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Ike, the rescue Boxer, Chow, Collie, Labrador, Hound mix (part 3, she said)

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“Caring for Ike gets me out of the house and meeting new people.

I can be a bit of an introvert, and Ike has gotten me out of my shell, so to speak.

He’s also a great companion.

We go on hikes in Montauk on a weekly basis.

We both get a little depressed on Monday, when it’s time to come back to the city.”

L.T, the rescue Hound, Terrier and Golden Retriever Mix

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“L.T. is short for Logan Taylor.  There is another Logan in my apartment building, so I started calling him, L.T.

I was recently out of work, or semi-retired and I now have the time to devote to a puppy.

My family and I went to a rescue shelter in Westchester, called Paws Crossed.

My daughter and I found L.T.

He is a hound, terrier and golden mix.

We chose him because of his personality.

He was mellow.  He was four and a half months old and he was so serene.

He was there with his sister, but she was already spoken for.”

 

Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (he said, part 1)

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“The timing was right for us to get a dog.

We both grew up with families that had dogs and we knew down the road we wanted a dog.

We each wanted a dog (individually), but it was never the right time.

Eventually, I was working from home and my girlfriend was in school and we were able to train a puppy.

They need to go out every two hours and require constant monitoring.”

 

 

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 4)

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” I wasn’t a natural dog person.

I was a bit nervous about the lifestyle change and I was slow to get on board with having a dog.

The first week he was home, it felt like I was back to having a baby again.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed.

He had diarrhea, while running throughout the apartment.

The whole family was on edge.

Relievedly, Charlie was a quick learner.

I’ve come to understand how important he is to the girls and to the family.

Without him in New York, our family didn’t feel complete.

He just arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy.

I like that the girls have someone to cuddle, teaches them responsibility and he keeps them from growing up too quickly.”

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.”

Otis, the comical Pug (part 1)

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“I sold my big house in New Jersey where I raised my children and I had lost my pets about a year before that.

I moved to New York City with my husband after he retired, leaving my friends and family and needed a new wingman (so to speak).

I wanted a dog that was still dog-sized, but easy enough to travel with.

After I moved,  and began to walk around the neighborhood, I  was drawn to the Pug breed.

Their faces were comical and made me giggle.

They seemed low maintenance.

All lies.

You can never do your homework enough.

You can never do your homework enough.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (the spouse said, part 3)

“I was looking for a dog like Shannon.

I found a kennel about 100 miles away from our house in Pennsylvania that had Irish Setters.

We walked into the fenced in puppy area and Lola jumped onto my partner and it was love at first sight.

The worst moment with Lola was during one of my partner’s college reunions at our farm in Pennsylvania.

We let Lola out in the front yard.

As the wine flowed, we forgot that she was out in the yard.

About 2 hours later we looked for her but she was nowhere to be found.

We spent hours searching the land, until we gave up after 4 hours, convinced she was dead.

Around 3 A.M., she just trotted out of the woods, looked at us as if to say, what’s wrong with you, I’m tired and going to bed.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter, (the spouse, part 2)

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“When we ran out of all the breeds he was interested in, I went online to look for Irish Setters, because my most magnificent dog of my entire life was an Irish Setter.

I got him when I went to college in the 1970’s and he went to class with me.

He was my constant companion.

When I was married and my kids came along he would stroll through the park with us and much to my ex-wife’s horror and pride, people would comment on how beautiful my dog was (as opposed to noticing my kids).

That was Shannon, named after Shannon Run Road in Lexington Kentucky.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (he said, part 4)

“I always found my dogs before.

Lola was a handful.

The first trainer told us she was proud and independent.

He said, she basically didn’t know we existed.

Eventually, we trained her.

As long as she is not hunting squirrels or rabbits she is a good dog.

The best single moment was after we went away for vacation and came back to her.

She wagged her tail so hard that she fell over.

The one thing we wish for with Lola is that she would be more friendly or playful with other dogs.

But, she is wonderful with people.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (he said, part 3)

“Eventually, after looking around online I suggested my spouse look for an Irish Setter.

There weren’t many breeders, but we found one in Lancaster, Pa.

It was a puppy mill of Irish Setters.

Lola stood up on me and made herself known.

We picked her up, and said, we want her.

Then we went into the unpleasant cashier’s office, paid a lot more than we expected to and got out of there.

Lola was my first purebred dog.”