pet care

NIKO, THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 5, HE SAID)

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“We care for him together; he is a shared responsibility.

He adds more flue to our family.

He is also a stand-in, or partner and companion when one of us is traveling.”

BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 5)

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“The first time I noticed how much of an impact Babka had on my life was during a snowstorm a few weeks after getting her.

We usually just stayed inside, but she needed to be walked and I took her out.

Just getting out of the house and walking in the fresh snow felt calming.

I was appreciative that another living body needed me and got me out of the house.  My routine had changed and I liked it.

My relationship with my husband has grown, in that we are on a team with a common goal; taking care of Babka.

Having Babka makes us feel more like a family, not just a couple.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 3)

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“I got her when she was nine weeks old, so I had a moment of hesitation.

I got over it when I realized the joy of having a puppy.

Willow was relatively easy to train.

I spent a lot of time with her because I work as a free-lancer.

I adopted her last January.”

OLIVE, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT WANTS TO PLAY 24/7 (PART 2)

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“I say that it’s like living with a toddler.

She wants to play 24/7.

I started doing research into rescuing a Frenchie but I realized pretty quickly that the ones available to rescue usually had either health or behavioral issues.

I realized that I wasn’t the best owner for that situation.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 4)

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“One night Jojo jumped off the bed and his legs gave out from under him.

I knew he was in distress because he was panting heavily and he couldn’t walk.

I rushed him to the Animal Hospital, Blue Pearl, and they operated on his spine the next morning.

It took four to five months for him to heal, and he is as recovered as he will ever be.

He can run and fetch, climb up on rocks, and ride on the bike.

He can’t jump off of anything, play tug of war, and he can’t wrestle.”

 

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 3)

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“Jojo became more and more of a shared dog, and we consider it joint custody.

Two things changed  everything with Jojo and me.

Hiking and biking.

We started to go on the bus to Harriman State Park and hike all day.

We got there at 10:30 a.m. and left at 5:00 p.m.

I bike everywhere, so I bought a dog carrier that I attached to my bike and we are a team.

We rode to down to the battery along the river and then up to the little red lighthouse at the George Washington Bridge.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 2)

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“His owner said, Jojo would come home home after our trip to the dog run and Central Park, and pass out from exhaustion.

Next, we started having sleepovers.

His owner and I decided that I would keep him for several days at a time, which turned into Thursday evening through Monday morning.

I started taking him to the veterinarian, because I had him on the weekend, and his owner and I work during the week, and neither of us have much free time.”

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 4)

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“I just graduated from undergraduate school in May and came to NY a month ago for graduate school.

We rented a truck and drove up to New York City for 16 hours.

It’s a big transition coming to New York City from the suburbs of Alabama, but Tally is doing great.

She is occasionally skittish around the noises of the city, but she loves the energy here.”

I’ve taken her on the train a few times and she is relaxed.

She has no problem with the subway.

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 1)

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“I’ve always loved dogs.

I got Tally when I was in college, two years ago.

I got another dog first, but he was already sick with heart worm.

I didn’t want him to die in the shelter, so I adopted him and got him treated, but he died six months later from a grand mall seizure, related to his heart worm.

I knew I wanted to get another dog, so I waited until I went back home to Florence, Alabama and went to the local shelter, where I met Tally.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 5, HE SAID)

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“It took six months to trust her off leash and be confident that she wouldn’t run off.

Penny has really come into her own.

She trusts us.  We have developed a great bond.

The best thing about having her is the joy she has brought to our lives.

I consider her a missing piece that made our family more complete.

I think the hardest part of having a dog is the time and commitment.

Penny requires a certain amount of time every day, so we sacrifice other things in order to take care of her.

Whether it’s work, exercise, or my social life, I am very happy to have the responsibility and live up to it.”