puppy mill rescue

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 5)

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“It’s a big decision.

Also, Winston was dying of pneumonia when we got him.  The vet said he was 2 days away from death.

I still recommend adopting before shopping, but I learned a lot about puppy mills, pet stores and when you meet a dog that is meant to be yours, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.”

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 4)

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“We knew nothing about Winston’s breed (Shiba Inu) but the moment I made eye contact with him it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.  I can’t find the words to describe the feelings, except that I felt like I’d met a soulmate.

Getting Winston from a pet store also shifted my point of view about dog buying.

Prior to Winston, I had been staunchly anti-buying from a pet shop, but I realized that once a dog leaves a puppy mill it still needs a home.”

 

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 3)

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We were living in a temporary apartment while we were looking for a new place.  Getting another dog was not on the table because we already had one, but one day when we were picking up her food at this pet store, I made eye contact with this puppy and I ended up leaving the store with him in my arms.

We weren’t planning on buying another dog for a myriad of reasons.

We already had a dog, we were living in a temporary space and we don’t support puppy mills.  Also, we hadn’t been together long.”

 

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 5)

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“The best thing is having them both together.

It’s rewarding watching them complement each other.  Nikki has made Winston more affectionate and Winston has made Nikki more playful.”

The worst thing is that we travel a lot and there is nothing worse than walking into an empty house.”

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 4)

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“The first year of his life was difficult.

He was sick with pneumonia.  He was indoors for 5 months, so that stunted our ability to socialize him for a while.

At first Nikki didn’t know what to do with puppy Winston.  She looked at me as if to say, what did you do?

The first year, Nikki was intent on being an only child.

Eventually Winston wore her down and now they are the best of friends.”

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 3)

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“I had Nikki 2 years and she was queen bee of the house and then the dynamic of the house changed.

I met my girlfriend and Nikki fell in love with her, then I fell in love with her.

And then we got Winston, a Sheba-Enu and the family unit became complete (for now).

Winston was an impulse love at first sight dog.  And then he turned out to be a huge pain in the ass.”

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 5)

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“At this point one of us is always home and we have a dog walker/sitter.

We are not sure how to fix this situation, but we are willing to exhaust all options.

We are open to getting creative, whatever that means.

We just want Riley to have a good quality of life.

My husband and I are also expecting a baby this week.”

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 4)

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“He felt a connection to Riley.

She was happy and playful.

We adopted her eight months ago.

She has sever separation anxiety.

We have worked with trainers and medications and nothing has helped.

It hasn’t been like anything we have ever experienced before.”

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 3)

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“Riley was the most social in the group of puppies.

She is very different from our last beagle; she just loves being around other dogs, but is afraid of people.

Our last dog loved people, but not other dogs.

Riley is a tri-color and our last dog was a lemon beagle, pale in color.

My husband actually made the decision to adopt Riley.”

 

 

 

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 2)

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“My husband and I decided to  rescue one of the dogs.

We wanted to sleep on it, but decided to go out to Long Beach, Long Island where the shelter was located, to meet and spend some time with the rescue beagle puppies.

We wanted a dog that was social and playful.

She was the opposite of our last beagle.”