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KODA, THE INTUITIVE GERMAN SHEPHERD (PART 3)

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“The worst of times was his initial reaction to my dog, Winston.

KODA, THE INTUITIVE GERMAN SHEPHERD (PART 2)

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“Koda was very territorial of his home and I didn’t introduce him to Winston properly.

Meanwhile, my dog was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Koda sensed that and responded with typical animal instincts and didn’t want him to be part of the pack.

After a few months, the more time they spent together, the more they warmed to each other.

They had a year together.”

KODA, THE INTUITIVE GERMAN SHEPHERD (PART 1)

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“Koda is actually my boyfriend’s dog.

He’s always had German Shepherds.

I had a Boston Terrier when we met, called Winston.

I was nervous around Koda at first, because as a Shepherd, he looks so scary, but he turned out to be the sweetest dog.”

 

SMOKY, THE GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS (PART 5)

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“I feel that any time I’ve had struggles in my life, my dogs have all been there for me.

They give unconditional love.

If you’re having a bad day, they don’t care.

As long as I love on Smoky, the love is always there.

A dog’s love is always there.”

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 4)

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Smoky took to our black lab and they were best friends for eight years until she died.

After that, Smoky bonded even more with our Malamute Shepherd mix who lived another year and a half.

It’s hard to say definitively the best or worst time since having Smoky, because he has always been there for me.”

 

BARCLEY, THE IRISH TERRIER THAT KEEPS LIFE LIGHT AND APPRECIATES THE LITTLE THINGS (PART 2)

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“The breed club has a matchmaker.

She spoke with me on the phone and made a match.

The matchmaker asked tons of questions.

They are very protective of the breed.

She matched me to a man in Philly and a woman in New Hampshire.

We met the breeder in Philly before the puppies were born.

The mom-to-be was about to have an ultrasound the next day and he found out she was having fewer puppies than he originally thought.”

CHARLIE MEATBALL, THE RIDGEBACK MIX RESCUE, (SHE SAID, PART 1)

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” The first month my ex-boyfriend and I started dating, my fourteen year old black lab, Calvin, died.

He came with me when it was time to euthanize him.

That was definitely a bonding experience.

After 6 months of dating we moved in together and I insisted we get a dog.

He didn’t want a dog, so we put it off for a month.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 2)

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“As the end was getting closer, I gave in and agreed to pick up Diego.

I changed my mind because my sister found a home for her other 2 dogs, pugs.  My wife really wanted Diego, so I agreed to it.

I went up to Rochester before she went into hospice to say goodbye and I rented a car, got a crate and wanted to get out of there so quickly, that I got a speeding ticket.

Meanwhile, Diego didn’t know what was going on and started hyperventilating in the back.  I would stop along the way to walk him, but nothing helped.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 1)

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“It was my wife’s idea to get Diego.

My sister was very ill and before she went into hospice care, she asked us to adopt him.

My wife had fallen in love with him when we visited previously, so she wanted to adopt him when my sister asked.

At first I told my sister, no.

It was an expense we couldn’t afford and we had just lost our last dog, Winnie.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (SHE SAID PART 4)

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“I had a sick dog that required care around the clock and a newly adopted scared cat.

It all worked out and Kookla, the cat and Diego, the dog love each other.  Kookla kisses Diego when he comes back from his walks.

When I see Diego running around and so happy, after having been so sick, I get tremendous joy.”