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JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 5, HE SAID)

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“One of the best times since having Jarvis was when he was a tiny puppy and was so small and carefree.

He had a real innocence.

It took me out of the business of life.

He was a great distraction from the stress and pressures of daily life.

Also, on of the awesome things about Jarvis is that he was boron the day I proposed and my fiancé said, yes.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 2, HE SAID)

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“We initially planned to get a dog after getting married, but we decided to get a dog after Balto died.

We were thinking about getting a Bernese Mountain Dog, but we found out that they have a short life expectancy and that they shed.

Then we found out that doodle breeds are great for non-shedding.

My fiancé suggested the golden doodle because of the no-shedding and they are mild mannered in terms of temperament.

We wanted to get a puppy to raise together.”

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog since I moved to the city.

My coworker had a friend who had a dog that she didn’t want to anymore.

Edie was destroying her house; eating her shoes and chewing the furniture.

I was willing to take a risk.

The original owner emailed photos.

I contacted her and asked to meet with Edie.

She drove into the city from Long Island and left Edie at my apartment for a few hours for a trial run.

It went really well.

I have 2 cats and that was my main concern.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 4)

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“I got a phone call at 10 p.m. saying he was a million times better and I could take him home  the next day.

$3200.00 later, he was perfectly fine.

In fact, he was trying to pick up trash to eat in the parking lot outside of the emergency vet practice.

My wife and I have become more outdoorsy since getting a dog.

We go to different beaches (that allow dogs).

We take him to Central Park, and spend a lot of time walking with him.

The responsibility of a dog is greater than you think, but it’s all worth it.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 3)

“I’ve always wanted to have 2 dogs; 1 called Charlie and the other called Dave.

FullSizeRender-50For right now we’ve got 1 dog, Charlie.

We took him to my parents house and he got into some fermented dough and he was lying on the ground seizing.

My father called me at work while Charlie was under the table, delirious.

I took him to the emergency vet at 3 p.m.

I remember carrying him while crying, and I signed a waiver saying they could do whatever  it took to save him.

They flushed his system with charcoal and fluids and wanted to keep him overnight.  When I went to see him and say goodbye he was still delirious.

They didn’t know if he would make it.”

Figaro, the true companion (Part 2)

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“My mother said she would leave me in the carriage outside the house with the dog attached and no-one bothered us.

The dog always protected me.

The hardest experiences with a dog is when they can no longer stay alive and they have to be put down.

Their lives are about being truly wonderful companions.

A very good friends said, dogs are replaceable, but humans are not.  You have to live beyond each dog, since we generally outlive our dogs.

Figaro, who is a purebred Golden is sick with cancer and is dying.”

Figaro, the true companion (part 1)

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“I’ve had dogs since I was 4 years old and I am 88 years old.

For me, it’s companionship an it makes me walk.

It’s a necessity for me to exercise.  I take a long walk in the morning and a long walk in the evening.

I find that having a dog is very relaxing.

They give you unfettered love.

All you have to do is feed, walk and pet them and they are happy.

The retriever only wants to please.

They obey everything you ask them to do without a question.

I have had between 15 an 20 Golden Retrievers.”

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 1)

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“I’ve always had a dog or multiple dogs and I recently relocated to New York, so I got a mini Golden doodle.  I hoped that he would adjust to city life easier than a big dog (needing less space and exercise).

I also wanted a buddy.

I should add that my daughter really wanted a dog and that weighed heavily in the decision making process.

I’ve had two other standard Golden doodle’s and I loved them.

They are incredibly loyal, fun and sweet.

He came from Kentucky, where my other two doodles came from.

I had him flown to New York and everything went smoothly.”

Wendy and her rescues (part 3)

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“Now I have Belle (an angel) and Macey (my soulmate).

After Gracie died, a vet tech asked me if I was looking for another dog.  She knew I was fond of Greyhounds, but said she had just rescued this little fox-like dog, who had been abandoned in the Bronx.

I said I would meet him.

They had shaved him, leaving a lion-like mane around his neck.  He had the most beautiful face I had ever seen.

I took him for the weekend as a trial, but didn’t even walk half a block before I knew not only would I keep him, but that he was my soulmate.

I wanted a companion for Macy and knew it was going to be a Greyhound.

They had ended the Greyhound rescue program at the AMC, so I found a rescue group in New Jersey.  I took Macy to meet his potential companion.

She was the smallest Greyhound I’d ever seen.  She weighed around 50 lbs .(the bigger Greyhounds can way up to 80).

If she were a woman, she would shop in the petite dept.

They got along from the beginning.  they don’t actively interact much, but occasionally I see Macy grooming Belle.

I feel their spirit.  Belle is not the old soul that Gracie was, but she’s sweet and without any malice.

Macy stares at me wherever I go, even if it’s just the bathroom.  He is connected to me all the time.

I don’t feel that I’ve had a human family, but my dogs are my family of choice.”

Sam, the dog that was meant to be with Marcia (part 1)

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“It’s really crazy.  I wanted a dog for 20 years, but job-wise I couldn’t take care of one.

I got laid off and was free-lancing from home.  I was daydreaming of having this imaginary dog.  He went with me wherever I went.

One afternoon I was walking with a friend in Central Park for exercise and I told her, you are going to think I’m a nutcase, but I’ve been having this imaginary dog.  We started laughing and 20 minutes later we came upon a woman sitting on a bench with a puppy that looked like a dandelion of puff.  He was just a little ball of fur.  My friend said, you should ask if you can pet him, so I did.  The next thing I knew I was holding him and petting him.

The woman said, he’s actually up for adoption.

The foster family that had him wasn’t a good fit for several reasons.  The biggest was that he had terrible separation anxiety.  When I picked him up from his foster home, the doorman told me they were gone of long periods of time and he would bark for 10 hours straight.

I had to break him of his separation anxiety.

I started to carry him around in a little chest pouch.  We were together 24/7.  I started the separation very slowly.  I made it into a game.  I would close the bathroom door and open it quickly.  I gave him positive reinforcement and a treat before he had time to get anxious.   I extended the time every day.  I always did it as play to make it less scary and build trust.

I wanted him to know I was always coming back.

The first time I left him alone it was for 4 hours and he cried.”