#happydog

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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We wanted to know that with our work schedules that we could hire a dog walker and get him enough exercise.

There are always reasons not to, but in the end we decided to go for it.

Our hearts trumped our rational thought.

We always liked Dachshunds.

We joked about having one because they are funny and sweet.

I did a lot of research, as to avoid a puppy mill.”

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 1)

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“I didn’t question why to get a dog, I wondered what was stopping me from getting a dog.

My fiancé and I are from the U.K. and we wondered what would happen if we went back with a dog.

Luckily there is no more quarantine, if you get your dog the right vaccinations.

Also, I thought about living in a small space, and giving our dog a good quality of life.

LILY, THE BLACK LABRADOR WHO WAS MEANT TO BE A HUNTING DOG (PART 4)

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“I have made friends through my walks with Lily that are now part of my social life.

Lily was there when I met my current wife and was so jealous of her that she used to eat her undergarments.

It took about six months for Lily to come around, but now they are best friends.

Lily gets upset when my wife is not around, and waits in the hallway for her to come home.

Lily has changed how I live my life.”

LILY, THE BLACK LABRADOR WHO WAS MEANT TO BE A HUNTING DOG (PART 3)

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“When I first got Lily, I was going through a divorce and she was a constant source of joy and playfulness, which was wonderful.

She required a lot of attention, which was a great diversion from the divorce.

She was great about getting me a whole new social network and seeing parts of the city I had never been to before having her.”

LILY, THE BLACK LABRADOR WHO WAS MEANT TO BE A HUNTING DOG (PART 2)

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“I told him I would take her hunting.

Of course I had never been hunting before.

Cut to six months later, my father and I had our Elmer Fudd hats on, following Lily around with hunting guns.

That day, the birds and other animals were safe, that’s for sure.

Several years later, I can now say, Lily is a good hunter.”

LILY, THE BLACK LABRADOR WHO WAS MEANT TO BE A HUNTING DOG (PART 1)

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“We’ve always had a dog in our house and I realized I am not as happy without a dog as I am with one.

I had a friend who was always raving about his dog and I asked him who his breeder was.

Lily’s breeder is a hunting breeder.

The breeder gave me a big lecture about how she wouldn’t be happy if she wasn’t hunting.”

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 5)

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“A dog is truly man’s best friend.

We go everywhere together.

I really believe that he has enhanced my relationship with my boyfriend.

He has given something of a common bond to our relationship.

He has given us something we can both care about.”

MURPHY, THE BLUETICK COONHOUND/BORDER COLLIE MIX RESCUE FROM A KILL SHELTER (PART 1)

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“I had been looking for a dog for about six months with various rescue groups.

I tried fostering, but hadn’t found the right fit.

Then I started talking  with a rescue group called Social Tee’s.

They specialize in rescuing dogs from high kill shelters.

They had a large adoption event in Chelsea, in December.”