terriers

Kiwi, the Chipoo (chihuahua/poodle) rescue mix, (he said, part 4)

IMG_1998“I’ve been working with Kiwi to build trust  for four and a half months and it seems to be paying off, though she still tries to claim my spot on the bed.

We are currently working on that.

I will occasionally have to wear an oven mitt so her bite doesn’t hurt.

When she bites, I send her off to her crate with a treat.

Since she is a rescue dog, we don’t know if she had some traumatic experience or not.”

Willow, the rottweiler, boxer, beagle, chow chow, terrier mix rescue (part 5)

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“I have someone to come home to every day and my life feels like it’s in place.

First I got a dog and then I got a serious boyfriend right after.

It’s been smooth sailing since having Willow.

Dogs are a lot of work, time and commitment, but there is a great payoff–

unconditional love.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 1)

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“I was living in Los Angeles and bought a beautiful old gem of a house that had a doggy door leading to a backyard.

As soon as I saw the doggy door I started thinking it was time to get a dog.

Before I could act on it, a stray cat had a litter of eight kittens in my backyard.

I called the local rescue shelter and they told me people don’t adopt feral kittens, so I should trap them, get them neutered and re-release them into the neighborhood.

As a result, I was going to the shelter once a week, and looking at dogs up for adoption.”

Isabel, One of Two Lab/Whippet rescue Dogs From Tennessee (part 2, He Said)

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“We both grew up with dogs, so we knew what we were in for.

We went to a parking lot in Morristown, New Jersey at 3 A.M.

That was when Alpha Dog Transport rolled in.

I remember thinking it would be a small van that would be used for transport, and then there was a semi-truck full of rescue dogs heading to their forever homes waiting for us.”

Penny, the Dachshund Mix from Rescue Dogs Rock (part 4, he said)

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“She was confused at first, but took to her crate right away.

It really helped give her a sense of security–having her own crate.

She had been sharing a crate with a German Shepherd at her foster person’s house.

We started calling her Penny right away and she began responding to her new name after a few weeks.

Over time Penny acclimated to New York City life pretty well.

We trained her to play off leash in Central Park after having her for three months, and at first, it was only for short periods of time.”

Penny, the Dachshund Mix From Rescue Dogs Rock (part 5, she said)

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“No matter what kind of day we are having, at the end of the day, our pack will go to sleep in our den.

We originally thought we would have a no dog on the furniture policy, but Penny obliterated that quickly.

Now we all snuggle together on the bed.

Her favorite spot is between our faces on the bed.

I like to say, she is the statement, we are the parentheses.

We are hoping to get her in the Good Dog Foundation.

They train dogs and handlers to go into hospitals and other care facilities to bring companionship and joy to people having a hard time.

Penny is great with kids, so we would like to focus on having her become a service dog for pediatrics.”

Penny, the Dachshund Mix From Rescue Dogs Rock (part 3, she said)

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“Rescue Dogs Rock, saw a video of her posted on another rescue organization site based out of North Carolina, called A Shelter Friend, and pulled her to bring her to New York City.

Grateful Doggies is a shuttle service that brings rescue dogs via plane and car to their perspective homes and rescue groups for free.

So many caring groups were responsible for saving Penny from being put down in a kill shelter.”

Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 4)

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“On  a boring winter day Barclay keeps everything positive.

He keeps things light and entertains us.

I’ll never be without a dog again.

He appreciates the little things.

He appreciates a treat, a trip to the dog park, a road trip, an occasional nap on the bed.

He is a role model for gratitude.”

Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 1)

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“I met a therapy dog at the Meet the Breeds Dog Show at the Javits Center, and she was an Irish Terrier.

She was so lovely and different from other dogs I had seen.

The Irish Terriers have a bit of a different look.

They have a beard, are scruffy, yet elegant and a perfect size.

I started doing a lot of research online.

The breed club has a matchmaker.

She spoke with me on the phone and made a match.”

Babka, the Jack Russell/Rat Terrier, Chihuahua Rescue Mix (part 4)

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“After taking her to the vet because she had a skin issue–mange, we were told we needed to put her on a diet and give her a lot of exercise to slim her down.

We walked her five miles a day.

It worked and she lost a lot of weight after only two months.

She also had a growth spurt and that took care of the rest of the unwanted fat.”