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HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 6)

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“I also feel like dogs are mirrors of us.

I try to learn from their behavior.

Just like with people, you can’t control their behavior.

You can only control your own responses.

I try not to be disappointed, but more accepting.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 5)

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“We just moved to New York from London and our routine is always the same.

We go for long walks every day; I like to take long walks and they are always willing.

I think Harry more than Milly has changed my life.

I love having him but he doesn’t like people petting him.

I tend to try to please people and it’s upsetting to see people so disappointed that he won’t let them pet him.  I feel like I am letting people down.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 4)

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“They are absolutely child replacements, although I try to treat them like dogs, not babies.

Getting them when my last daughter left home, made having an empty home more bearable.

There was no longer silence when I opened the front door.

I feel like I am never alone.

They will also never grow up, like my children did.

They will never leave home, or prefer to be with their friends.”

Having the dogs has been a constant in our lives.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 3)

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“Harry is shy with people, but more social with dogs and Milly is the opposite.

Milly likes to be the center of attention, so Harry gets less attention than he used to.

It only took a week for Harry to stop guarding his toys when I got Milly.

They bonded with each other in a matter of weeks, though they are each more

bonded to me than each other.

I think it’s not a coincidence that I got these dogs as I became an empty nester.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 2)

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I had Harry first and it was so easy, I just decided to get another one.

I soon realized it was twice as much work.

Be careful what you wish for; sometimes you imagine things being one way and it turns out to be another.

I thought having two would be as easy and peaceful as having one dog, but it is not.

Like with children, I appreciate each one because of the other.”

 

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 1)

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“I got my dogs for companionship.

I always had big dogs and this time I wanted an active small dog.

I just wanted something different.

I am a petite person and I didn’t want anything so strong.

I also wanted a dog that could sit on my lap.

I just liked the way Papillon’s look.”

Dodger, the Schnauzer Terrier mix, Rescued from the CACC (Center for Animal Care and Control)(part 4)

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“Dodger was glued to me more than normal during that time.

If I was crying, he would put his head on my chest.

As I said, he is very sensitive.

Some days when it’s tough to get out of bed in the morning, I always have a good reason.

I always have a best friend.”

The one difficult thing about Dodger is skateboarders and rollerbladers.

They make him nervous and angry.

I feel like he’s an old man saying, get off my lawn.”

Dodger, the Schnauzer Terrier mix, Rescued from the CACC (Center for Animal Care and Control)(part 1)

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“I’ve had Dodger over 10 years.

I had just finished school and I wanted a best friend.

My family always had pets.

I felt like there was that whole in my life that needed to be filled.

I tried several shelters in the NYC area and the last one I went to was the CACC.”

Anubis, the Papillon/Chihuahua mix and Dima, the Pomeranian/Husky mix (part 7)

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“Having the dogs has brought a calmness to our relationship.

Anubis and Dima are the center of attention, as opposed to smaller issues that don’t seem so important anymore.

The joy and responsibility they bring to us, definitely makes us feel more like a family.”

 

Anubis, the Papillon/Chihuahua mix and Dima, the Pomeranian/Husky mix (part 6)

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“I am really busy with school as is my girlfriend.

We are also busy with work, and sometimes it’s difficult to take care of them.

We often discuss which one of us will do the last walk at night because we are both tired and want to go to sleep.

It’s always me, but she does the morning walk, so it all works out.”