“In August of 2015 we filled out an adoption form before we found a dog.
The adoption counselor interviewed us for an hour and was careful to ask questions that would match us with a suitable puppy.
She asked specific questions regarding temperament, breed, color, size and about our personal activities, as well as how much time we were willing to invest in the puppy, and how much time we would be spending at home.
She said there was a litter of puppies coming up from Virginia.”
“I thought New York City was a difficult place to raise a dog, so we wanted a smallish dog.
I would get into bed and go on Pet Finder on my phone at 11:00 at night, and look for New York rescue puppies.
Initially, I looked at Labrador Retriever rescues, but I spoke to someone at Unleashed NYC, the rescue group, and she had adopted two dogs from Unleashed, NYC and had a great experience.
The provide a link to puppies they have up for adoption.”
“I grew up with a lot of pets– cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, and more.
I had a horse and we had a barn full of animals.
I had never really had a pet of my own.
Those were family animals.
My husband had a dog growing up.
Our nine year old son loves animals, too.
We knew we wanted a dog or a cat, but my son decided we should get a dog.”
“I filled out an application for him on the Friday before Mother’s Day and that Sunday, I got a call to go to Unleashed on Columbus Avenue to meet with him.
He and his brother were both available.
I had filled out the application for Leo, so I met with him, and after the apartment inspection he was ours.
I found out that his mom and two other dogs were surrendered to a shelter and immediately spayed and neutered, without knowing that one of the dogs was pregnant.
After opening her up and discovering she was pregnant, they closed her up, unsure if the puppies would survive, but they did.
Leo is a miracle baby.”
“I was looking for a small dog after I dog sat for a friend of mine who has a chihuahua.
I had a Rottweiler, German Shepherd mix before that who passed away at the age of 15.
We thought we wouldn’t get another dog, but after sitting for a small dog, we decided we wanted another dog; and we wanted a small dog.
You can take a small dog everywhere–on the train, a bus, in a cab and on a plane.
I found Leo on the Eve’s Sanctuary website.
“Before the dogs were transported up to New York the rescue group posted a video of Olive and her sister Katy.
When they got here, my son said, we should visit Olive first.
He had a gut feeling.
We visited her and her foster family in Brooklyn and that was it.
She was three or four months old and was so friendly that we said, we’ve got to get this dog.
She is a year now.
The hardest thing for me was house training her.
It takes patience.
I thought it would take a couple of weeks, but it took a few months.
She pee’d on the rug for a few months.
We had to learn her body rhythms.
It finally paid off.”
“We go upstate for the weekends and watching her run free and explore and swim is a joy.
The family spends more time outside since having Olive, and we talk to strangers on the street.
That can be good and bad.
One day in the cold rain in November, I was walking Olive and a stranger told me, you should die, for just being outside.
She thought I was abusing Olive, when I was just taking her outside to go to the bathroom.
At first I wondered if I was doing the wrong thing, but then I realized that I was simply being a responsible caring dog owner.
We were both in the cold rain.
It’s like having a kid; you close your eyes and just do it.”
“Everybody in my family likes dogs and we didn’t have one.
My seven year old really wanted a dog, so we started looking online for rescues.
We looked on Petfinder, but a friend who got her dogs through Unleashed, NY, recommended them.
We saw a puppy called Hugo, who the family liked.
He was going to be brought up north from Virginia in the fall, when we wanted our dog.
We expressed interest in Hugo, but he died from Parvo.
He had two sisters in his litter and Olive was one of them.”