gratitude

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 2)

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“It was night time so we brought him back to our cabin and he slept the whole night.

We brought him to the vet the next morning and he cut the prong collar off of his neck with bolt cutters.

We gave him antibiotics and took him back to our cabin rental, where we weren’t supposed to have dogs.

He slept for the next three days.”

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 1)

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“I actually found Smoky in the Smoky Mountains.

He was walking at dusk on a road with a mountain on one side and a cliff on the other, so there was nowhere for him to walk but on the road.

I thought he was a dog who was lost, but he didn’t have any tags.

He had a pinch collar that had grown into his neck.”

BARCLEY, THE IRISH TERRIER THAT KEEPS LIFE LIGHT AND APPRECIATES THE LITTLE THINGS (PART 4)

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“On  a boring winter day Barclay keeps everything positive.

He keeps things light and entertains us.

I’ll never be without a dog again.

He appreciates the little things.

He appreciates a treat, a trip to the dog park, a road trip, an occasional nap on the bed.

He is a role model for gratitude.”

ELLIE (SHORT FOR ELEPHANT), THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT IS AN ENTERTAINING CLOWN, AND GREAT COMFORT (PART 2)

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“One of my friends researched French Bulldog breeders online and found one up in the Bronx in an area called, Country Club, near the water.

My friend, my sister’s boyfriend and I went to the breeder’s house and she had two left in  a litter up for adoption.

There was a little cream puppy and a little blue puppy.

The blue ones can go for up to $15,000, so I didn’t think she was in my price range and I didn’t ask about her.”

CHEWIE, THE BORDER COLLIE/AUSSIE LIFESAVER (PART 3)

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“Walking a dog 3 or 4 times a day gives me clarity.  It makes me feel like whatever is troubling me is going to be okay.

The routine gives me something to do, and my focus is on something other than myself.

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.”

CHEWIE, THE BORDER COLLIE/AUSSIE 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 we belonged together from the moment I brought her home.

Chewie helped me through a tough time.

I was depressed and she helped me get out of the house whether I wanted to or not.”

Milo, the Pomsky (Pomeranian/Husky Mix), (part 4, she said)

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“Since having Milo, I have been working and attending school at the same time and I was overwhelmed.

I began to cry, and Milo just knew that I needed comforting and lay down beside me.

Hie is usually closer with my boyfriend, but on this day he stayed by my side for several hours.

We fell asleep together and when I woke up, he was still by my side.”

Rosie, the Newfie Doodle Mix (Newfoundland Poodle) He said, part 4

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“Mentally, Rosie has added to my life in so many ways– she relaxes me, makes me laugh, forces me to be in the moment more and gets me to enjoy being outside more.

I also socialize more since having Rosie.

My wife and I have met several people that have become friends in the dog community.

I think my wife and I spend more time together relaxing with Rosie and more conversations, in general.

Overall, Rosie has improved my quality of life dramatically.

I am grateful my wife persisted to get a dog.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 5)

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“Leroy becomes even more affectionate when we are upset.

Usually, he gives affection on his terms, but when he senses a change in our mood or behavior he is very responsive.

He worries about us.

He adds to the happiness in our house.

It’s full of love.

No matter what is going on, I want to come home and see him.”

Olive, the Basset Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 6, she said)

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“Olive was a perfect match for energy, activity level and temperament.

Our worst experience was when she ate a dark chocolate bar, which is toxic for dogs.

We rushed Olive to the vet, who said, he would do the best he could, but no guarantees.

We told our son, nine at the time, and he responded with big teardrops rolling down his cheeks, but said, every cloud has a silver lining, but I can’t possibly think of what it could be.

Luckily, Olive survived.

She is a member of our family.

When we go away without her, we feel like one of us is missing and the family is not complete.”