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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/MINI AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD LIFESAVER (PART 3)

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“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.

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, 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 (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“We used to travel a lot.

Now we alternate traveling or we board her.

I miss her when we go away, but I know she is happy.

She is always happy.

When I miss my family she helps me.

After we Skype, she is always close to my body.

She makes me feel less lonely when I miss them.”

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.”

BRUCE, THE FEARLESS FRENCH BULLDOG (PART 1)

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“I’ve always been a dog lover and I knew that I wanted a dog for a long time.

When I found Bruce, I knew he was the one for me.

I got him from a breeder in Missouri.

It was a family friend who knew the I’d been interested.

I wanted to rescue a dog, but with all my traveling as an actor, I needed to make sure that I had a small dog that could fit under my seat in an airplane’

 

Susu, the French Bulldog that provided comfort and stability (part 2)

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“I saw this white Frenchie and I had no intention a buying a dog, as I just moved to Las Vegas a month earlier and wasn’t settled yet.

But, I did–I walked out with Susu.

My immediate reaction when I got home was, what did I do?

I felt like a single mom, but luckily I had a lot of friends and family in Vegas and they were there when I needed it.

I quickly realized it was the best decision I could have made.

It was the perfect time.”

Susu, the French Bulldog that provided comfort and stability (part 1)

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“I think I’ve always been attracted to Frenchies.

I had just made a move to Las Vegas.

I was single and I planned to be there for a while, so I thought it was time to get the dog that I always wanted.

I got Susu on the spur of the moment.

Looking back, I would love to have gone through a breeder or adopted a rescue, but I was young and naive, so I got Susu at a pet store.

I had just gone through a tough breakup and my sister and I walked into a pet store just to look around, hoping it would cheer me up.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 5)

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“Time is malleable in your head but seeing something tangible, like the growth and aging of a dog helps to serve as a point of reference.

Sometimes my sister’s passing feels like yesterday, and other times it seems like a long time ago.

Ellie helps me focus on the time at hand.

She is pretty much my dog, so she is my job.

I would recommend people who are going through something emotional, like a drastic change in their life to get a dog.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 4)

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“Ellie has created new thoughts.

While I am sad about my sister, it’s also okay to be happy about having a puppy.

I want to be there for Ellie.

She depends on me, and that helps put things in perspective.

Watching her live in the moment with no past or future has been helpful.

Watching her grow has also been valuable because I realize how much time has gone by since my sister’s accident.”