couples and dogs

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 1 she said)

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“My boyfriend and I grew up with dogs.

I grew up with Shepherds.

He grew up with smaller dogs, like cockapoos.

We both knew we wanted a dog, but were long distance for a year.

We argued about what kind of dog to get.

He really wanted a Husky, but I didn’t like the idea of a big dog in the city.

He did a lot of research and found the Alaskan Klee Kai.

The breed was started 30 years ago and is a cross between the Siberian Husky and the Schipperke.”

 

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog and my boyfriend decided it was the right time.

We moved into a dog friendly apartment and we had job security.

We were dog walking and dog sitting and met a particular breed, (a Cavanese) and we fell in love.

We wanted to get a rescue but I have severe allergies.

We wanted a dog that didn’t shed and didn’t bark, but couldn’t find a dog with that criteria in the rescue world.

We asked someone with a Cavanese where she got her dog and then we contacted the breeder.

The timing was just right because that breeder just had a litter.

We went to Pennsylvania and picked out Penny.

She was the only puppy that came up to our lap and fell asleep.”

Otis, the comical Pug (part 1)

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“I sold my big house in New Jersey where I raised my children and I had lost my pets about a year before that.

I moved to New York City with my husband after he retired, leaving my friends and family and needed a new wingman (so to speak).

I wanted a dog that was still dog-sized, but easy enough to travel with.

After I moved,  and began to walk around the neighborhood, I  was drawn to the Pug breed.

Their faces were comical and made me giggle.

They seemed low maintenance.

All lies.

You can never do your homework enough.

You can never do your homework enough.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 3)

fullsizerender-11“The only limitation of this job is that it is very physically demanding.

I try shoe inserts, take ibuprofen as needed, and am aware of my posture and try to walk as efficiently as possible.

The concrete is hard on the body.  I walk between 7-9 hours a day.

Another downside of the job is the weather– extreme heat, rain and cold can be difficult.

Whenever I am coming to work, riding on the train, I take the first 15 minutes to meditate.

I meditate on the word emptiness.  I try to mimic their openness.

I try to just enjoy where we are in that moment.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (the spouse, part 4)

“That moment was about terror and relief.

We were so relieved to have her back after thinking the worst happened to her.

I have never had a relationship with a dog like I have with Lola.

I think that’s due to age and my time in life.

When I had Shannon I was young, building a career and starting and raising a family.

I am retired now and I spend every day with Lola and my partner.

She reads us, and we her.

We have an emotional understanding and I think it’s from proximity and time.

Your kids grow up and they have their own lives, but with a beloved dog, your time is always in the present.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (the spouse said, part 3)

“I was looking for a dog like Shannon.

I found a kennel about 100 miles away from our house in Pennsylvania that had Irish Setters.

We walked into the fenced in puppy area and Lola jumped onto my partner and it was love at first sight.

The worst moment with Lola was during one of my partner’s college reunions at our farm in Pennsylvania.

We let Lola out in the front yard.

As the wine flowed, we forgot that she was out in the yard.

About 2 hours later we looked for her but she was nowhere to be found.

We spent hours searching the land, until we gave up after 4 hours, convinced she was dead.

Around 3 A.M., she just trotted out of the woods, looked at us as if to say, what’s wrong with you, I’m tired and going to bed.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter, (the spouse, part 2)

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“When we ran out of all the breeds he was interested in, I went online to look for Irish Setters, because my most magnificent dog of my entire life was an Irish Setter.

I got him when I went to college in the 1970’s and he went to class with me.

He was my constant companion.

When I was married and my kids came along he would stroll through the park with us and much to my ex-wife’s horror and pride, people would comment on how beautiful my dog was (as opposed to noticing my kids).

That was Shannon, named after Shannon Run Road in Lexington Kentucky.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (the spouse said, part 1)

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“We had been without a dog for 8 years.

I found that impossible.

I convinced my partner that we needed a dog.

I was a little sneaky.

I started suggesting his favorite breeds– breeds of his earlier dogs.

There was his West Virginia hound, which we discovered there is no such breed.

I went online and found Tennessee Redbone Hounds and Georgia Hounds, but no West Virginia Hounds.”

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (he said, part 4)

“I always found my dogs before.

Lola was a handful.

The first trainer told us she was proud and independent.

He said, she basically didn’t know we existed.

Eventually, we trained her.

As long as she is not hunting squirrels or rabbits she is a good dog.

The best single moment was after we went away for vacation and came back to her.

She wagged her tail so hard that she fell over.

The one thing we wish for with Lola is that she would be more friendly or playful with other dogs.

But, she is wonderful with people.”