family dog

SILKA, THE BLACK LAB MIX RESCUE FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY (DAUGHTER SAID, PART 2)

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“We had a picture in our minds of what we wanted our dog to look like and she fit the bill.

It was love at first sight from the photograph.

We drove up to the shelter the next day to meet her.

We were offered a room where people meet and play with potential puppies and dogs to adopt.

When we first met her and her siblings, they all jumped at us.”

IKE, THE RESCUE BOXER, CHOW, COLLIE, LABRADOR, HOUND, MIX (HE SAID, PART 3)

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“That was a long time ago, but I didn’t know if I wanted to go through that again.

It was a tremendous loss.

I still look at photos of him and tear up.

I also didn’t know, if Ike would live up to the standards of my last dog.

But, my daughter pulled the card of being an only child, and I caved.”

Roxanne, the International Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (she said, part 6)

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“It’s not so much a particular situation, but rather the process of loving her and sharing her with my boyfriend that has enhanced our lives.

Roxanne has awoken maternal instincts in me that I wasn’t aware I had.

She has shown me the I can be responsible and diligent if something is important enough.

She makes my boyfriend and me feel like a family.

I do a lot of the walking and feeding because I can, but when my boyfriend is home he adores her and they spend a lot of time playing together.

It’s wonderful to watch them.”

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.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 6)

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“I used to think the dog ate my homework was a joke, but I have been a witness to Scout doing just that.

She recently ate several pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that must have fallen on the the floor.

Luckily, her unfortunate food choices have worked themselves out of her system and we haven’t had to take her to a veterinarian.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 5)

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“Scout has been a great distraction for the family side our oldest child went off to college.

Everyone misses her, but Scout is like a new family member as well as a new responsibility.

She needs a watchful eye because she is a puppy.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 4)

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“The kids love to play with her, and they help with the walking when they can.

We also have given in to getting a dog walker sometimes because it takes the pressure off of us.

I can take the kids to activities like soccer or dance after school without worrying about running home to walk her.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 2)

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“My son wanted a bigger dog.

We had a Bijon Frise before Scout who wasn’t friendly, but I grew up with a Labrador Retriever and knew their good temperament.

Half of my family is allergic to dogs, which is why we had a Bijon.

We decided to give the Labrador a chance with restricted access around the apartment.

She doesn’t go in any of the bedrooms.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 1)

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My older son wanted a dog.

I have two boys and two girls.

He is the second oldest.

He’s a teenager and he seemed a little depressed and it seemed like getting a dog would be a good thing.

Of all my kids, he doesn’t ask for a lot.”

Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 2)

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“I work in child care and saw her at the end of day pick up in the playground and talked to her almost every other day.

When he was five months old, she surrendered Yoda to her brother in Pittsburgh, because he wanted a dog, but his wife, who had just given birth did not want a dog, let alone a demanding puppy.”