companionship

Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 3)

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“I continued to keep in touch with her regarding Yoda.

The situation in Pittsburgh was not ideal for his new family because the husband worked  twelve hour days and his wife was not able to care for Yoda.

He ended up spending most of his days in a dog play pen.”

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 5)

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“I also love how much she gives back tome in regards to companionship and laughs.

Lily has a great sense of humor, and makes me laugh regularly.

She loves to roll around on the ground while seemingly smiling, and likes to steal things like socks, shoes and a loofa sponge.

She never destroys things, she just likes the game of taking them and having us chase her.

Coming home after work is pure joy, because she is so happy and we like seeing each other.”

Kiwi, the Chihapoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (she said, part 4)

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“Since having Kiwi, we moved to New York, from Palo Alto and she was a continuity of companionship throughout the move.

We weren’t as close to a dog park in California, so New York is great for her because she loves the dog park.

Having Kiwi has given me another creature to care for and my maternal instincts have kicked in.

The three of us make a nice little family.”

Lino, the outgoing French Bulldog (part 1)

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“My husband wanted a dog for the past five years, but we kept moving around.

When we arrived in NYC from London this past April, we decided it was time to settle down.

It was a good time to get a dog.

My husband decided on a French Bulldog.

We knew we couldn’t have a big dog that needed a lot of exercise.

We did research online and a Frenchy seemed right.

We went to Citipups, in Chelsea, just to see some puppies, and left with Lino.”

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog, who is a true companion (part 1)

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“One of my good friends has a Frenchy and I used to look after him.

I fell in love with him.

I’d always wanted a dog, and after hanging out with a Frenchy I felt ready to go for it as an adult.

I went to a breeder through an app in London called Pets For Homes, and his litter came up.

I went to view him and his brother.

Rocky was calm and chill.

He fell asleep in my arms and farted, and that sealed the deal.

Rocky is a true companion.

I share my life with him.

I get to take him to work with me.

At work, whenever people are stressed, they go and sit with Rocky and he helps calm them down.”

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 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.”

 

Dipper, the Wheaton Terrier with nine lives (part 2)

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“I came home from medical school and in some sort of twisted way, having Dipper in this pitiful situation, took me out of the misery that I was experiencing in school.

I refocused on family and the things that made me happier before my med school misery.

Then of course, Dipper made a miraculous recovery.

He was able to put med school in perspective, and stick around afterwards.

Now is not a good time for me to get a dog, but I hope my parents choose to get another dog once Dipper is gone.”

Dipper, the Wheaton Terrier with nine lives (part 1)

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“I was nine when my family got Dipper and I’ve spent my last 15 years with him.

We share a birthday.

It’s amazing growing up with a dog.

Simply put, dogs are so much fun.

I spent hours under the kitchen couch, petting and tickling Dipper.

One of the joys of having Dipper was watching him run in our backyard because he used to get these spontaneous  bursts of energy and run and run.

His energy was contagious and I played chase with him for hours.

The joint responsibility of owning Dipper brought my family closer together in that we shared the walking duties.  Learning the work that comes with having a dog helped my personal growth.

This past year was difficult.

I was in medical school and was miserable from  working day and night on material  I didn’t like.  Then I got a text from my mother, saying Dipper was doing terribly. He couldn’t control his bowels and he couldn’t stand up.

My mom thought he was going to die.”