ibuprofen as needed, and am aware of my posture and try to walk as efficiently as possible.

The concrete is hard on the body.  I walk between 7-9 hours a day.

Another downside of the job is the weather– extreme heat, rain and cold can be difficult.

Whenever I am coming to work, riding on the train, I take the first 15 minutes to meditate.

I meditate on the word emptiness.  I try to mimic their openness.

I try to just enjoy where we are in that moment.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 2)

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“It’s also easier to start the day with a lot of excitement.

The dogs are always eager to see me.

I am really emotionally bonded with Earl because it took so long to earn his trust.

At first he was very skittish and then apathetic, but there came a time, a few months in, that I noticed his tail would wag and he would start this happy howl when I came.

That’s a great feeling.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 1)

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“I am an actor, formally, and I needed a nice job with flexibility.

I tried a lot of other jobs, like handing out fliers in Times Square in costume (I was John Lennon in a Sargent Pepper outfit, a sailor in a pink outfit to advertise La Cage Au Folles when it was on Broadway), receptionist at a gym, and then I found dog walking.

It is a lot less emotionally degrading.

I like lots of things about the dogs.

I like that other’s no ego or persona.

The dogs just are who they are.

They are always living in the moment.”

 

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 3)

“I work as a veterinarian and Edie is great with all the animals.

She likes to open the door to the exam room(s) and say hello.

She tends to calm down the animals that get along with dogs.

Edie has changed my life.

She has expanded my world.

I know and have become friendly with all the doormen on the block.

I have become a member of the dog owner’s community.”

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 2)

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“Edie gets along with the cats for the most part.

They are not super fans, but they all get along.

She didn’t destroy anything in my apartment, but I exercise her well and take her to work with me.

My coworkers all like her too.  She’s their favorite dog.

I’ve only had her for 3 months so it hasn’t been a lot of time, but she has brought  a lot of joy to my life.

During times of stress at work she is a great source of relaxation.

She really cuts the tension.”

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog since I moved to the city.

My coworker had a friend who had a dog that she didn’t want to anymore.

Edie was destroying her house; eating her shoes and chewing the furniture.

I was willing to take a risk.

The original owner emailed photos.

I contacted her and asked to meet with Edie.

She drove into the city from Long Island and left Edie at my apartment for a few hours for a trial run.

It went really well.

I have 2 cats and that was my main concern.”