New York City Dog Culture

Photographs and words about people and their dogs.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE TERRIER MIX THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG (PART 4)

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“She’s become more playful and more cheeky.

She asks for more food and begs for treats.

She really knows how to work my husband.

She whimpers and whines to get on the bed.  She knows she’s not allowed, but occasionally I come home to see her on my side of the bed, laying beside him.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE, THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 3)

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“We all grieved together, as Ellie was abandoned and missing her people at the same time that we lost Suzi and were sad and alone.

Ellie seemed like a good fit for that reason.

After caring for a senior dog for over a year, we wanted to care for a dog with a bit more energy that was also more independent.

Ellie was meek and seemed depressed at the beginning.

After six months, she started coming around.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THE PASSING OF THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 2)

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“I thought I could save her and give her a longer life, though sadly she was only with us for seventeen months.

After Suzi died, the group that we fostered her for, called Ready for Rescue, contacted us to see if we were too heartbroken or ready to foster again.

My husband and I decided that we could either be selfish and be grief stricken for six months or so, or we could give another abandoned dog a chance.

Suzi died on the 15th of March and Ellie was abandoned on the 17th of March.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THE PASSING OF THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 1)

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Ellie for short, is our second (foster to adopt) dog.

We first fostered a twelve year old rat terrier called Suzi until she was thirteen and a half, when she passed away.

Nobody wanted to adopt an older overweight and slightly handicapped dog, so we kept her until she died.

Suzi lost nineteen pounds while we fostered her and she had an unbeatable spirit.”

She was my furry little soulmate.

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 6)

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“The routine of having a dog gets the family out every day.

After the death of my father-in-law, we knew we could count on the routines of my children and Vivi to teach us the enjoyment of every day life.

Vivi is teaching the children a sense of responsibility by being another member of the family and having her needs met too.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 5)

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“We think she is funny.

She can bounce on her hind legs for quite a while and makes some very entertaining groaning sounds.

She has brought more laughter to our household.

The kids are too young to walk her alone, but they feed her and give her water.

Over a two month period of time my father-in-law became increasingly ill and my husband traveled to see his family, frequently.

While he was away, having Vivi was a great comfort to my children and me.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 4)

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“We did a DNA test after three months and it turned out that she had no lab in her, whatsoever.

She is supposedly Terrier, Chow Chow, Greyhound, Chihuahua and Sharpei.

Vivi has helped the family bond together.

There is always something to talk about where she is concerned.”

 

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 3)

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“She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.

Over time we developed a routine with Vivi.

She was already housebroken, but was  terrified of street life; cars, street noises and the elevator.

It took about a month for her to acclimate to New York City and our lifestyle.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 2)

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“At that point we thought it would be ideal to get a Labrador Retriever mix, because labs are considered family friendly.

We didn’t find what we were looking for in a New York shelter, so we went to Pet Finder to expand our search.

We found a five month old Labrador mix at Stray From the Heart, a New York City rescue group.

I filled out the paper work, organized a home visit and it turned out that Vivi was still in Puerto Rico.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 1)

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“After living in New York City for two years, my family felt settled.

Our kids were six and eight at the time, and were begging us for a dog.

We started looking at rescue dogs.

We looked at the ASPCA first, and then the CACC, but we didn’t find an appropriate dog at either place.

We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy, between thirty and forty pounds because of apartment living.”