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Lola, The Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie mix (part 1, she said)

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“My boyfriend and I had been discussing getting a dog and I took his kids into a store at Columbus Circle to buy him a Father’s Day present.

While we were shopping, he found the North Shore Animal League Adoption Truck.

He called me and said, you need to come out here as soon as you’re done because I want to show you something.

That something was Lola.

We all walked into the truck and there was lots of encouragement from the kids to get a dog.

It was a fairly impulsive buy.

That was a year ago, Father’s Day.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 2)

“Before the dogs were transported up to New York the rescue group posted a video of Olive and her sister Katy.

When they got here, my son said, we should visit Olive first.

He had a gut feeling.

We visited her and her foster family in Brooklyn and that was it.

She was three or four months old and was so friendly that we said, we’ve got to get this dog.

She is a year now.

The hardest thing for me was house training her.

It takes patience.

I thought it would take a couple of weeks, but it took a few months.

She pee’d on the rug for a few months.

We had to learn her body rhythms.

It finally paid off.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 3)

“We go upstate for the weekends and watching her run free and explore and swim is a joy.

The family spends more time outside since having Olive, and we talk to strangers on the street.

That can be good and bad.

One day in the cold rain in November, I was walking Olive and a stranger told me, you should die, for just being outside.

She thought I was abusing Olive, when I was just taking her outside to go to the bathroom.

At first I wondered if I was doing the wrong thing, but then I realized that I was simply being a responsible caring dog owner.

We were both in the cold rain.

It’s like having a kid; you close your eyes and just do it.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 1)

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“Everybody in my family likes dogs and we didn’t have one.

My seven year old really wanted a dog, so we started looking online for rescues.

We looked on Petfinder, but a friend who got her dogs through Unleashed, NY, recommended them.

We saw a puppy called Hugo, who the family liked.

He  was going to be brought up north from Virginia in the fall, when we wanted our dog.

We expressed interest in Hugo, but he died from Parvo.

He had two sisters in his litter and Olive was one of them.”

 

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 1)

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“I am an actor, formally, and I needed a nice job with flexibility.

I tried a lot of other jobs, like handing out fliers in Times Square in costume (I was John Lennon in a Sargent Pepper outfit, a sailor in a pink outfit to advertise La Cage Au Folles when it was on Broadway), receptionist at a gym, and then I found dog walking.

It is a lot less emotionally degrading.

I like lots of things about the dogs.

I like that other’s no ego or persona.

The dogs just are who they are.

They are always living in the moment.”

 

Charlie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 1)

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“My girlfriend had to put her dog down after our third date.

She wanted another dog after some time passed and so she got me to attend an adoption event (that I didn’t want to go to).

I’ve always wanted a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

That’s when we saw Charlie.

We thought he was someone’s dog and that he wasn’t up for adoption.

Eventually, I asked someone at the Pets for Life adoption event if he belonged to anyone and they said, he did not, and that he was indeed up for adoption.

I said to my girlfriend, how about this guy, but she was opposed to having a Ridgeback (because they bond with one person, and she thought it would be me).”

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (she said, part 3)

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“My boyfriend turned to me and asked, do you like this dog?

I answered, do you, guy who doesn’t want a dog, like this dog?!

He said, I love this dog.

And that was the beginning of Charlie.

We took him home,  I looked at him and called him meatball, but my boyfriend said, he didn’t like dogs named after food.

I liked the name Charlie.

I called him Charlie and he responded, so it stuck.

He ended up having heart worm.

He was under exercise restriction and had to have daily shots in his front leg muscle for 6 months.”

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback rescue mix (she said, part 2)

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“We all got in the car and my sister drove us to the first event, which was the furthest away, but they didn’t have any puppies so I was ready to leave.

My boyfriend saw this dog that he wanted to meet.

He was being walked on a leash so we thought he belonged to someone, but he was indeed up for adoption.

My boyfriend talked to the people at Petco, where the event was being held to ask about the health history of the dog called, Lyle.

He was really sick and emaciated.

They told us that he was a rescue from Texas.

A woman had driven by him day after day and noticed that he was tied up, his body was fly bitten, emaciated and deteriorating.

One day she knocked on the owners’ door and asked if she could take him home with her,  they told her to take him.

He was transported to Denver, where we lived at the time, and saw him at the Petco adoption event.”

Charlie Meatball, the Ridgeback mix rescue, (she said, part 1)

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” The first month my boyfriend and I started dating, my fourteen year old black lab, Calvin, died.

My boyfriend came with me when it was time to euthanize him.

That was definitely a bonding experience.

After 6 months of dating we moved in together and I insisted we get a dog.

He didn’t want a dog, so we put it off for a month.

We traveled for 3 weeks and when we came home, I suggested again that we get a puppy.

He made an excuse the first week, but the second week, my sister visited and she and I both insisted we go to an adoption event.

He kicked and screamed the whole ride there.

It was the first time we argued in front of my sister (who is also my best friend).

We didn’t tell him there were 3 adoption events happening that day.”

 

 

 

 

Allie, the beagle mix (part 3)

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“I feel a purpose for something other than myself.

The best experience with Allie has been the team work between my husband and me as parents.

I adopted my last dog as an adult so I was single when I got Monty.

Having Allie before kids has been a great trial run for us as parents-to-be.

My husband and I have similar temperaments, and Allie has taught of us that no matter what is going on in our lives, when we come home to her, she is our family and that is the most important priority in our lives.

It’s about loving each other and being loved as a family.”