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OLIVE, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT WANTS TO PLAY 24/7 (PART 2)

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“I say that it’s like living with a toddler.

She wants to play 24/7.

I started doing research into rescuing a Frenchie but I realized pretty quickly that the ones available to rescue usually had either health or behavioral issues.

I realized that I wasn’t the best owner for that situation.”

OLIVE, THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT WANTS TO PLAY 24/7 (PART 1)

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“I got Olive because my last dog died and I was still living at home, but was considering moving out on my own.

I was doing research on good apartment dogs and French Bulldogs came up a few times.

I also thought they were very cute.

People said they were quiet and calm.

Olive is the opposite.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 5, HE SAID)

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“It took six months to trust her off leash and be confident that she wouldn’t run off.

Penny has really come into her own.

She trusts us.  We have developed a great bond.

The best thing about having her is the joy she has brought to our lives.

I consider her a missing piece that made our family more complete.

I think the hardest part of having a dog is the time and commitment.

Penny requires a certain amount of time every day, so we sacrifice other things in order to take care of her.

Whether it’s work, exercise, or my social life, I am very happy to have the responsibility and live up to it.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue Dog From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 3)

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“I was in Central Park with Bodie when he was five months old and I was watching two people get into an argument.

I didn’t notice that Bodie got swept away with a bunch of dogs and a dog walker.

I freaked and literally ten minutes went by.

My cell phone rang and it was Mike, and I was thinking, how am I going to tell Mike the dog is gone.  He said he was in the park and walking over to meet us.

As  Mike approached, I saw one of my dog friends from the park, with Bodie (attached to a leash).  She had found him.  That is one of the beautiful things about having dog friends.”

IKE, THE RESCUE BOXER, CHOW, COLLIE, LAB AND HOUND MIX (PART 4, SHE SAID)

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“He’s also a great companion.

We go on hikes in Montauk on a weekly basis.

We both get a little depressed on Monday, when it’s time to come back to the city.”

IKE, THE RESCUE BOXER, CHOW, COLLIE, LAB AND HOUND MIX (PART 3, SHE SAID)

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“They watch Ike when we go out of town, sometimes.

Ike has changed my life as a stay at home mom with a tweenage daughter.

He has given me a new purpose.

Caring for Ike gets me out of the house and meeting new people.

I can be a bit of an introvert, and Ike has gotten me out of my shell, so to speak.”

IKE, THE RESCUE BOXER, CHOW, COLLIE, LAB AND HOUND MIX (PART 2, SHE SAID)

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“We thought, this is the kind of dog we would like someday, only to find out that he was being fostered and available for adoption.

Two days later, Ike was ours.

Ike, along with his entire litter of siblings was rescued by a group called Social Tees.

The foster people were attached already, but couldn’t keep him.

They were working 10-12 hours a day.”

Milo and Mr. Bert, the Delinquent Rescues (Part 2)

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“We thought we’d just visit, but one thing led to another and Mr. Bert came home with us.

He was originally called Tank, but we were listening to Lolita on our road trip so we called him Mr. Humbert (Bert for short).

That was 2011.

Bert was very attached to my college aged son and didn’t want to travel anymore.

Whenever he saw my suitcase he wouldn’t leave my son’s lap and made himself scarce during travel preparations.”

Sandy, the Rescue, That is A Big Dog, In A Small Body (Part 4)

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“Sandy is a fun dog to come home to.

She always wags her tail to greet me.  We have our moment together and then we usually go for a walk.

I don’t have children, but there are obvious parallels.

I have re-prioritized my life.  Sandy has made me a much better morning person.  We have  both learned to compromise.”

Sandy, the Rescue, That’s a Big Dog in a Small Body (Part 2)

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“She’s noisy, but not in a balky way.  She’s got a full range of growls, snorts and other sounds.

She’s a bit of a diva.

She likes to remind you that she’s there by either making noises (ranging from a purr to a bark), or snuggling into you.”