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Norman, the Goofy Shepherd/Husky Puppy That Makes Everyone Laugh (part 2)

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“Muddy Paws partners with Best Friends Animal Rescue, so I felt good about the organization.

I filled out an application and there was a phone interview.

Once I was approved I started looking online at the puppies and dogs for adoption.

After four weeks I saw Norman’s photo.”

NORMAN, THE GOOFY SHEPHERD/HUSKY PUPPY THAT MAKES EVERYONE LAUGH (PART 1)

My husband and I love having two dogs in the house.

We had Hannah, a Silky Terrier, and another dog that passed away in April.

We waited five months to get Norman.

I heard about a rescue group called Muddy Paws and I looked them up.

They had a lot of great dogs on their site.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 5)

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“The worst part of having Poppy is that we go away a lot.

I hate to leave her because she was left in a shelter and abandoned.

I don’t want her to think we aren’t coming back.

It’s just hard.

The reunion is always great, though.  She literally hugs me.

She stands up and wraps her paws around me.

Having a dog has enhances your life.

Who wouldn’t want extra love in their life?”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 4)

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“Poppy had to learn that my husband and I  were the alphas, not her.

We also had to exercise her a lot, because she is a working dog and needs both physical and mental stimulation.

We’ve had her for a year and a half, and some of the best times have been playing frisbee with her.

My husband has been teaching me how to throw a frisbee and it is a great activity that all three of us do together.

We entered her in her first toss and fetch frisbee competition and she did really well.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 3

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“She was very mouthy with me and she bit hard.

That was how she played.

She put her mouth all over my legs and bit too hard.

She had never been taught boundaries.

Most puppies that are mouthy learn to back off from biting hard when someone says, ouch.

Poppy didn’t understand that.

It was obvious she had never been touched or received attention.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 2)

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“She was not cuddly because she had been in the shelter for two months.

She was surrendered by a family, at age 1.5 years.

Poppy had no manners.

She had no training at all.

She had never been on a leash and had no impulse control.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I lost my last dog four days before I got Poppy.

He died at twelve from old age.

I went to Columbia Greene Humane Society in Hudson, New York.

I was hoping to find a border collie mix, and there she was, amongst all the pit bulls up for adoption.

She was just what I was looking for; a female under the age of two years.”

BUDDY & OZZIE, The Rescue Beagle and Hound Dogs That Keep Each Other Company (PART 5)

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“I didn’t know what beagles were like so I had no idea what energy they have.  I thought because he was a little bit older that he would be calm.  I tried to keep him contained in a pen and that didn’t work.

Once I put him on the patio while I was cleaning the floor and he broke through the plastic screen covering a window, so he made his own doggie door.

Buddy is more concerned with what I am doing and Ozzie is concerned with what Buddy is doing.

The only scare I had with Ozzie was when he ate chocolate pudding, but he was okay.

There was never any jealously between them.  They know their pecking order.”

BUDDY & OZZIE, The Rescue Beagle and Hound Dogs That Keep Each Other Company (PART 4)

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

I spoke to the woman from the same rescue group, and they had a 7 year old pocket Beagle that was listed under the Urgent category. He was at a kill shelter and looked like he just needed somebody.  He was skinny, really scared, and had fleas.  The rescue group said that he looked like he had been on his own for a while.

They drove him up to NYC from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Then I saw him, and he was not what I expected.

He was full of energy and squirming around.”

BUDDY & OZZIE, The Rescue Beagle and Hound Dogs That Keep Each Other Company (PART 3)

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“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.”