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Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 2)

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“My son wanted a bigger dog.

We had a Bijon Frise before Scout who wasn’t friendly, but I grew up with a Labrador Retriever and knew their good temperament.

Half of my family is allergic to dogs, which is why we had a Bijon.

We decided to give the Labrador a chance with restricted access around the apartment.

She doesn’t go in any of the bedrooms.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 3)

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“My oldest, who is allergic is off at college and my husband is coping.

He took shots for a few years with our last dog, (who was supposed to by hypoallergenic), but has since stopped.

Scout has not only cheered up my son who asked for her, but is a great addition to the family.

She is a therapy dog.

Scout makes everybody happy.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 1)

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My older son wanted a dog.

I have two boys and two girls.

He is the second oldest.

He’s a teenager and he seemed a little depressed and it seemed like getting a dog would be a good thing.

Of all my kids, he doesn’t ask for a lot.”

Olive, the Basset Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 4, she said)

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Olive, the Basset Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 3, she said)

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“In August of 2015 we filled out an adoption form before we found a dog.

The adoption counselor interviewed us for an hour and was careful to ask questions that would match us with a suitable puppy.

She asked specific questions regarding temperament, breed, color, size and about our personal activities, as well as how much time we were willing to invest in the puppy, and how much time we would be spending at home.

She said there was a litter of puppies coming up from Virginia.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 2, she said)

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“I thought New York City was a difficult place to raise a dog, so we wanted a smallish dog.

I would get into bed and go on Pet Finder on my phone at 11:00 at night, and look for New York rescue puppies.

Initially, I looked at Labrador Retriever rescues, but I spoke to someone at Unleashed NYC, the rescue group, and she had adopted two dogs from Unleashed, NYC and had a great experience.

The provide a link to puppies they have up for adoption.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 1, she said)

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“I grew up with a lot of pets– cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, and more.

I had a horse and we had a barn full of animals.

I had never really had a pet of my own.

Those were family animals.

My husband had a dog growing up.

Our nine year old son loves animals, too.

We knew we wanted a dog or a cat, but my son decided we should get a dog.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 5)

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“It can be fatal if not treated, or a dog doesn’t respond to steroids.

Zimmy was on steroids for an entire year.

That was seven years ago and he is still here.

I am a divorced middle aged guy and Zimmy has been my best friend.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 4)

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“About eight years ago both my sister and veterinarian noticed that Zimmy’s head shape was changing.

Instead of being round it was caved in looking.

We went to a dog neurologist and he was diagnosed with a rare German Shepherd disease, called Muscular Myelitis.

It wears away the muscle mass in the dog’s head.”

 

 

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 3)

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“He had crazy looking ears and a great soul.

I got him on June 1st, and I call that summer, my summer of Zimmy, because I was off from work and spent every day with him.

We went to the beach, hiked mountains or had some sort of daily adventure.

When I got him, he was about a year old.

He has been the love of my life for the past nine years.”