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Ginkgo, the soon to be world traveling mutt (part 1)

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“Ginkgo is mutt from the Kent Animal Shelter in Riverhead, Long Island.

I am going to circumnavigate on a sailboat and I will need protection, as well as a companion.

She will be more of an alert dog, than a protector.

I knew I needed a small dog because I will be on a small boat and Ginkgo was the only small dog at the shelter.

I’ve had her for four years.”

Luna, the rescue from Bide-A-Wee

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“I had a dog growing up and he was a similar looking dog to Luna–a Shepherd mix.

She’s a rescue from Bide-a-Wee on the east side.  I actually met her sister first, but she was less engaged.  Luna was sweeter, more playful and seemed to connect with people, and that’s what mattered to me.

I visited her several times before making the decision to take her home.  I brought my mother with me on the final visit and she loved her just the same as I did.

I work for myself now, so I have time during the day to spend with her.

We take cabs to different dog parks during the day on weekdays and weekends.  Her favorite dog park is Washington Square Dog Run.  She has made a lot of friends there.

I’ve only had Luna for a month, but she’s very sweet in the house.  She’s very affectionate.  She wants to be near me all the time.  She’s a puppy, so house training is challenging, especially because she spent four months peeing inside every day at a shelter.

I travel a lot for work, so when I’ve boarded her that breaks our routine. It’s not like starting over, but her housebreaking becomes inconsistent.

I think having her is a positive energy to have around.  I am a filmmaker and I spend a lot of time on my own doing research, writing and editing.  Luna is a great companion.

What makes her unique is her level of engaging with people.  She is all about making contact, whether it is with human or dog.”