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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.”

Dodger, the Schnauzer Terrier mix, Rescued from the CACC (Center for Animal Care and Control)(part 1)

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“I’ve had Dodger over 10 years.

I had just finished school and I wanted a best friend.

My family always had pets.

I felt like there was that whole in my life that needed to be filled.

I tried several shelters in the NYC area and the last one I went to was the CACC.”

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog and my boyfriend decided it was the right time.

We moved into a dog friendly apartment and we had job security.

We were dog walking and dog sitting and met a particular breed, (a Cavanese) and we fell in love.

We wanted to get a rescue but I have severe allergies.

We wanted a dog that didn’t shed and didn’t bark, but couldn’t find a dog with that criteria in the rescue world.

We asked someone with a Cavanese where she got her dog and then we contacted the breeder.

The timing was just right because that breeder just had a litter.

We went to Pennsylvania and picked out Penny.

She was the only puppy that came up to our lap and fell asleep.”

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.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 3)

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“Other people were coming in and admiring him and we felt pressured to make a decision.

At that point we decided to take him home.

The guard told us that he barked a bit at night.

We faced a lot of challenges at first.

He was six months old and had not been house broken, he barked incessantly and we lived in an apartment building.

We ended up getting a babysitter for Charlie in the evening.

He was quick to house train, but still has bouts of separation anxiety.

His barking has gotten better over the past few years.

We moved from Hong Kong to New York one the summer and Charlie was in a kennel in Hong Kong for two months while we looked for housing.

Charlie just came back from the airport.

He saw grass for the first time today in Central Park. and loved it.”

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, 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.”