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@ednaofwashingtonsquare

They are home! Going to help undo their luggage. #greenwichvillagedogs #muttsofinstagram at Greenwich Village

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@ednaofwashingtonsquare

In my favorite planter, misbehaving. #greenwichvillagedogs #muttsofinstagram at Greenwich Village

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@pepin_le_poo

We're going to need more bubbles 🛁 at New York, New York

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@realhappydogs

After sharing Bridgette’s story with you this week, I want to urge everyone reading to consider how you can help fight puppy mills. You might think the problem is too big, but actually, each of us CAN make a difference. First of all, read more about this terrible practice and tell family and friends. Many people buy puppies from pet stores and online sites such as craigslist without realizing where these dogs come from. In fact, even sites such as Petfinder can have puppy mill puppies listed. Secondly, please consider adopting a dog who has been rescued from a puppy mill. They are often older and have health issues, so it’s easy for people to look right past them, but these dogs deserve a happy life after so many years of abuse. If you aren’t in a position to adopt, would you have room in your family to foster a puppy mill rescue until they can find a permanent home? Fosters are SO important for rescue efforts. If you would like to be connected to a rescue in your area, please email me for help! # My bio includes link to a story about puppy mills. It’s hard to read, but I encourage everyone to learn more. Ignoring the horror doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Becoming educated can only help. # Finally, many thanks to Danielle and @bridgettethebrusselsgriffon for their willingness to share their story. It was a great honor for me. Be sure to follow this sweet girl for more Bridgette every day! :) Photo by @realhappydogs

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@realhappydogs

Bridgette’s story, part 6: Take a moment with me to imagine what Bridgette's previous life must have been like. Imagine being born into a life of breeding: sitting day and night in an small cage in extreme heat and freezing cold. Imagine being constantly pregnant without space to walk and stretch, and living, eating, and sleeping in your own urine and poop. Imagine carrying, giving birth to, and nursing litter after litter of puppies and then having those puppies taken away at a very young age and being left alone to endure the painful cycle again. Imagine the pain in your back and joints after overbreeding, and imagine the confusion when your tired, broken body is dumped at an unfamiliar place with more anxious dogs and unloving human faces. Imagine the sadness and fear she must have felt as once again, she sat alone. # BUT THEN. Imagine looking up and seeing the first loving face you’ve ever seen, being touched with kindness for the first time and being lifted into arms that hold you softly and look into your tired eyes with a smile. Imagine coming home to delicious food and a clean, comfortable bed. At first, all the newness would be scary, but with time, you would begin to trust that this person wasn’t leaving, and your new life was forever. Imagine that every human face you now see is smiling and kind, and imagine the peace of knowing that the rest of your days would be filled with love. This is Bridgette’s story. This is Bridgette’s new beginning. # Would you like to hear more of Bridgette’s story? I will be sharing it here all week, one photo at a time. Photo by @realhappydogs Follow Bridgette: @bridgettethebrusselsgriffon at Greenwich Village

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@realhappydogs

Bridgette's story, part 4: When Danielle brought Bridgette home, she was prepared to love her sacrificially and to walk the long road to healing with her. But, she didn't know how hard it would be. # These are Danielle's words: "Bridgette was absolutely terrified when I first brought her home to my apartment in midtown, NYC. My mom and stepdad came to visit her for the first time and she hid under the bed the entire time. I was heartbroken - I wanted them to meet her and love her as much as I did. She developed separation anxiety and was quite hysterical when I would leave her. I had to housebreak her, which is always a challenge in an apartment building in NYC. She also walked very close to walls when we walked down the street - she must have thought she was dropped in the middle of a circus. She did not know how to walk up and down stairs and she was petrified of hoses when store owners would hose down their sidewalks. It made me ill imagining the reason was that the dogs and cages were hosed down in the puppy mill. I'll never know, but there was some reason she wouldn't go within 15 feet of a hose." 😢 # This story is very typical of rescued puppy mill dogs. Because their lives are spent in cages, they are never house-trained or socialized, and they really don't even know how to accept love. Thankfully, Bridgette's story doesn't end here. More to come tomorrow! Photo by @realhappydogs

