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KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 5)

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“Since having Kiwi, we moved to New York, from Palo Alto and she provided great companionship throughout the move.

We weren’t as close to a dog park in California, so New York is great for her because she loves the dog park.

Having Kiwi has given me another creature to care for and my maternal instincts have kicked in.

The three of us make a nice little family.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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“It was difficult at first because she wanted to sleep with me, but my roommate didn’t want her in our bedroom, so she was relegated to the living room.

She cried and scratched at the door, so I got a trainer and I practiced going in and out of the bedroom and not responding when she cried or scratched at the door.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“It was a foster to adopt process and I had a week to decide if I wanted to keep her, but

I was convinced from the first minute, when she hopped on my lap, that she would be mine.

I had a few roommates, so they had to get to know her and approve.

It took a little convincing with some of my roommates, but by the week’s end, everyone approved.

M boyfriend was visiting, and he had to approve, too.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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“I liked the expression on her face and they described her as being quiet.

Also, I lived in a no dog allowed apartment.

To get past the no dog rule, I got a letter from a therapist saying, I needed her for emotional support, which I did.

I didn’t hear for a few days, but when I followed up, they told me to come and pick her up.

I left work and picked her up an hour later.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO –CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 1)

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“My boyfriend moved away for a year and we were having a long distance relationship, so I basically replaced him with a dog.

I applied to several different rescue groups online and applied for several different dogs.

I got rejected from a few, because I work full time.

Then, I saw Kiwi’s profile on Cooper’s Dream website and applied right away.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE TERRIER MIX THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG (PART 5)

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“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 me to be to be more patient.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE TERRIER MIX THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG (PART 4)

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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.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE, THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 3)

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“We all grieved together, as Ellie was abandoned and missing her people at the same time that we lost Suzi and were sad and alone.

Ellie seemed like a good fit for that reason.

After caring for a senior dog for over a year, we wanted to care for a dog with a bit more energy that was also more independent.

Ellie was meek and seemed depressed at the beginning.

After six months, she started coming around.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, THE MIXED TERRIER RESCUE THAT HELPED HER PEOPLE GET OVER THE PASSING OF THEIR LAST DOG. (PART 2)

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“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.

My husband and I decided that we could either be selfish and be grief stricken for six months or so, or we could give another abandoned dog a chance.

Suzi died on the 15th of March and Ellie was abandoned on the 17th of March.”

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 she had an unbeatable spirit.”

She was my furry little soulmate.