pet care

Yoda, the Rescue Pug Who Needed Some Loving (part 7)

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” His energy level was through the roof.

I spent hours outside with him in the park, at the dog run and home playing with him to work off his energy, give him exercise and make sure he no longer felt abandoned.

10 months later, he’s more secure and his past is further and further behind, and so is his attention seeking behavior.

He knows he is well loved.”

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.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 5)

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“Since having Sam, the most difficult and yet comforting time, was when my boyfriend went to rehab.

I was on my own as a new dog mom and all the responsibility was mine.

As a full time student, I hired a dog walker (even though I work part time as a dog walker).

I needed help while I was at school.

At the same time, she was a great comfort to come home to.”

Stella, the Peaceful Puppy Hound Rescue From Palmetto Paws That Bonded A Couple (She Said, Part 6)

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“Stella can fix her own leash if it gets tangled.

She knows how to spin on command and she can jump and catch a ball on a fly.

When she was very little and we brought her home, I had just started a new job and was gone half the day.

It took a toll on my relationship with my boyfriend, who had never owned a pet before, and wasn’t sure he wanted a dog, let alone a puppy, but was supporting my decision and desire.

All of a sudden he became Stella’s major care giver and it wasn’t a job he was used to.

I changed some things around in my schedule and took on more responsibility.

Over time, Stella won over boyfriend’s heart.”

Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 1)

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“I met a therapy dog at the Meet the Breeds Dog Show at the Javits Center, and she was an Irish Terrier.

She was so lovely and different from other dogs I had seen.

The Irish Terriers have a bit of a different look.

They have a beard, are scruffy, yet elegant and a perfect size.

I started doing a lot of research online.

The breed club has a matchmaker.

She spoke with me on the phone and made a match.”

Babka, the Jack Russell/Rat Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue Mix (part 4)

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“After taking her to the vet because she had a skin issue–mange,¬†we were told we needed to put her on a diet and give her a lot of exercise to slim her down.

We walked her five miles a day.

It worked and she lost a lot of weight after only two months.

She also had a growth spurt and that took care of the rest of the unwanted fat.”

 

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog and my boyfriend decided it was the right time.

We moved into a dog friendly apartment and we had job security.

We were dog walking and dog sitting and met a particular breed, (a Cavanese) and we fell in love.

We wanted to get a rescue but I have severe allergies.

We wanted a dog that didn’t shed and didn’t bark, but couldn’t find a dog with that criteria in the rescue world.

We asked someone with a Cavanese where she got her dog and then we contacted the breeder.

The timing was just right because that breeder just had a litter.

We went to Pennsylvania and picked out Penny.

She was the only puppy that came up to our lap and fell asleep.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said part 2)

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“I looked at a few puppies at a pet shop and noticed a Bijon Shitzu mix that was on sale because it had been at the store for a long time.

He was four months old, so his cost was reduced.

Sammy was friendly, hypoallergenic and it seemed right.

i surprised both my daughters and they were very excited.

I set up a gated area in the living room with his crate and toys.

We had problems right off the bat because he pooped everywhere, including his crate and gated area.

I tried walking him constantly, but my wife and I weren’t ready to handle a puppy.”

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.”

Ziggy, the dog who spreads joy wherever he goes (mom part 3)

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“He’s so smart that he remembers the streets and is slowly becoming less frightened.

He’s never had an issue with people or dogs– it’s more like trucks or buses.

I have expectations.

I want humor, affection and to meet other dog people.

Having a dog is a constant source of comfort.

It keeps you sane and grounded when you care for an animal.

It takes you out of your own head.

One thing all my dogs have given me is:  unconditional love.

It’s hard when they die, but it’s harder to be without a dog.”