Responsible dog owner

MURPHY, THE BLUETICK COONHOUND/BORDER COLLIE MIX RESCUE FROM A KILL SHELTER (PART 5)

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“Murphy helps me to relax.

I found a lump in my breast and felt instantly afraid, without any instant resolution.

I had two weeks of living in fear, but Murphy helped take my mind off of what was happening with me.

Murphy also makes me laugh.

He is still a puppy so he’s very clumsy and friendly.”

MURPHY, THE BLUETICK COONHOUND/BORDER COLLIE MIX RESCUE FROM A KILL SHELTER (PART 2)

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“I went without a specific dog in mind, and Murphy was the second dog I met.

As soon as we locked eyes we recognized something in each other.

It’s hard to describe, but it felt like we’d known each other forever.

It’s a great feeling.”

MURPHY, THE BLUETICK COONHOUND/BORDER COLLIE MIX RESCUE FROM A KILL SHELTER (PART 1)

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“I had been looking for a dog for about six months with various rescue groups.

I tried fostering, but hadn’t found the right fit.

Then I started talking  with a rescue group called Social Tee’s.

They specialize in rescuing dogs from high kill shelters.

They had a large adoption event in Chelsea, in December.”

BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 5)

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“The first time I noticed how much of an impact Babka had on my life was during a snowstorm a few weeks after getting her.

We usually just stayed inside, but she needed to be walked and I took her out.

Just getting out of the house and walking in the fresh snow felt calming.

I was appreciative that another living body needed me and got me out of the house.  My routine had changed and I liked it.

My relationship with my husband has grown, in that we are on a team with a common goal; taking care of Babka.

Having Babka makes us feel more like a family, not just a couple.”

LEO, THE LIONHEARTED, MIRACLE TERRIER RESCUE (PART 3)

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“After opening her up and discovering she was pregnant, they closed her up, unsure if the puppies would survive, but they did.

Leo is a miracle baby.

One of the rescuers said, the puppies had hearts of lions, so we called him Leo (the lionhearted).

One of the reasons for getting Leo was so that he could be a companion for my mother.

She is 83 and has early stages of dementia.  Her Doctor recommended getting another dog to help keep her focused and social.”

LEO, THE LIONHEARTED, MIRACLE TERRIER RESCUE (PART 2)

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“I filled out an application for him on the Friday before Mother’s Day and that Sunday, I got a call to go to Unleashed on Columbus Avenue to meet with him.

He and his brother were both available.

I had filled out the application for Leo, so I met with him, and after the apartment inspection he was ours.

I found out that his mom and two other dogs were surrendered to a shelter and immediately spayed and neutered, without knowing that one of the dogs was pregnant.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 4)

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“Willow changed my personal travel schedule and now I spend a lot more time in NYC.

Before I got her, I worked in London and other cities, but I try to be home as much as possible.

Having her encourages me to have more stability in my life.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 3)

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“I got her when she was nine weeks old, so I had a moment of hesitation.

I got over it when I realized the joy of having a puppy.

Willow was relatively easy to train.

I spent a lot of time with her because I work as a free-lancer.

I adopted her last January.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 2)

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“They got a lot of healthy dogs from a kill shelter in Kentucky.

I started following their website to see when they got new dogs.

I put in an application after I saw Willow’s picture, and was approved right away.

I met her for the first time when I picked her up from the shelter.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I thought it was time to get a dog.

The ability to travel with, and include them on outdoor excursions made me want a dog over a cat.

I used to foster dogs for Social Tees, the rescue group, but ended up getting Willow at the Sullivan County SPCA.

I had a ski rental last year nearby and found this SPCA online.”