Great Danes

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 5)

 

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“Jack has taught me a lot about taking care of another being.

On stressful days, he’s what I look forward to when coming home.

A partner has to love him, in addition to loving me.

He’s part of the  package.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 3)

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“Jack was three to four months old when I got him.

It was an impulse decision, but it worked out because I lost my job a week after getting him home, so I got to spend quality time training him and helping him adjust to the city.

A month after he came to New York City, we moved to Colorado for a job.

He loved the mountains.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 2)

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“I found his picture through a rescue group in Tennessee called Moonshine Dog Rescue.

If you committed to buying one of their dogs, they promised transporting the dog up east.

Once I committed to adopting Jack, another rescue group called Alpha dog Transport brought him from the scout, it a tractor trailer full of dogs from different rescue groups to a designated are off route 80 in New Jersey.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 1)

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“I just really wanted to take care of a living creature, and I also wanted a sidekick.

I was just coming out of a breakup and I went on Petfinder to find a rescue dog.

I typed in Shepherd mix; male or female.

I knew I wanted a medium size dog, I didn’t care about the breed or sex.”

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.”

 

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 1)

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“I grew up with dogs.

I was single and living alone so I put off getting a dog.

When I got engaged and bought a house I decided it was time to get a dog.

I own my own business so I could take a dog to work.  I knew I wouldn’t be leaving him at home all day by himself because I had flexibility.

I knew I wanted a Labrador Retriever or a Lab mix.

There is a rescue agency based in Rhode Island that rescues dogs from down south and places them up and down the northeast coast.

I saw a photo of Charlie on their site.  He was brought up to a foster family in Rhode Island from Alabama.

I decided to surprise my wife.”

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi (he said, part 4)

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“We arranged to have Bodie brought up from Mississippi and we met the dog transport at a rest stop at on the New Jersey Turnpike.  We had Popeye’s chicken and paced up and down the parking lot until the bus with Bodie pulled up.  We signed the papers and he was ours.

I can’t think of a specific event that was bad, but because I am in a business that can be brutal at times, having Bodie around gives me perspective.  He gives me a much needed shot of sanity every day.

I remember we were sitting on the couch within the first week of having him, and this little nugget was sprawled out between us, and we were both gobsmacked and repeating, he’s just so beautiful.

The other thing again, is the ongoing sensibility, it just shifts your perspective.

I think dogs are game changers.  I’ve spent more time in the last two years enjoying the outdoors in NY, than I did in the 16 years I lived here prior to having Bodie.

Bodie has ushered in a real fearless spontaneity and appreciation for simple pleasures.  I will literally stop and take a deep inhale through my nose because I am watching him sniff things.

We got so caught up our heads and our worries that watching him enjoy the most basic things around him encourages me to do the same thing so I have a perspective I didn’t have before.”

 

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi (he said part 3)

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“I always wanted a dog but because I am an actor and my schedule and my life were so unpredictable I always put it off.

Four years ago I was on tour with The Book of Mormon and I realized that my gift to myself    after the tour would be a dog.

I was done making sacrifices.

I knew how much I loved dogs and I wanted a dog.  I made it a priority.

I even made my security code on my phone, D-O-G-S.

I moved in with my boyfriend.   We had a few conversations and I convinced him that it was time to get a dog, because honestly, there is never a right time and I was done waiting.   He knew it was important to me and he got on board quickly, though I instigated it.

The Sunday after Christmas, 2013, we were lounging in the kitchen, drinking coffee and I suggested that we look at dogs on Petfinder.  We were looking at a Catahoula Leopard dogs, (the state dog of La.).  We like labs but thought let’s look at something more unusual.

Bodie was listed as a Catahoula/Boxer mix, (his name was Nate at the time) and he was at a shelter in Mississippi.  We sent in the application digitally, thinking we wouldn’t hear anything for a week or so.  Someone from the shelter called us two hours later and said, he’s yours if you want him.

My first instinct was, something’s wrong with him, but my partner talked to the people at the shelter and found out they had googled him and seen the trailer to his movie.  They said, anyone who made a movie like that had to have a heart.

Bodie was ours we wanted him.”