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JACK, THE SHEPHERD, ROTTWEILER, LABRADOR, GREAT DANE, CHOW, PIT BULL, SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG, TERRIER MIX SIDEKICK (PART 5)

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“Jack has taught me a lot about taking care of another being.

On stressful days, he’s what I look forward to when coming home.

A partner has to love him, in addition to loving me.

He’s part of the  package.”

JACK, THE SHEPHERD, ROTTWEILER, LABRADOR, GREAT DANE, CHOW, PIT BULL, SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG, TERRIER MIX SIDEKICK (PART 4)

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“He loves to hike, camp, and swim.

We moved back to the city after a year and he seemed to bounce right back.

He adjusts well wherever he is.

Having Jack has made me more open to talking to strangers and making connections.

I keep in touch with friends I made in Colorado and it’s been two years since we left.”

JACK, THE SHEPHERD, ROTTWEILER, LABRADOR, GREAT DANE, CHOW, PIT BULL, SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG, TERRIER MIX SIDEKICK (PART 3)

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“Jack was three to four months old when I got him.

It was an impulse decision, but it worked out because I lost my job a week after getting him home, so I got to spend quality time training him and helping him adjust to the city.

A month after he came to New York City, we moved to Colorado for a job.

He loved the mountains.”

JACK, THE SHEPHERD, ROTTWEILER, LABRADOR, GREAT DANE, CHOW, PIT BULL, SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG, TERRIER MIX SIDEKICK (PART 2)

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“I found his picture through a rescue group in Tennessee called Moonshine Dog Rescue.

If you committed to buying one of their dogs, they promised transporting the dog up east.

Once I committed to adopting Jack, another rescue group called Alpha dog Transport brought him from the scout, it a tractor trailer full of dogs from different rescue groups to a designated are off route 80 in New Jersey.”

LILY, THE BLACK LABRADOR WHO WAS MEANT TO BE A HUNTING DOG (PART 5)

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“It’s everything from the mundaneness of scheduling things, to the whole idea of having something you are responsible for.

I also love how much she gives back to me in regards to companionship and laughs.

Lily has a great sense of humor, and makes me laugh regularly.

She loves to roll around on the ground while seemingly smiling, and likes to steal things like socks, shoes and a loofa sponge.

She never destroys things, she just likes the game of taking them and having us chase her.

Coming home after work is pure joy because she is so happy and we like seeing each other.”

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.”

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 2)

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He brought Princess’s sisters, but they didn’t work out.

They didn’t want to walk and they were hard to train.

I tried to house break both of them, but neither would walk and I ended up dragging them.

I called up the original owner and asked him to take them back because it wasn’t working out.

He told me he had the runt of the litter and she was the last remaining puppy.

That was Princess.”