puppy mill rescue

Penny & Parker, the Pomeranians (Part 1, she said)

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“We were asked to babysit a friend’s Pomeranian and my husband I fell madly in love with him.

His name was Prince and he was a very intelligent and personable dog.  He would look you in the eye and you really felt like he was trying to connect with you.

After that experience we decided we wanted a Pomeranian.

We didn’t know how to go about finding a dog.

We didn’t know about puppy mills and pets stores, and their connection.

We had no idea.”

Sammy, the Bichon Shitzu teddy bear, pet shop rescue (she said, part 1)

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“My husband wanted a dog, so we got Sammy.

First, he went to different shelters on Long Island because he wanted a rescue.

Being highly allergic, he couldn’t find a dog he wasn’t allergic to, so he went to a pet store and found Sammy.

We think of Sammy as sort of a rescue because he was four and half months old and sickly.

He was beyond the usual pet shop puppy adoption age and my husband was worried and felt sorry for him.

I thought Sammy was cute and furry for about six days.

I couldn’t take the mess after less than a week.

Sammy wasn’t housebroken and he peed and poo’d everywhere.

After six days, I told my husband, the dog has to go.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 1)

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“I am an actor, formally, and I needed a nice job with flexibility.

I tried a lot of other jobs, like handing out fliers in Times Square in costume (I was John Lennon in a Sargent Pepper outfit, a sailor in a pink outfit to advertise La Cage Au Folles when it was on Broadway), receptionist at a gym, and then I found dog walking.

It is a lot less emotionally degrading.

I like lots of things about the dogs.

I like that other’s no ego or persona.

The dogs just are who they are.

They are always living in the moment.”

 

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

“That moment was about terror and relief.

We were so relieved to have her back after thinking the worst happened to her.

I have never had a relationship with a dog like I have with Lola.

I think that’s due to age and my time in life.

When I had Shannon I was young, building a career and starting and raising a family.

I am retired now and I spend every day with Lola and my partner.

She reads us, and we her.

We have an emotional understanding and I think it’s from proximity and time.

Your kids grow up and they have their own lives, but with a beloved dog, your time is always in the present.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (the spouse said, part 3)

“I was looking for a dog like Shannon.

I found a kennel about 100 miles away from our house in Pennsylvania that had Irish Setters.

We walked into the fenced in puppy area and Lola jumped onto my partner and it was love at first sight.

The worst moment with Lola was during one of my partner’s college reunions at our farm in Pennsylvania.

We let Lola out in the front yard.

As the wine flowed, we forgot that she was out in the yard.

About 2 hours later we looked for her but she was nowhere to be found.

We spent hours searching the land, until we gave up after 4 hours, convinced she was dead.

Around 3 A.M., she just trotted out of the woods, looked at us as if to say, what’s wrong with you, I’m tired and going to bed.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter, (the spouse, part 2)

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“When we ran out of all the breeds he was interested in, I went online to look for Irish Setters, because my most magnificent dog of my entire life was an Irish Setter.

I got him when I went to college in the 1970’s and he went to class with me.

He was my constant companion.

When I was married and my kids came along he would stroll through the park with us and much to my ex-wife’s horror and pride, people would comment on how beautiful my dog was (as opposed to noticing my kids).

That was Shannon, named after Shannon Run Road in Lexington Kentucky.”

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 2)

“There are Georgia Redbone Hounds and Tennessee Redbone Hounds, but they didn’t look anything like my West Virginia Redbone Hound.

We tried to get a dog through a rescue agency but it seemed harder to adopt a dog than a baby.

All the inspectors to prove you would be a good parent were trying.

We went to a rescue shelter in Pennsylvania since we have a house there.

We saw a dog we really liked but he was five years old and had been returned several times because he had issues with blankets.

We decided we were too old to fight a dog over blankets.”

Sandra, Sandy for short (part 2)

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“She’s noisy, but not in a balky way.  She’s got a full range of growls, snorts and other sounds.

She’s a bit of a diva.

She likes to remind you that she’s there by either making noises (ranging from a purr to a bark), or snuggling into you.

The complications  of adopting a dog whose history is unknown and figuring out her quirks can be difficult.

She can be possessive of things, which leads me to think maybe she was on the street and had to fight for something, anything.

She doesn’t show signs of abuse but she has some anxious habits (like all her unusual sound effects).”

 

Sandra, Sandy for short (part 1)

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“I was thinking to adopt in August of 2013 but I didn’t really know what I wanted.

I stopped in to a shelter just to see what the process was and they were taking Sandy for a walk, so we had a chance meeting.  I was with a friend and a roommate and we were all taken with her.

I didn’t know what I was looking for in a dog, but she was the right size (I think of her as the biggest small dog).

She has a ridiculously cute underbite, her legs turn out, she has one white paw and she was immediately warm towards us.”