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BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 5)

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“The first time I noticed how much of an impact Babka had on my life was during a snowstorm a few weeks after getting her.

We usually just stayed inside, but she needed to be walked and I took her out.

Just getting out of the house and walking in the fresh snow felt calming.

I was appreciative that another living body needed me and got me out of the house.  My routine had changed and I liked it.

My relationship with my husband has grown, in that we are on a team with a common goal; taking care of Babka.

Having Babka makes us feel more like a family, not just a couple.”

NIKO,THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 4, SHE SAID)

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“He gives us a reason to get up and around.

He’s motivation to get off the couch.

We see the sunrise and sunset every day.

We walk all over the city and travel with him.

He has a great attitude and he’s always up for an adventure.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 2)

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“They got a lot of healthy dogs from a kill shelter in Kentucky.

I started following their website to see when they got new dogs.

I put in an application after I saw Willow’s picture, and was approved right away.

I met her for the first time when I picked her up from the shelter.”

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I thought it was time to get a dog.

The ability to travel with, and include them on outdoor excursions made me want a dog over a cat.

I used to foster dogs for Social Tees, the rescue group, but ended up getting Willow at the Sullivan County SPCA.

I had a ski rental last year nearby and found this SPCA online.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 4)

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“One night Jojo jumped off the bed and his legs gave out from under him.

I knew he was in distress because he was panting heavily and he couldn’t walk.

I rushed him to the Animal Hospital, Blue Pearl, and they operated on his spine the next morning.

It took four to five months for him to heal, and he is as recovered as he will ever be.

He can run and fetch, climb up on rocks, and ride on the bike.

He can’t jump off of anything, play tug of war, and he can’t wrestle.”

 

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 3)

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“Jojo became more and more of a shared dog, and we consider it joint custody.

Two things changed  everything with Jojo and me.

Hiking and biking.

We started to go on the bus to Harriman State Park and hike all day.

We got there at 10:30 a.m. and left at 5:00 p.m.

I bike everywhere, so I bought a dog carrier that I attached to my bike and we are a team.

We rode to down to the battery along the river and then up to the little red lighthouse at the George Washington Bridge.”

JOJO, THE BELOVED FRENCH BULLDOG, SHARED BY TWO PEOPLE (PART 2)

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“His owner said, Jojo would come home home after our trip to the dog run and Central Park, and pass out from exhaustion.

Next, we started having sleepovers.

His owner and I decided that I would keep him for several days at a time, which turned into Thursday evening through Monday morning.

I started taking him to the veterinarian, because I had him on the weekend, and his owner and I work during the week, and neither of us have much free time.”

TALLULAH, THE YELLOW LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE (PART 5)

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“In general, just in my last year of college when I didn’t have any roommates and I decided to live alone in New York, she has been my only roommate and companion and it’s great because she is there for me every step of the way.

When I transition, she transitions.

She’s something familiar and provides me with a real sense of stability.”

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 4)

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“I just graduated from undergraduate school in May and came to NY a month ago for graduate school.

We rented a truck and drove up to New York City for 16 hours.

It’s a big transition coming to New York City from the suburbs of Alabama, but Tally is doing great.

She is occasionally skittish around the noises of the city, but she loves the energy here.”

I’ve taken her on the train a few times and she is relaxed.

She has no problem with the subway.

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 1, HE SAID)

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“I’ve always loved dogs and I’ve always wanted a dog, and I had a change in my job situation.

I was going to be working from home, so I would have the ability to give time to taking care of a dog.

My girlfriend and I searched for rescue dogs online.

We knew we wanted a rescue.

My girlfriend wanted to get a dachshund, so we googled dachshund rescue and Pet finder showed us various dachshunds, including Penny (whose name wasn’t Penny at the time).”