#familydog

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 3)

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“Harry is shy with people, but more social with dogs and Milly is the opposite.

Milly likes to be the center of attention, so Harry gets less attention than he used to.

It only took a week for Harry to stop guarding his toys when I got Milly.

They bonded with each other in a matter of weeks, though they are each more

bonded to me than each other.

I think it’s not a coincidence that I got these dogs as I became an empty nester.”

KIWI, THE CHIPOO – CHIHUAHUA/POODLE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 5)

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“Since having Kiwi, we moved to New York, from Palo Alto and she provided great companionship throughout the move.

We weren’t as close to a dog park in California, so New York is great for her because she loves the dog park.

Having Kiwi has given me another creature to care for and my maternal instincts have kicked in.

The three of us make a nice little family.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 4)

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“We did a DNA test after three months and it turned out that she had no lab in her, whatsoever.

She is supposedly Terrier, Chow Chow, Greyhound, Chihuahua and Sharpei.

Vivi has helped the family bond together.

There is always something to talk about where she is concerned.”

 

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI, MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 3)

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“She hadn’t been transported to New York, yet.

I picked up Vivi from JFK airport three weeks later.

She was so scared that she didn’t pee for the first fifteen hours that we had her.

Over time we developed a routine with Vivi.

She was already housebroken, but was  terrified of street life; cars, street noises and the elevator.

It took about a month for her to acclimate to New York City and our lifestyle.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 2)

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“At that point we thought it would be ideal to get a Labrador Retriever mix, because labs are considered family friendly.

We didn’t find what we were looking for in a New York shelter, so we went to Pet Finder to expand our search.

We found a five month old Labrador mix at Stray From the Heart, a New York City rescue group.

I filled out the paper work, organized a home visit and it turned out that Vivi was still in Puerto Rico.”

VIVI, THE TERRIER, CHOW, GREYHOUND, CHIHUAHUA, SHARPEI MIX FROM PUERTO RICO (PART 1)

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“After living in New York City for two years, my family felt settled.

Our kids were six and eight at the time, and were begging us for a dog.

We started looking at rescue dogs.

We looked at the ASPCA first, and then the CACC, but we didn’t find an appropriate dog at either place.

We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy, between thirty and forty pounds because of apartment living.”

 

KODA, THE INTUITIVE GERMAN SHEPHERD (PART 4)

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PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 4)

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“My brother kept Princess in Coney Island for me.

I got to visit her anytime I wanted, so I was there every other day.

I waited until I got the paperwork so my landlord couldn’t make a legal complaint.

She’s been with my husband and me for three months and it’s been a Godsend.”

NIKO, THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (HE SAID, PART 1)

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“The timing was right for us to get a dog.

We both grew up with families that had dogs and we knew down the road we wanted a dog.

We each wanted a dog (individually), but it was never the right time.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 5, HE SAID)

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“It took six months to trust her off leash and be confident that she wouldn’t run off.

Penny has really come into her own.

She trusts us.  We have developed a great bond.

The best thing about having her is the joy she has brought to our lives.

I consider her a missing piece that made our family more complete.

I think the hardest part of having a dog is the time and commitment.

Penny requires a certain amount of time every day, so we sacrifice other things in order to take care of her.

Whether it’s work, exercise, or my social life, I am very happy to have the responsibility and live up to it.”