humans and dogs

Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 4)

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“A week before Christmas his original owner left me a voice message saying, she finally recognized that it wasn’t fair for Yoda to be alone and not getting the attention or training he deserved.

She knew and trusted me enough to know that Yoda would be better off with my partner and me.

She dropped him at my apartment on Christmas Eve of 2017.

That was almost a year ago.”

Bailey, the Staffordshire Terrier, Chow Chow, Boxer and Labrador Retriever Rescue Mix (she said, part 3)

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“We took her home that day.

She is great in the city, but was originally saved from a kill shelter in Texas.

Bailey is the focal point of our family.

Everything we do revolves around her.

Now that we’ve had her for almost a year, she has settled into our daily routine.

My favorite think to do, is go for our early morning walk in Central Park, where she is off-leash.”

Ike, the Rescue Boxer, Chow, Collie, Labrador, Hound mix (part 2, she said)

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“Ike, along with his entire litter of siblings was rescued by a group called Social Tees.

The foster people were attached already, but couldn’t keep him.

They were working 10-12 hours a day.

They watch Ike when we go out of town, sometimes.

Ike has changed my life, as a stay at home mom with a tweenage daughter.

He has given me a new purpose.”

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog who is a true companion (part 2)

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“I came to NYC from London for work.

The airline lost Rocky at JFK for almost two hours.

People were trying to track him down, but no one seemed too interested.

They told me to go to building C, but no one even knew where building C was located.

I called the travel agent back in London (at 3 A.M. their time).

He kept apologizing but didn’t know anything about dog transport.

People say that dogs get separation anxiety, but I had separation anxiety.

Finally, someone at the airport checked for me and took me to building C, but it was a terrifying two hours.”

Lola, The Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie mix (part 1, she said)

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“My boyfriend and I had been discussing getting a dog and I took his kids into a store at Columbus Circle to buy him a Father’s Day present.

While we were shopping, he found the North Shore Animal League Adoption Truck.

He called me and said, you need to come out here as soon as you’re done because I want to show you something.

That something was Lola.

We all walked into the truck and there was lots of encouragement from the kids to get a dog.

It was a fairly impulsive buy.

That was a year ago, Father’s Day.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 2)

“Before the dogs were transported up to New York the rescue group posted a video of Olive and her sister Katy.

When they got here, my son said, we should visit Olive first.

He had a gut feeling.

We visited her and her foster family in Brooklyn and that was it.

She was three or four months old and was so friendly that we said, we’ve got to get this dog.

She is a year now.

The hardest thing for me was house training her.

It takes patience.

I thought it would take a couple of weeks, but it took a few months.

She pee’d on the rug for a few months.

We had to learn her body rhythms.

It finally paid off.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 3)

“We go upstate for the weekends and watching her run free and explore and swim is a joy.

The family spends more time outside since having Olive, and we talk to strangers on the street.

That can be good and bad.

One day in the cold rain in November, I was walking Olive and a stranger told me, you should die, for just being outside.

She thought I was abusing Olive, when I was just taking her outside to go to the bathroom.

At first I wondered if I was doing the wrong thing, but then I realized that I was simply being a responsible caring dog owner.

We were both in the cold rain.

It’s like having a kid; you close your eyes and just do it.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 1)

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“Everybody in my family likes dogs and we didn’t have one.

My seven year old really wanted a dog, so we started looking online for rescues.

We looked on Petfinder, but a friend who got her dogs through Unleashed, NY, recommended them.

We saw a puppy called Hugo, who the family liked.

He  was going to be brought up north from Virginia in the fall, when we wanted our dog.

We expressed interest in Hugo, but he died from Parvo.

He had two sisters in his litter and Olive was one of them.”

 

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.”

Dipper, the Wheaton Terrier with nine lives (part 1)

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“I was nine when my family got Dipper and I’ve spent my last 15 years with him.

We share a birthday.

It’s amazing growing up with a dog.

Simply put, dogs are so much fun.

I spent hours under the kitchen couch, petting and tickling Dipper.

One of the joys of having Dipper was watching him run in our backyard because he used to get these spontaneous  bursts of energy and run and run.

His energy was contagious and I played chase with him for hours.

The joint responsibility of owning Dipper brought my family closer together in that we shared the walking duties.  Learning the work that comes with having a dog helped my personal growth.

This past year was difficult.

I was in medical school and was miserable from  working day and night on material  I didn’t like.  Then I got a text from my mother, saying Dipper was doing terribly. He couldn’t control his bowels and he couldn’t stand up.

My mom thought he was going to die.”