happiness

Olive, the French Bulldog that wants to play 24/7 (part 2)

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“I say that it’s like living with a toddler.

She wants to play 24/7.

I started doing research into rescuing a Frenchie but I realized pretty quickly that the ones available to rescue usually had either health or behavioral issues.

I realized that I wasn’t the best owner for that situation.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 5)

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“It can be fatal if not treated, or a dog doesn’t respond to steroids.

Zimmy was on steroids for an entire year.

That was seven years ago and he is still here.

I am a divorced middle aged guy and Zimmy has been my best friend.”

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 4, HE SAID)

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“My fiancé has been more accommodating by respecting my wishes and not letting Jarvis on the sofa.

Raising Jarvis together has made us a better team.

We make decisions together.

We have learned to trust each other’s opinions and are willing to accept the opinions of one another.

We are flexible with each other.

No one is ever completely wrong.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 3, HE SAID)

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“I thought raising a puppy together would be a good thing to do to learn about each other.

I’ve learned that my future wife does a lot of research in terms of solving problems.

My strength is the ability to be a good enforcer of rules, whereas she is a little easier on Jarvis.

For example, I don’t let Jarvis jump on people or furniture, and she is more lax about the furniture.”

 

 

Ziggy, the dog that spreads joy wherever he goes (daughter part 2)

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“I remember when I was coming home from a trip outside the city because my depression was really bad and I hadn’t met Ziggy yet, because my mother had just gotten him.

I was panicked at the thought of returning to the city and facing my sadness.

I got off the plane and went straight to my mom’s apartment and I saw Ziggy in his crate and was filled with happiness.

Whatever I am going through with my depression doesn’t matter to Ziggy–no judgements.  There is no pressure, whereas a lot of my friends have a hard time.  They feel helpless and not sure of what to say or how to behave.

No matter how hard my day has been and how alone I feel, I know that I can see Ziggy and get unconditional love at the end of the day.”

Seymour, the well behaved Miniature Schnauzer (part 2)

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“We put a lot of time into training him and we can bring him anywhere.  We take him  shopping at Bloomingdales and we take him on the train to Long Island, and no-one  ever complains.

He’s a most friendly and affectionate dog and he is playful with other dogs when he comes to the dog run.

I think he really behaves appropriately.  He adjusts his behavior around children.  We have two nephews, with the eight year old, he plays more rambunctiously; but with the two year old, it’s almost like he monitors him.  He watches him toddle along and makes sure he doesn’t fall–it’s almost like he babysits him.

He’s done wonders for our lives.

We have learned more about ourselves by putting Seymour first.

It’s opened up a whole conversation about having kids.  Having Seymour has taught us to explore another, more nurturing side our personalities.”

Samson, the link that completed the family

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“I had dogs all my life. It was only when I moved to the city that I didn’t have  one. That was 8 years ago.

My 2 year old son was the inspiration to get Samson. I remember what it was like to be a kid and have a dog. I wanted my son to have what they call “man’s best friend” throughout his childhood.

My son is 2 and Sam is his buddy. He wakes up saying his name and he goes to bed saying his name.

The worst moment since having Samson was when I left my job of 10 years.  I went from spending time with people all the time, to being alone.

Being home with Samson makes me feel less lonely. He’s always around, following me from room to room.

Walking him pushes me out of the apartment to get fresh air and meet other people.

My husband was a cat lover and never had a dog. He was hesitant about getting a dog. He liked the independence of cats and was wasn’t sure about the responsibility, as well as the interaction between our son and the dog.

The first week of trying to build a relationship between my son and the dog we couldn’t find the dog.  We looked everywhere in the apartment and finally found him in the toddler bed, snuggling with our son.

Sampson has added another person to love.

I know this sounds very Jerry Maguire, but I really think Samson was the link that completed our family.”