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Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 8)

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“We met neighbors we never spoke with before and our children now know every dog on the block.

Scout taught me to take life a little less seriously.

I appreciate the simplicity of play.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 6)

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“I used to think the dog ate my homework was a joke, but I have been a witness to Scout doing just that.

She recently ate several pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that must have fallen on the the floor.

Luckily, her unfortunate food choices have worked themselves out of her system and we haven’t had to take her to a veterinarian.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 3)

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“My oldest, who is allergic is off at college and my husband is coping.

He took shots for a few years with our last dog, (who was supposed to by hypoallergenic), but has since stopped.

Scout has not only cheered up my son who asked for her, but is a great addition to the family.

She is a therapy dog.

Scout makes everybody happy.”

Jojo, the Beloved French Bulldog, Shared by Two People (part 5)

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“Jojo is like a service or therapy dog.

He came with me to the Dr. for my annual physical and when the Dr. tested my knee reflexes with a medical hammer, Jojo started growling at him, thinking I was in danger.

he would protect me at any and all costs.

As a single person, getting outside my own head and taking care of another being fulfill my life.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 5)

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“Leroy becomes even more affectionate when we are upset.

Usually, he gives affection on his terms, but when he senses a change in our mood or behavior he is very responsive.

He worries about us.

He adds to the happiness in our house.

It’s full of love.

No matter what is going on, I want to come home and see him.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 4)

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“We’ve had a lot of losses.

Their have been deaths in our families, and friends, too.

Leroy has been there for us.

He gives us snuggles and love and I really believe he knows when we are sad or sick.

He instantly calms down and curls up on our lap or chest.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 3)

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“A month or so later she contacted us and sent us a photo of a puppy.

We knew that we had to have him and that his name had to be Leroy.

She asked if we wanted him and 10 weeks later we brought him home.

Since having Leroy,it’s been a rough year.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 2)

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“Once I felt sure that they were good breeders, I sent them an email and she told us that she would let us know when she had a puppy that would meet our needs.

We were looking for a specific size and temperament.

We decided that we wanted to train our future dog to be a therapy dog.

We want to volunteer with kids and wanted the right dog for the job.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 1)

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 “My boyfriend and I had been talking about getting a dog for a long time and he has severe dog allergies.

We met a dog who was a maltipoo from a particular breeder and he didn’t have any allergic reaction.

We met the dog through Instagram.

I reached out, and the owner gave us all the information we needed.

I did some research regarding the breeder, because it was important to us that it wasn’t a puppy mill.”

Sammy, the Bijon, Shitzu teddy bear mix (he said, part 1)

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“I was having a hard time with a lot of stuff and someone suggested that a dog would be a good idea.

They said, a dog would be a good thing for me to focus on in a positive way.

I started by going to the North Shore Animal League but they didn’t have any puppies that my allergies could tolerate.

They did have some senior dogs that were hypoallergenic, but the kids wanted a puppy.

The puppy was also going to be an elementary school graduation present for my younger daughter.”