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Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 2)

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“I remember when I was coming home from a trip outside the city because my depression was really bad and I hadn’t met Ziggy yet, because my mother had just gotten him.

I was panicked at the thought of returning to the city and facing my sadness.

I got off the plane and went straight to my mom’s apartment and I saw Ziggy in his crate and was filled with happiness.

Whatever I am going through with my depression doesn’t matter to Ziggy–no judgements.  There is no pressure, whereas a lot of my friends have a hard time.  They feel helpless and not sure of what to say or how to behave.

No matter how hard my day has been and how alone I feel, I know that I can see Ziggy and get unconditional love at the end of the day.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 1)

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“Ziggy is my 5th dog.

I’ve never been without a dog.

I dropped out of school for personal issues.  I have depression and thought a puppy would help.

You can’t be sad around a puppy or a dog, really.

Ziggy helped so much.

Aside from depression, I have panic attacks.  Often I would go to my mom’s apartment when I was in a panic and Ziggy would bring me out of it.

I’ve been thinking about getting Ziggy certified as a therapy dog.

He gives unconditional love.  He is a little ball of love.

I live in my own apartment, so when I sense an attack coming on I go to my mom’s apartment.  I know that Ziggy will be there.  It’s like always having a friend there for you.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 3)

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“He’s so smart that he remembers the streets and is slowly becoming less frightened.

He’s never had an issue with people or dogs– it’s more like trucks or buses.

I have expectations.

I want humor, affection and to meet other dog people.

Having a dog is a constant source of comfort.

It keeps you sane and grounded when you care for an animal.

It takes you out of your own head.

One thing all my dogs have given me is:  unconditional love.

It’s hard when they die, but it’s harder to be without a dog.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 2)

“I’ve had Ziggy for two months.

The best moment was bringing him home.

I am going through a divorce and I have been lonely.

Ziggy is a great companion.  He is very loving.  His first priority is to be a pet.  He follows me everywhere.  It’s hard to get privacy.

The hardest thing is that he is scared of street noises.  They stress him out.  I am exposing him a little bit each day and rewarding him when he looks up at me while he’s on the leash.  I basically reward him whenever he’s not too preoccupied to take the treat.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 1)

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“I’ve always had a dog or multiple dogs and I recently relocated to New York, so I got a mini Golden doodle.  I hoped that he would adjust to city life easier than a big dog (needing less space and exercise).

I also wanted a buddy.

I should add that my daughter really wanted a dog and that weighed heavily in the decision making process.

I’ve had two other standard Golden doodle’s and I loved them.

They are incredibly loyal, fun and sweet.

He came from Kentucky, where my other two doodles came from.

I had him flown to New York and everything went smoothly.”