humanity

Gracie, the Chihuahua and Boscoe, the Pit Bull Terrier, Rescues (part 4)

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“She was infested with fleas and heart worm.

Someone who saw her littermate wandering the streets gave him to a friend.

She was a pound and half, sitting in my hand with bugs jumping off of her.

I took her to our vet right away where she had a flea bath and got pills for her heartworm.

I since sold the trailer park and took an $80,000 loss, so I call Gracie my $80,000 dog.”

Dipper, the Wheaton Terrier with nine lives (part 2)

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“I came home from medical school and in some sort of twisted way, having Dipper in this pitiful situation, took me out of the misery that I was experiencing in school.

I refocused on family and the things that made me happier before my med school misery.

Then of course, Dipper made a miraculous recovery.

He was able to put med school in perspective, and stick around afterwards.

Now is not a good time for me to get a dog, but I hope my parents choose to get another dog once Dipper is gone.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/Mini Australian Shepherd lifesaver (part 3)

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“The most joyous moment I can think of, was the first time I brought her home.

I realized that with Chewie, I am not alone; that we are going to go places together.

She acts as a service dog.

I clean houses and I bring her to work with me.

She picks an area in the apartment, out of the way and stays there the entire time I am working.

She trusts me, and knows that I will come and get her when I am done.

Chewie has changed my life in that I am able to cope with every day life better than before I got her.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/Aussie lifesaver (part 1)

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“I was lonely and felt that I didn’t have any life in me.

My psychiatrist told me to get a dog.

That was 7 years ago.

While I was on vacation I saw a Border Collie that I liked a lot and I thought, this is the kind of dog I want.

I went on the internet and searched and found a breeder in New Jersey.

I waited a few months for Chewie to be born, and then another few months to take him home.

We both felt like we belonged together from the moment I brought her home.”

Hero, Izumi, Mellons, the rescue family (part 5- he said)

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“One of the hardest times was when my job was getting out of control with the hours.

I would get up, go to work, come home and go directly to bed.

During that time, even when I was going straight to bed, I still had the comfort of the dogs between the time I went to bed and fell asleep.

My relationship with my girlfriend has always included the dogs.

They are so funny and expressive and bring a strong feeling of family to our relationship.

Having dogs has been a strong connector.

We have parental roles (I am more of a disciplinarian), but neither of us are very good at disciplining them.

They don’t need much correcting.

When I open the door and 3 dogs rush at me and want affection it’s pure joy.”

Hero, Izumi, Mellons, the rescue family (part 4 -he said)

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“I had dogs growing up so it’s easy to be involved with someone who has 3 dogs.

When I met my girlfriend, she had 1 dog, Hero.

She sent me a photo of Izzy at the adoption event.  I didn’t realize she was adopting Izzy until later that evening.

That was about a month before we moved in together.

I didn’t know what to think because Izzy was so sick, but when she got better it was great because Hero was happier.  She was never alone and was happy to have a companion.

Mellons is a mess, in that he is loud and has a way of flinging himself at everything.  He doesn’t jump on the couch, he throws himself on the couch.  Sometimes he makes it and other times he hits the side of the couch and lands on the floor.

Having 1 dog would be the hardest because it would be alone all the time, but with 3 dogs they always have each other.

It’s more expensive but the same amount of work.”

Hero, Izumi, Melons, a family of rescues (part 3- she said)

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“For me, as an animal rescuer, I lose dogs everyday because I work at a kill shelter.  It’s incredibly consuming.

Everyday I am so thankful for my for my own dogs, but everyday I feel that I am not doing enough because I am so focused on saving dogs (that are not mine).

At the end of a hard day my dogs make me feel better.

I love them more than myself.

I see them a million moments a day enjoying life and it’s hard because I think of all the dogs that aren’t as lucky.”

Hero, Izumi, Melons, a family of rescues (part 2 –she said)

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“I volunteer at the CACC (Care for Animal Control Center) and Melons was set to be euthanized.

He was almost 4 and had kennel cough.

I had him pulled from the euth list and agreed to foster him–that was 6 months ago.

I pretty much knew from the first day that I would keep him.

I didn’t make it official until I had him for 4 months.

I also volunteer with Best Friends Animal Society and they were having a pop up adoption event where I was working.

I saw that the CACC had an adoption van parked nearby and went out to say, hello.

One of the adoption counselors had Izzy in her lap.  She looked exactly like Hero and was incredibly sweet.

I finished working the Best Friend’s event and went home with Izzy.”

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.”