parenting

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 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.”

Allie, the beagle mix (part 3)

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“I feel a purpose for something other than myself.

The best experience with Allie has been the team work between my husband and me as parents.

I adopted my last dog as an adult so I was single when I got Monty.

Having Allie before kids has been a great trial run for us as parents-to-be.

My husband and I have similar temperaments, and Allie has taught of us that no matter what is going on in our lives, when we come home to her, she is our family and that is the most important priority in our lives.

It’s about loving each other and being loved as a family.”

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 4)

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“our entire lives revolve around Tucker.

It’s like being a parent.

I am excited to see how Tucker reacts when we expand our family and have a child.

I think he will drive the kid crazy.

I also think he will be a great friend and protector.”

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 3)

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“I called him and after much arguing he finally paid half the bill.

It wasn’t really about the money, but about taking responsibility.

I would never want any dog owner to suffer the way we did.

I don’t know if I can think of a happiest moment, because there are so many.

When Tucker saw snow for the first time he ran around in circles,  buried his nose and  was in ecstasy.

He also loves the beach;  he loves to bury his face in the sand.”

 

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 2)

 

“That was 3 years ago November.

Unfortunately, a very bad thing happened was Tucker was 6 months old.

He had’t been neutered yet and we were just walking on a Sunday night and he was attacked by an unneutered adult pit bull.

The pit had Tucker’s head in his mouth and he was bitten on his ear and jaw bone.

I rushed him to Blue Pearl (the animal hospital), it was only 1 block away.

We were lucky that the injuries weren’t as severe as they could have been.

A lot of people in the neighborhood  had heard about the incident and one of my neighbors found the owner of the pit and demanded his pone number.”

Tucker, the Frenchie that chose his family (part 1)

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“My partner and I would go to pet stores just to browse, with no intention of shopping.     We saw and played with different dogs.

My partner didn’t really want a dog until he met Tucker.

I held Tucker for a few minutes and then my partner held him.

A little girl and her mother came into the shop and asked if they could him.  My partner turned to hand him off to the little girl, but Tucker curled into him, refusing to leave his arms.

The mother said, it looks like he knows who daddy is, and that was it.

That’s when he became Tucker.”

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.”

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.

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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.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 2)

“I told my wife we were driving to Rhode Island to pick up a check for my business.

As we were pulling into Charlie’s foster family’s driveway, I told her we were about to meet a puppy for adoption if we liked him.

She was surprised and happy.

Charlie was only 6 weeks old and we couldn’t bring  him home with us until he was twelve weeks, but we decided he was going to be our family dog.

He had a great smile, high energy and he was warm and friendly.

The funniest part is, that when he was ready to be picked up, I had to go out of town for a bachelor party so my wife drove up and got him by herself.  She spent the first weekend alone with Charlie in a 4 story walk up house in Boston.

He was too small to walk up the stairs so she carried him up and down the stairs by herself.”