“I thought New York City was a difficult place to raise a dog, so we wanted a smallish dog.
I would get into bed and go on Pet Finder on my phone at 11:00 at night, and look for New York rescue puppies.
Initially, I looked at Labrador Retriever rescues, but I spoke to someone at Unleashed NYC, the rescue group, and she had adopted two dogs from Unleashed, NYC and had a great experience.
The provide a link to puppies they have up for adoption.”
“I grew up with a lot of pets– cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, and more.
I had a horse and we had a barn full of animals.
I had never really had a pet of my own.
Those were family animals.
My husband had a dog growing up.
Our nine year old son loves animals, too.
We knew we wanted a dog or a cat, but my son decided we should get a dog.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
He gives us a reason to get up and around.
He’s motivation to get off the couch.
We see the sunrises and sunsets every day.
We walk all over the city and we travel with him.
He has a great attitude and he’s always up for an adventure.”
“People don’t tell you how hard having a puppy is.
I wish someone had told both of us how difficult it would be.
It was a major adjustment.
A puppy requires a lot of time and supervision.
Every second was consumed with my puppy getting into something.
She chewed headphones, rugs, shoes, underwear, pillows and the couch.
Honestly, I was ready to get rid of her, but my boyfriend said Penny is our dogter (dog/daughter), and right now she’s a puppy, but soon she’ll be a dog.
She will calm down.”
“Chewie helped me through a tough time.
I was depressed and she helped me get out of the house whether I wanted to or not.
Walking a dog 3 or 4 times a day gives me clarity. It makes me feel like whatever is troubling me is going to be okay.
The routine gives me something to do, and my focus is on something other than myself.
Chewie knows when I am unhappy.
She gets very upset if I am crying, so I try not to cry in front of her.
If she feels that I am sad or upset, she won’t leave my side.”
“Edie gets along with the cats for the most part.
They are not super fans, but they all get along.
She didn’t destroy anything in my apartment, but I exercise her well and take her to work with me.
My coworkers all like her too. She’s their favorite dog.
I’ve only had her for 3 months so it hasn’t been a lot of time, but she has brought a lot of joy to my life.
During times of stress at work she is a great source of relaxation.
She really cuts the tension.”
“My partner and I would go to pet stores just to browse, with no intention of shopping. We saw and played with different dogs.
My partner didn’t really want a dog until he met Tucker.
I held Tucker for a few minutes and then my partner held him.
A little girl and her mother came into the shop and asked if they could him. My partner turned to hand him off to the little girl, but Tucker curled into him, refusing to leave his arms.
The mother said, it looks like he knows who daddy is, and that was it.
That’s when he became Tucker.”