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Kasidy, the contemplative dog walker (part 2)

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“It’s also easier to start the day with a lot of excitement.

The dogs are always eager to see me.

I am really emotionally bonded with Earl because it took so long to earn his trust.

At first he was very skittish and then apathetic, but there came a time, a few months in, that I noticed his tail would wag and he would start this happy howl when I came.

That’s a great feeling.”

Allie, the rescue beagle mix (part 1)

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“We had a rescue beagle called Monty and he passed away about 3 years ago.

We decided it was time to get another rescue dog because my husband and I love dogs.

I asked for a rescue puppy for Christmas and my husband found Allie on Petfinder.

We were looking for a dog under twenty pounds and my husband probably put in beagle, because we like beagles.

Allie came up under Louie’s Legacy, a rescue shelter on Staten Island.

We filled out an application for her.

We passed the home interview and then got to meet her at a Petco on Staten Island where they were showing her and other dogs up for adoption.

Her litter mates had already been adopted.

She was the biggest of the litter.”

 

Chewie, the Border Collie/Mini Australian Shepherd lifesaver (part 3)

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“The most joyous moment I can think of, was the first time I brought her home.

I realized that with Chewie, I am not alone; that we are going to go places together.

She acts as a service dog.

I clean houses and I bring her to work with me.

She picks an area in the apartment, out of the way and stays there the entire time I am working.

She trusts me, and knows that I will come and get her when I am done.

Chewie has changed my life in that I am able to cope with every day life better than before I got her.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/mini Australian Shepherd, lifesaver (part 2)

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“Chewie helped me through a tough time.

I was depressed and she helped me get out of the house whether I wanted to or not.

Walking a dog 3 or 4 times a day gives me clarity.  It makes me feel like whatever is troubling me is going to be okay.

The routine gives me something to do, and my focus is on something other than myself.

Chewie knows when I am unhappy.

She gets very upset if I am crying, so I try not to cry in front of her.

If she feels that I am sad or upset, she won’t leave my side.”

Chewie, the Border Collie/Aussie lifesaver (part 1)

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“I was lonely and felt that I didn’t have any life in me.

My psychiatrist told me to get a dog.

That was 7 years ago.

While I was on vacation I saw a Border Collie that I liked a lot and I thought, this is the kind of dog I want.

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

Edie, the rescue doodle (part 3)

“I work as a veterinarian and Edie is great with all the animals.

She likes to open the door to the exam room(s) and say hello.

She tends to calm down the animals that get along with dogs.

Edie has changed my life.

She has expanded my world.

I know and have become friendly with all the doormen on the block.

I have become a member of the dog owner’s community.”

Hero, Izumi, Mellons, the rescue family (part 5- he said)

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“One of the hardest times was when my job was getting out of control with the hours.

I would get up, go to work, come home and go directly to bed.

During that time, even when I was going straight to bed, I still had the comfort of the dogs between the time I went to bed and fell asleep.

My relationship with my girlfriend has always included the dogs.

They are so funny and expressive and bring a strong feeling of family to our relationship.

Having dogs has been a strong connector.

We have parental roles (I am more of a disciplinarian), but neither of us are very good at disciplining them.

They don’t need much correcting.

When I open the door and 3 dogs rush at me and want affection it’s pure joy.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 4)

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“I got a phone call at 10 p.m. saying he was a million times better and I could take him home  the next day.

$3200.00 later, he was perfectly fine.

In fact, he was trying to pick up trash to eat in the parking lot outside of the emergency vet practice.

My wife and I have become more outdoorsy since getting a dog.

We go to different beaches (that allow dogs).

We take him to Central Park, and spend a lot of time walking with him.

The responsibility of a dog is greater than you think, but it’s all worth it.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 3)

“I’ve always wanted to have 2 dogs; 1 called Charlie and the other called Dave.

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We took him to my parents house and he got into some fermented dough and he was lying on the ground seizing.

My father called me at work while Charlie was under the table, delirious.

I took him to the emergency vet at 3 p.m.

I remember carrying him while crying, and I signed a waiver saying they could do whatever  it took to save him.

They flushed his system with charcoal and fluids and wanted to keep him overnight.  When I went to see him and say goodbye he was still delirious.

They didn’t know if he would make it.”

Charlie, the lab mix with a great smile (part 2)

“I told my wife we were driving to Rhode Island to pick up a check for my business.

As we were pulling into Charlie’s foster family’s driveway, I told her we were about to meet a puppy for adoption if we liked him.

She was surprised and happy.

Charlie was only 6 weeks old and we couldn’t bring  him home with us until he was twelve weeks, but we decided he was going to be our family dog.

He had a great smile, high energy and he was warm and friendly.

The funniest part is, that when he was ready to be picked up, I had to go out of town for a bachelor party so my wife drove up and got him by herself.  She spent the first weekend alone with Charlie in a 4 story walk up house in Boston.

He was too small to walk up the stairs so she carried him up and down the stairs by herself.”