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Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (the spouse said, part 1)

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“We had been without a dog for 8 years.

I found that impossible.

I convinced my partner that we needed a dog.

I was a little sneaky.

I started suggesting his favorite breeds– breeds of his earlier dogs.

There was his West Virginia hound, which we discovered there is no such breed.

I went online and found Tennessee Redbone Hounds and Georgia Hounds, but no West Virginia Hounds.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (he said, part 4)

“I always found my dogs before.

Lola was a handful.

The first trainer told us she was proud and independent.

He said, she basically didn’t know we existed.

Eventually, we trained her.

As long as she is not hunting squirrels or rabbits she is a good dog.

The best single moment was after we went away for vacation and came back to her.

She wagged her tail so hard that she fell over.

The one thing we wish for with Lola is that she would be more friendly or playful with other dogs.

But, she is wonderful with people.”

Hero, Izumi and Melons, a family of rescues (part 1-she said)

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“I found hero in Shanghai.

I was living in China for 2 years studying Mandarin in an immersion program.

The month before I was set to leave, and my visa was about to expire, I was walking down a super busy street and I saw a puppy running in the street.

I picked her up and asked people around me if she was theirs, and she was not.

She was filthy, underweight, and missing big chunks of fur.  She was a mess.

I brought her home with no plans to keep her, and a month later I bought her a plane ticket, had her microchipped and got her a rabies vaccine.

After an 18 hour flight, Hero became an American dog.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 3)

“I’ve always wanted to have 2 dogs; 1 called Charlie and the other called Dave.

FullSizeRender-50For right now we’ve got 1 dog, Charlie.

We took him to my parents house and he got into some fermented dough and he was lying on the ground seizing.

My father called me at work while Charlie was under the table, delirious.

I took him to the emergency vet at 3 p.m.

I remember carrying him while crying, and I signed a waiver saying they could do whatever  it took to save him.

They flushed his system with charcoal and fluids and wanted to keep him overnight.  When I went to see him and say goodbye he was still delirious.

They didn’t know if he would make it.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 1)

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“I grew up with dogs.

I was single and living alone so I put off getting a dog.

When I got engaged and bought a house I decided it was time to get a dog.

I own my own business so I could take a dog to work.  I knew I wouldn’t be leaving him at home all day by himself because I had flexibility.

I knew I wanted a Labrador Retriever or a Lab mix.

There is a rescue agency based in Rhode Island that rescues dogs from down south and places them up and down the northeast coast.

I saw a photo of Charlie on their site.  He was brought up to a foster family in Rhode Island from Alabama.

I decided to surprise my wife.”

Zoe, the rescue from down the block (part 3)

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“I come from a family of dog lovers and they all lover Zoe.

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She is a huge jumper and got up on the dining room table recently and took a lamb shank off the table.

She will thieve food whenever possible.

She is a garbage disposal.

She is very smart and knows some lingo.  She knows the word Milwaukee, that means, let’s go for a walk.

She loves the word, garbagio– it’s her alter ego.  She’s the Zorro of garbage (she’s always hoping to find a few morsels).

My wife and I used to joke about getting a dog like Zoe before she was ours and I fell it was good fate, or luck.”

Zoe, the rescue from down the block

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“We called and she basically said, I can’t take care of Zoe, and asked, would you be interested in taking her?

I flew across country to get her and spent the night in L.A.

She slept on my lap throughout the entire 4 1/2 hour flight back to New York.

We’ve only had her 6 months but I spend a lot of time with her, more so  than anybody else because I am in a professional transition.

She gives me a great break while I am conducting my new business search.

She’s so affectionate and loving, and always wants to play.

She is a constant play companion, both indoors and outdoors.”

 

 

Zoe, the rescue from down the block

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“My wife and I  lived on the same block as a woman who had Zoe and another dog.  Zoe was 8 months old and the other dog was 10 years old.

We saw the dogs daily and we befriended their owner.

She was a nurse in her early 20’s who had rescued her puppy with her boyfriend, on a lark when she saw a North Shore Animal League mobile adoption vehicle.

She broke up with her boyfriend, joined nurses without borders and moved out of the city.

About a month after she left the city, she had one of her friends leave a letter with our doorman asking us to call her about her puppy, Zoe.”

Jean Luc, the companion French Bulldog (part 2)

“I wanted to keep the whole thing a secret, until I appeared at my mother’s house with the dog, but I couldn’t keep the secret.

When my brother and I went to pick the dog out, and my mother asked where we were going, I spilled the beans.

My mother was so excited.

Jean Luc was the runt of the litter, so he was the smallest and he was also the cuddliest.

My brother thought it was idiotic to get a dog while I was going back and forth to mother’s, but I knew that it was going to make her so happy to have the puppy around.

My mother just loved him.”

Jean Luc, the companion French Bulldog (part 1)

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“Someone I worked with had a French Bulldog that came to the office every day.

That dog and I were good friends, and I realized when I was ready to get a dog, I was going to get a French Bulldog.

My mother got diagnosed with lung cancer and she loved dogs.

Very soon after the diagnosis I was coming back to the city via the Long Island Railroad and there was a guy on the platform with a 14 month old Frenchie.

On the train ride back to NYC I talked to this guy and his dog sat with me.  I asked him where he got his dog and  decided I should call his breeder to see if there were any puppies.

When I found out that there were puppies available I decided it would make my mother really happy, if, when I came to visit I had a puppy or a dog.

I said, ok, I want a dog.”