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Twiggy, the Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix Rescue (part 5)

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“I am lucky to have such understanding neighbors.

I received a note under my door the first time I left her alone saying, your dog has been barking and crying the entire time you were gone. It was so sad, the next time you leave, please just drop her off with us.

We leave her with the family next door, but I don’t want to take advantage of them.

I have been considering bark busters, but am trying to leave her alone for short intervals of time and build up to longer periods.

Twiggy has become the emphasis of our lives.

We are devoted to her and she is semi-devoted to us.”

 

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, That Filled a Void (she said, part 1)

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“I’ve had dogs all my life and right now my family dogs are aging.

Our oldest dog, Schuler, who was a rescue Black Labrador and lived to be eighteen years old just died about six months ago.

I just moved to NYC, and  brought one of our other family dogs, Winnie, a Golden Retriever with me.

She is thirteen years old right now, and was just diagnosed with a slow progressing Leukemia.

The city was hard on her and she kept getting infections, so she ended up going back to Michigan to live with my retired parents.”

Otto, the Strong Willed Miniature Long Haired Dachshund Puppy (she said, part 2)

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“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.

I read about what to ask breeders.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 3)

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“Having Koda is like having a kid together.

He adjusted pretty well after my dog died.

We treated him like he’s a member of the family.

He is never without us.

He travels with us, wherever we go.

The best of times with Koda, is when I am in NYC because walking around with him encourages me to explore areas I wouldn’t otherwise see.”

Bailey, the Staffordshire Terrier, Chow Chow, Boxer and Labrador Retriever Rescue Mix (she said, part 1)

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“I’ve always volunteered for different animal organizations.

Guiding eyes for the blind was one, and more recently, Bad Ass Brooklyn Rescue.

Working with the rescue animals inspired me to adopt a rescue dog.

I followed a number of rescue organizations on Instagram and saw an image of Bailey on See Spot Rescued, and I fell in love with her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiwi, the Chipoo (chihuahua/poodle) rescue mix, (he said, part 4)

IMG_1998“I’ve been working with Kiwi to build trust  for four and a half months and it seems to be paying off, though she still tries to claim my spot on the bed.

We are currently working on that.

I will occasionally have to wear an oven mitt so her bite doesn’t hurt.

When she bites, I send her off to her crate with a treat.

Since she is a rescue dog, we don’t know if she had some traumatic experience or not.”

Willow, the rottweiler, boxer, beagle, chow chow, terrier mix rescue (part 1)

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“I thought it was time to get a dog.

The ability to travel with and include them on outdoor excursions made me want a dog over a cat.

I used to foster dogs for Social Tees the rescue group, but ended up getting Willow at the Sullivan County SPCA.

I had a ski rental last year nearby and found this SPCA online.”

Kai, the Three Legged Maltese/Chinese Crested Mix, Rescue (part 2)

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“I went through Rescue Dogs Rock, while living in Rockaway.

They offered me a Maltese/Chinese Crested mutt with three legs who was one and a half years old.

I took him.

When I saw his photograph, I fell in love with his face instantly.

I applied for him, filled out a long form, had a phone interview and then had a house visit.

I was approved.”

Kai, the Three Legged Maltese/Chinese Crested Mix, Rescue (part 1)

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“My late husband and I had a cat and the cat was his beloved cat.

We had agreed when the cat passed away, we would get a dog.

My husband died three years ago and the cat died last summer.

I went online in late June looking for a rescue dog.

I wanted an adult poodle.”

 

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 4)

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“The breeder said she was housebroken.

Maybe he just made a mistake.

She pee’d and pooped in the apartment right away.

I came upstairs and said, it smells strange, and promptly stepped in dog poop.

Realizing she wasn’t housebroken, we put her in a crate in the kitchen, but she howled constantly, until we moved her crate to our bedroom.”