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Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 3, he said)

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“We had more than one dog, so they were part of a pack and had each other, whereas Anchoas is alone.

My girlfriend and I are his pack.

My dogs growing up where raised by my family.

Anchoas is my first puppy as an adult.

Being on the road can be stressful, and my girlfriend loves sharing anything the puppy is doing, which is a nice reminder that I have something re-energizing to come home to.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 2, he said)

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“That has definitely happened with Ancho.

Growing up, I’ve had large dogs, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls and other big dogs.

I think the terms of endearment are a little different for a smaller dog.

It might just be appearance, but they are more dependent on you in that they need to be looked after.

As a puppy, he needs more attention than I have given to a dog that age.”

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.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 3)

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“I also, really liked the spot on the top of his head, which I later found out is a desirable trait.

It’s called the Blenheim Spot.

It took literally 24 hours to get him.

We left at 12:00 A.M. on Saturday by Greyhound and returned Sunday, at 1 A.M. by Amtrak.

Ancho was afraid of the crate at first, but after I took my sweatshirt off and put it in the crate, he nestled up and was right at home.

That’s when I knew that I made a good choice.

I am away from family, living in another state, and got a little lonely.

He is the steadfast companion in my life and one of the few constants.”

 

 

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (she said, part 2)

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“I looked up AKC breeders for dogs that bred 15 lbs. and under (that was in the lease rules), and found Anchoas’ breeder in upstate, New York.

We emailed back and forth over a few days and talked on the phone.

We scheduled a 10:00 A.M.  meeting.

He was part of a large litter, but was one of three boys left.

My boyfriend and I spent 20-30 minutes playing with each puppy, but Anchoas was a standout because he was bright and happy.”

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

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“I had just moved into the city and recently graduated college.

I got my first full time job, and was lucky enough to be working from home a few days a week.

My boyfriend only lives with part time, because every other month he is touring with his band, so it was a spur of the moment decision.

I decided I wanted a dog one weekend, and my lease allowed dogs.”

 

Sandra, Sandy for short (part 3)

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“Sandy is a fun dog to come home to.

She always wags her tail to greet me.  We have our moment together and then we usually go for a walk.

I don’t have children, but there are obvious parallels.

I have re-prioritized my life.  Sandy has made me a much better morning person.  We have  both learned to compromise.

If you give in to your dogs every request and desire that is not an ideal relationship– then you become the pet and she is the master.

We have an understanding.

Every bath comes with lots of treats.

The pros far outweigh the cons.”

Sandra, Sandy for short (part 1)

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“I was thinking to adopt in August of 2013 but I didn’t really know what I wanted.

I stopped in to a shelter just to see what the process was and they were taking Sandy for a walk, so we had a chance meeting.  I was with a friend and a roommate and we were all taken with her.

I didn’t know what I was looking for in a dog, but she was the right size (I think of her as the biggest small dog).

She has a ridiculously cute underbite, her legs turn out, she has one white paw and she was immediately warm towards us.”

 

Beau, the foster/hospice dog (part 2)

“I already had Oliver, who I adopted when I was in California.  Oliver was a rescue from a low kill shelter and I moved to New York soon after I got him.

I also have 3 cats.  With Oliver, 3 cats and Beau, it’s a full house.

When Beau came to my apartment he didn’t really interact with the others for the first few days.

After about 3 days he started coming into my room at night and sleeping in the dog bed.

It was about 6 weeks before beau’s personality started to show.  He got a big smile and had a spring in his step.  Going off leash in the park changed him.  He was so used to being around a lot of dogs that while in the park (with other dogs) he was in his element.

He was one of 2 thousand dogs in Korea that were going to be eaten.

He was lucky enough to be rescued because he was small and easy to transport.

They didn’t know about his heart condition.

We nicknamed him Chow because he was going to be chow and we thought it was ironic.”

 

Beau, the foster/hospice dog

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“I had another fospice (foster/hospice) dog through Second Chance.  She was older and so easy going.

Basically fospice is a dog that has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or a really old dog.

Both are hard to get adopted.

After the last dog, Maddie, passed away (she was old and had a problem with her spleen that was not treatable), we got Beau.

I saw him on fosterDOGSNYC.org and thought he looked like a nice little old man.

It said he had a heart condition and was around twelve.  I contacted fosterDogs and filled out an application.

A week later, Beau joined our family.”