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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.”

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.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 6)

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“There are so many little things that I enjoy about having Java.

I love teaching him new tricks and watching him learn.

In the morning, when the alarm goes off, he jumps on the bed in between my wife and me and let’s us scratch and pet him for a good 10-15 minutes.

I also love watching him play and interact with other dogs.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 5)

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Our kids weren’t around when our last dog was a puppy, and sometimes they treat Java like he is a toy.

When he was smaller, they liked to carry him and they had to realize that as he got bigger, they shouldn’t carry him, because they are a part of his world, but he is not necessarily part of theirs.

He is not at their beckoned call.

Everybody has to be responsible for Java.

We all feed and walk him.

The four of us come together to focus our attention on him.”

Java, the Apricot Hypoallergenic Labradoodle puppy (part 2)

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“When they had a litter of three we had first pick because we were the first to put down a deposit after being approved.

Java was the only apricot and he had a white heart on his forehead, so we knew he was going to be ours.

We’ve had him since October 7th.

The best and worst thing about having Java, is that he is still a puppy.”

Tina, The Italian Greyhound/Terrier/Whippet/Mix Rescue From Social Tees (He Said, Part 2)

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“We just never saw ourselves owning a dog in Manhattan.

It never occurred to us, because we came from the country in England.

My wife followed Social Tees on Instagram, and after seeing some of the dogs on their site, we decided to try and become foster care givers.

They post  photographs on Instagram of all the dogs that need to be need fostered and people click on the image of the puppy/dog that they are interested in fostering.”

 

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, that filled a void (she said, part 4)

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“She engaged with us right away.

She got into our laps and wanted to play.

We put in an application for her then and there.

She had a lot of applications.

We checked in with the people at Animal Haven to the point of being annoying, but our persistence paid off.

We’ve had her since August.”

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, that filled a void (she said, part 2)

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” My family is retired from the military.

Being in the military, we brought Schuler and Winner everywhere we went.

Dogs are family to us, and leaving them behind was never an option.

After Winnie went back to Michigan, it was my first time being dog-less., and it felt like there was a huge hole in my life.

I started looking at rescue sites, and it seemed like there were so many in the city.

I knew I wanted to adopt a dog.”

 

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, That Filled a Void (she said, part 1)

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“I’ve had dogs all my life and right now my family dogs are aging.

Our oldest dog, Schuler, who was a rescue Black Labrador and lived to be eighteen years old just died about six months ago.

I just moved to NYC, and  brought one of our other family dogs, Winnie, a Golden Retriever with me.

She is thirteen years old right now, and was just diagnosed with a slow progressing Leukemia.

The city was hard on her and she kept getting infections, so she ended up going back to Michigan to live with my retired parents.”