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Sasha, the dog that likes dogs better than people.

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“We just wanted a dog.

We went to different shelters because we wanted to rescue a dog.  We felt better about getting a shelter dog because there are a lot of dogs that need homes.

We were in Lake Tahoe in California, and went on a whim and it just kind of worked out that day.  We went to other shelters in the Bay area, which is where we lived at the time.  This was the third or fourth shelter we visited.

We got along really well with Sasha.

When we played outside with him and took him on a walk we just clicked.   I knew he was right for me and my husband.

We were in college at the time and he was right for our lifestyle.

Now that I am in med school, it’s harder to manage our walking schedule.

We did daycare for a while, but now we do it on our own.  I take care of the day and my husband does the evening walks.

The hard thing is that he can be pretty feisty with strangers.  We don’t know where he came from so we don’t know his history.  When he meets strangers he acts really timid and growls.  We are careful about how we handle him with introductions.  It’s not always that easy.  It’s definitely hindered us from having people over to our home.

He’s better with dogs than with people.

We are thinking about working with a trainer to help him deal with people better.”

Bucky La Fontaine and Dolly, loving siblings

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“I’ve always had Yorkshire Terriers.

Audrey Hepburn was my inspiration and she had Yorkshires.

Years ago in my career I worked with Audrey. She wore some of my fashion designs.

When my last Yorkie, Master Timmy (he was named for his great grandfather) passed away, I was very sad.

About six months later, I was working with Bide-A-Wee and I attended their annual fundraising gala.

They brought a few rescue dogs to the event. I was introduced to Dolly (the wire-haired).  She was adorable and kissed me right away. It was love at first sight.

The time was right for me to get a dog.

Her brother (same mother, but different father), Bucky la Fontaine, was in the neighboring crate at Bide-A-Wee. He was very sick, and the vet didn’t think he would survive.

We brought Dolly home and she came down with the same virus so we had to bring her back to the the animal hospital at Bide-A-Wee. We saw Bucky again, and got to see how much he and Dolly had already bonded, trying to play together through their crates, while recovering.  I couldn’t leave Bucky there, so after they were well enough, we brought both of them home.

Embracing rescue animals has been pure joy and love.

Going to the dog park and meeting other owners and their dogs has been magical. I don’t go to make work connections, but I do make personal and dog connections.

It’s a gift to have dogs in NYC and bring them to a place where they can run and play.”