#petstory

NIKO, THE ALASKAN KLEE KAI (PART 1 SHE SAID)

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“My boyfriend and I grew up with dogs.

I grew up with Shepherds.

He grew up with smaller dogs, like cockapoos.

We both knew we wanted a dog, but were long distance for a year.

We argued about what kind of dog to get.”

LEO, THE LIONHEARTED, MIRACLE TERRIER RESCUE (PART 4)

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“My mother cooks for him, plays with him and even walks him.

Leo acts as a therapy dog as well as a companion.

My mother has a routine with him and it keeps her mind busy.

Leo is very social, he wants to play with every dog he sees, so she has been forced to be social as well.

All in all, Leo has been a help to our family.”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 1, HE SAID)

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“I’ve always loved dogs and I’ve always wanted a dog, and I had a change in my job situation.

I was going to be working from home, so I would have the ability to give time to taking care of a dog.

My girlfriend and I searched for rescue dogs online.

We knew we wanted a rescue.

My girlfriend wanted to get a dachshund, so we googled dachshund rescue and Pet finder showed us various dachshunds, including Penny (whose name wasn’t Penny at the time).”

PENNY, THE DACHSHUND MIX FROM RESCUE DOGS ROCK (PART 5, SHE SAID)

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“No matter what kind of day we are having, at the end of the day, our pack will go to sleep in our den.

We originally thought we would have a no dog on the furniture policy, but Penny obliterated that quickly.

Now we all snuggle together on the bed.

Her favorite spot is between our faces on the bed.

I like to say, she is the statement, we are the parentheses.

We are hoping to get her in the Good Dog Foundation.

They train dogs and handlers to go into hospitals and other care facilities to bring companionship and joy to people having a hard time.

Penny is great with kids, so we would like to focus on having her become a service dog for pediatrics.”

BABKA, THE JACK RUSSELL/RAT TERRIER/CHIHUAHUA RESCUE FROM BIDE-A-WEE (PART 1)

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“My husband always wanted a cat and I am allergic, so we agreed to get a dog.

I was not an animal person, before Babka.

We had just started looking and went to Bide-A-Wee Rescue.

Initially, we wanted a one year old dog.

We thought an older dog, (older than a puppy), would be easier for first time dog owners.

The other thing is I was afraid of a nipping puppy.”

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 4)

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Smoky took to our black lab and they were best friends for eight years until she died.

After that, Smoky bonded even more with our Malamute Shepherd mix who lived another year and a half.

It’s hard to say definitively the best or worst time since having Smoky, because he has always been there for me.”

 

BARCLEY, THE IRISH TERRIER THAT KEEPS LIFE LIGHT AND APPRECIATES THE LITTLE THINGS (PART 4)

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“On  a boring winter day Barclay keeps everything positive.

He keeps things light and entertains us.

I’ll never be without a dog again.

He appreciates the little things.

He appreciates a treat, a trip to the dog park, a road trip, an occasional nap on the bed.

He is a role model for gratitude.”

BARCLEY, THE IRISH TERRIER THAT KEEPS LIFE LIGHT AND APPRECIATES THE LITTLE THINGS (PART 2)

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“The breed club has a matchmaker.

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

The matchmaker asked tons of questions.

They are very protective of the breed.

She matched me to a man in Philly and a woman in New Hampshire.

We met the breeder in Philly before the puppies were born.

The mom-to-be was about to have an ultrasound the next day and he found out she was having fewer puppies than he originally thought.”

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.”

CHARLIE MEATBALL, THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK MIX RESCUE (SHE SAID, PART 6)

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“Charlie ended up having heart worm.

He was under exercise restriction and had to have daily shots in his front leg muscle for 6 months.

The best and worst time we’ve had with Charlie was after moving to NYC when we left him with my ex’s mom because we both had jobs, but didn’t have a place to live.

We couch surfed for two weeks until we found an apartment.

We were without Charlie for two months, until Christmas.

Coming back to NYC with Charlie was the happiest day of his life.

He and my ex are still extremely attached, but Charlie lives with me.

 

Ridgebacks are one dog owners, but this Rhodesian has two.”