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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 4)

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“He loves to hike, camp, and swim.

We moved back to the city after a year and he seemed to bounce right back.

He adjusts well wherever he is.

Having Jack has made me more open to talking to strangers and making connections.

I keep in touch with friends I made in Colorado and it’s been two years since we left.”

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.”

Jack, the Shepherd, Rottweiler, Labrador, Great Dane, Chow, Pit Bull, Swiss Mountain Dog, Terrier Mix Sidekick (part 1)

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“I just really wanted to take care of a living creature, and I also wanted a sidekick.

I was just coming out of a breakup and I went on Petfinder to find a rescue dog.

I typed in Shepherd mix; male or female.

I knew I wanted a medium size dog, I didn’t care about the breed or sex.”

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 4, He said)

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“They already began to housebreak him, so the rest was easy.

We took him from the countryside to the city of Amsterdam and the was a bit of an adjustment.

He was only 12 weeks old.

He is pretty adaptable, though.

He loves NYC, particularly Central Park and the squirrels.

One of the advantages of living in NYC is the dog culture here, especially on the Upper West Side, where we live.”

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.”

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 2)

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“When they had a litter of three we had first pick because we were the first to put down a deposit after being approved.

Java was the only apricot and he had a white heart on his forehead, so we knew he was going to be ours.

We’ve had him since October 7th.

The best and worst thing about having Java, is that he is still a puppy.”