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MURPHY, THE BLUETICK COONHOUND/BORDER COLLIE MIX RESCUE FROM A KILL SHELTER (PART 1)

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“I had been looking for a dog for about six months with various rescue groups.

I tried fostering, but hadn’t found the right fit.

Then I started talking  with a rescue group called Social Tee’s.

They specialize in rescuing dogs from high kill shelters.

They had a large adoption event in Chelsea, in December.”

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE WEST CHESTER HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 4)

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“She would start and go wild and continue for a good ten to fifteen minutes in that crazy chomping mode.

This was before she had all her shots and she couldn’t go to the dog park or socialize with other dogs, yet.

I walk her more now because I am out of school.

I knew having a dog was going to be a lot of work, responsibility and fun.

It has been exciting because I see a new side to Silka every day.

I am watching her shed her puppy ways and grow into an adult dog.

It’s hard to put into words why I love her so much, but I feel very connected to her.”

 

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE WEST CHESTER HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 3)

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“We were torn between Silka and one other, but my mother suggested we go with our first instinct and the reason we were there in the first place.

We adopted Silka and brought her home that day.

That was two years ago.

The only hard part since getting Silka has been her teething phase, which she is still going through.

She used to bite us and it was hard for her to stop.”

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 2)

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“We had a picture in our minds of what we wanted our dog to look like and she fit the bill.

It was love at first sight from the photograph.

We drove up to the shelter the next day to meet her.

We were offered a room where people meet and play with potential puppies and dogs to adopt.

When we first met her and her siblings, they all jumped at us.”

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 1)

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”I’ve always wanted a dog and finally my parents said, we are going to get a dog.

I was 15 at the time and lived at home.

That was two years ago.

My family adopted her from the Westchester Humane Society.

We were looking at dogs on their website and a photo of Silka popped up.

The angle of the photo made her look slender and very unique.”

 

CHEWIE, THE BORDER COLLIE/AUSSIE LIFESAVER (PART 4)

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“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.

I clean houses and I bring her to work with me.

She picks an area in the apartment, out of the way and stays there the entire time I am working.

She trusts me, and knows that I will come and get her when I am done.

Chewie has changed my life in that I am able to cope with every day life better than before I got 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 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.”

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 4)

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“Poppy had to learn that my husband and I  were the alphas, not her.

We also had to exercise her a lot, because she is a working dog and needs both physical and mental stimulation.

We’ve had her for nine months and some of the best times have been playing frisbee with her.

My husband has been teaching me how to throw a frisbee and it is a great activity that all three of us do together.

We entered her in her first toss and fetch frisbee competition and she did really well.”

 

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 3

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“She was very mouthy with me and she bit hard.

That was how she played.

She put her mouth all over my legs and bit too hard.

She had never been taught boundaries.

Most puppies that are mouthy learn to back off from biting hard when someone says, ouch.

Poppy didn’t understand that.

It was obvious she had never been touched or received attention.”