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Norman, the Goofy Shepherd/Husky Puppy That Makes Everyone Laugh (part 5)

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“My husband and I are usually out and about and traveling, but Norman has caused us to be home and slow down.

We have spent every weekend at home and now have a greater appreciation for the city.

We take long walks through the park and spend more time at the dog run, because Norman loves it.”

Norman, the Goofy Shepherd/Husky Puppy That Makes Everyone Laugh (part 1)

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My husband and I love having two dogs in the house.

We had Hannah, a Silky Terrier, and we had another dog that passed away in April.

We waited five months to get Norman.

I heard about a rescue group called Muddy Paws and I looked them up.

They had a lot of great dogs on their site.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 6)

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“It’s not so much a particular situation, but rather the process of loving her and sharing her with my boyfriend that has enhanced our lives.

Roxanne has awoken maternal instincts in me that I wasn’t aware I had.

She has shown me the I can be responsible and diligent if something is important enough.

She makes my boyfriend and me feel like a family.

I do a lot of the walking and feeding because I can, but when my boyfriend is home he adores her and they spend a lot of time playing together.

It’s wonderful to watch them.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“I came to Jersey City at first, which was no problem because it was quiet.

However, two weeks later we moved to Manhattan, which is taking some adjustment- at least on the streets where there are crowds, cars and noise.

I am looking forward to taking her to Central Park when she has adjusted a little more.

I think she will love it.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 4)

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“I took her back to Germany with me for three months and we lived in the Black Forest, which is beautiful, calm and surrounded by woods.

It gave us time to bond intensively and she was able to adjust to environmental factors such as cars and people.

Once we came to the city she was okay.

She learned a lot in Germany and attained a great deal of self confidence.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 1)

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“At first I picked a Ridgeback for aesthetic reasons and after looking into it, I found that they are also very good natured and loving.

I did a lot of research online and I bought a book about the character, history and training of Rhodesians; a very depth analysis of the breed.

About a year and a half after doing research and looking into puppies, I found the right breeder at the right time.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 8)

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“We met neighbors we never spoke with before and our children now know every dog on the block.

Scout taught me to take life a little less seriously.

I appreciate the simplicity of play.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 7)

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“After having four kids, with one already out the door, getting Scout is like having a new two year old.

She has added a new layer to our nuclear family.

We have met new people and made new friends through having Scout.

She has introduced us to an entire subculture.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 6)

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“I used to think the dog ate my homework was a joke, but I have been a witness to Scout doing just that.

She recently ate several pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that must have fallen on the the floor.

Luckily, her unfortunate food choices have worked themselves out of her system and we haven’t had to take her to a veterinarian.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 5)

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“Scout has been a great distraction for the family side our oldest child went off to college.

Everyone misses her, but Scout is like a new family member as well as a new responsibility.

She needs a watchful eye because she is a puppy.”