dogs are family

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 5)

 

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“Jack has taught me a lot about taking care of another being.

On stressful days, he’s what I look forward to when coming home.

A partner has to love him, in addition to loving me.

He’s part of the ┬ápackage.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 2)

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“I found his picture through a rescue group in Tennessee called Moonshine Dog Rescue.

If you committed to buying one of their dogs, they promised transporting the dog up east.

Once I committed to adopting Jack, another rescue group called Alpha dog Transport brought him from the scout, it a tractor trailer full of dogs from different rescue groups to a designated are off route 80 in New Jersey.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 1)

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“At first I picked a Ridgeback for aesthetic reasons and after looking into it, I found that they are also very good natured and loving.

I did a lot of research online and I bought a book about the character, history and training of Rhodesians; a very depth analysis of the breed.

About a year and a half after doing research and looking into puppies, I found the right breeder at the right time.”

Einstein, The Miniature Schnauzer From Amsterdam, That is a Great Comfort to His People (Part 5, He Said)

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“The dedicated dog runs and off leash hours makes having a dog much easier.

There’s also a lot more socialization with other dogs.

I have noticed that people love dogs.

In fact, I think people like dogs more than humans.

My wife and I are grateful to have a dog being a long way from home (Australia), and moving to a new city.”

Einstein, The Miniature Schnauzer From Amsterdam, That is a Great Comfort to his People (Part 3, He Said)

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“They served a specialty called Bitterballen, which is deep fried potato balls with gravy.

It’s not my favorite food, but we ate them out of courtesy, hoping it would help with the interview.

We passed the interview and got to see the litter.

There were only two puppies left, and luckily one of them was our favorite– Einstein.”

Einstein, The Miniature Schnauzer Puppy That’s a Great Comfort to His People (Part 2, He Said)

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“They don’t have the same breed rescue groups in Holland, so she found a breeder with a litter available.

They were quite particular, which led to an interview.

We are Australian, so it was more of a cultural interview.

They asked a few questions about our lifestyle over a cup of tea and lunch.

Their daughter was present as a translator because they only spoke Dutch and we spoke English.”

Einstein, The Miniature Schnauzer Puppy That’s a Great Comfort to His People (Part 1, He Said)

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“My wife and I were a long way from home and just missed that family vibe in the house.

She did a lot of research.

She grew up with Mini-Schnauzers and felt comfortable with them.

She got her first mini-schnauzer when she was seven and decided that was the dog of choice for us.

We bought him in the Netherlands.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 5)

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Our kids weren’t around when our last dog was a puppy, and sometimes they treat Java like he is a toy.

When he was smaller, they liked to carry him and they had to realize that as he got bigger, they shouldn’t carry him, because they are a part of his world, but he is not necessarily part of theirs.

He is not at their beckoned call.

Everybody has to be responsible for Java.

We all feed and walk him.

The four of us come together to focus our attention on him.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 4)

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“He has separation anxiety and barks whenever I leave him.

We’ve been training him to stay in his crate with the door open and giving him a kong filled with frozen yogurt or peanut butter.

It’s still a work in progress.

One of the great things about Java, is his personality.

He is a very sweet dog and plays well with others.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 3)

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“We were used to having a well trained older dog.

When we got our last dog’s leash, he would run to the door.

With Java when I get his leash, he just looks at me, wondering what’s going on.

We have to coax him to go out.

Also, Java doesn’t necessarily pay attention to his surroundings.

If he is chewing on a bone or a toy, he will start chewing whatever is next to the bone or toy, without noticing the difference.”