Wheaton Terrier

Goldie, the Lagotto Romagnolo, that was a Surprise Birthday Present (part 1)

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“Toby, our last dog, a huge Wheaton Terrier, died about two and a half years ago and it was just time for a new pup.

I did a little research online.

I needed another hypoallergenic dog and I didn’t want to try to replace Toby, so I decided to get a different breed.

I wanted a female this time and a slightly smaller dog.

I called up a Lagotto breeder who I found on the web.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 4)

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” I wasn’t a natural dog person.

I was a bit nervous about the lifestyle change and I was slow to get on board with having a dog.

The first week he was home, it felt like I was back to having a baby again.

I was exhausted and overwhelmed.

He had diarrhea, while running throughout the apartment.

The whole family was on edge.

Relievedly, Charlie was a quick learner.

I’ve come to understand how important he is to the girls and to the family.

Without him in New York, our family didn’t feel complete.

He just arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy.

I like that the girls have someone to cuddle, teaches them responsibility and he keeps them from growing up too quickly.”

Charlie, the rescue doodle from Hong Kong (part 3)

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“Other people were coming in and admiring him and we felt pressured to make a decision.

At that point we decided to take him home.

The guard told us that he barked a bit at night.

We faced a lot of challenges at first.

He was six months old and had not been house broken, he barked incessantly and we lived in an apartment building.

We ended up getting a babysitter for Charlie in the evening.

He was quick to house train, but still has bouts of separation anxiety.

His barking has gotten better over the past few years.

We moved from Hong Kong to New York one the summer and Charlie was in a kennel in Hong Kong for two months while we looked for housing.

Charlie just came back from the airport.

He saw grass for the first time today in Central Park. and loved it.”

Charlie, the doodle rescue from Hong Kong (part 2)

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“We thought he was a tiny poodle from the picture.

His name was Chuen Fan, meaning rice roll.

It turned out that he was being transported to the SPCA where my daughter worked.

We decided to go meet him and when we got there, his hair was long  and very matted.

He was not the tiny poodle we had thought he would be.

In fact, he was twice the size that he looks now, from all that hair.

He looked at us with those big sad eyes.

He was so sweet.

He was the only dog not barking at us, so we thought he was calm.”

 

Charlie, the doodle rescue from China (part 1)

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“Our daughters were begging and pleading to get a dog but this was our third move in six years.

We moved from New York, to London, to Hong Kong, so we were worried about getting a dog with our nomadic lifestyle.

My husband said, he would think about getting a dog if our daughters did research on the responsibilities of having a dog.

Our older daughter began volunteering at the SPCA near where we lived in Hong Kong.

Our younger daughter read every single book at the library on dogs.

She became an expert on how to take care of all the different breeds.

During our daughters’ time at the SPCA, we kept looking at the dogs on their website and one day there was this adorable looking dog.”

Dipper, the Wheaton Terrier with nine lives (part 1)

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“I was nine when my family got Dipper and I’ve spent my last 15 years with him.

We share a birthday.

It’s amazing growing up with a dog.

Simply put, dogs are so much fun.

I spent hours under the kitchen couch, petting and tickling Dipper.

One of the joys of having Dipper was watching him run in our backyard because he used to get these spontaneous  bursts of energy and run and run.

His energy was contagious and I played chase with him for hours.

The joint responsibility of owning Dipper brought my family closer together in that we shared the walking duties.  Learning the work that comes with having a dog helped my personal growth.

This past year was difficult.

I was in medical school and was miserable from  working day and night on material  I didn’t like.  Then I got a text from my mother, saying Dipper was doing terribly. He couldn’t control his bowels and he couldn’t stand up.

My mom thought he was going to die.”