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Dodger, the Schnauzer Terrier mix, Rescued from the CACC (Center for Animal Care and Control)(part 3)

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“I didn’t mind those things because i was ready for anything from a shelter dog.

it was love at first sight, when I met Dodger.

I am sure he was a little shy, but he was very sweet.

All he needed was a little TLC.

He’s so sensitive and has been amazing during any romantic breakups I’ve gone through.

I went through a breakup in January and he was always right next to my leg.”

Dodger, the Schnauzer Terrier mix, Rescued from the CACC (Center for Animal Care and Control)(part 2)

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“I went to look at a Chihuahua mix that was on their website, because I wanted a smaller dog, but by the time I got there, that dog had been adopted.

I looked around and saw Dodger (who wasn’t on the website).

The shelter workers didn’t think he was ready to be adopted because he was timid and wasn’t used to walking on a leash.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, the terrier mix that helped her people get over their last dog (part 3)

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“She’s become more playful and more cheeky.

She asks for more food and begs for treats.

She really knows how to work my husband.

She whimpers and whines to get on the bed.  She knows she’s not allowed, but occasionally I come home to see her on my side of the bed, laying beside him.

When my husband and I hug and kiss, she whimpers, so my husband picks her up to join us.  Once she feels included she licks his face and expresses pure contentment.

Ellie has pushed me to learn more about dog behavior because she doesn’t love everyone.

She has taught be to be more patient.”

 

Eleanor Roosevelt, the mixed terrier rescue that helped her people get over the passing of their last dog. (part 1)

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Ellie for short, is our second (foster to adopt) dog.

We first fostered a twelve year old rat terrier called Suzi until she was thirteen and a half, when she passed away.

Nobody wanted to adopt an older overweight and slightly handicapped dog, so we kept her until she died.

Suzi lost nineteen pounds while we fostered her and had an unbeatable spirit.

She was my furry little soulmate.

I thought I could save her and give her a longer life, though sadly she was only with us for seventeen months.

After Suzi died, the group that we fostered her for, called Ready for Rescue, contacted us to see if we were too heartbroken or ready to foster again.”

Sammy, the Bijon Shitzu teddy bear mix, (he said, part 3)

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“I took Sammy up to my mother’s in the Berkshires.

She was a dog breeder years ago, so we knew she could handle the situation.

About six to eight weeks later, my wife talked to my mother and asked for Sammy back.

My mother wasn’t happy, but gave him up willingly.

When I brought Sammy back home, he was fully house trained and we could all enjoy him.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said, part 1)

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“I was having a hard time with a lot of stuff and someone suggested that a dog would be a good idea.

They said, a dog would be a good thing for me to focus on in a positive way.

I started by going to the North Shore Animal League but they didn’t have any puppies that my allergies could tolerate.

They did have some senior dogs that were hypoallergenic, but the kids wanted a puppy.

The puppy was also going to be an elementary school graduation present for my younger daughter.”

 

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said part 2)

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“I looked at a few puppies at a pet shop and noticed a Bijon Shitzu mix that was on sale because it had been at the store for a long time.

He was four months old, so his cost was reduced.

Sammy was friendly, hypoallergenic and it seemed right.

i surprised both my daughters and they were very excited.

I set up a gated area in the living room with his crate and toys.

We had problems right off the bat because he pooped everywhere, including his crate and gated area.

I tried walking him constantly, but my wife and I weren’t ready to handle a puppy.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix, pet shop rescue (she said, part 3)

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“My best conversations are with Sammy, because I don’t like to burden anyone with my deepest darkest thoughts.

Sammy is happy to hear anything I have to say.

When I cry around Sammy, he licks the tears off my face.

Sammy finds joy in all situations (except for thunder and fireworks).

All of the family members are more relaxed around Sammy.  He lightens everyone’s mood.  We all have a different relationship with Sammy, and he brings joy to all of us.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear, pet shop rescue (she said, part 2)

“He called his mother, who used to breed dogs and told her he had a puppy for her.

My husband drove Sammy up to the Berkshire’s where she lives and left him with her.

After six weeks I felt bad for my husband and asked my mother-in-law if she would give Sammy back.

She was sad, and said she would miss him because he was the best dog she ever had, but ok.

And then Sammy came home.

My husband and daughters were so happy to have him back, that I felt good about bringing Sammy home.”

Sammy, the Bichon Shitzu teddy bear, pet shop rescue (she said, part 1)

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“My husband wanted a dog, so we got Sammy.

First, he went to different shelters on Long Island because he wanted a rescue.

Being highly allergic, he couldn’t find a dog he wasn’t allergic to, so he went to a pet store and found Sammy.

We think of Sammy as sort of a rescue because he was four and half months old and sickly.

He was beyond the usual pet shop puppy adoption age and my husband was worried and felt sorry for him.

I thought Sammy was cute and furry for about six days.

I couldn’t take the mess after less than a week.

Sammy wasn’t housebroken and he peed and poo’d everywhere.

After six days, I told my husband, the dog has to go.”