“While we were still in Tennessee, we saw a flyer for a lost dog with a picture of Smoky.

The vet said, absolutely, do not give him back.

When we brought him back he was still sick with infection from the prong collar that had been removed from his neck.

We had two other dogs at home back in Florida and weren’t sure if he would join the pack or they would welcome him–but they all got along well, right away.”



“I actually found Smoky in the Smoky Mountains.

He was walking at dusk on a road with a mountain on one side and a cliff on the other, so there was nowhere for him to walk but on the road.

I thought he was a dog who was lost, but he didn’t have any tags.

He had a pinch collar that had grown into his neck.”

Gracie, the Chihuahua and Boscoe, the Pit Bull Terrier, Rescues (part 3)


“Our vet wasn’t sure he could save Boscoe’s leg because the bullet was lodged in the elbow of his leg, making surgery difficult.

I found a specialist and he had surgery the next day.

That was two years ago and he is fully recovered and trots like a horse.

The second time I moved to Texas I bought a trailer park as an investment and there was a tenant who just let his dogs run amok on the property.

One of his friend’s chihuahua mated with a neighbors’ terrier and Gracie was one of the puppies.”


Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 7)


“Having Stella is something that bonds us together.

As a result of having her, we have more patience with one another and have created a stronger set of communication skills.

Stella has brought out a more nurturing side to my boyfriend and he truly loves her, which in turn adds an element to our relationship.

We spend a lot of time outdoors with Stella, whereas we might have just been indoors, doing our own thing before.

Sometimes when I am watching a beautiful sunset while walking Stella, I think to myself,  if not for her, I might not be seeing this right now.

She has taught us to be more observant of the world around us.”

Otto, the Strong Willed, Long Haired Miniature Dachshund (he said, part1)


“We originally had a cat and unfortunately she passed away.

We were thinking about getting a new pet and we decided to go for a dog, a sausage dog, specifically.

We’ve always loved them.

They are smart, intelligent and they look hilarious.

It’s a good mix.”

Bailey, the Staffordshire Terrier, Chow Chow, Boxer and Labrador Retriever Rescue Mix (she said, part 5)


“Going on these walks makes it able to see how pushing through her challenges has paid off.

Our walks are a mutual understanding of what we do in the morning and represent the respect we have for each other, as well as her accomplishments.

It’s a great way to spend the morning and we both love it.

Joy Rides is an amazing organization.

They transported Bailey and hundreds of thousands of other dogs from kill shelters in the south and bring them up north for adoption.”

Kiwi, the Chihapoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (she said, part 3)


“I was convinced from the first minute, when she hopped on my lap, that she would be mine.

It took a little convincing with some of my roommates, but by the week’s end, everyone approved.

It was difficult at first because she wanted to sleep with me, but my roommate didn’t want her in our bedroom, she was relegated to the living room.

She cried and scratched at the door, so I got a trainer and I practiced going in and out of the bedroom and not responding when she cried or scratched at the door.”

Maya, the future running buddy


“Maya is my first dog as an adult.

My fiancé and I have been wanting a dog for a few years.

We are probably going to have kids in a few years and would like our kids to grow up with a dog.

She came from a friend of my parents who live in Florida.  They had a Portuguese Water dog that had puppies, and Maya is one of them.

We like that Porty’s are hypoallergenic and don’t shed.

It’s only been two weeks since we’ve been able to take her outside–since she got all her shots.

She’s made us see a new side of New York culture.

She has made us morning people, which we were not before

I love having an excuse to go to the park.

In the 2 weeks we have been walking her, it seems like everyone has a dog.

You need a dog to keep your sanity.  It’s nice to have another companion.

She sleeps in a crate in our living room.

My fiancé loves her. She didn’t grow up with a dog, but she’s really taken to being a dog mom.  She takes Maya out more than I do.  It’s a big responsibility, but it’s great.  It forces one of us to get up and out, early.

I wanted to practice taking care of something before we become parents.

It’s funny, she always has to be near one of us, but she’s not a cuddler.  If we are on the couch, she is on the couch too, but at the other end.

We expect a lot of the more annoying puppy traits, like having to go out every 2 hours, and not knowing her commands yet, will disappear over time.

We are both looking forward to a running buddy and the eager excitement she exudes when we walk through the door.”