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Rosie, the Newfie Doodle Mix (Newfoundland Poodle) She said, part 1

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“I am a researcher by trade, and am really into dogs.

I always had labradors or lab mixes growing up.

I did research into the genealogy of labradors and found out that labradors were originally bred from Newfoundlanders, and a lot of the traits that I loved about labs came from Newfies.

I wanted a Newfoundland really badly, but I found out they are heavy shedders, droolers, and don’t do well in heat.”

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 1)

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“We’ve always had a dog in our house and I realized I am not as happy without a dog as I am with one.

I had a friend who was always raving about his dog and I asked him who his breeder was.

Lily’s breeder is a hunting breeder.

The breeder gave me a big lecture about how she wouldn’t be happy if she wasn’t hunting.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 5)

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“After a few months we noticed that Koda started playing with Winston.

He stopped being on guard and included Winston in our pack.

A dog is truly man’s best friend.

We go everywhere together.

I really believe that he has enhanced my relationship with my boyfriend.

He has given something of a common bond to our relationship.

He has given us something we can both care about.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 4)

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“The worst of times was his initial reaction to my dog, Winston.

It made me really sad to witness Koda snapping at him, and refusing to allow Winston to be  part of the pack.

Looking back, I realize it wasn’t his fault.

I walked Winston right into Koda’s home, his territory.

After the first meeting, we spent more time together in neutral places, like walking on the beach, or we would go to Sanford Farm, a large preserve, where people bring their dogs.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 3)

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“Having Koda is like having a kid together.

He adjusted pretty well after my dog died.

We treated him like he’s a member of the family.

He is never without us.

He travels with us, wherever we go.

The best of times with Koda, is when I am in NYC because walking around with him encourages me to explore areas I wouldn’t otherwise see.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 2)

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“Meanwhile, my dog was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Koda sensed that and responded with typical animal instincts and didn’t want him to be part of the pack.

After a few months, the more time they spent together, the more they warmed to each other.

They had a year together.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 1)

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Koda is actually my boyfriend’s dog.

He’s always had German Shepherds.

I had a Boston Terrier when we met, called Winston.

I was nervous around Winston at first, because as a Shepherd, he looks so scary, but he turned out to be the sweetest dog.

Koda was very territorial of his home and I didn’t introduce him to Winston properly.”

 

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 2)

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“Once I felt sure that they were good breeders, I sent them an email and she told us that she would let us know when she had a puppy that would meet our needs.

We were looking for a specific size and temperament.

We decided that we wanted to train our future dog to be a therapy dog.

We want to volunteer with kids and wanted the right dog for the job.”