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Otto, the Strong Willed Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Puppy (she said, part 5)

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“On the good side, he is something we wanted for so long and makes us feel like a family.

We got engaged in October and got Otto in November.

Having Otto is a symbol of our future, moving forward.

He is a shared responsibility and he’ll be the dog she have when we have kids.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 3, HE SAID)

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“I thought raising a puppy together would be a good thing to do to learn about each other.

I’ve learned that my future wife does a lot of research in terms of solving problems.

My strength is the ability to be a good enforcer of rules, whereas she is a little easier on Jarvis.

For example, I don’t let Jarvis jump on people or furniture, and she is more lax about the furniture.”

 

 

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 2, HE SAID)

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“We initially planned to get a dog after getting married, but we decided to get a dog after Balto died.

We were thinking about getting a Bernese Mountain Dog, but we found out that they have a short life expectancy and that they shed.

Then we found out that doodle breeds are great for non-shedding.

My fiancé suggested the golden doodle because of the no-shedding and they are mild mannered in terms of temperament.

We wanted to get a puppy to raise together.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 1, HE SAID)

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“I had always wanted a dog growing up, but my mom didn’t like dogs, because when she was very young a street dog chased and bit her.

This was in Nigeria, where I am from.

When I met my fiancé, who loves animals (dogs and lions in particular), she had a wolf-dog called Balto, who was very old when we started dating.

He was 15 and lived to be 19.

When he passed, my fiancé was distraught.”

Jarvis, The Golden Doodle Puppy that was born the day We got engaged (part 2, she said)

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” Jarvis was delivered to my front door in Manhattan.

He arrived a month after my last dog died and at first I was not used to having a puppy.

I was used to a fully trained dog, that was mine, alone.

Jarvis is mine and my finance’s.

It has been a learning experience for both of us.

It was tough on us at first with the training and all the walking.

He was also an added stress to the wedding planning-but a good stress because we were able to communicate better.”

Jarvis, The Golden Doodle Puppy that was born the day We got engaged (part 1, she said)

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“My dog that I had for five years died in May.

My fiancé and I decided we wanted a Golden Doodle because we heard great things about them, and mainly because they don’t shed.

I found Jarvis online on Orchard Pups website.

I talked to the breeder on the phone and she sounded very trustworthy and I read a lot of positive reviews about her.

Also, Jarvis was born on the day I got engaged.”

 

Bongo, the maltipoo that’s a great family dog and travel companion (part 1)

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“Bongo was a surprise from my wife.

I had been traveling for about a year and a half.

I was just coming off the road and we had always talked about getting a dog.

We thought it would be a great time because we would finally be in the same place.

We wanted to do something together and this seemed like the perfect time to get a dog.

We originally talked about a Golden Doodle, but with all of the travel that we wind up doing, she talked with a friend and decided that a Maltipoo would be a great family dog and travel companion.”

Nikki & Winston (she said part 1)

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“My boyfriend had Nikki, a terrier mix, before we met.

Shortly after we started dating he got a job and was working long hours, so I was at home with Nikki most of the time.  I started taking her with me wherever I went.   I felt bad that she would have been home alone a lot.

I had never had a dog of my own and I fell in love with her.

My parents got a dog the year before I left for college but I had always wanted one.  I’d been obsessed with dogs since I was tiny.

Getting a dog was always on my Christmas list.

Nikki is a rescue and kind of a nervous dog.

My boyfriend, and I are passionate about adopting/rescuing dogs as opposed to shopping at a pet store.

We were living in a temporary apartment while we were looking for a new place.  Getting another dog was not on the table–we already had one, but one day when we were picking up her food at this pet store, I made eye contact with this puppy and I ended up leaving the store with him in my arms.”

Rooney, the best mistake my husband ever made (he said)

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“My wife talked me into getting Rooney.

I also love dogs.  I grew up with dogs.

It’s been wonderful having a dog, (except for his snoring like a freight train).

I always have a little buddy around.

My wife was out of town last weekend and it was comforting to know that someone was around.

The house is never empty when Rooney is there.

One of the benefits of having a dog is the amount of social doors that have opened.

We’ve made a lot of quality friends at the dog run and local park.  Rooney is friendly with many of the dogs that go to the park and run, and we are friendly with their owners, (our dogs all get along and so do we).

We also help each other out.  We watch each other’s dogs.  When one of us is busy or out of town we try to help each other out and walk the other’s dogs. We are part of a tight knit community.

During the bad weather we try to arrange play dates at each other’s apartments so they get exercise and a chance to play.  It’s also an excuse for us to socialize.

During the blizzard of 2016, the dog park friends got together and had a blizzard party, without our dogs.

When he broke his paw, it was tough for us because we had to carry a 35 pound dog up and down the two flights of our apartment.  Poor Rooney couldn’t play, see his friends or exercise and work out his energy for 10 days.

But the hardest time with Rooney was when he was a puppy and scratched his cornea.  We had to give him drops and it basically tested our marriage.  One of us had to hold his head and keep his eye open and the other put in the drops.  It would take us between 20 and 30 minutes to get the drops successfully in his eye. We would blame each other for not holding his head still enough. It was difficult to hold Rooney’s head without him squirming and flailing around.

One of the best things about having Rooney is that we get outside a lot more.

We go to the park on the weekends for off leash time before 9 a.m.  We walk to all the local parks and explore the city.  I see parts of my neighborhood I might never have noticed.”

 

 

 

Benny, the wingman

“I got Benny for my kids and me.

They were ten and twelve at the time.

The day we brought him home he pee’d on the tile floor.  He dragged a nearby folded beach towel over to the puddle and covered it.  That was the first and only time he pee’d indoors.

I lost my condo in Boca during the mortgage crisis in 2008.  I was also in the mortgage business, causing my career to go kaput.  I worked several survival jobs to provide for Benny and me.

It took many years to get back on my feet.  There was a chance I was looking at being homeless.

Just having Benny in my life kept me sane.

Ultimately, Benny myself and our belongings were crammed into my ’99 Honda Accord (with 170,000 miles on it) and headed north to move in with my girlfriend (now wife).

When we lived in Boca he loved to sunbathe, even if it was 96 degrees. He still loves to lie in the sun, even in the cold weather.  He adjusted to the climate change immediately.  He loves the snow.  The only thing he doesn’t like is, the horses in the park.  He barks at them, announcing his presence.

I secretly purchased a heart shaped dog tag with his name and my phone number on the front, and mommy will you marry us?  Love, Benny, on the other side of the tag.   At first she only read the side with his name on it, so I had to tell her to turn it over.  She read the tag and was shocked beyond belief. It was a total surprise.  She said, Oh my God, read it aloud and burst into tears. I walked into the bedroom with her ring.

She still jokes that she used me to get to my dog.”