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MABEL, THE JINDO,CAIRN TERRIER, CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM KOREA (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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When I held her, she rested her chin on my arm and I fell in love with her.

I asked myself for a split second, if I was ready and my husband said, she’s the one.

Now I see myself as her parent, and I am there for her, with whatever she needs.

My husband and I come together and we are a team for Mabel.

She has become our priority.

Having Mabel has taught me to think beyond myself, and I love being able to take care of her.

Giving her love and receiving unconditional love back has been a blessing.”

MABEL, THE JINDO,CAIRN TERRIER, CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM KOREA (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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“We started following Korean K9 Dog Rescue’s website and saw Mabel’s photograph four months later.

I looked at her picture every day for 11 days.

I found out there was an event happening in Long Island City.

We waited on line for over an hour and a half to meet her.

I looked for her, but she wasn’t in the center, playing with the other rambunctious puppies.

She was off in a corner, curled up in a little ball.

She was already a year old and was so calm.”

Mabel, The Jindo,Cairn Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue from Korea (He said, Part 5)

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“We worry about Mabel and try to make her happy as a team.

She gets really excited when my wife and I kiss each other.

She runs over to us with great joy, so sometimes we kiss just to call Mabel over to us.

She wants to be a part of us coming together.

It’s a beautiful thing.

It’s funny and amazing.”

Mabel, The Jindo,Cairn Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue from Korea (He said, Part 4)

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“Mabel has a toe infection and we couldn’t tell, but she was limping sporadically.

We went to the vet for her bordatella vaccine and asked the Dr. to take a look at her toe and found out that she had an infection and needed antibiotics as well as toe soaking and pain medication.

We are still learning as we go.

My wife and I are both career people.

We have been married for 15 years and have very busy lives, and occasionally find ourselves out of sinc– just in our everyday existence.

I think Mabel is a galvanizing force that brings us together.”

Mabel, The Jindo,Cairn Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue from Korea (He said, Part 3)

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“Honestly, it was scary, because we didn’t know what we were doing.

We learned by trial and error and reading the internet.

We became our veterinarian’s best customer.

You hear stories about new parents calling Dr.’s all the time, and it was basically the same thing.

She doesn’t eat regularly and we were so worried that we bought 10 different types of food.

We got her about five months ago and have come a long way, though we still worry that we are doing things right.”

Mabel, The Jindo,Cairn Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue from Korea (He said, Part 2)

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“Dogs that are not adopted in Korea are either euthanized or used for the meat trade.

We went to either three or four dog adoption events over a period of four months, and then my wife saw Mabel.

We applied for her to adopt her and took Mabel home that day.

They knew us because we kept coming back to their events.”

Mabel, The Jindo,Cairn Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue from Korea (He said, Part 1)

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“My wife is the one who wanted Mabel.

We are in a place where we are financially stable and wanted to share our home with someone or something.

We don’t have kids, yet.

We knew we wanted to get a rescue dog.

My wife and I are both Korean, so we looked into Korean Canine Rescue.”

Tina, the Beagle/Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix rescue from Social Tees (she said, part 4)

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“We agreed to sleep on it that night and see how we felt the next morning.

The first thing in the morning we contacted the shelter and asked if she could be ours.

We said, please don’t give her to anyone else.

We had to apply to be adoptive care givers.

We were approved by the end of the day.

I feel like Tina and I just found each other.

We were both newcomers to NYC.

She came from the Dominican Republic and I came from England.

It feels like we are taking on NYC together.”

Tina, the Beagle/Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix rescue from Social Tees (she said, part 3)

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“We had her for three weeks and then adopted her ourselves.

We fell in love with her and started calling her, our Tina.

As a foster care giver, you are required to take them to adoption events.

I took her and she met all these potential adopters.

I cried my eyes out.

I called my husband during lunch and asked if we could adopt her, ourselves.”

Tina, the Beagle/Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix rescue from Social Tees (she said, part 1)

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“My husband and I wanted a dog for years, but it’s never been the right time.

We originally fostered Tina, for Social Tees.

We thought we’d start off by fostering, before adopting.

I started following Social Tees on Instagram, and then my husband and I applied to be foster care givers.

We were approved straight away.”