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Olive, the Basset Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 6, she said)

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“Olive was a perfect match for energy, activity level and temperament.

Our worst experience was when she ate a dark chocolate bar, which is toxic for dogs.

We rushed Olive to the vet, who said, he would do the best he could, but no guarantees.

We told our son, nine at the time, and he responded with big teardrops rolling down his cheeks, but said, every cloud has a silver lining, but I can’t possibly think of what it could be.

Luckily, Olive survived.

She is a member of our family.

When we go away without her, we feel like one of us is missing and the family is not complete.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier, and unknown mix, Rescue Dog (part 1, she said)

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“I grew up with a lot of pets– cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, and more.

I had a horse and we had a barn full of animals.

I had never really had a pet of my own.

Those were family animals.

My husband had a dog growing up.

Our nine year old son loves animals, too.

We knew we wanted a dog or a cat, but my son decided we should get a dog.”

Willow, the rottweiler, boxer, beagle, chow chow, terrier mix rescue (part 4)

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“Willow changed my personal travel schedule and now I spend a lot more time in NYC.

Before I got her, I worked in London and other cities, but I try to be home as much as possible.

Having her encourages me to have more stability in my life.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 5)

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“It can be fatal if not treated, or a dog doesn’t respond to steroids.

Zimmy was on steroids for an entire year.

That was seven years ago and he is still here.

I am a divorced middle aged guy and Zimmy has been my best friend.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 4)

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“About eight years ago both my sister and veterinarian noticed that Zimmy’s head shape was changing.

Instead of being round it was caved in looking.

We went to a dog neurologist and he was diagnosed with a rare German Shepherd disease, called Muscular Myelitis.

It wears away the muscle mass in the dog’s head.”

 

 

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 4, HE SAID)

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“My fiancé has been more accommodating by respecting my wishes and not letting Jarvis on the sofa.

Raising Jarvis together has made us a better team.

We make decisions together.

We have learned to trust each other’s opinions and are willing to accept the opinions of one another.

We are flexible with each other.

No one is ever completely wrong.”

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 3, HE SAID)

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“I thought raising a puppy together would be a good thing to do to learn about each other.

I’ve learned that my future wife does a lot of research in terms of solving problems.

My strength is the ability to be a good enforcer of rules, whereas she is a little easier on Jarvis.

For example, I don’t let Jarvis jump on people or furniture, and she is more lax about the furniture.”

 

 

JARVIS, THE GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPY THAT WAS BORN THE DAY WE GOT ENGAGED (PART 2, HE SAID)

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“We initially planned to get a dog after getting married, but we decided to get a dog after Balto died.

We were thinking about getting a Bernese Mountain Dog, but we found out that they have a short life expectancy and that they shed.

Then we found out that doodle breeds are great for non-shedding.

My fiancé suggested the golden doodle because of the no-shedding and they are mild mannered in terms of temperament.

We wanted to get a puppy to raise together.”

Teller, Ivy, and Zoe, the family of Bearded Collies (part 3)

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“They are two years old.

Teller was not happy at first.

It was a hard adjustment.

From early on, we knew we were not going to have three dogs on the bed.

Teller had the privilege of being the only one on the bed.

Two years later, we wake up with three dogs on the bed.

My husband has had serious health issues for the past 20 years.

He has had 18 surgeries on his back.

He also had a stroke right after we got Ivy and Zoe.

We looked at each other like we were insane because we had two puppies and a grown dog, and I didn’t have enough hands to take care of everything.”

Isabel, One of two Lab/Whippet Rescue Dogs From Tennessee (part 4, she said)

“I always have a good time with her.

Once in late October, I took her on a hiking trip with me and she had the time of her life.  She was fetching sticks down the trail, digging in the dirt and running until she was exhausted.  My boyfriend and I love to hike, so she is a great match.

She’s been a bonding experience; she’s our fur baby.  She makes us feel like are a family, not just a couple.”