Rottweilers

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 5)

 

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“Jack has taught me a lot about taking care of another being.

On stressful days, he’s what I look forward to when coming home.

A partner has to love him, in addition to loving me.

He’s part of the  package.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 4)

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“He loves to hike, camp, and swim.

We moved back to the city after a year and he seemed to bounce right back.

He adjusts well wherever he is.

Having Jack has made me more open to talking to strangers and making connections.

I keep in touch with friends I made in Colorado and it’s been two years since we left.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 2)

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“I found his picture through a rescue group in Tennessee called Moonshine Dog Rescue.

If you committed to buying one of their dogs, they promised transporting the dog up east.

Once I committed to adopting Jack, another rescue group called Alpha dog Transport brought him from the scout, it a tractor trailer full of dogs from different rescue groups to a designated are off route 80 in New Jersey.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 1)

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“I just really wanted to take care of a living creature, and I also wanted a sidekick.

I was just coming out of a breakup and I went on Petfinder to find a rescue dog.

I typed in Shepherd mix; male or female.

I knew I wanted a medium size dog, I didn’t care about the breed or sex.”

Willow, the rottweiler, boxer, beagle, chow chow, terrier mix rescue (part 5)

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“I have someone to come home to every day and my life feels like it’s in place.

First I got a dog and then I got a serious boyfriend right after.

It’s been smooth sailing since having Willow.

Dogs are a lot of work, time and commitment, but there is a great payoff–

unconditional love.”

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 2)

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“The 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.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 3)

fullsizerender-11“The only limitation of this job is that it is very physically demanding.

I try shoe inserts, take ibuprofen as needed, and am aware of my posture and try to walk as efficiently as possible.

The concrete is hard on the body.  I walk between 7-9 hours a day.

Another downside of the job is the weather– extreme heat, rain and cold can be difficult.

Whenever I am coming to work, riding on the train, I take the first 15 minutes to meditate.

I meditate on the word emptiness.  I try to mimic their openness.

I try to just enjoy where we are in that moment.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 2)

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“It’s also easier to start the day with a lot of excitement.

The dogs are always eager to see me.

I am really emotionally bonded with Earl because it took so long to earn his trust.

At first he was very skittish and then apathetic, but there came a time, a few months in, that I noticed his tail would wag and he would start this happy howl when I came.

That’s a great feeling.”