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Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 8)

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“We met neighbors we never spoke with before and our children now know every dog on the block.

Scout taught me to take life a little less seriously.

I appreciate the simplicity of play.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 5)

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“Scout has been a great distraction for the family side our oldest child went off to college.

Everyone misses her, but Scout is like a new family member as well as a new responsibility.

She needs a watchful eye because she is a puppy.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 2)

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“My son wanted a bigger dog.

We had a Bijon Frise before Scout who wasn’t friendly, but I grew up with a Labrador Retriever and knew their good temperament.

Half of my family is allergic to dogs, which is why we had a Bijon.

We decided to give the Labrador a chance with restricted access around the apartment.

She doesn’t go in any of the bedrooms.”

Samantha, the Pit Bull Terrier/Shitzu mix rescue, who was a very sick puppy (part 6)

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“Samantha is so full of love that she zoomed around the apartment when I came home from school and then sat on my lap for most of the evening.

Technically, Samantha is my boyfriend’s dog as well as mine, but I am protective of her and have made it known to him that she is really mine.

I am the one who struggled with her while he was away while I was in school 12 hours a day.”

Jojo, the Beloved French Bulldog, Shared by Two People (part 5)

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“Jojo is like a service or therapy dog.

He came with me to the Dr. for my annual physical and when the Dr. tested my knee reflexes with a medical hammer, Jojo started growling at him, thinking I was in danger.

he would protect me at any and all costs.

As a single person, getting outside my own head and taking care of another being fulfill my life.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 5)

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“Leroy becomes even more affectionate when we are upset.

Usually, he gives affection on his terms, but when he senses a change in our mood or behavior he is very responsive.

He worries about us.

He adds to the happiness in our house.

It’s full of love.

No matter what is going on, I want to come home and see him.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 4)

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“We’ve had a lot of losses.

Their have been deaths in our families, and friends, too.

Leroy has been there for us.

He gives us snuggles and love and I really believe he knows when we are sad or sick.

He instantly calms down and curls up on our lap or chest.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 3)

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“A month or so later she contacted us and sent us a photo of a puppy.

We knew that we had to have him and that his name had to be Leroy.

She asked if we wanted him and 10 weeks later we brought him home.

Since having Leroy,it’s been a rough year.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 2)

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“Once I felt sure that they were good breeders, I sent them an email and she told us that she would let us know when she had a puppy that would meet our needs.

We were looking for a specific size and temperament.

We decided that we wanted to train our future dog to be a therapy dog.

We want to volunteer with kids and wanted the right dog for the job.”

Ellie (short for elephant), the French Bulldog that is an entertaining clown, and great comfort (part 5)

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“Time is malleable in your head but seeing something tangible, like the growth and aging of a dog helps to serve as a point of reference.

Sometimes my sister’s passing feels like yesterday, and other times it seems like a long time ago.

Ellie helps me focus on the time at hand.

She is pretty much my dog, so she is my job.

I would recommend people who are going through something emotional, like a drastic change in their life to get a dog.”