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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.”

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 3

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“She was very mouthy with me and she bit hard.

That was how she played.

She put her mouth all over my legs and bit too hard.

She had never been taught boundaries.

Most puppies that are mouthy learn to back off from biting hard when someone says, ouch.

Poppy didn’t understand that.

It was obvious she had never been touched or received attention.”

 

 

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 3)

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“Jack was three to four months old when I got him.

It was an impulse decision, but it worked out because I lost my job a week after getting him home, so I got to spend quality time training him and helping him adjust to the city.

A month after he came to New York City, we moved to Colorado for a job.

He loved the mountains.”

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.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 3)

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“It was a beautiful day in my life.

I knew I couldn’t leave without taking her with me.

I called my boyfriend to come to the event and meet us.

He came to the event, and we gave puppy back to Palmetto Paws Rescue, where they put her back in her crate while we discussed the reality of owning a dog.

We asked for more information about her background.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 2)

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“I saw an adoption event at Petco and thought, I am just going to browse.

Well, that never works.

I showed interest in a few dogs and took each one for a walk, but didn’t really feel a connection with any of them.

Then I saw a little puppy curled up in a ball.

She was the most peaceful one there..

I asked if I could hold her, and right away she smothered me with kisses.

In a sense, I felt she chose me.”

Rosie, the Newfie Doodle Mix (Newfoundland Poodle) He said, part 4

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“Mentally, Rosie has added to my life in so many ways– she relaxes me, makes me laugh, forces me to be in the moment more and gets me to enjoy being outside more.

I also socialize more since having Rosie.

My wife and I have met several people that have become friends in the dog community.

I think my wife and I spend more time together relaxing with Rosie and more conversations, in general.

Overall, Rosie has improved my quality of life dramatically.

I am grateful my wife persisted to get a dog.”

Bongo, the Maltipoo Family and travel dog (part 2)

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“The best part about having Bongo is how he has brought our focus inward.

In a career (performing), where it’s very easy to get distracted by the quick pace and being pulled in different directions, caring for Bongo has helped ground us.

We’ve only had Bongo for ten months and three to six of those months my wife and I were working in different cities.

Even thought logistically he made things more difficult because the responsibility was all on one person, he was still something that brought us together.”

Stanley, the red Poodle (he said part 2)

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“I’ve wanted a dog for 5 or 6 years and decided when I finished school, that would be the right time.

I knew that I wanted a poodle.  I found a breeder online that my partner and I liked.  She had good reviews and when we contacted her she was very responsive.

She happened to be having a litter when we wanted a dog, so we decided to go for it.

We had never had a dog before and this particular breeder was helpful in guiding us through the adoption process.  She sent us weekly photos from the time he was born until he was 8 weeks old, when we had him flown from Alabama to NYC.

Once he arrived we got a trainer to help us with the fundamentals.  She helped with crate training, housebreaking and basic commands.

I underestimated how much energy poodles and puppies have.

We walked him a lot and went through lots of rope toys (that he chewed through).

We had to change our expectations for being social.  We couldn’t be away from home for too long.  He required our constant attention for about 4 or 5 months.  We weren’t comfortable leaving him in his crate for more than 2 hours.

As a pianist I thought playing classical music would calm him down, but when he wants to play there’s no stopping him. When I am practicing at the piano he brings me a shoe to get attention (because he knows he’s not supposed to take them).

He lets me know when he likes my playing.  He lies under the bench raptured in the music.

Music (especially classical) really does soothe the Standard Poodle.”

 

Penny & Parker, the Pomeranians (he said)

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“We got my dogs for my wife.  That’s my first answer.  Second answer is, my wife has been partially disabled from Lyme’s Disease, so we got the dogs to keep her company because she’s home alone a lot.

The best moments with the dogs have been getting the regular exercise from walking them.

Now that they are a little bit older they can be walked off leash.  It’s the freedom to walk them without managing them so tightly.

The worst moment was when Penny broke her leg when she was 1 year old.  It was on my birthday, I might add.  She jumped off my brother’s couch and screamed bloody murder, so we knew it was more than just a sprain.  We rushed her to the vet immediately.  That took 6 weeks to heal.  We didn’t have Parker yet, and keeping her calm was a real challenge because she was still a puppy.

Parker calms Penny down.  He plays with her regularly so she gets her energy out of her system.    They engage each other in wresting and play and she has a constant companion on walks.

Penny was a sad puppy before Parker came along.  She would hide under the couch and cry a lot.

As soon as Parker came along her mood changed immediately, she was much happier. She still hides under the couch on occasion, but there’s very little crying.

They have brought a playfulness and a sense of innocence to our lives.”