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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.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 5)

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“The healing was a slow process but I knew he was over the hump when he could walk up the steps to our brownstone, as well as wanting to take longer walks.

Whenever I thought something was wrong with him during the recovery process, I drove him right back to the Animal Medical Center to see Crystal Sunlight, his surgeon.

She reassured us every step of his recovery.

He’s been well for the last six months, except that he needs to lose 10 pounds.

I pamper him too much, but to me, he’s the best dog.

I am hoping when he gets his summer haircut, it takes a pound off of him.”

Oscar Madison, The Messy Terrier/Sheepdog Mix Rescue (He Said, Part 4)

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“He had three surgeries in one week and even then, he still had an 80% chance of survival as well as keeping his infected leg.

The hardest part was just seeing him so sick, but I had a lot of confidence in the Doctor’s at the Animal Medical Center.

It took Oscar three months to recover.

One week in the hospital and then intensive care at home.

I remember the nurse taking off his collar and leash and his watching that.

I think he thought I was leaving him and it broke my heart.”

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 4)

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“Poppy had to learn that my husband and I  were the alphas, not her.

We also had to exercise her a lot, because she is a working dog and needs both physical and mental stimulation.

We’ve had her for nine months and some of the best times have been playing frisbee with her.

My husband has been teaching me how to throw a frisbee and it is a great activity that all three of us do together.

We entered her in her first toss and fetch frisbee competition and she did really well.”

 

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 3

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“She was very mouthy with me and she bit hard.

That was how she played.

She put her mouth all over my legs and bit too hard.

She had never been taught boundaries.

Most puppies that are mouthy learn to back off from biting hard when someone says, ouch.

Poppy didn’t understand that.

It was obvious she had never been touched or received attention.”

 

 

Poppy, the Smooth Coated Border Collie Rescue (part 2)

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“She was not cuddly because she had been in the shelter for two months.

She was surrendered by a family, at age 1.5 years.

Poppy had no manners.

She had no training at all.

She had never been on a leash and had no impulse control.”

L.T, THE RESCUE HOUND, TERRIER AND GOLDEN RETRIEVER MIX (PART 3)

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“Before getting L.T. I lost my job after working there for twenty-two years.

L.T. has been my support.

He gets me out and walking every day.

I’ve lost fifteen pounds as well as my depression, since getting L.T.”

L.T, THE RESCUE HOUND, TERRIER AND GOLDEN RETRIEVER MIX (PART 1)

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“L.T. is short for Logan Taylor.  There is another Logan in my apartment building, so I started calling him, L.T.

I was recently out of work, or semi-retired and I now have the time to devote to a puppy.

My family and I went to a rescue shelter in Westchester, called Paws Crossed.

My daughter and I found L.T.

He is a hound, terrier and golden mix.

We chose him because of his personality.

He was mellow.  He was four and a half months old and he was so serene.”

 

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 4)

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“We knew nothing about Winston’s breed (Shiba Inu) but the moment I made eye contact with him it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.  I can’t find the words to describe the feelings, except that I felt like I’d met a soulmate.

Getting Winston from a pet store also shifted my point of view about dog buying.

Prior to Winston, I had been staunchly anti-buying from a pet shop, but I realized that once a dog leaves a puppy mill it still needs a home.”