dog parenting

Allie, the beagle mix (part 3)

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“I feel a purpose for something other than myself.

The best experience with Allie has been the team work between my husband and me as parents.

I adopted my last dog as an adult so I was single when I got Monty.

Having Allie before kids has been a great trial run for us as parents-to-be.

My husband and I have similar temperaments, and Allie has taught of us that no matter what is going on in our lives, when we come home to her, she is our family and that is the most important priority in our lives.

It’s about loving each other and being loved as a family.”

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog since I moved to the city.

My coworker had a friend who had a dog that she didn’t want to anymore.

Edie was destroying her house; eating her shoes and chewing the furniture.

I was willing to take a risk.

The original owner emailed photos.

I contacted her and asked to meet with Edie.

She drove into the city from Long Island and left Edie at my apartment for a few hours for a trial run.

It went really well.

I have 2 cats and that was my main concern.”

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 4)

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“our entire lives revolve around Tucker.

It’s like being a parent.

I am excited to see how Tucker reacts when we expand our family and have a child.

I think he will drive the kid crazy.

I also think he will be a great friend and protector.”

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.”

Zoe, the rescue from down the block

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“We called and she basically said, I can’t take care of Zoe, and asked, would you be interested in taking her?

I flew across country to get her and spent the night in L.A.

She slept on my lap throughout the entire 4 1/2 hour flight back to New York.

We’ve only had her 6 months but I spend a lot of time with her, more so  than anybody else because I am in a professional transition.

She gives me a great break while I am conducting my new business search.

She’s so affectionate and loving, and always wants to play.

She is a constant play companion, both indoors and outdoors.”

 

 

Zoe, the rescue from down the block

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“My wife and I  lived on the same block as a woman who had Zoe and another dog.  Zoe was 8 months old and the other dog was 10 years old.

We saw the dogs daily and we befriended their owner.

She was a nurse in her early 20’s who had rescued her puppy with her boyfriend, on a lark when she saw a North Shore Animal League mobile adoption vehicle.

She broke up with her boyfriend, joined nurses without borders and moved out of the city.

About a month after she left the city, she had one of her friends leave a letter with our doorman asking us to call her about her puppy, Zoe.”

Jean Luc, the companion French Bulldog (part 4)

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“Eventually I took Jean Luc to daycare and printed the photos they posted on Facebook.

I put those photographs on my mother’s  mirror.

With Jean Luc, there was always something to talk about with her.

A few days before she died he wouldn’t go on her bed.  He wouldn’t even go in her room.

He was with her as long as she was consciously aware.

After she died and I brought him back to her house he helped me cope.

Snuggling and having Jean Luc around helps fill the hole.”

Jean Luc, the companion French Bulldog (part 3)

“I feel that Jean Luc extended my mother’s life.

When she became bed ridden he sat with her on her bed for hours.

He was this little adorable thing who tried to steal her food, which always entertained her.

She always wanted to know where he was.

He gave her something to think about– wondering where he was and all of his antics.

When I first got Jean Luc, my boss loved him.

He would conduct his business meeting holding Jean Luc like a baby, with his head on his shoulder.

My mother loved those types of stories.”

Jean Luc, the companion French Bulldog (part 2)

“I wanted to keep the whole thing a secret, until I appeared at my mother’s house with the dog, but I couldn’t keep the secret.

When my brother and I went to pick the dog out, and my mother asked where we were going, I spilled the beans.

My mother was so excited.

Jean Luc was the runt of the litter, so he was the smallest and he was also the cuddliest.

My brother thought it was idiotic to get a dog while I was going back and forth to mother’s, but I knew that it was going to make her so happy to have the puppy around.

My mother just loved him.”