#dogschanginglives

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 1)

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“It was my wife’s idea to get Diego.

My sister was very ill and before she went into hospice care, she asked us to adopt him.

My wife had fallen in love with him when we visited previously, so she wanted to adopt him when my sister asked.

At first I told my sister, no.

It was an expense we couldn’t afford and we had just lost our last dog, Winnie.”

DIEGO, AS IN DIEGO RIVERA (SHE SAID PART 1)

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“I met Diego because he belonged to my sister-in-law in Rochester.  We were visiting the family and they had just gotten Diego as an addition to their two other dogs; 2 black pugs.

He was called Diego because somebody sold him to her as a rare hairless Mexican dog breed.  He had very little hair at the time.  They said that a Hairless Mexican Dog’s tummy would act like a natural hot water bottle.  I had him on my lap, trying to feel his warmth and was sort of buying into the story.

We know the story isn’t true because his hair grew back.”

ELLIE (SHORT FOR ELEPHANT), THE FRENCH BULLDOG THAT IS AN ENTERTAINING CLOWN, AND GREAT COMFORT (PART 3)

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“After hearing my personal story (because I had to fill out a form explaining why I wanted a French Bulldog, on her website before even being eligible for one of her pups), she offered to sell me the Ellie, for the price of the cream puppy.

I pretty much knew at that moment that I wanted her.

That was in August and I picked her up a month later.

Ellie has been great for my parents and me.

It’s a new life in our house.”

TWIGGY, THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND/CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUE (PART 4)

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“She apologized and swore she would find us a dog.

That Thursday she called and said, she was able to put us at the top of the list for Twiggy, with one caveat-we had to be on their behavioral therapist’s reality show.

We went to Broadway Barks and were filmed admiring Twiggy, even though we had adopted her the previous week.

Since that time, I have fallen in love with her and have a hard time being apart from her.

I took her to work with me for about a year and a half, but have now semi-retired and work from home.

I need to go out on appointments sometimes and we both get separation anxiety.”

TWIGGY, THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND/CHIHUAHUA MIX RESCUE (PART 1)

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“Our Chihuahua died suddenly and I think we were without a pet for three months.

It was so quiet in the apartment.

We devoted one Saturday and Sunday to going to many animal shelters.

We looked both in and out of the city, and went to six shelters that Sunday.

As we walked into the Humane Society on 59th Street, a technician was taking this beautiful little dog for a walk.”

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.”

Norman, the Goofy Shepherd/Husky Puppy That Makes Everyone Laugh (part 2)

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“Muddy Paws partners with Best Friends Animal Rescue, so I felt good about the organization.

I filled out an application and there was a phone interview.

Once I was approved I started looking online at the puppies and dogs for adoption.

After four weeks I saw Norman’s photo.”

Norman, the Goofy Shepherd/Husky Puppy That Makes Everyone Laugh (part 1)

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My husband and I love having two dogs in the house.

We had Hannah, a Silky Terrier, and we had another dog that passed away in April.

We waited five months to get Norman.

I heard about a rescue group called Muddy Paws and I looked them up.

They had a lot of great dogs on their site.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 8)

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“We met neighbors we never spoke with before and our children now know every dog on the block.

Scout taught me to take life a little less seriously.

I appreciate the simplicity of play.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 7)

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“After having four kids, with one already out the door, getting Scout is like having a new two year old.

She has added a new layer to our nuclear family.

We have met new people and made new friends through having Scout.

She has introduced us to an entire subculture.”