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Barcley, the Irish Terrier that keeps life light and appreciates the little things (part 3)

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“I was lucky because someone backed out and I got Barcley.

Since having Barcley, I went through a job change.

I went from having a structured schedule to a more flexible one.

Barcley has been a great distraction.

He gets me out into the neighborhood and helps me connect with people I would never have met before, when I had a rigid work schedule.”

 

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 4, he said)

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“Dogs are simple beings and help gain perspective on life.

Anchoas helps me appreciate some of the less complicated aspects of life.

When I come home, after being on the road, I feel a sense of endearment and comfort that I don’t get from my co-workers.

I feel completely relaxed to see my girlfriend and Ancho.”

Anchoas, the Bright and Happy King Charles Cavalier Puppy (part 3, he said)

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“We had more than one dog, so they were part of a pack and had each other, whereas Anchoas is alone.

My girlfriend and I are his pack.

My dogs growing up where raised by my family.

Anchoas is my first puppy as an adult.

Being on the road can be stressful, and my girlfriend loves sharing anything the puppy is doing, which is a nice reminder that I have something re-energizing to come home to.”

L.T, the rescue Hound, Terrier and Golden Retriever Mix

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“L.T. is short for Logan Taylor.  There is another Logan in my apartment building, so I started calling him, L.T.

I was recently out of work, or semi-retired and I now have the time to devote to a puppy.

My family and I went to a rescue shelter in Westchester, called Paws Crossed.

My daughter and I found L.T.

He is a hound, terrier and golden mix.

We chose him because of his personality.

He was mellow.  He was four and a half months old and he was so serene.

He was there with his sister, but she was already spoken for.”

 

Penny, the Cavanese puppy that required some major house training (part 1)

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“I always wanted a dog and my boyfriend decided it was the right time.

We moved into a dog friendly apartment and we had job security.

We were dog walking and dog sitting and met a particular breed, (a Cavanese) and we fell in love.

We wanted to get a rescue but I have severe allergies.

We wanted a dog that didn’t shed and didn’t bark, but couldn’t find a dog with that criteria in the rescue world.

We asked someone with a Cavanese where she got her dog and then we contacted the breeder.

The timing was just right because that breeder just had a litter.

We went to Pennsylvania and picked out Penny.

She was the only puppy that came up to our lap and fell asleep.”

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog who is a true companion, (part 3)

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“Rocky is an extension of me.

He’s like my kid.

I am so incredibly proud of him.

He has a great personality.  He makes people laugh, he calms them down when they are stressed and he is incredibly well behaved.

He makes me feel like I did something right.

Getting him is the most grown up thing I’ve ever done.”

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog who is a true companion (part 2)

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“I came to NYC from London for work.

The airline lost Rocky at JFK for almost two hours.

People were trying to track him down, but no one seemed too interested.

They told me to go to building C, but no one even knew where building C was located.

I called the travel agent back in London (at 3 A.M. their time).

He kept apologizing but didn’t know anything about dog transport.

People say that dogs get separation anxiety, but I had separation anxiety.

Finally, someone at the airport checked for me and took me to building C, but it was a terrifying two hours.”

Rocky, the blue French Bulldog, who is a true companion (part 1)

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“One of my good friends has a Frenchy and I used to look after him.

I fell in love with him.

I’d always wanted a dog, and after hanging out with a Frenchy I felt ready to go for it as an adult.

I went to a breeder through an app in London called Pets For Homes, and his litter came up.

I went to view him and his brother.

Rocky was calm and chill.

He fell asleep in my arms and farted, and that sealed the deal.

Rocky is a true companion.

I share my life with him.

I get to take him to work with me.

At work, whenever people are stressed, they go and sit with Rocky and he helps calm them down.”

David, the animal hobbyist and professional dog walker

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“I used to work at the Animal Medical Center.

I left the AMC for money and scheduling. I couldn’t support my family as a vet tech. I have four kids, a wife, and two dogs.

I was on salary at AMC, now I am self-employed, get paid by the walk and make my own schedule.

I’ve always worked with animals. I’ve been a hobbyist to all animals, including fish and reptiles.

I grew up with dogs.

Dogs are never mad at you. They’re always happy.  You can’t find that in a human.

One of the veterinarians from AMC referred me to clients for dog walking. That was seventeen years ago.

I divorced and remarried the same woman.

When I left the house, I took one of the dogs with me and felt like I still had part of my family with me. I left the smaller dog that was paper trained for my wife and the kids.  I took the big dog that was more work and needed to be walked.

My dog was a great companion. He was by my side the entire time we were apart.

I worked things out with my wife and we got back together eight months later.

That dog has since passed away, but the family still talks about him.”