#dogschangelives

NIKO,THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 4, SHE SAID)

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“He gives us a reason to get up and around.

He’s motivation to get off the couch.

We see the sunrise and sunset every day.

We walk all over the city and travel with him.

He has a great attitude and he’s always up for an adventure.”

NIKO,THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 3, SHE SAID)

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“I like the Schipperke and had thought about getting one when I was single a few years ago.

I am glad I waited.

Niko is a perfect mix of the dogs we liked.

He was the ultimate compromise.

I think Niko has changed my life in a positive way.”

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.”

Bodi, the Great Rescue From Mississippi (Husband 1 Said, Part 2)

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“We started the application process and filled out our first application, in which I realized Mike, my husband, and I were talking about two different dogs.  I said, it’s a 10 week old puppy in Mississippi and we’re never going to get him.  Well, two hours later they called and said, he’s yours.

I was mad because I didn’t want that dog.

I asked the woman on the phone how this happened so fast.  She said she just googled me and saw the trailer to my last movie.  She said, anyone who made that movie, has to have a heart, so we fast tracked it.

When I got off the phone with her, I said to Mike, that’s our dog.

We’ve never looked back.

 

IKE, THE RESCUE BOXER, CHOW, COLLIE, LABRADOR, HOUND, MIX (HE SAID, PART 2)

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“I had to come to grips with my reasons for not getting a dog.

Primarily, I thought the city is not a place for a big dog, and I only wanted a big dog.

Also, we travel a lot, I didn’t want to pick up poop, and I just didn’t want another responsibility.

But that was only partially the reason, the other being that I hadn’t gotten over the loss of my last dog.”

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.”