family dog

Lily, the Black Labrador who was meant to be a Hunting Dog (part 2)

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“I told him I would take her hunting.

Of course I had never been hunting before.

Cut to six months later, my father and I had our Elmer Fudd hats on, following Lily around with hunting guns.

That day, the birds and other animals were safe, that’s for sure.

Several years later, I can now say, Lily is a good hunter.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 4)

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“The worst of times was his initial reaction to my dog, Winston.

It made me really sad to witness Koda snapping at him, and refusing to allow Winston to be  part of the pack.

Looking back, I realize it wasn’t his fault.

I walked Winston right into Koda’s home, his territory.

After the first meeting, we spent more time together in neutral places, like walking on the beach, or we would go to Sanford Farm, a large preserve, where people bring their dogs.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 3)

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“Having Koda is like having a kid together.

He adjusted pretty well after my dog died.

We treated him like he’s a member of the family.

He is never without us.

He travels with us, wherever we go.

The best of times with Koda, is when I am in NYC because walking around with him encourages me to explore areas I wouldn’t otherwise see.”

Kiwi, the Chipoo (chihuahua/poodle) rescue mix, (he said, part 4)

IMG_1998“I’ve been working with Kiwi to build trust  for four and a half months and it seems to be paying off, though she still tries to claim my spot on the bed.

We are currently working on that.

I will occasionally have to wear an oven mitt so her bite doesn’t hurt.

When she bites, I send her off to her crate with a treat.

Since she is a rescue dog, we don’t know if she had some traumatic experience or not.”

Olive, the Basset Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 4, she said)

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Olive, the Basset Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 3, she said)

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“In August of 2015 we filled out an adoption form before we found a dog.

The adoption counselor interviewed us for an hour and was careful to ask questions that would match us with a suitable puppy.

She asked specific questions regarding temperament, breed, color, size and about our personal activities, as well as how much time we were willing to invest in the puppy, and how much time we would be spending at home.

She said there was a litter of puppies coming up from Virginia.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 2, she said)

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“I thought New York City was a difficult place to raise a dog, so we wanted a smallish dog.

I would get into bed and go on Pet Finder on my phone at 11:00 at night, and look for New York rescue puppies.

Initially, I looked at Labrador Retriever rescues, but I spoke to someone at Unleashed NYC, the rescue group, and she had adopted two dogs from Unleashed, NYC and had a great experience.

The provide a link to puppies they have up for adoption.”

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 1)

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“Toby, our last dog, a huge Wheaton Terrier, died about two and a half years ago and it was just time for a new pup.

I did a little research online.

I needed another hypoallergenic dog and I didn’t want to try to replace Toby, so I decided to get a different breed.

I wanted a female this time and a slightly smaller dog.

I called up a Lagotto breeder who I found on the web.”

Jarvis, The Golden Doodle Puppy that was born the day We got engaged (part 3, she said)

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“Getting the puppy together has been good for our relationship.

We have learned how well we work together on something as stressful as a puppy.

Hopefully, we will continue to communicate well throughout our life together, especially during stressful times.

Having Jarvis is good preparation for having a family.

Kids are obviously way more work, but we are having a good trial run.

I look forward to sharing more responsibility as time goes on.”

Jarvis, The Golden Doodle Puppy that was born the day We got engaged (part 2, she said)

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” Jarvis was delivered to my front door in Manhattan.

He arrived a month after my last dog died and at first I was not used to having a puppy.

I was used to a fully trained dog, that was mine, alone.

Jarvis is mine and my finance’s.

It has been a learning experience for both of us.

It was tough on us at first with the training and all the walking.

He was also an added stress to the wedding planning-but a good stress because we were able to communicate better.”