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Sandy, the Rescue, That is A Big Dog, In A Small Body (Part 4)

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“Sandy is a fun dog to come home to.

She always wags her tail to greet me.  We have our moment together and then we usually go for a walk.

I don’t have children, but there are obvious parallels.

I have re-prioritized my life.  Sandy has made me a much better morning person.  We have  both learned to compromise.”

Sandy, the Rescue, That’s a Big Dog in a Small Body (Part 2)

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“She’s noisy, but not in a balky way.  She’s got a full range of growls, snorts and other sounds.

She’s a bit of a diva.

She likes to remind you that she’s there by either making noises (ranging from a purr to a bark), or snuggling into you.”

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.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 7)

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“My boyfriend is not happy about that but he acknowledges that if anything were to happen with us as a couple, Samantha is my dog.

She is the biggest blessing.

She is unconditionally loving and brings me joy everyday.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 6)

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“Samantha is so full of love that she zoomed around the apartment when I came home from school and then sat on my lap for most of the evening.

Technically, Samantha is my boyfriend’s dog as well as mine, but I am protective of her and have made it known to him that she is really mine.

I am the one who struggled with her while he was away while I was in school 12 hours a day.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 5)

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“Since having Sam, the most difficult and yet comforting time, was when my boyfriend went to rehab.

I was on my own as a new dog mom and all the responsibility was mine.

As a full time student, I hired a dog walker (even though I work part time as a dog walker).

I needed help while I was at school.

At the same time, she was a great comfort to come home to.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 4)

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“Samantha is gentle, playful and obedient.

Her only problematic quality is that she doesn’t eat.

I brought a bag filled with different brands of dog food we tried with no success and our veterinarian told us we had exhausted most of our options but that we should try Stella & Chewy’s or Fresh Pet.

We had success with Fresh Pet, and top it off with the dehydrated Stella & Chewy’s.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 3)

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“I didn’t have my wallet or any identification because we hadn’t planned on adopting a dog, yet.

My boyfriend agreed to adopt her and he used is identification and paid for her, but we agreed that she would be my responsibility.

At first she was so sick that people couldn’t understand why we chose her.

My father said she was so ugly because she was skin and bones and coughing constantly.

Once she recovered, he too fell in love with her.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 2)

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“I wanted to go to an animal shelter,  just to pet the dogs.

We went to the CACC (Center for animal Care and Control), where we saw Samantha and fell in love.

She was extremely underweight.

She was half her weight now and she had a bad case of Bordatella, but she was also so sweet and innocent.

She just needed medical attention and love.

When we took her for a walk she was eager to please us, as she

was completely obedient and already housebroken.

I knew after the walk that I wanted her.”