shelter dogs

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 3)

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“He had crazy looking ears and a great soul.

I got him on June 1st, and I call that summer, my summer of Zimmy, because I was off from work and spent every day with him.

We went to the beach, hiked mountains or had some sort of daily adventure.

When I got him, he was about a year old.

He has been the love of my life for the past nine years.”

Leo, the Lionhearted, Miracle Terrier Rescue (part 3)

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“One of the rescuers said, the puppies had hearts of lions, so we called him Leo (the lionhearted).

One of the reasons for getting Leo was so that he could be a companion for my mother.

She is 83 and has early stages of dementia.  Her Doctor recommended getting another dog to help keep her focused and social.

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.”

Leo, the Lionhearted, Miracle Terrier Rescue (part 2)

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“I filled out an application for him on the Friday before Mother’s Day and that Sunday, I got a call to go to Unleashed on Columbus Avenue to meet with him.

He and his brother were both available.

I had filled out the application for Leo, so I met with him, and after the apartment inspection he was ours.

I found out that his mom and two other dogs were surrendered to a shelter and immediately spayed and neutered, without knowing that one of the dogs was pregnant.

After opening her up and discovering she was pregnant, they closed her up, unsure if the puppies would survive, but they did.

Leo is a miracle baby.”

Charlie, the doodle rescue from China (part 1)

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“Our daughters were begging and pleading to get a dog but this was our third move in six years.

We moved from New York, to London, to Hong Kong, so we were worried about getting a dog with our nomadic lifestyle.

My husband said, he would think about getting a dog if our daughters did research on the responsibilities of having a dog.

Our older daughter began volunteering at the SPCA near where we lived in Hong Kong.

Our younger daughter read every single book at the library on dogs.

She became an expert on how to take care of all the different breeds.

During our daughters’ time at the SPCA, we kept looking at the dogs on their website and one day there was this adorable looking dog.”

Princess, the Pit Bull, Labrador Retriever therapy dog (part 2)

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“I got Princess and started training her for my mother.

In December of 2013, after having Princess only four days, my mother passed away.

I kept Princess and moved back east in April or May of 2014.

It was really hard at first when I moved to NYC.

My landlord said I couldn’t keep her, so I had to get a medical note saying that she had become my service dog to deal with the trauma from my mother’s passing.

We were separated for two years during this process.”

Flora, the herding mix, (part Jack Russell, part Herding Cattle Dog) (she said, part 2)

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“Flora had every imaginable health problem.

She had worms, ear mites, fleas and anything else you can imagine.

Getting her was an expensive proposition, but Flora

is part of the family and we are all very attached.

We have had her for nine years.

She is a high maintenance dog.

She needs a lot of exercise and is very excitable.

When we have people over, it’s hard to get her to settle down.

She is also a hunter.

Once she got a bird in the dog park, which I couldn’t believe.

She was stalking it and before I could intervene she caught it.”

 

 

Lola, the Corgi, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd mix he said, part 2)

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“One of the difficulties I’ve been dealing with since getting Lola, is my ongoing divorce from my children’s mother.

It can be therapeutic to get out in the park with my dog and see her play and recognize what’s important in life, instead of focus on negative things.

It’s hard to pinpoint one great moment since having Lola.

She loves my kids and they interact really well together.

In addition to playing with Lola, they also help with the walking responsibility.

The kids learned the hard way not to give her people food.”

 

Lola, The Corgi, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie mix (part 1, she said)

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“My boyfriend and I had been discussing getting a dog and I took his kids into a store at Columbus Circle to buy him a Father’s Day present.

While we were shopping, he found the North Shore Animal League Adoption Truck.

He called me and said, you need to come out here as soon as you’re done because I want to show you something.

That something was Lola.

We all walked into the truck and there was lots of encouragement from the kids to get a dog.

It was a fairly impulsive buy.

That was a year ago, Father’s Day.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 2)

“Before the dogs were transported up to New York the rescue group posted a video of Olive and her sister Katy.

When they got here, my son said, we should visit Olive first.

He had a gut feeling.

We visited her and her foster family in Brooklyn and that was it.

She was three or four months old and was so friendly that we said, we’ve got to get this dog.

She is a year now.

The hardest thing for me was house training her.

It takes patience.

I thought it would take a couple of weeks, but it took a few months.

She pee’d on the rug for a few months.

We had to learn her body rhythms.

It finally paid off.”

Olive, the Bassett Hound, Staffordshire Terrier mix (part 3)

“We go upstate for the weekends and watching her run free and explore and swim is a joy.

The family spends more time outside since having Olive, and we talk to strangers on the street.

That can be good and bad.

One day in the cold rain in November, I was walking Olive and a stranger told me, you should die, for just being outside.

She thought I was abusing Olive, when I was just taking her outside to go to the bathroom.

At first I wondered if I was doing the wrong thing, but then I realized that I was simply being a responsible caring dog owner.

We were both in the cold rain.

It’s like having a kid; you close your eyes and just do it.”