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Bodi, the Great Rescue From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 1)

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“My husband wanted a dog desperately and I said it isn’t the right time, and he said, It’s never going to be the right time.

I conceded.

We went on Pet Finder one Sunday morning as an exercise, because we were just beginning the search.  We have two shelter cats and getting them was like an act of congress, so we thought it was going to take a long time.”

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 3)

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“I wasn’t really looking for another dog.

I knew my husband wouldn’t be thrilled, but I saw Milo at an adoption event at our pet store.  He was the exact same size as Mr. Bert, but with a very different personality.

We call Mr. Bert the mean mother because he’s always correcting other dogs.

We call Milo the permanent puppy because he is always getting into trouble.”

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 2)

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“We thought we’d just visit, but one thing led to another and Mr. Bert came home with us.

He was originally called Tank, but we were listening to Lolita on our road trip so we called him Mr. Humbert (Bert for short).

That was 2011.

Bert was very attached to my college aged son and didn’t want to travel anymore.

Whenever he saw my suitcase he wouldn’t leave my son’s lap and made himself scarce during travel preparations.”

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 1)

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“We had large dogs and when they started dying of old age we decided to downsize the dogs.

I travel a lot and missed my dogs, so I decided to get dogs that I could take on a plane.

Mr. Bert came first.

My daughter, sister and I were on a road trip passing thru Portland, Oregon and my daughter had to visit a rescue shelter for small dogs a block away from where we were staying.

Our big dog  had died a few months before .”

Sandy, the Rescue, That is A Big Dog, In A Small Body (Part 3)

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“The complications  of adopting a dog whose history is unknown and figuring out her quirks can be difficult.

She can be possessive of things, which leads me to think maybe she was on the street and had to fight for something, anything.

She doesn’t show signs of abuse but she has some anxious habits (like all her unusual sound effects).”

Sandy, the Rescue, That is a Big Dog in a Small Body (part 1)

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“I was thinking to adopt in August of 2013 but I didn’t really know what I wanted.

I stopped in to a shelter just to see what the process was and they were taking Sandy for a walk, so we had a chance meeting.  I was with a friend and a roommate and we were all taken with her.

I didn’t know what I was looking for in a dog, but she was the right size (I think of her as the biggest small dog).

She has a ridiculously cute underbite, her legs turn out, she has one white paw and she was immediately warm towards us.”

Sandy, the Rescue, That is A Big Dog, In A Small Body (Part 5)

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“If you give in to your dogs every request and desire that is not an ideal relationship– then you become the pet and she is the master.

We have an understanding.

Every bath comes with lots of treats.

The pros far outweigh the cons.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 5)

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“The healing was a slow process but I knew he was over the hump when he could walk up the steps to our brownstone, as well as wanting to take longer walks.

Whenever I thought something was wrong with him during the recovery process, I drove him right back to the Animal Medical Center to see Crystal Sunlight, his surgeon.

She reassured us every step of his recovery.

He’s been well for the last six months, except that he needs to lose 10 pounds.

I pamper him too much, but to me, he’s the best dog.

I am hoping when he gets his summer haircut, it takes a pound off of him.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 4)

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“He had three surgeries in one week and even then, he still had an 80% chance of survival as well as keeping his infected leg.

The hardest part was just seeing him so sick, but I had a lot of confidence in the Doctor’s at the Animal Medical Center.

It took Oscar three months to recover.

One week in the hospital and then intensive care at home.

I remember the nurse taking off his collar and leash and his watching that.

I think he thought I was leaving him and it broke my heart.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 3)

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“Oscar is like my best friend.

I like the responsibility of caring for him.

I know he likes me and that makes me feel good.

We love walking together and driving in the car.

We like being outside together.

He almost died from some flesh eating bacteria about mine months ago.”