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Nellie, the talking Beagle (she said, part 2)

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“There’s never been a bad time with her.  There were dietary issues.

My husband left his backpack on the floor and he forgot there were red velvet cupcakes from an office party inside.  Of course she found them and had herself a party.

The next morning on our walk in the park she couldn’t move.  I picked her up and rushed her to the vet, where they kept her for the whole day doing tests to make sure she was okay.  Fortunately, I had pet insurance.

She is a great anti-depressant.  She is better than any pill.

My life has much more of a routine.  I’ve discovered the park that I have lived next door to for forty years,  I have made a whole new circle of friends and I am never lovely.  Having Nellie has rejuvenated my marriage. We are both able share in loving this beautiful dog.         These are the pluses.

I don’t like to leave her, and it’s curtailed travel plans.  I am no longer able to go places spontaneously.

Forget kids, get a dog.

Nellie, the talking Beagle (she said, part 1)

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“My husband and I fell in Love with Nellie.

We went to an event at ARF (the Animal Rescue Fund).  We had been talking about getting a dog forever, and we knew we were both vulnerable.

We never got to hear the speakers at the celebration of the animals because there was a van with the adoptable animals in it and I made a B-line for the van.

Nellie put her nose against the front of her crate and started talking to me.  I summoned my husband and he asked if we could walk her around the grounds. We took her for a walk and she was very happy to be out of her confinement.

My husband picked her up and she melted in his arms.  He was overcome with tears and we knew we wanted to be her parents.”

Malteser, the small dog that brings great comfort (part 2)

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“August of 2014, right after I came back from living in London for ten years, a huge glass door fell on my head.  I was rushed to the hospital.  I had stitches and a severe concussion. I suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury and have been to at least 8 Dr.’s in the past year and a half.

Malteser has brought me great comfort.

After the accident I suffered from depression, anxiety fatigue and a lot of cognitive glitches.

I went to a restaurant recently with a friend and asked if the burgers were good there and my friend reminded me we ate there 2 weeks ago and I liked the burger very much.

Malteser has been turned into a service dog (for emotional support) and I am able to take her with me everywhere I go.

Malti has changed my life in every way.  Her unconditional love is something that is always there, whether I am going through good or bad times.

She is the emotional heart of our home.”

Malteser, The small dog that’s a great comfort (part 1)

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My Children wanted a dog.

I had grown up with dogs and I think they are essential to a family.

We had a list of criteria and when we typed them into a computer the only dog that came up was Maltese.

“We were living in London and there was a kennel club nearby.  There were only 3 breeders who were vetted on their list and only 1 of those had puppies, and she had a waiting list.  The breeder asked everyone on the list to write a short essay on why we wanted a puppy and what would make each of us good dog owners.

We wrote that the children were old enough to appreciate a dog, I grew up with dogs and a dog would complete our family.

The final step to our process was visiting the breeder in Hertfordshire (a little over an hour outside of London).

When I met Malteser (named after a delicious malted milk ball candy), I almost started to cry.  She was so beautiful and I felt like I didn’t know if I was worthy of her.

We were lucky enough to be selected and get Malteser.

I bonded with her right away.  My son (thirteen at the time), still teases me because he left for a swimming lesson so her first hours were spent with my daughter (6 at the time), and me.

She was a little fluff ball.  I laid down on the floor beside her and told her,  I promise I am going to do everything I can to make you happy.”

 

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi(he said, part 1)

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“My other half wanted a dog desperately and I said it isn’t the right time, and he said, It’s never going to be the right time.

I conceded.

We got on Petfinder one Sunday morning as an exercise because we were just beginning the search.  We have two shelter cats and getting them was like an act of congress, so we thought it was going to take a long time.

We started the application process and filled out our first application, in which I realized Mike, my other half and I were talking about two different dogs.  I said, it’s a 10 week old puppy in Mississippi and we’re never going to get him.  Well, two hours later they called and said, he’s yours.

I was mad because I didn’t want that dog.

I asked the woman on the phone how this happened so fast.  She said she just googled me and saw the trailer to my last movie.  She said, anyone who made that movie, has to have a heart, so we fast tracked it.

When I got off the phone with her, I said to Mike, that’s our dog.

We’ve never looked back.”

Buddy & Ozzie (part 1)

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“My boyfriend was living with me and he was really against getting a dog.  He thought it was too much work.

It was something I wanted for a long time.

After he moved out, I started looking for a dog.

I got Buddy the day after my 30th birthday.  He was my birthday present to myself.

There was an event at the Petco near my apartment and Buddy was the first and only dog I met.  I felt like a could relate to him.  He seemed happy and content, like a chill little guy.  There was another woman interested but she seemed weird.  They asked me if I wanted to take him for a walk and I walked him home to my apartment.  He sniffed around, hopped on the couch and seemed at home  I went out of the room and he followed me.  He’s always by my feet.  He’s my little shadow.

Having Buddy helped me get over a bad relationship quickly.

