lonliness

Bruce, the Fearless French Bulldog (Part 3)

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“He likes to greet every dog as they enter the dog run.

It’s like he’s saying, welcome!

My boyfriend and I were long distance for three years and we are both performers and we moved to NYC together.

When his work took him out of town, I was lonely.

Bruce has totally been there for me.  I don’t have time to wallow in the loneliness anymore, because he deserves the most happy wonderful life.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 3)

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“I also, really liked the spot on the top of his head, which I later found out is a desirable trait.

It’s called the Blenheim Spot.

It took literally 24 hours to get him.

We left at 12:00 A.M. on Saturday by Greyhound and returned Sunday, at 1 A.M. by Amtrak.

Ancho was afraid of the crate at first, but after I took my sweatshirt off and put it in the crate, he nestled up and was right at home.

That’s when I knew that I made a good choice.

I am away from family, living in another state, and got a little lonely.

He is the steadfast companion in my life and one of the few constants.”

 

 

Stella, the Empathetic Border Collie (Part 4, She Said)

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Once I was driving I got lost.

My phone battery died and I had no GPS.

I had no way of getting in touch with my boyfriend.

I was frustrated and frightened.

Stella licked my tears away.

It was a simple moment, yet she made my anguish disappear.

I focused, instead of crying, and I found myself and where I needed to be.

It was magical.”

Bruce, the fearless French Bulldog (part 4)

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“Bruce really just changed my perspective on NYC.

He introduced me to a new community.

I love all the people in the dog park, but also, people on the street have been much nicer to me.

That has all made me less lonely.

I’ve had lots of dogs in my life, growing up in Missouri.

With Bruce, it’s different.

He’s 100% mine, and he needs me just as much as I need him.”

Bruce, the fearless French Bulldog (part 3)

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“He likes to greet every dog as they enter the dog run.

It’s like he’s saying, welcome!

My boyfriend and I were long distance for three years and we are both performers and we moved to NYC together.

When his work took him out of town, I was lonely.

Bruce has totally been there for me.  I don’t have time to wallow in the loneliness anymore, because he deserves the most happy wonderful life.”

Harry and Milly, the Papillon dogs that make the empty nest more bearable (part 3)

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“They are absolutely child replacements, although I try to treat them like dogs, not babies.

Getting them when my last daughter left home, made having an empty home more bearable.

There was no longer silence when I opened the front door.

I feel like I am never alone.

They will also never grow up, like my children did.

They will never leave home, or prefer to be with their friends.

Having the dogs has been a constant in our lives.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/mini Australian Shepherd, lifesaver (part 2)

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“Chewie helped me through a tough time.

I was depressed and she helped me get out of the house whether I wanted to or not.

Walking a dog 3 or 4 times a day gives me clarity.  It makes me feel like whatever is troubling me is going to be okay.

The routine gives me something to do, and my focus is on something other than myself.

Chewie knows when I am unhappy.

She gets very upset if I am crying, so I try not to cry in front of her.

If she feels that I am sad or upset, she won’t leave my side.”

Luna, the rescue from Bide-A-Wee

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“I had a dog growing up and he was a similar looking dog to Luna–a Shepherd mix.

She’s a rescue from Bide-a-Wee on the east side.  I actually met her sister first, but she was less engaged.  Luna was sweeter, more playful and seemed to connect with people, and that’s what mattered to me.

I visited her several times before making the decision to take her home.  I brought my mother with me on the final visit and she loved her just the same as I did.

I work for myself now, so I have time during the day to spend with her.

We take cabs to different dog parks during the day on weekdays and weekends.  Her favorite dog park is Washington Square Dog Run.  She has made a lot of friends there.

I’ve only had Luna for a month, but she’s very sweet in the house.  She’s very affectionate.  She wants to be near me all the time.  She’s a puppy, so house training is challenging, especially because she spent four months peeing inside every day at a shelter.

I travel a lot for work, so when I’ve boarded her that breaks our routine. It’s not like starting over, but her housebreaking becomes inconsistent.

I think having her is a positive energy to have around.  I am a filmmaker and I spend a lot of time on my own doing research, writing and editing.  Luna is a great companion.

What makes her unique is her level of engaging with people.  She is all about making contact, whether it is with human or dog.”

 

Buddy & Ozzie (part 2)

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“I spoke to the woman from the same rescue group, and they had a 7 year old pocket Beagle that was listed under the Urgent category. He was at a kill shelter and looked like he just needed somebody.  He was skinny, really scared and had fleas.  The rescue group said that he looked like he had been on his own for a while.

They drove him up to NYC from Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The I saw him, he was not what I expected.  He was full of energy and squirming around.

I didn’t know what beagles were like so I had no idea what energy they have.  I thought because he was a little bit older that he would be calm.  I tried to keep him contained in a pen and that didn’t work.

Once I put him on the patio while I was cleaning the floor and he broke through the plastic screen covering a window, so he made his own doggie door.

Buddy is more concerned with what I am doing and Ozzie is concerned with what Buddy is doing.

The only scare I had with Ozzie was when he ate chocolate pudding, but he was okay.

There was never any jealously between them.  They know their pecking order.”

Scout, the friendly dog

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“We adopted another dog who we had for six months but he was an older and insecure dog. He was too protective of me with both strangers and members of my family, so we had to give him back.

We have a friend who works in a shelter in Connecticut. She let us know that she had a litter of puppies that would be up for adoption.

So I went up with two of my three boys. Scout was the shyest, but kept jumping in our laps.  We wanted to make sure we didn’t have another aggressive dog, and Scout certainly was not that.

My older boys may go away to school soon and we wanted to make sure they had a relationship with him, so this was a good time to get a dog.

Peeing on the rug is the worst thing he’s done.

Puppy issues.

We have loved watching him become settled and bonding with our family.”