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Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 5)

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“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.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 4)

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“I am a teacher and I work with some kids that have emotional difficulties.

I see how helpful the dogs are in stressful situations and how stabilizing and reassuring they can be.

Some of the kids have service dogs, which provide a venue for affection and the opportunity to care for another being without judgement or conditions.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 3)

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“There weren’t major changes when Percy lost his eyesight.

They had both been taught visual as well as aural commands, so the transition was pretty smooth.

I am not sure Watson is aware that Percy is blind, but they don’t run around as much together.

When we walk, Watson will walk on the outside to keep Percy sandwiched in between us.

As a New York City teacher, I definitely carry a lot of stress on a daily basis and living and working with the dogs has shown me how to deal with my feelings better.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 2)

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“Percy, for instance could be shown behaviors and would remember them, whereas Watson  was taught certain behaviors, by having us catch him doing them and calling out the word for the action.

For example, Watson learned to sit by sitting and having us call out the word, sit.

Percy is five months older than Watson, but we trained them together, although Percy was already housebroken.

Percy is eight and Watson is almost eight.

About 3 and a half years ago Percy had an infection which turned into an auto immune condition.  The illness led to chronic inflammation of his eyes and glaucoma with scarring and he became blind.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 1)

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“I got my dogs with my partner, so it wasn’t primarily my decision.

I am extremely glad, though.

I wasn’t involved in selecting and purchasing them, but I was very involved with teaching and training them.

I taught them how to sit, stay, wait for us to walk before them, and other general forms of etiquette.

It was interesting to see how differently Percy and Watson learned from one another.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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“It was difficult at first because she wanted to sleep with me, but my roommate didn’t want her in our bedroom, so she was relegated to the living room.

She cried and scratched at the door, so I got a trainer and I practiced going in and out of the bedroom and not responding when she cried or scratched at the door.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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“I liked the expression on her face and they described her as being quiet.

Also, I lived in a no dog allowed apartment.

To get past the no dog rule, I got a letter from a therapist saying, I needed her for emotional support, which I did.

I didn’t hear for a few days, but when I followed up, they told me to come and pick her up.

I left work and picked her up an hour later.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO –CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 1)

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“My boyfriend moved away for a year and we were having a long distance relationship, so I basically replaced him with a dog.

I applied to several different rescue groups online and applied for several different dogs.

I got rejected from a few, because I work full time.

Then, I saw Kiwi’s profile on Cooper’s Dream website and applied right away.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 3)

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“Oscar is like my best friend.

I like the responsibility of caring for him.

I know he likes me and that makes me feel good.

We love walking together and driving in the car.

We like being outside together.

He almost died from some flesh eating bacteria about mine months ago.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 2)

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“There hasn’t been a whole lot of improvement with his manners.

We got him on a Friday and Jack Klugman died that Sunday.

My first thought when he died was that this dog is going to be called, Oscar Madison.

He lives up to his name.

Every evening we put about 20 toys in a neat pile in front of the living room fireplace and by the time we wake up in the morning, they are spewed all over the living room floor.

I know something is wrong with him if there is no mess in the morning.”