dog care

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 6)

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“It’s not so much a particular situation, but rather the process of loving her and sharing her with my boyfriend that has enhanced our lives.

Roxanne has awoken maternal instincts in me that I wasn’t aware I had.

She has shown me the I can be responsible and diligent if something is important enough.

She makes my boyfriend and me feel like a family.

I do a lot of the walking and feeding because I can, but when my boyfriend is home he adores her and they spend a lot of time playing together.

It’s wonderful to watch them.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 6)

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“Stella can fix her own leash if it gets tangled.

She knows how to spin on command and she can jump and catch a ball on a fly.

When she was very little and we brought her home, I had just started a new job and was gone half the day.

It took a toll on my relationship with my boyfriend, who had never owned a pet before, and wasn’t sure he wanted a dog, let alone a puppy, but was supporting my decision and desire.

All of a sudden he became Stella’s major care giver and it wasn’t a job he was used to.

I changed some things around in my schedule and took on more responsibility.

Over time, Stella won over boyfriend’s heart.”

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.”

Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 1)

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“I am an actor, formally, and I needed a nice job with flexibility.

I tried a lot of other jobs, like handing out fliers in Times Square in costume (I was John Lennon in a Sargent Pepper outfit, a sailor in a pink outfit to advertise La Cage Au Folles when it was on Broadway), receptionist at a gym, and then I found dog walking.

It is a lot less emotionally degrading.

I like lots of things about the dogs.

I like that other’s no ego or persona.

The dogs just are who they are.

They are always living in the moment.”

 

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 4)

“As a result of having Charlie I am on a committee to save Teddy Roosevelt Park because the American Museum of Natural History wants to develop public park land and build an expansion including another museum entrance, which would lead to the removal of trees, benches and public park area.

We chose this neighborhood to be close to the park.

It would be a shame to see that change.

We love going outside from the concrete jungle to seeing all that green space.”

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 3)

“After the four weeks of no walking he still had exercise restriction; no running and no long walks for another three months.

It was very rewarding when he was finally able to exercise.

He ran and ran and had 20 times the endurance.

The most important thing was that it was all worth it.

Without Charlie we wouldn’t live where we do.

We live by the park for Charlie.”

 

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.”

 

 

 

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.”