animal lovers

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, that filled a void (she said, part 5)

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The most difficult part of having Rooney, is having a full time job.

I don’t get to be with her during the day.

Rooney is so playful, that it’s hard to leave her.

That said, my boyfriend, is a full time student and we have different schedules, so someone is always there for her.

If he is out, I run home and take her to the dog park, or I occasionally take her to work with me.”

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, that filled a void (she said, part 4)

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“She engaged with us right away.

She got into our laps and wanted to play.

We put in an application for her then and there.

She had a lot of applications.

We checked in with the people at Animal Haven to the point of being annoying, but our persistence paid off.

We’ve had her since August.”

Willow, the rottweiler, boxer, beagle, chow chow, terrier mix rescue (part 2)

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“The got a lot of healthy dogs from a kill shelter in Kentucky.

I started following their website to see when they got new dogs.

I put in an application after I saw Willow’s picture, and was approved right away.

I met her for the first time when I picked her up from the shelter.”

 

Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 1)

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“I met a therapy dog at the Meet the Breeds Dog Show at the Javits Center, and she was an Irish Terrier.

She was so lovely and different from other dogs I had seen.

The Irish Terriers have a bit of a different look.

They have a beard, are scruffy, yet elegant and a perfect size.

I started doing a lot of research online.

The breed club has a matchmaker.

She spoke with me on the phone and made a match.”

Lino, the outgoing French Bulldog (part 2)

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“Nothing was planned.

My husband ran out and got food, toys, and a crate.

And so, life as a dog owner began.

Sometimes in the bad weather we have to go out, but I have come to enjoy this because we get out and talk to other people.

We are from France, but feel like we are part of a community in NY, now.

I work from home, and have done so for the past four years.

I got used to not being social and developed a social anxiety because I spent so much time alone.”

 

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said, part 1)

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“I was having a hard time with a lot of stuff and someone suggested that a dog would be a good idea.

They said, a dog would be a good thing for me to focus on in a positive way.

I started by going to the North Shore Animal League but they didn’t have any puppies that my allergies could tolerate.

They did have some senior dogs that were hypoallergenic, but the kids wanted a puppy.

The puppy was also going to be an elementary school graduation present for my younger daughter.”

 

Princess, the Pit Bull, Labrador Retriever therapy dog (part 2)

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“I got Princess and started training her for my mother.

In December of 2013, after having Princess only four days, my mother passed away.

I kept Princess and moved back east in April or May of 2014.

It was really hard at first when I moved to NYC.

My landlord said I couldn’t keep her, so I had to get a medical note saying that she had become my service dog to deal with the trauma from my mother’s passing.

We were separated for two years during this process.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 3)

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“He’s so smart that he remembers the streets and is slowly becoming less frightened.

He’s never had an issue with people or dogs– it’s more like trucks or buses.

I have expectations.

I want humor, affection and to meet other dog people.

Having a dog is a constant source of comfort.

It keeps you sane and grounded when you care for an animal.

It takes you out of your own head.

One thing all my dogs have given me is:  unconditional love.

It’s hard when they die, but it’s harder to be without a dog.”

Kirsten, the animal lover and pet care giver (part 1)

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“I started grad school and dropped out within a couple of weeks.

I needed a job.

My roommate was a dog walker for a company and got me a job as an assistant.  I worked for them for 2 years before I went out on my own.

What was funny for me, was that when I was a kid, pet care was my first job.

I grew up in the suburbs and when my peers started babysitting, I would feed my neighbors cats, take in the mail and general house sitting stuff.

As an adult, whatever jobs I had often involved pet sitting (on the side) for co-workers.

I didn’t put it all together, or see where I was headed until I started dog walking.

I think I could do this for a while, but I don’t really know.

All of the dogs that I’ve taken care of give me a way to be a better person.

Everything with a dog is immediate, so in the moment.  For example, with Gremmy, the Italian Greyhound, she’s so delicate, fragile and tiny, so when I am with her, I have to watch people and dogs in a different way.  I have to literally protect her from the cold (which for her, is September through June), feet (people stepping on her), and people trying to pick her up.  Those are the main things in protecting her.  Taking care of her reminds me to be patient and also assertive.  I have to tell people no, don’t pick her up.  I also have to be careful of her space, so I don’t accidentally step of her or make her nervous.”

Bucky La Fontaine and Dolly, loving siblings

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“I’ve always had Yorkshire Terriers.

Audrey Hepburn was my inspiration and she had Yorkshires.

Years ago in my career I worked with Audrey. She wore some of my fashion designs.

When my last Yorkie, Master Timmy (he was named for his great grandfather) passed away, I was very sad.

About six months later, I was working with Bide-A-Wee and I attended their annual fundraising gala.

They brought a few rescue dogs to the event. I was introduced to Dolly (the wire-haired).  She was adorable and kissed me right away. It was love at first sight.

The time was right for me to get a dog.

Her brother (same mother, but different father), Bucky la Fontaine, was in the neighboring crate at Bide-A-Wee. He was very sick, and the vet didn’t think he would survive.

We brought Dolly home and she came down with the same virus so we had to bring her back to the the animal hospital at Bide-A-Wee. We saw Bucky again, and got to see how much he and Dolly had already bonded, trying to play together through their crates, while recovering.  I couldn’t leave Bucky there, so after they were well enough, we brought both of them home.

Embracing rescue animals has been pure joy and love.

Going to the dog park and meeting other owners and their dogs has been magical. I don’t go to make work connections, but I do make personal and dog connections.

It’s a gift to have dogs in NYC and bring them to a place where they can run and play.”