“I live alone for the first time in my life and Rosie is always there.
I know that when I come home, someone is really happy to see me, always.
I think that is the essence of having a dog;
that unconditional love that they give.
I used to laugh at people with their little designer dogs and their dog bags and now, I am one of them.”
“I hired Bark Busters.
They really taught me about behavior.
There are no treats or punishment, it’s about speaking their language.
Establishing dominance through sounds really helped.
I would growl at her and she learned that I was alpha.
I also learned to crate train her with a calming sheet covering the crate and she is much less anxious now.”
“I broke up with the person I bought her with.
Rosie got anxious when we broke up and now she has separation anxiety.
She always had it, but it got worse after we moved.
She would bark the entire time I was out at work.
My neighbors were upset with the barking and I was afraid I was going to get kicked out of my new apartment.”
“Two dogs that I was interested in through other rescue organizations got adopted the day before I went to meet them.
After that I started contacting Miniature Dachshund breeders, but I strolled into a pet store and saw Rosie.
It was love at first sight.
She was tiny. I think she was 3.2 lbs.
She was playful, but not crazy, and was very sweet.
While we were signing the paperwork to buy her, she fell asleep in our arms.”
“Our last dog died.
He was a double dapple Dachshund who died when he was 11 years old.
I really wanted a rescue mutt but it was a surprisingly hard process.
I had to fill out applications and give references.
When I went to the ASPCA, they had a lot of big Pit Bulls, but we had a small apartment, and we wanted a small dog.”
“Embracing rescue animals has been pure joy and love.
Going to the dog park and meeting other owners and their dogs has been magical.
I don’t go to make work connections, but I do make personal and dog connections.
It’s a gift to have dogs in NYC and bring them to a place where they can run and play.”
“We brought Dolly home and she came down with the same virus so we had to bring her back to the the animal hospital at Bide-A-Wee.
We saw Bucky again, and got to see how much he and Dolly had already bonded, trying to play together through their crates, while recovering.
I couldn’t leave Bucky there, so after they were well enough, we brought both of them home.”
“About six months later, I was working with Bide-A-Wee and I attended their annual fundraising gala.
They brought a few rescue dogs to the event. I was introduced to Dolly (the wire-haired). She was adorable and kissed me right away.
It was love at first sight.
I decided it was the right time for me to get a dog.”
“I’ve always had Yorkshire Terriers.
Audrey Hepburn was my inspiration and she had Yorkshire’s.
Years ago in my career I worked with Audrey. She wore some of my fashion designs.
When my last Yorkie, Master Timmy (he was named for his great grandfather) passed away, I was very sad.”
“I have found that my dogs play a similar role in my life.
For me, what’s most joyous is accepting responsibility for them.
They give me the chance to give them the care and love they innately deserve.
That means consistency and being a presence in their life on a daily basis.
They give me the chance to be a better person.”