Responsible dog owner

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.”

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.”

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“I read about what to ask breeders.

We asked if we could meet the parents, literally.

She is a small breeder who has eight dogs and only has three or four litters per year.

She has great testimonials, and we got to meet Otto’s parents.

It is a great and healthy environment for the dogs.

We waited a month and a half for a litter and have had him since the day after Thanksgiving,”

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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We wanted to know that with our work schedules that we could hire a dog walker and get him enough exercise.

There are always reasons not to, but in the end we decided to go for it.

Our hearts trumped our rational thought.

We always liked Dachshunds.

We joked about having one because they are funny and sweet.

I did a lot of research, as to avoid a puppy mill.”

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 6)

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“She slowed down about five years due to problems with her back legs, but she is still active at almost 18.

When she started to go blind in her right eye, it was devastating to me because it was an unexplained change in her vision.

I spent thousands of dollars  trying to recover her vision.

I cried to the veterinarian, because I want Shy to have the best life possible.

He said, she’s happy, look at her.

She was wagging her tail and smiling.

Shy just wanted to leave the animal hospital and go out on a walk.

I decided to be happy that she is happy.

She may be shy one eye, but she is still Shy, and she’s happy.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 5)

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“We lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, Maui, Boston, and Tampa.

I was an Emergency Room nurse for eight years and a Burn ICU for 2 years.

Coming home to Shy was great because she was always excited to see me.

After a rough day, I could come home and cuddle her.

She is a great comfort.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 4)

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“The first year I had her she had a lot of issues.

She chewed a lot of things, she was afraid and would shake sometimes, but I took her running with me and it gave her a purpose.

Shy became my running partner for 12 years.

I was a traveling nurse for four years and took Shy with me to all of my assignments.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 1)

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“My family had dogs growing up.

I am a nurse and wanted to help rehabilitate a dog from the pound.

I visited a lot of animal shelters in Baltimore, where I was living at the time.

When I looked in one of the cages, I saw Shy, who was all the way in the back and wouldn’t even lift her head, while other dogs were jumping up, ready to go out of the cage.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE, THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 3)

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“We all grieved together, as Ellie was abandoned and missing her people at the same time that we lost Suzi and were sad and alone.

Ellie seemed like a good fit for that reason.

After caring for a senior dog for over a year, we wanted to care for a dog with a bit more energy that was also more independent.

Ellie was meek and seemed depressed at the beginning.

After six months, she started coming around.”