New York City Dog Culture

Photographs and words about people and their dogs.

TUCKER, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT CHOSE HIS FAMILY (PART 4)

 

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“Our entire lives revolve around Tucker.

It’s like being a parent.

I am excited to see how Tucker reacts when we expand our family and have a child.

I think he will drive the kid crazy.

I also think he will be a great friend and protector.”

TUCKER, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT CHOSE HIS FAMILY (PART 3)

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“I called him and after much arguing the owner of the Pit Bull finally paid half the bill.

It wasn’t really about the money, but about taking responsibility.

I would never want any dog owner to suffer the way we did.

I don’t know if I can think of a happiest moment, because there are so many.

When Tucker saw snow for the first time he ran around in circles,  buried his nose and  was in ecstasy.

He also loves the beach;  he loves to bury his face in the sand.”

 

TUCKER, THE FRENCHIE THAT CHOSE HIS FAMILY (PART 2)

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“That was 5 years ago November.

Unfortunately, a very bad thing happened when Tucker was 6 months old.

He had’t been neutered yet, and we were just walking on a Sunday night and he was attacked by an unneutered adult pit bull.

The pit had Tucker’s head in his mouth and he was bitten on his ear and jaw bone.

I rushed him to Blue Pearl (the animal hospital); it was only 1 block away.

We were lucky that the injuries weren’t as severe as they could have been.

A lot of people in the neighborhood  had heard about the incident and one of my neighbors found the owner of the pit and demanded his phone number.”

TUCKER, THE FRENCHIE THAT CHOSE HIS FAMILY (PART 1)

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“My partner and I would go to pet stores just to browse, with no intention of shopping.     We saw and played with different dogs.

My partner didn’t really want a dog until he met Tucker.

I held Tucker for a few minutes and then my partner held him.

A little girl and her mother came into the shop and asked if they could hold him.

My partner turned to hand him off to the little girl, but Tucker curled into him, refusing to leave his arms.

The mother said, it looks like he knows who daddy is, and that was it.

That’s when he became Tucker.”

ELLIE (SHORT FOR ELEPHANT), THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT IS AN ENTERTAINING CLOWN, AND GREAT COMFORT (PART 5)

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“Ellie 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.

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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“I think it’s good to keep busy when you are grieving.

Before I got Ellie, I was just alone, thinking about my sister all the time.

Ellie is a responsibility so she has helped me get out of my house physically, as well as my head emotionally.

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.”

ELLIE (SHORT FOR ELEPHANT), THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT IS AN ENTERTAINING CLOWN, AND GREAT COMFORT (PART 3)

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“After hearing my personal story (because I had to fill out a form explaining why I wanted a French Bulldog, on her website before even being eligible for one of her pups), she offered to sell me the Ellie, for the price of the cream puppy.

I pretty much knew at that moment that I wanted her.

That was in August and I picked her up a month later.

Ellie has been great for my parents and me.

It’s a new life in our house.”

ELLIE (SHORT FOR ELEPHANT), THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT IS AN ENTERTAINING CLOWN, AND GREAT COMFORT (PART 2)

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“One of my friends researched French Bulldog breeders online and found one up in the Bronx in an area called, Country Club, near the water.

My friend, my sister’s boyfriend and I went to the breeder’s house and she had two left in  a litter up for adoption.

There was a little cream puppy and a little blue puppy.

The blue ones can go for up to $15,000, so I didn’t think she was in my price range and I didn’t ask about her.”

ELLIE (SHORT FOR ELEPHANT), THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT IS AN ENTERTAINING CLOWN, AND GREAT COMFORT (PART 1)

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“I’d been wanting a Frenchie for a few years.

They are like clowns; they have funny temperaments.

I was a college student so I couldn’t afford to get a dog, and I didn’t have the time to care for one either.

I graduated from college last May and then a few weeks after that, my sister died in a car accident.

She was 20 years old.

My parents thought it was time for me to get a dog.

I wasn’t working yet, so I had a lot of free time.”

TWIGGY, THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND/CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUE (PART 5)

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“I am lucky to have such understanding neighbors.

I received a note under my door the first time I left her alone saying, your dog has been barking and crying the entire time you were gone. It was so sad, the next time you leave, please just drop her off with us.

We leave her with the family next door, but I don’t want to take advantage of them.

I have been considering bark busters, but am trying to leave her alone for short intervals of time and build up to longer periods.

Twiggy has become the emphasis of our lives.

We are devoted to her and she is devoted to us.”