Sharpei

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei mix from Puerto Rico (part 4)

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“The kids are too young to walk her alone, but they feed her and give her water.

Over a two month period of time my father-in-law became increasingly ill and my husband traveled to see his family, frequently.

Having Vivi was a great comfort to my children and me.

The routine of having a dog gets the family out every day.

After the death of my father-in-law, we knew we could count of the routines of my children and Vivi to teach us the enjoyment of every day life.

Vivi is teaching the children a sense of responsibility by being another member of the family and having her needs met too.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei, mix from Puerto Rico (part 3)

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“Over time we developed a routine with Vivi.

She was already housebroken, but was¬†¬†terrified of street life–cars, street noises and the elevator.

It took about a month for her to acclimate to New York City and our lifestyle.

We did a DNA test after three months and it turned out that she had no lab in her, whatsoever.

She is supposedly Terrier, Chow Chow, Greyhound, Chihuahua and Sharpei.

Vivi has help bond the family together.

There is always something to talk about where Vivi is concerned.

We think she is funny.

She can bounce on her hind legs for quite a while and makes some very entertaining groaning sounds.

She has brought more laughter to our household.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei, mix from Puerto Rico (part 2)

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“We didn’t find what we were looking for in a New York shelter, so we went to Pet Finder to expand our search.

We found a five month old Labrador mix at Stray From the Heart, a New York City rescue group.

I filled out the paper work, organized a home ivies and it turned out that Vivi was still in Puerto Rico.

She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.”

Vivi, the terrier, chow, greyhound, chihuahua, sharpei mix from Puerto Rico (part 1)

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“After living in New York City for two years, my family felt settled.

Our kids were six and eight at the time, and were begging us for a dog.

We started looking at rescue dogs.

We looked at the ASPCA first, and then the CACC, but we didn’t find an appropriate dog at either place.

We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy, between thirty and forty pounds because of apartment living.

At that point we thought it would be ideal to get a Labrador Retriever mix, because labs are considered family friendly.”