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Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 1, he said)

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“My girlfriend wanted to get a dog and I was just supportive of that.

I wasn’t 100% sure of whether we were settled enough in the apartment, but I left the decision making to her.

She chose the breed, the breeder, and Anchoas.

Honestly, I am out of town a lot for work, so I knew she would be more of the caretaker than I would be.

I also feel like I can fall in love with any dog.”

Malteser, the small dog that brings great comfort (part 2)

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“August of 2014, right after I came back from living in London for ten years, a huge glass door fell on my head.  I was rushed to the hospital.  I had stitches and a severe concussion. I suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury and have been to at least 8 Dr.’s in the past year and a half.

Malteser has brought me great comfort.

After the accident I suffered from depression, anxiety fatigue and a lot of cognitive glitches.

I went to a restaurant recently with a friend and asked if the burgers were good there and my friend reminded me we ate there 2 weeks ago and I liked the burger very much.

Malteser has been turned into a service dog (for emotional support) and I am able to take her with me everywhere I go.

Malti has changed my life in every way.  Her unconditional love is something that is always there, whether I am going through good or bad times.

She is the emotional heart of our home.”

Bucky La Fontaine and Dolly, loving siblings

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“I’ve always had Yorkshire Terriers.

Audrey Hepburn was my inspiration and she had Yorkshires.

Years ago in my career I worked with Audrey. She wore some of my fashion designs.

When my last Yorkie, Master Timmy (he was named for his great grandfather) passed away, I was very sad.

About six months later, I was working with Bide-A-Wee and I attended their annual fundraising gala.

They brought a few rescue dogs to the event. I was introduced to Dolly (the wire-haired).  She was adorable and kissed me right away. It was love at first sight.

The time was right for me to get a dog.

Her brother (same mother, but different father), Bucky la Fontaine, was in the neighboring crate at Bide-A-Wee. He was very sick, and the vet didn’t think he would survive.

We brought Dolly home and she came down with the same virus so we had to bring her back to the the animal hospital at Bide-A-Wee. We saw Bucky again, and got to see how much he and Dolly had already bonded, trying to play together through their crates, while recovering.  I couldn’t leave Bucky there, so after they were well enough, we brought both of them home.

Embracing rescue animals has been pure joy and love.

Going to the dog park and meeting other owners and their dogs has been magical. I don’t go to make work connections, but I do make personal and dog connections.

It’s a gift to have dogs in NYC and bring them to a place where they can run and play.”