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Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 5)

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“It’s a big decision.

Also, Winston was dying of pneumonia when we got him.  The vet said he was 2 days away from death.

I still recommend adopting before shopping, but I learned a lot about puppy mills, pet stores and when you meet a dog that is meant to be yours, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.”

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 3)

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We were living in a temporary apartment while we were looking for a new place.  Getting another dog was not on the table because we already had one, but one day when we were picking up her food at this pet store, I made eye contact with this puppy and I ended up leaving the store with him in my arms.

We weren’t planning on buying another dog for a myriad of reasons.

We already had a dog, we were living in a temporary space and we don’t support puppy mills.  Also, we hadn’t been together long.”

 

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 2)

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“My parents got a dog the year before I left for college but I had always wanted one.  I’d been obsessed with dogs since I was tiny.

Getting a dog was always on my Christmas list.

Nikki is a rescue and kind of a nervous dog.

My boyfriend, and I are passionate about adopting/rescuing dogs as opposed to shopping at a pet store.”

Nikki and Winston, the Pit Bull and Shiba-Enu Rescues (She Said, Part 1)

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“My boyfriend had Nikki, a terrier mix, before we met.

Shortly after we started dating he got a job and was working long hours, so I was at home with Nikki most of the time.  I started taking her with me wherever I went.   I felt bad that she would have been home alone a lot.

I had never had a dog of my own and I fell in love with her.”

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 4)

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“He felt a connection to Riley.

She was happy and playful.

We adopted her eight months ago.

She has sever separation anxiety.

We have worked with trainers and medications and nothing has helped.

It hasn’t been like anything we have ever experienced before.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 3)

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“I didn’t have my wallet or any identification because we hadn’t planned on adopting a dog, yet.

My boyfriend agreed to adopt her and he used is identification and paid for her, but we agreed that she would be my responsibility.

At first she was so sick that people couldn’t understand why we chose her.

My father said she was so ugly because she was skin and bones and coughing constantly.

Once she recovered, he too fell in love with her.”

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.”

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 1)

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“We lost our dogs of 17 years and waited a respectable amount of time to get another dog.

After a year, we decided to get a Labradoodle.

Our first dog was a rescue and shed an incredible amount, plus our nephew is allergic to dogs, so we knew we wanted a non-shedding/hypoallergenic dog.

We have a friend who has two doodles from Java’s breeder.

We contacted the breeder, they approved us and put us on the list for a puppy.”