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Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 2)

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We plan to set sail in a year and a half.

One of the toughest times since having Ginkgo was when I was living in L.A. and working  a lot.

I left her with a sitter, and one day she ran after me and was hit by a car.

I was afraid she died.

I thought she had internal damage, but she was okay.

I sat in the middle of the road crying and yelling, Grandma, in Italian.

She severed a few toes, but the vet reattached them.”

 

Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 1)

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“Ginkgo is mutt from the Kent Animal Shelter in Riverhead, Long Island.

I am going to circumnavigate on a sailboat and I will need protection, as well as a companion.

She will be more of an alert dog, than a protector.

I knew I needed a small dog because I will be on a small boat and Ginkgo was the only small dog at the shelter.

I’ve had her for four years.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 4, he said)

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“Dogs are simple beings and help gain perspective on life.

Anchoas helps me appreciate some of the less complicated aspects of life.

When I come home, after being on the road, I feel a sense of endearment and comfort that I don’t get from my co-workers.

I feel completely relaxed to see my girlfriend and Ancho.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 3, he said)

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“We had more than one dog, so they were part of a pack and had each other, whereas Anchoas is alone.

My girlfriend and I are his pack.

My dogs growing up where raised by my family.

Anchoas is my first puppy as an adult.

Being on the road can be stressful, and my girlfriend loves sharing anything the puppy is doing, which is a nice reminder that I have something re-energizing to come home to.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 2, he said)

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“That has definitely happened with Ancho.

Growing up, I’ve had large dogs, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls and other big dogs.

I think the terms of endearment are a little different for a smaller dog.

It might just be appearance, but they are more dependent on you in that they need to be looked after.

As a puppy, he needs more attention than I have given to a dog that age.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 1, he said)

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“My girlfriend wanted to get a dog and I was just supportive of that.

I wasn’t 100% sure of whether we were settled enough in the apartment, but I left the decision making to her.

She chose the breed, the breeder, and Anchoas.

Honestly, I am out of town a lot for work, so I knew she would be more of the caretaker than I would be.

I also feel like I can fall in love with any dog.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“I look forward to more fun times and adventures now that we are over the rudimentary phase, like potty training and teaching him to walk well on the leash.

He used to try to run over to other dogs, and sprint after birds, but he’s more obedient now.

Ancho (his nickname), draws my boyfriend and I closer together and makes us feel like a family.

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 3)

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“I also, really liked the spot on the top of his head, which I later found out is a desirable trait.

It’s called the Blenheim Spot.

It took literally 24 hours to get him.

We left at 12:00 A.M. on Saturday by Greyhound and returned Sunday, at 1 A.M. by Amtrak.

Ancho was afraid of the crate at first, but after I took my sweatshirt off and put it in the crate, he nestled up and was right at home.

That’s when I knew that I made a good choice.

I am away from family, living in another state, and got a little lonely.

He is the steadfast companion in my life and one of the few constants.”

 

 

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 2)

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“I looked up AKC breeders for dogs that bred 15 lbs. and under (that was in the lease rules), and found Anchoas’ breeder in upstate, New York.

We emailed back and forth over a few days and talked on the phone.

We scheduled a 10:00 A.M.  meeting.

He was part of a large litter, but was one of three boys left.

My boyfriend and I spent 20-30 minutes playing with each puppy, but Anchoas was a standout because he was bright and happy.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 1)

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“I had just moved into the city and recently graduated college.

I got my first full time job, and was lucky enough to be working from home a few days a week.

My boyfriend only lives with part time, because every other month he is touring with his band, so it was a spur of the moment decision.

I decided I wanted a dog one weekend, and my lease allowed dogs.”