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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 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.”

 

 

 

Chewie, the Border Collie/Mini Australian Shepherd lifesaver (part 3)

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“The most joyous moment I can think of, was the first time I brought her home.

I realized that with Chewie, I am not alone; that we are going to go places together.

She acts as a service dog.

I clean houses and I bring her to work with me.

She picks an area in the apartment, out of the way and stays there the entire time I am working.

She trusts me, and knows that I will come and get her when I am done.

Chewie has changed my life in that I am able to cope with every day life better than before I got her.”

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 2)

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“Edie gets along with the cats for the most part.

They are not super fans, but they all get along.

She didn’t destroy anything in my apartment, but I exercise her well and take her to work with me.

My coworkers all like her too.  She’s their favorite dog.

I’ve only had her for 3 months so it hasn’t been a lot of time, but she has brought  a lot of joy to my life.

During times of stress at work she is a great source of relaxation.

She really cuts the tension.”

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog since I moved to the city.

My coworker had a friend who had a dog that she didn’t want to anymore.

Edie was destroying her house; eating her shoes and chewing the furniture.

I was willing to take a risk.

The original owner emailed photos.

I contacted her and asked to meet with Edie.

She drove into the city from Long Island and left Edie at my apartment for a few hours for a trial run.

It went really well.

I have 2 cats and that was my main concern.”

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 4)

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“our entire lives revolve around Tucker.

It’s like being a parent.

I am excited to see how Tucker reacts when we expand our family and have a child.

I think he will drive the kid crazy.

I also think he will be a great friend and protector.”

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 3)

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“I called him and after much arguing he finally paid half the bill.

It wasn’t really about the money, but about taking responsibility.

I would never want any dog owner to suffer the way we did.

I don’t know if I can think of a happiest moment, because there are so many.

When Tucker saw snow for the first time he ran around in circles,  buried his nose and  was in ecstasy.

He also loves the beach;  he loves to bury his face in the sand.”

 

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 2)

 

“That was 3 years ago November.

Unfortunately, a very bad thing happened was Tucker was 6 months old.

He had’t been neutered yet and we were just walking on a Sunday night and he was attacked by an unneutered adult pit bull.

The pit had Tucker’s head in his mouth and he was bitten on his ear and jaw bone.

I rushed him to Blue Pearl (the animal hospital), it was only 1 block away.

We were lucky that the injuries weren’t as severe as they could have been.

A lot of people in the neighborhood  had heard about the incident and one of my neighbors found the owner of the pit and demanded his pone number.”

Hero, Izumi, Mellons, the rescue family (part 5- he said)

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“One of the hardest times was when my job was getting out of control with the hours.

I would get up, go to work, come home and go directly to bed.

During that time, even when I was going straight to bed, I still had the comfort of the dogs between the time I went to bed and fell asleep.

My relationship with my girlfriend has always included the dogs.

They are so funny and expressive and bring a strong feeling of family to our relationship.

Having dogs has been a strong connector.

We have parental roles (I am more of a disciplinarian), but neither of us are very good at disciplining them.

They don’t need much correcting.

When I open the door and 3 dogs rush at me and want affection it’s pure joy.”