golden retrievers

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, That Filled a Void (she said, part 1)

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“I’ve had dogs all my life and right now my family dogs are aging.

Our oldest dog, Schuler, who was a rescue Black Labrador and lived to be eighteen years old just died about six months ago.

I just moved to NYC, and  brought one of our other family dogs, Winnie, a Golden Retriever with me.

She is thirteen years old right now, and was just diagnosed with a slow progressing Leukemia.

The city was hard on her and she kept getting infections, so she ended up going back to Michigan to live with my retired parents.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 4)

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“About eight years ago both my sister and veterinarian noticed that Zimmy’s head shape was changing.

Instead of being round it was caved in looking.

We went to a dog neurologist and he was diagnosed with a rare German Shepherd disease, called Muscular Myelitis.

It wears away the muscle mass in the dog’s head.”

 

 

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 2)

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“Every time I went in, I visited the dogs, as I had dogs on the brain.

In fact, I had already picked out a name.

I was writing a book at the time and one of the chapters was on Bob Dylan, so I knew I wanted to call the dog, Zimmerman.

The third time there, I passed two huge German Shepherds, and in the same cage was a small Shepherd mix cowering in the corner.

I told the worker that I wanted to see that dog, and within two minutes, he was my dog.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 5, HE SAID)

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“One of the best times since having Jarvis was when he was a tiny puppy and was so small and carefree.

He had a real innocence.

It took me out of the business of life.

He was a great distraction from the stress and pressures of daily life.

Also, on of the awesome things about Jarvis is that he was boron the day I proposed and my fiancé said, yes.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“My fiancé has been more accommodating by respecting my wishes and not letting Jarvis on the sofa.

Raising Jarvis together has made us a better team.

We make decisions together.

We have learned to trust each other’s opinions and are willing to accept the opinions of one another.

We are flexible with each other.

No one is ever completely wrong.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 3, HE SAID)

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“I thought raising a puppy together would be a good thing to do to learn about each other.

I’ve learned that my future wife does a lot of research in terms of solving problems.

My strength is the ability to be a good enforcer of rules, whereas she is a little easier on Jarvis.

For example, I don’t let Jarvis jump on people or furniture, and she is more lax about the furniture.”

 

 

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 2, HE SAID)

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“We initially planned to get a dog after getting married, but we decided to get a dog after Balto died.

We were thinking about getting a Bernese Mountain Dog, but we found out that they have a short life expectancy and that they shed.

Then we found out that doodle breeds are great for non-shedding.

My fiancé suggested the golden doodle because of the no-shedding and they are mild mannered in terms of temperament.

We wanted to get a puppy to raise together.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 1, HE SAID)

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“I had always wanted a dog growing up, but my mom didn’t like dogs, because when she was very young a street dog chased and bit her.

This was in Nigeria, where I am from.

When I met my fiancé, who loves animals (dogs and lions in particular), she had a wolf-dog called Balto, who was very old when we started dating.

He was 15 and lived to be 19.

When he passed, my fiancé was distraught.”

Jarvis, The Golden Doodle Puppy that was born the day We got engaged (part 3, she said)

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“Getting the puppy together has been good for our relationship.

We have learned how well we work together on something as stressful as a puppy.

Hopefully, we will continue to communicate well throughout our life together, especially during stressful times.

Having Jarvis is good preparation for having a family.

Kids are obviously way more work, but we are having a good trial run.

I look forward to sharing more responsibility as time goes on.”

Jarvis, The Golden Doodle Puppy that was born the day We got engaged (part 2, she said)

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” Jarvis was delivered to my front door in Manhattan.

He arrived a month after my last dog died and at first I was not used to having a puppy.

I was used to a fully trained dog, that was mine, alone.

Jarvis is mine and my finance’s.

It has been a learning experience for both of us.

It was tough on us at first with the training and all the walking.

He was also an added stress to the wedding planning-but a good stress because we were able to communicate better.”