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Niko, the Alaskan Klee Kai (he said, part 1)

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“The timing was right for us to get a dog.

We both grew up with families that had dogs and we knew down the road we wanted a dog.

We each wanted a dog (individually), but it was never the right time.

Eventually, I was working from home and my girlfriend was in school and we were able to train a puppy.

They need to go out every two hours and require constant monitoring.”

 

 

Niko,the Alaskan Klee Kai (part 2, she said)

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“I like the Schipperke and had thought about getting one when I was single a few years ago.

I am glad I waited.

Niko is a perfect mix of the dogs we liked.

He was the ultimate compromise.

I think Niko has changed my life in a positive way.

He gives us a reason to get up and around.

He’s motivation to get off the couch.

We see the sunrises and sunsets every day.

We walk all over the city and we travel with him.

He has a great attitude and he’s always up for an adventure.”

 

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 4)

“As a result of having Charlie I am on a committee to save Teddy Roosevelt Park because the American Museum of Natural History wants to develop public park land and build an expansion including another museum entrance, which would lead to the removal of trees, benches and public park area.

We chose this neighborhood to be close to the park.

It would be a shame to see that change.

We love going outside from the concrete jungle to seeing all that green space.”

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 4)

The best and worst time we’ve had with Charlie was after moving to NYC when we left him with my boyfriend’s mom because we both had jobs, but didn’t have a place to live.

We couch surfed for two weeks until we found an apartment.

We were without Charlie for two months, until Christmas.

Coming back to NYC with Charlie was the happiest day of his life.

He and my boyfriend are extremely attached and I am a third wheel.

My boyfriend hijacked my dog.

Ridgebacks are one dog owners, but this Rhodesian has two.

I feel like I don’t credit for the early morning walks.

We’ve met great people on our walks.  We’ve made a lot of friends and so has Charlie.

One of the nicer experiences was when we went away for a few days and a friend from the park took care of Charlie.

He’s been following her ever since.

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.”

Allie, the rescue beagle mix (part 2)

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“We met her, fell in love and took her home.

All the other dogs were full of energy and she was just sitting in the crate acting mellow.

We wanted a mellow dog.

She was very timid so we started working on socializing her right away.

We took her to a Monday night puppy play group at Unleashed and we discovered that she was the mediator of the group– a policeman, if you will.

She barked when there was either too much excitement or not enough (to get other dogs to play).

Having a dog has changed the pace of my life.

Allie makes me stop and smell the roses, literally, instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of NYC.

She also keeps us on a schedule for walking and playtime.”

 

 

 

Allie, the rescue beagle mix (part 1)

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“We had a rescue beagle called Monty and he passed away about 3 years ago.

We decided it was time to get another rescue dog because my husband and I love dogs.

I asked for a rescue puppy for Christmas and my husband found Allie on Petfinder.

We were looking for a dog under twenty pounds and my husband probably put in beagle, because we like beagles.

Allie came up under Louie’s Legacy, a rescue shelter on Staten Island.

We filled out an application for her.

We passed the home interview and then got to meet her at a Petco on Staten Island where they were showing her and other dogs up for adoption.

Her litter mates had already been adopted.

She was the biggest of the litter.”

 

Hero, Izumi and Melons, a family of rescues (part 1-she said)

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“I found hero in Shanghai.

I was living in China for 2 years studying Mandarin in an immersion program.

The month before I was set to leave, and my visa was about to expire, I was walking down a super busy street and I saw a puppy running in the street.

I picked her up and asked people around me if she was theirs, and she was not.

She was filthy, underweight, and missing big chunks of fur.  She was a mess.

I brought her home with no plans to keep her, and a month later I bought her a plane ticket, had her microchipped and got her a rabies vaccine.

After an 18 hour flight, Hero became an American dog.”