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


“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.”

Tina, The Italian Greyhound/Terrier/Whippet/Beagle Mix Rescue From Social Tees (He Said, Part 6)


“It’s just so comforting to come home after work to such a loving dog.

We went home to the U.K. for three weeks over Christmas, and had to leave her in NYC.

We missed her so much.

I came back before my wife, and when I picked her up from the dog sitter, we were both so happy to see each other.

Tina leapt into my arms.”



“We have lived near Central Park for almost a decade and we never really saw it before Mabel.

she has guided us to different corners of the park, and we have explored areas that are new and exciting.

She is teaching us to see the world through her curious and soulful eyes.

Mabel has changed our lives for the better.

She has brought so much laughter into our daily life and gives us a purpose.

In the morning, when we wake up, she lies between us, and just her presence makes us happy.

She makes a happy sound, that my husband wants to record and use as his phone ring.

It’s a joyful way to start the day.”



“My husband is a great dad.

We have both managed our work and time so that we can take care of Mabel.

I work at an office, but my husband can work remotely part of the time.

He gets to take care of her during the day, and I know it’s not easy to take his mind off work.

He is very focused on his job, and the only thing that can break that concentration is Mabel.

Mabel gives us both a break from work,  and focusing on ourselves and our careers.

We are both driven people and society encourages that way of being.

Having Mabel has inspired us to slow down and appreciate the moments of day to day life, and live in the present tense.”

Rooney, the Miniature Pinscher, Pit Bull, Hound Mix Rescue, that filled a void (she said, part 6)


“My boyfriend wasn’t familiar with the joy that you have from having to take care of your own dog and the unconditional love you get in return.

Having Rooney as a shared responsibility has made our relationship grow and has added a spark to our family.”

Otto, the Strong Willed, Long Haired Miniature Dachshund (he said, part1)


“We originally had a cat and unfortunately she passed away.

We were thinking about getting a new pet and we decided to go for a dog, a sausage dog, specifically.

We’ve always loved them.

They are smart, intelligent and they look hilarious.

It’s a good mix.”

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 1)


Koda is actually my boyfriend’s dog.

He’s always had German Shepherds.

I had a Boston Terrier when we met, called Winston.

I was nervous around Winston at first, because as a Shepherd, he looks so scary, but he turned out to be the sweetest dog.

Koda was very territorial of his home and I didn’t introduce him to Winston properly.”