survival

Isabelle and her sister, the surprise (part 2)

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“The worst moment was when we got her, she had fleas.  She got tapeworms from biting and swallowing the fleas.  She almost died from the tapeworms.  She was dehydrated, she couldn’t keep food down and the anti-nausea meds weren’t working.

She lost consciousness in my arms and I thought she was going to die.

They injected her with fluids twice and re-injected her with anti-nausea meds and slowly she began to respond to the drugs and recover.

I always have a good time with her.

Once in late October, I took her on a hiking trip with me and she had the time of her life.  She was fetching sticks down the trail, digging in the dirt and running until she was exhausted.  My boyfriend and I love to hike, so she is a great match.

She’s been a bonding experience; she’s our fur baby.  She makes us feel like are a family, not just a couple.”

 

 

Theodora, the cute blonde (part 1)

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“I had a Portuguese Water Dog with my kids and ex-husband.

When I left the ex, we had to have a dog to make our family complete.

I adopted a teacup poodle called Bruno.

Aaron, my older son was eight years old at the time.  He brought Bruno to a play date.  He wanted the responsibility of walking Bruno, so I let him take the dog.  This wasn’t the first time.  Aaron was a very responsible child. While Aaron was walking Bruno he let the leash out too far at the corner.  Bruno was in the gutter and a taxi came speeding along and ran over the dog.

Poor Aaron.

That was so intense.

He ran after the taxi.  The taxi driver hadn’t even registered that he had hit a dog.

The mother supervising the play date rushed Bruno to the vet, but it was too late.  Bruno had died.

Aaron was mad.  He was mad at the taxi driver and he was mad at himself.

That night we sat around Bruno’s bed as a family.  The mom and Aaron’s friend were there too.  We performed a memorial service to Bruno.

We told stories about Bruno.  We thanked him for being in our lives and then released him into the universe.

I think that memorial service helped Aaron. The main thing I wanted him to know, was that it wasn’t his fault.

Shortly after we lost Bruno, the kids had a winter break and we were in Los Angeles visiting my family.

Our quest became visiting every animal shelter to find a new dog.

Because of Aaron’s asthma it had to be hypoallergenic.

We hit every shelter between Palm Springs and L.A., with no luck.

The day we were leaving I found a small animal rescue group in Venice, and literally hours before we boarded the plane back to NY we found Theodora.”

Lily, the English Cream retriever

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“I’ve always had Golden Retrievers. I was born into a household of Golden’s.

I was looking for an English Cream Retriever and I found the right one.

She has a big personality.

She howls when she is happy. When she has a ball in her mouth, she sounds like Chewbacca.

There was a moment when she was a puppy and I was traveling in Russia and I got an email from the dog walking service.  They said there was an emergency and asked me to get in touch.  I called them as soon as I could. It turned out, my building was on fire. They called to tell me Lily was ok, but other dogs had died. My walker had carried her down 18 flights of stairs. She was terrified of the sirens and the smoke.  They wanted to know where to bring her. Luckily, she stayed with a nearby friend until I returned.

I feel like she helps my life by balancing every day.

Nothing balances out investment banking like a furry tail.”