I feel like I am pretty fortunate, and giving Buddy a good life means a lot to me.  I know that he feels safe and loved.

Once he got out of his collar, ran down the block, and headed towards the nearest avenue with a lot of traffic.  Luckily, a construction worker caught him and held onto him.

I got a camera to see what he was up to during the day because I work long hours at the office.  I watched him sitting by himself and even though it didn’t seem to bother him, I wasn’t okay with that.

I decided I would feel better if he had a companion.

Everyone tried to discourage me from getting another dog.  They said, you’re not going to be able to handle this.

All the while I looked on the Bowling Green rescue dog websites because Buddy was from Bowling Green, Kentucky.”

Wendy and her rescues (part 3)

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“Now I have Belle (an angel) and Macey (my soulmate).

After Gracie died, a vet tech asked me if I was looking for another dog.  She knew I was fond of Greyhounds, but said she had just rescued this little fox-like dog, who had been abandoned in the Bronx.

I said I would meet him.

They had shaved him, leaving a lion-like mane around his neck.  He had the most beautiful face I had ever seen.

I took him for the weekend as a trial, but didn’t even walk half a block before I knew not only would I keep him, but that he was my soulmate.

I wanted a companion for Macy and knew it was going to be a Greyhound.

They had ended the Greyhound rescue program at the AMC, so I found a rescue group in New Jersey.  I took Macy to meet his potential companion.

She was the smallest Greyhound I’d ever seen.  She weighed around 50 lbs .(the bigger Greyhounds can way up to 80).

If she were a woman, she would shop in the petite dept.

They got along from the beginning.  they don’t actively interact much, but occasionally I see Macy grooming Belle.

I feel their spirit.  Belle is not the old soul that Gracie was, but she’s sweet and without any malice.

Macy stares at me wherever I go, even if it’s just the bathroom.  He is connected to me all the time.

I don’t feel that I’ve had a human family, but my dogs are my family of choice.”

Wendy and her rescues (part 2)

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“I learned about the horrible things being done to Greyhounds after they were retired.

They were shooting them, putting them in hot trucks leaving them to die,  and abandoning them after cutting off their ears to remove their identifiable tattoos.

One day in 1993 while I was waiting to cross a street corner, a dog was leaning on me.  I asked the owner if it was a Whippet, but she answered no, it was a rescued Greyhound.   I said, I want one, I want to rescue a Greyhound.  She told me about the program at AMC (Animal Medical Center), where they used them as blood donors and then adopted them out.

2 days later I got Gracie.  She was the first of 3 Greyhounds.  I knew she was a Bodhisattva (enlightened one).  She had a gentle spirit and was an old soul–maybe it was the way she looked at me. She had a peaceful knowing way about her.  When they brought her in the adoption room she approached me, making eye contact immediately without fear.

She knew we were supposed to be together.

I can’t think of any moment that stands out, but all my time with her was extraordinary.         Everyone seemed to think so too.

We had each other for 8 years.”

Tucker, the Maltese Terrier rescue

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“I had just moved into a new apartment and thought this would be a good time to get a dog.

My brothers have had dogs for years.  I loved most of the family dogs.

It’s nice to have a dog when you are alone.  It’s like having a friend.

I went to the ACC shelter.  I had scanned their website and saw Tucker’s picture the night before I went.

I was very unsure when I went to the shelter.  I talked to my family and they said, why now?

My apartment was still under renovation and I didn’t have extra money for dog care.  My biggest concern was the overall cost, but I just did it.

He was scheduled to be given to a rescue group, but I got him first.

I took him home within an hour of our meeting.  We walked home from East Harlem.

When my mother came to my apartment to see the renovation progress, she pretended he wasn’t there.  We were on skid row already, so getting the dog didn’t help.

She secretly bonded with the Tucker.

I left the apartment for a few hours and when I returned I found out she had walked him.

My brother, his wife, their baby, my mother me and my dog spent the Christmas holiday together.

The worst thing was his separation anxiety.  He barked nonstop when I left the apartment.  That caused tremendous stress because my neighbors complained and I was new to the building.

I solved the problem by buying him a crate and surrounding him with sofa cushions, (with plenty of room to breathe).

The best moment, was seeing him in my apartment, the day we came home together.

 

Isabelle and her sister, the surprise (part 2)

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“The worst moment was when we got her, she had fleas.  She got tapeworms from biting and swallowing the fleas.  She almost died from the tapeworms.  She was dehydrated, she couldn’t keep food down and the anti-nausea meds weren’t working.

She lost consciousness in my arms and I thought she was going to die.

They injected her with fluids twice and re-injected her with anti-nausea meds and slowly she began to respond to the drugs and recover.

I always have a good time with her.

Once in late October, I took her on a hiking trip with me and she had the time of her life.  She was fetching sticks down the trail, digging in the dirt and running until she was exhausted.  My boyfriend and I love to hike, so she is a great match.

She’s been a bonding experience; she’s our fur baby.  She makes us feel like are a family, not just a couple.”