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Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 4, he said)

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“Dogs are simple beings and help gain perspective on life.

Anchoas helps me appreciate some of the less complicated aspects of life.

When I come home, after being on the road, I feel a sense of endearment and comfort that I don’t get from my co-workers.

I feel completely relaxed to see my girlfriend and Ancho.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 3, he said)

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“We had more than one dog, so they were part of a pack and had each other, whereas Anchoas is alone.

My girlfriend and I are his pack.

My dogs growing up where raised by my family.

Anchoas is my first puppy as an adult.

Being on the road can be stressful, and my girlfriend loves sharing anything the puppy is doing, which is a nice reminder that I have something re-energizing to come home to.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“I look forward to more fun times and adventures now that we are over the rudimentary phase, like potty training and teaching him to walk well on the leash.

He used to try to run over to other dogs, and sprint after birds, but he’s more obedient now.

Ancho (his nickname), draws my boyfriend and I closer together and makes us feel like a family.

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 3)

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“I also, really liked the spot on the top of his head, which I later found out is a desirable trait.

It’s called the Blenheim Spot.

It took literally 24 hours to get him.

We left at 12:00 A.M. on Saturday by Greyhound and returned Sunday, at 1 A.M. by Amtrak.

Ancho was afraid of the crate at first, but after I took my sweatshirt off and put it in the crate, he nestled up and was right at home.

That’s when I knew that I made a good choice.

I am away from family, living in another state, and got a little lonely.

He is the steadfast companion in my life and one of the few constants.”

 

 

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 2)

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“I looked up AKC breeders for dogs that bred 15 lbs. and under (that was in the lease rules), and found Anchoas’ breeder in upstate, New York.

We emailed back and forth over a few days and talked on the phone.

We scheduled a 10:00 A.M.  meeting.

He was part of a large litter, but was one of three boys left.

My boyfriend and I spent 20-30 minutes playing with each puppy, but Anchoas was a standout because he was bright and happy.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 1)

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“I had just moved into the city and recently graduated college.

I got my first full time job, and was lucky enough to be working from home a few days a week.

My boyfriend only lives with part time, because every other month he is touring with his band, so it was a spur of the moment decision.

I decided I wanted a dog one weekend, and my lease allowed dogs.”

 

Penelope, the beagle that brings people together (part 2)

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“I don’t know much about biology and she’s not playing music anymore but we share our love of dogs.

My wife and I are thinking about having kids soon and we thought having a dog would be a good transition, or a good place to start.

We both share in the responsibility of Penny.

I imagine it’s a lot like having a kid.

I like her.  I like her personality.  She never backs down. She can be swamped by 4 dogs and she holds her own.

My wife and I love each other and we love having Penny.”

Penelope, the dog that brings people together, (part 1)

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“My wife telecommutes from home to work.

She grew up with a beagle, as did I, but my family gave away our beagle because it got too big.

We had cats and hamsters.  We had a Siamese cat and many hamsters– at least 5 or 6.

My wife and I moved to the city in August and we knew when we got settled we were going to get a pet.  She wanted a beagle and I wanted a Siamese cat.

I love my wife, so we got a beagle.

Penny gets us out of our comfort zone to meet our neighbors.

A couple of people that work in a restaurant near us fell in love with Penny.  The woman wanted to get a dog, but wasn’t ready for her own, so she has helped out with Penny.

A former student of mine that lives in the city takes care of Penny.  I have known her for 7 years, 3 in high school and 4 in college.  I taught her band in high school and now she’s in the city getting her PhD. in biology.

Penny has brought us back together.”

Stanley,the red Poodle (he said, part 4)

“One of the scariest moments after having him for about a month was when he was lethargic and and salivating a lot.  He just wasn’t himself.

I thought he was going to die.

I panicked.

We took him to the vet and she said it was probably a food allergy.  We gave him a Benadryl and switched his food.  He was fine after that incident.

In general, he’s a fun loving dog and entertaining dog to have.

He’s very friendly to everyone and he always wants to play.

We have a new responsibility together so we have to work as a team to make sure Stanley is taken care of.  That work has brought us closer together.

We are more of a family.

Stanley, the red Poodle (he said part 2)

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“I’ve wanted a dog for 5 or 6 years and decided when I finished school, that would be the right time.

I knew that I wanted a poodle.  I found a breeder online that my partner and I liked.  She had good reviews and when we contacted her she was very responsive.

She happened to be having a litter when we wanted a dog, so we decided to go for it.

We had never had a dog before and this particular breeder was helpful in guiding us through the adoption process.  She sent us weekly photos from the time he was born until he was 8 weeks old, when we had him flown from Alabama to NYC.

Once he arrived we got a trainer to help us with the fundamentals.  She helped with crate training, housebreaking and basic commands.

I underestimated how much energy poodles and puppies have.

We walked him a lot and went through lots of rope toys (that he chewed through).

We had to change our expectations for being social.  We couldn’t be away from home for too long.  He required our constant attention for about 4 or 5 months.  We weren’t comfortable leaving him in his crate for more than 2 hours.

As a pianist I thought playing classical music would calm him down, but when he wants to play there’s no stopping him. When I am practicing at the piano he brings me a shoe to get attention (because he knows he’s not supposed to take them).

He lets me know when he likes my playing.  He lies under the bench raptured in the music.

Music (especially classical) really does soothe the Standard Poodle.”