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SMOKY, THE GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS (PART 5)

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“I feel that any time I’ve had struggles in my life, my dogs have all been there for me.

They give unconditional love.

If you’re having a bad day, they don’t care.

As long as I love on Smoky, the love is always there.

A dog’s love is always there.”

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.”

 

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 3)

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“While we were still in Tennessee, we saw a flyer for a lost dog with a picture of Smoky.

The vet said, absolutely, do not give him back.

When we brought him back he was still sick with infection from the prong collar that had been removed from his neck.

We had two other dogs at home back in Florida and weren’t sure if he would join the pack or they would welcome him–but they all got along well, right away.”

SMOKY, THE SHEPHERD MIX RESCUE, FOUND WANDERING THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS (PART 1)

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“I actually found Smoky in the Smoky Mountains.

He was walking at dusk on a road with a mountain on one side and a cliff on the other, so there was nowhere for him to walk but on the road.

I thought he was a dog who was lost, but he didn’t have any tags.

He had a pinch collar that had grown into his neck.”

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.”

CHARLIE MEATBALL, THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK RESCUE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 4)

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“A woman had driven by him day after day and noticed that he was tied up, his body was fly bitten, emaciated and deteriorating.

One day she knocked on the owners’ door and asked if she could take him home with her.

They told her, take him.

He was transported to Denver, where we lived at the time, and saw him at the Petco adoption event.”

CHARLIE MEATBALL, THE RIDGEBACK MIX RESCUE, (SHE SAID, PART 1)

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” The first month my ex-boyfriend and I started dating, my fourteen year old black lab, Calvin, died.

He came with me when it was time to euthanize him.

That was definitely a bonding experience.

After 6 months of dating we moved in together and I insisted we get a dog.

He didn’t want a dog, so we put it off for a month.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 2)

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“As the end was getting closer, I gave in and agreed to pick up Diego.

I changed my mind because my sister found a home for her other 2 dogs, pugs.  My wife really wanted Diego, so I agreed to it.

I went up to Rochester before she went into hospice to say goodbye and I rented a car, got a crate and wanted to get out of there so quickly, that I got a speeding ticket.

Meanwhile, Diego didn’t know what was going on and started hyperventilating in the back.  I would stop along the way to walk him, but nothing helped.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (HE SAID PART 1)

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“It was my wife’s idea to get Diego.

My sister was very ill and before she went into hospice care, she asked us to adopt him.

My wife had fallen in love with him when we visited previously, so she wanted to adopt him when my sister asked.

At first I told my sister, no.

It was an expense we couldn’t afford and we had just lost our last dog, Winnie.”

DIEGO, AS IN DON DIEGO DE LA VEGA, AKA ZORRO (SHE SAID PART 4)

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“I had a sick dog that required care around the clock and a newly adopted scared cat.

It all worked out and Kookla, the cat and Diego, the dog love each other.  Kookla kisses Diego when he comes back from his walks.

When I see Diego running around and so happy, after having been so sick, I get tremendous joy.”