puppy mill rescue

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 5)

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“The best thing is having them both together.

It’s rewarding watching them complement each other.  Nikki has made Winston more affectionate and Winston has made Nikki more playful.”

The worst thing is that we travel a lot and there is nothing worse than walking into an empty house.”

Nikki and Winston, The Pit Bull and Sheba-Enu Rescue Dogs (He Said, Part 3)

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“I had Nikki 2 years and she was queen bee of the house and then the dynamic of the house changed.

I met my girlfriend and Nikki fell in love with her, then I fell in love with her.

And then we got Winston, a Sheba-Enu and the family unit became complete (for now).

Winston was an impulse love at first sight dog.  And then he turned out to be a huge pain in the ass.”

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 4)

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“He felt a connection to Riley.

She was happy and playful.

We adopted her eight months ago.

She has sever separation anxiety.

We have worked with trainers and medications and nothing has helped.

It hasn’t been like anything we have ever experienced before.”

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 3)

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“Riley was the most social in the group of puppies.

She is very different from our last beagle; she just loves being around other dogs, but is afraid of people.

Our last dog loved people, but not other dogs.

Riley is a tri-color and our last dog was a lemon beagle, pale in color.

My husband actually made the decision to adopt Riley.”

 

 

 

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 2)

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“My husband and I decided to  rescue one of the dogs.

We wanted to sleep on it, but decided to go out to Long Beach, Long Island where the shelter was located, to meet and spend some time with the rescue beagle puppies.

We wanted a dog that was social and playful.

She was the opposite of our last beagle.”

Riley, the Rescue Beagle Puppy With Separation Anxiety (Part 1)

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“We had a beagle who was 11 years old and he passed away from cancer, so we adopted Riley from a rescue group called, Posh Pets.

We met her at an adoptapalooza event in Union Square, NYC.

We were looking, just to be around dogs, but not sure we were ready to adopt a dog.

We went into the adoption truck filled with puppies and dogs and got emotional.”

Penny & Parker, the Pomeranians (part 2, she said)

“We got Penny from a pet store and she ended up costing us thousands of dollars in veterinary fees because she was so sick.  She had bad knees and all sorts of medical issues. Her knees cost $5,000.00.

I am grateful we had pet insurance, Petplan, they paid for everything.

Eventually, we decided Penny would be happier with another dog to play with.  We felt it would take some of the pressure off of us to constantly entertain her.

And it did.

She was happy then, but she’s happier now.”

Nikki & Winston (she said, part 3)

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“The best moments have been seeing them get close and become best friends.

Nikki is a different dog since getting Winston.  She is more nurturing and social.

Winston is a friendly Shiba She has taught Nikki to play with and trust other dogs.

Winston was a difficult puppy because he couldn’t go outside for months due to his pneumonia.  He wasn’t well enough to get his shots.

He was a vengeful puppy.  He would look us in the eyes and pee on the floor in front of us.

They get into the trash together.

They are partners.

We love them and they are our fur-babies.”

Nikki & Winston (she said part 2)

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“We weren’t planning on buying another dog for a myriad of reasons.

We already had a dog, we were living in a temporary space and we don’t support puppy mills.  Also, we hadn’t been together long.

We knew nothing about Winston’s breed (Shiba Inu) but the moment I made eye contact with him it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.  I can’t find the words to describe the feelings, except that I felt like I’d met a soulmate.

Getting Winston from a pet store also shifted my point of view about dog buying.

Prior to Winston, I had been staunchly anti-buying from a pet shop, but I realized that once a dog leaves a puppy mill it still needs a home.

It’s a big decision.

Also, Winston was dying of pneumonia when we got him.  The vet said he was 2 days away from death.

I still recommend adopting before shopping, but I learned a lot about puppy mills, pet stores and when you meet a dog that is meant to be yours, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.”

Bodie, the great rescue from Mississippi(he said, part 1)

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“My other half wanted a dog desperately and I said it isn’t the right time, and he said, It’s never going to be the right time.

I conceded.

We got on Petfinder one Sunday morning as an exercise because we were just beginning the search.  We have two shelter cats and getting them was like an act of congress, so we thought it was going to take a long time.

We started the application process and filled out our first application, in which I realized Mike, my other half and I were talking about two different dogs.  I said, it’s a 10 week old puppy in Mississippi and we’re never going to get him.  Well, two hours later they called and said, he’s yours.

I was mad because I didn’t want that dog.

I asked the woman on the phone how this happened so fast.  She said she just googled me and saw the trailer to my last movie.  She said, anyone who made that movie, has to have a heart, so we fast tracked it.

When I got off the phone with her, I said to Mike, that’s our dog.

We’ve never looked back.”