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CHEWIE, THE BORDER COLLIE/MINI AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD LIFESAVER (PART 4)

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Chewie knows when I am unhappy.

She gets very upset if I am crying, so I try not to cry in front of her.

If she feels that I am sad or upset, she won’t leave my side.

The most joyous moment I can think of, was the first time I brought her home.

I realized that with Chewie, I am not alone; that we are going to go places together.

She acts as a service dog.”

CHEWIE, THE BORDER COLLIE/AUSSIE SHEPHERD LIFESAVER (PART 2)

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“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

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

 

CHEWIE, THE BORDER COLLIE/AUSSIE SHEPHERD 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.”

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (PART 5, SHE SAID)

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“Stella licked my tears away.

It was a simple moment, yet she made my anguish disappear.

I focused, instead of crying, and I found myself and where I needed to be.

It was magical.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 4)

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“I am a teacher and I work with some kids that have emotional difficulties.

I see how helpful the dogs are in stressful situations and how stabilizing and reassuring they can be.

Some of the kids have service dogs, which provide a venue for affection and the opportunity to care for another being without judgement or conditions.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 6)

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“I also feel like dogs are mirrors of us.

I try to learn from their behavior.

Just like with people, you can’t control their behavior.

You can only control your own responses.

I try not to be disappointed, but more accepting.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE TERRIER MIX THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG (PART 5)

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“When my husband and I hug and kiss, she whimpers, so my husband picks her up to join us.  Once she feels included she licks his face and expresses pure contentment.

Ellie has pushed me to learn more about dog behavior because she doesn’t love everyone.

She has taught me to be to be more patient.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE TERRIER MIX THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG (PART 4)

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“She’s become more playful and more cheeky.

She asks for more food and begs for treats.

She really knows how to work my husband.

She whimpers and whines to get on the bed.  She knows she’s not allowed, but occasionally I come home to see her on my side of the bed, laying beside him.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 2)

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“They got a lot of healthy dogs from a kill shelter in Kentucky.

I started following their website to see when they got new dogs.

I put in an application after I saw Willow’s picture, and was approved right away.

I met her for the first time when I picked her up from the shelter.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 4)

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“One night Jojo jumped off the bed and his legs gave out from under him.

I knew he was in distress because he was panting heavily and he couldn’t walk.

I rushed him to the Animal Hospital, Blue Pearl, and they operated on his spine the next morning.

It took four to five months for him to heal, and he is as recovered as he will ever be.

He can run and fetch, climb up on rocks, and ride on the bike.

He can’t jump off of anything, play tug of war, and he can’t wrestle.”