#unconditionallove

CHEWIE, THE BORDER COLLIE/AUSSIE SHEPHERD LIFESAVER (PART 2)

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“I went on the internet and searched and found a breeder in New Jersey.

I waited a few months for Chewie to be born, and then another few months to take him home.

We both felt like

like we belonged together from the moment I brought her home.”

 

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“We used to travel a lot.

Now we alternate traveling or we board her.

I miss her when we go away, but I know she is happy.

She is always happy.

When I miss my family she helps me.

After we Skype, she is always close to my body.

She makes me feel less lonely when I miss them.”

STELLA, THE EMPATHETIC BORDER COLLIE (SHE SAID, PART 2)

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“Stella is part of my family now.

She loves me unconditionally.

She’s so cute and I know she depends on me.

I have my family back in Brazil, but she makes me feel like we are building our own family here.

She is almost like having a kid.”

POPPY, THE SMOOTH COATED BORDER COLLIE RESCUE (PART 5)

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“The worst part of having Poppy is that we go away a lot.

I hate to leave her because she was left in a shelter and abandoned.

I don’t want her to think we aren’t coming back.

It’s just hard.

The reunion is always great, though.  She literally hugs me.

She stands up and wraps her paws around me.

Having a dog has enhances your life.

Who wouldn’t want extra love in their life?”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 5)

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“I have found that my dogs play a similar role in my life.

For me, what’s most joyous is accepting responsibility for them.

They give me the chance to give them the care and love they innately deserve.

That means consistency and being a presence in their life on a daily basis.

They give me the chance to be a better person.”

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 5)

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“We lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, Maui, Boston, and Tampa.

I was an Emergency Room nurse for eight years and a Burn ICU for 2 years.

Coming home to Shy was great because she was always excited to see me.

After a rough day, I could come home and cuddle her.

She is a great comfort.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 2)

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“I felt like she had given up.

The shelter people told me they found her in the street and she was afraid of everything.

They tried to dissuade me from adopting her.

She was days away from being euthanized.

This shelter put their animals down after only three days.

It was a high kill shelter with little resources.

I put a deposit on her so they wouldn’t put her down and told my boyfriend, who I lived with at the time, I wouldn’t take her back no matter how many problems she had.”

 

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 3)

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“Harry is shy with people, but more social with dogs and Milly is the opposite.

Milly likes to be the center of attention, so Harry gets less attention than he used to.

It only took a week for Harry to stop guarding his toys when I got Milly.

They bonded with each other in a matter of weeks, though they are each more

bonded to me than each other.

I think it’s not a coincidence that I got these dogs as I became an empty nester.”

HARRY AND MILLY, THE PAPILLONS THAT MAKE AN EMPTY NEST MORE BEARABLE (PART 2)

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I had Harry first and it was so easy, I just decided to get another one.

I soon realized it was twice as much work.

Be careful what you wish for; sometimes you imagine things being one way and it turns out to be another.

I thought having two would be as easy and peaceful as having one dog, but it is not.

Like with children, I appreciate each one because of the other.”

 

WILLOW, THE ROTTWEILER, BOXER, BEAGLE, CHOW CHOW, TERRIER MIX RESCUE (PART 1)

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“I thought it was time to get a dog.

The ability to travel with, and include them on outdoor excursions made me want a dog over a cat.

I used to foster dogs for Social Tees, the rescue group, but ended up getting Willow at the Sullivan County SPCA.

I had a ski rental last year nearby and found this SPCA online.”