#couplesanddogs

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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“Stella is part of my family now.

She loves me unconditionally.

She’s so cute and I know she depends on me.

I have my family back in Brazil, but she makes me feel like we are building our own family here.

She is almost like having a kid.”

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (SHE SAID, PART 1)

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“Stella is my boyfriend’s dog.

I met him after he got her.

When I met him I thought it would be a challenge to have a dog in the city.

Not only because it’s expensive, but because we are young, it’s not practical and we travel.

She ties us down.

We have a schedule with her.

We have to be home to feed and walk her

This is how I felt, before meeting Stella and getting attached to her.”

LILY, THE BLACK LABRADOR WHO WAS MEANT TO BE A HUNTING DOG (PART 4)

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“I have made friends through my walks with Lily that are now part of my social life.

Lily was there when I met my current wife and was so jealous of her that she used to eat her undergarments.

It took about six months for Lily to come around, but now they are best friends.

Lily gets upset when my wife is not around, and waits in the hallway for her to come home.

Lily has changed how I live my life.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 5)

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“Since having Kiwi, we moved to New York, from Palo Alto and she provided great 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.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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“It was difficult at first because she wanted to sleep with me, but my roommate didn’t want her in our bedroom, so she was relegated to the living room.

She cried and scratched at the door, so I got a trainer and I practiced going in and out of the bedroom and not responding when she cried or scratched at the door.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“It was a foster to adopt process and I had a week to decide if I wanted to keep her, but

I was convinced from the first minute, when she hopped on my lap, that she would be mine.

I had a few roommates, so they had to get to know her and approve.

It took a little convincing with some of my roommates, but by the week’s end, everyone approved.

M boyfriend was visiting, and he had to approve, too.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO –CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 1)

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“My boyfriend moved away for a year and we were having a long distance relationship, so I basically replaced him with a dog.

I applied to several different rescue groups online and applied for several different dogs.

I got rejected from a few, because I work full time.

Then, I saw Kiwi’s profile on Cooper’s Dream website and applied right away.”

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 4)

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“My brother kept Princess in Coney Island for me.

I got to visit her anytime I wanted, so I was there every other day.

I waited until I got the paperwork so my landlord couldn’t make a legal complaint.

She’s been with my husband and me for three months and it’s been a Godsend.”

NIKO,THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 3, 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.”

BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 3)

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“We filled out the paperwork and took her home.

We were absolutely terrified that first day.

For me, the responsibility seemed overwhelming.

My husband was scared as well.

The first night we got her, she slipped out of her harness and ran down the sidewalk.

She was fat at the time so he caught up with her quickly, but had to turn her on her side to stop her from running again.”