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VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 6)

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“The routine of having a dog gets the family out every day.

After the death of my father-in-law, we knew we could count on the routines of my children and Vivi to teach us the enjoyment of every day life.

Vivi is teaching the children a sense of responsibility by being another member of the family and having her needs met too.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 5)

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“We think she is funny.

She can bounce on her hind legs for quite a while and makes some very entertaining groaning sounds.

She has brought more laughter to our household.

The kids are too young to walk her alone, but they feed her and give her water.

Over a two month period of time my father-in-law became increasingly ill and my husband traveled to see his family, frequently.

While he was away, having Vivi was a great comfort to my children and me.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 4)

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“We did a DNA test after three months and it turned out that she had no lab in her, whatsoever.

She is supposedly Terrier, Chow Chow, Greyhound, Chihuahua and Sharpei.

Vivi has helped the family bond together.

There is always something to talk about where she is concerned.”

 

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 3)

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“I got Princess and started training her for my mother.

In December of 2013, after having Princess only four days, my mother passed away.

I kept Princess and moved back east in April or May of 2014.

It was really hard at first when I moved to NYC.

My landlord said I couldn’t keep her, so I had to get a medical note saying that she had become my service dog to deal with the trauma from my mother’s passing.

We were separated for two years during this process.”

MURPHY, THE BLUETICK COONHOUND/BORDER COLLIE MIX RESCUE FROM A KILL SHELTER (PART 6)

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“He loves little kids and likes to lick their hands and faces.

I think he genuinely wants to make them smile.

He is not a food or treat driven dog.

Getting love and affection is motivation for Murphy.”

MURPHY, THE BLUETICK COONHOUND/BORDER COLLIE MIX RESCUE FROM A KILL SHELTER (PART 4)

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“He really got me out of my head.

He initiated walks outside and it was great to have something that depended on me, so I couldn’t give in to my feelings of isolation.

He is insistent on staying in the moment, so I can’t linger on anything too long.”

NIKO, THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“Niko has given us reason to do things that we might not have done without him.

I would’t have just gone for a walk in the park by myself, but now I take Niko and walk for hours.

Niko has brought my fiancé and me closer together.”

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 4)

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“I just graduated from undergraduate school in May and came to NY a month ago for graduate school.

We rented a truck and drove up to New York City for 16 hours.

It’s a big transition coming to New York City from the suburbs of Alabama, but Tally is doing great.

She is occasionally skittish around the noises of the city, but she loves the energy here.”

I’ve taken her on the train a few times and she is relaxed.

She has no problem with the subway.

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 1)

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“I’ve always loved dogs.

I got Tally when I was in college, two years ago.

I got another dog first, but he was already sick with heart worm.

I didn’t want him to die in the shelter, so I adopted him and got him treated, but he died six months later from a grand mall seizure, related to his heart worm.

I knew I wanted to get another dog, so I waited until I went back home to Florence, Alabama and went to the local shelter, where I met Tally.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 4, SHE SAID)

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“Penny has given our family an extra sweetness, like adding a jewel to a necklace.

She added a new dimension to our relationship and family unit.

We are her only two people–we made a promise and it’s a responsibility we love.

She came to us with some health problems, digestive issues; she couldn’t keep any food down, and we worried about her.

She had to have an endoscopy and it took several months to resolve.

Thankfully, she is fine.”