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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.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 4, he said)

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“Dogs are simple beings and help gain perspective on life.

Anchoas helps me appreciate some of the less complicated aspects of life.

When I come home, after being on the road, I feel a sense of endearment and comfort that I don’t get from my co-workers.

I feel completely relaxed to see my girlfriend and Ancho.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 3, he said)

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“We had more than one dog, so they were part of a pack and had each other, whereas Anchoas is alone.

My girlfriend and I are his pack.

My dogs growing up where raised by my family.

Anchoas is my first puppy as an adult.

Being on the road can be stressful, and my girlfriend loves sharing anything the puppy is doing, which is a nice reminder that I have something re-energizing to come home to.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/Aussie lifesaver (part 1)

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“I was lonely and felt that I didn’t have any life in me.

My psychiatrist told me to get a dog.

That was 7 years ago.

While I was on vacation I saw a Border Collie that I liked a lot and I thought, this is the kind of dog I want.

I went on the internet and searched and found a breeder in New Jersey.

I waited a few months for Chewie to be born, and then another few months to take him home.

We both felt like we belonged together from the moment I brought her home.”

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 3)

“I work as a veterinarian and Edie is great with all the animals.

She likes to open the door to the exam room(s) and say hello.

She tends to calm down the animals that get along with dogs.

Edie has changed my life.

She has expanded my world.

I know and have become friendly with all the doormen on the block.

I have become a member of the dog owner’s community.”

Figaro, the true companion (Part 2)

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“My mother said she would leave me in the carriage outside the house with the dog attached and no-one bothered us.

The dog always protected me.

The hardest experiences with a dog is when they can no longer stay alive and they have to be put down.

Their lives are about being truly wonderful companions.

A very good friends said, dogs are replaceable, but humans are not.  You have to live beyond each dog, since we generally outlive our dogs.

Figaro, who is a purebred Golden is sick with cancer and is dying.”

Figaro, the true companion (part 1)

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“I’ve had dogs since I was 4 years old and I am 88 years old.

For me, it’s companionship an it makes me walk.

It’s a necessity for me to exercise.  I take a long walk in the morning and a long walk in the evening.

I find that having a dog is very relaxing.

They give you unfettered love.

All you have to do is feed, walk and pet them and they are happy.

The retriever only wants to please.

They obey everything you ask them to do without a question.

I have had between 15 an 20 Golden Retrievers.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 2)

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“I remember when I was coming home from a trip outside the city because my depression was really bad and I hadn’t met Ziggy yet, because my mother had just gotten him.

I was panicked at the thought of returning to the city and facing my sadness.

I got off the plane and went straight to my mom’s apartment and I saw Ziggy in his crate and was filled with happiness.

Whatever I am going through with my depression doesn’t matter to Ziggy–no judgements.  There is no pressure, whereas a lot of my friends have a hard time.  They feel helpless and not sure of what to say or how to behave.

No matter how hard my day has been and how alone I feel, I know that I can see Ziggy and get unconditional love at the end of the day.”

Penelope, the beagle that brings people together (part 2)

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“I don’t know much about biology and she’s not playing music anymore but we share our love of dogs.

My wife and I are thinking about having kids soon and we thought having a dog would be a good transition, or a good place to start.

We both share in the responsibility of Penny.

I imagine it’s a lot like having a kid.

I like her.  I like her personality.  She never backs down. She can be swamped by 4 dogs and she holds her own.

My wife and I love each other and we love having Penny.”

Nellie, the talking Beagle (he said)

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“I always loved dogs but because of the business of life I felt it would be an intrusion on how I lived.

Both of my daughters have dogs and I love them.

Then one day my wife and I were at an event at ARF (Animal Rescue Fund) and fell in love with a Beagle who stared at us lovingly.

After taking her for a walk, we went into the ARF office for the mandatory interview.  Nellie jumped on my lap while we were waiting for our interview and I literally started to cry.

Three years later, when I come home from the office, Nellie kisses me in a way that could substitute for a shower.

My work with very ill and older clients who have dementia is extremely stressful.  I deal with sad and sometimes tragic cases.

The unlimited love, affection and attention that I receive from Nellie chases away the depression.

Nellie’s welcoming everyday when I come home as a continuum is so satisfying.  She is an alternative to antidepressant drugs; she is my uptake inhibitor.”