storytelling

ANUBIS, THE PAPILLON/CHIHUAHUA MIX AND DIMA, THE POMERANIAN/HUSKY MIX (PART 1)

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“Anubis came first.

My girlfriend was a cat person who didn’t really like dogs, but I convinced her to get a dog.

She decided to get a small dog.

She met a Papillon that she liked and decided this was the dog for her.

After researching online, she found a breeder in the Amish Country that she liked, with favorable reviews.

We found out that he was a mix because his fur kept growing but he didn’t.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 3)

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“There weren’t major changes when Percy lost his eyesight.

They had both been taught visual as well as aural commands, so the transition was pretty smooth.

I am not sure Watson is aware that Percy is blind, but they don’t run around as much together.

When we walk, Watson will walk on the outside to keep Percy sandwiched in between us.

As a New York City teacher, I definitely carry a lot of stress on a daily basis and living and working with the dogs has shown me how to deal with my feelings better.”

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 4)

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“The first year I had her she had a lot of issues.

She chewed a lot of things, she was afraid and would shake sometimes, but I took her running with me and it gave her a purpose.

Shy became my running partner for 12 years.

I was a traveling nurse for four years and took Shy with me to all of my assignments.”

 

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 6)

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“I also feel like dogs are mirrors of us.

I try to learn from their behavior.

Just like with people, you can’t control their behavior.

You can only control your own responses.

I try not to be disappointed, but more accepting.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 5)

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“We just moved to New York from London and our routine is always the same.

We go for long walks every day; I like to take long walks and they are always willing.

I think Harry more than Milly has changed my life.

I love having him but he doesn’t like people petting him.

I tend to try to please people and it’s upsetting to see people so disappointed that he won’t let them pet him.  I feel like I am letting people down.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 4)

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“They are absolutely child replacements, although I try to treat them like dogs, not babies.

Getting them when my last daughter left home, made having an empty home more bearable.

There was no longer silence when I opened the front door.

I feel like I am never alone.

They will also never grow up, like my children did.

They will never leave home, or prefer to be with their friends.”

Having the dogs has been a constant in our lives.”

PRINCESS, THE PIT BULL, LABRADOR RETRIEVER MIX THERAPY DOG (PART 4)

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“My brother kept Princess in Coney Island for me.

I got to visit her anytime I wanted, so I was there every other day.

I waited until I got the paperwork so my landlord couldn’t make a legal complaint.

She’s been with my husband and me for three months and it’s been a Godsend.”

OTIS, THE COMICAL PUG (PART 4)

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“The best part of having Otis has been meeting friends and learning about my neighborhood.

He has been my key to the upper west side of Manhattan.

He inspires me to get out and explore.

while walking with Otis I am looking at the architecture, talking to tourists,

and taking the time to smell the flowers when he does.

I am not as focused on getting from one place to another in a rush.  I’ve learned to take my time.

He balances me emotionally, because he’s so happy all the time, and his life is so simple.

I realized I needed to take a page out of his book.”

CHARLIE MEATBALL, THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK RESCUE MIX (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“We all got in the car and my sister drove us to the first event, which was the furthest away, but they didn’t have any puppies so I was ready to leave.

My ex saw this dog that he wanted to meet.

He was being walked on a leash so we thought he belonged to someone, but he was indeed up for adoption.

We talked to the people at Petco, where the event was being held to ask about the health history of the dog called, Lyle.

He was really sick and emaciated.

They told us that he was a rescue from Texas.”

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.”