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@realhappydogs

Bridgette's story, part 3: As Bridgette was in Louisiana moving from puppy mill to kill shelter to golden retriever rescue group (😂!), Danielle was in NYC looking for the right dog-friend. Danielle had adopted a senior dog in the past and told me, "I know that seniors are always the least adoptable, and for me, the most loveable." After months of looking on Pet Finder for a rescued senior dog, suddenly Bridgette's face appeared one morning. According to Danielle, "The moment I saw Bridgette, I knew she was for me.  When I showed her picture to one of my colleagues and they said "She's so ugly!", that sealed the deal and I filled out an application to adopt her." 💛 # Danielle couldn't wait for Bridgette to be transported up to NYC so jumped in a car with her mom to meet them on the way. When she pulled into the New Jersey strip mall and took Bridgette into her arms for the first time, Danielle looked into those tired eyes and promised to love her forever. She knew that Bridgette was a senior dog from a puppy mill who needed love, but what she didn't know was the serious physical and emotional issues she would soon face as she learned to adjust to life in the real world. # Would you like to hear more of Bridgette's rescue and adoption story? I'll be sharing it here all week, one photo at a time. Photo by @realhappydogs

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@realhappydogs

Bridgette's story, part 2: After Bridgette was used as a breeding dog for eight years, her body was so depleted that she could no longer produce, so she was dumped at a kill shelter in Louisiana. Thankfully, there are people who dedicate their lives to rescuing dogs from these shelters, and when a woman named Melanie from a Golden Retriever rescue saw Bridgette's sweet face at the shelter, she couldn't leave her. When I think about Bridgette's rescue, I am amazed by all the things stacked against her. First of all, she was a senior dog, and seniors are the least likely to be pulled because people don't typically want to adopt dogs with limited time. Also, Bridgette was not physically well because of her years of breeding, and her body showed long years of neglect. Also, Melanie was not at the shelter looking for small dogs; rather, she was there to rescue golden retriever-type dogs. However, something about Bridgette caught her eye, and she decided that she could not leave the shelter without her. # Thank goodness for Melanie and the people like her who dedicate their lives to rescuing dogs like Bridgette. If it wasn't for her, Bridgette's story would have ended here. Thankfully, this was only just the beginning. # Would you like to hear more of Bridgette's rescue and adoption story? I'll be sharing it here all week, one photo at a time. Photo by @realhappydogs

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@realhappydogs

Bridgette’s story, part 1:  Bridgette has a tattoo in her ear that serves as a permanent reminder of her former life.  For eight years, Bridgette was a breeding female in a puppy mill. For anyone unfamiliar with this concept, let me explain the life of puppy mill dogs.  Puppy mills are dog breeding operations that gain a large profit by constantly producing puppies that are sold to pet stores or through online sites such as craigslist. Dogs at puppy mills are usually kept in overcrowded outside cages without adequate shelter, food, veterinary care, or human interaction.  Female dogs suffer the worst, as they are repeatedly forced to have puppies without recovery time between litters.  Their puppies are usually taken from them at a very young age to allow for a new litter, and when these females are physically unable to produce, they are often dumped or put down. # Though we don’t know much about Bridgette’s life before her rescue, we do know that this was her only value: to produce cute Brussels Griffon puppies for pet shop windows while she spent eight years in confinement.  Thankfully, Bridgette’s story does not end here. # Would you like to hear more of Bridgette’s story?  I’ll be sharing it here all week, one photo at a time.

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@dotspetcare4992

Yum, taste like banana cream pie. I got to remember to go back there to find more. #petsittingclient #dumbocats #williamsburgcats #petsittingyyc #eastvillagedogs #westvillagedogs #greenwichvillagedogs #chelseadogs #lowereastsidedogs #dogwalking

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@btinnyc

Happy birthday Gamble! Had such a great time at your party. Cheers to another year of great fun and great friends! 🎂🍾🗽💜🎈🎉 #gamblesroyalflush #nycdogs #werunthistown #squadgoalsachieved #dogsofnyc #nyu #washingtonsquarepark #greenwichvillagedogs #nyc #squishyfacecrew #bullove #barkpack #bostonterrier #september3 at Washington Square Park

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@whistlenwag

Got to catch up with this sweet old fella last week. He doesn't hear or see too well these days, but he was definitely happy to go for his stroll down the block and back! #seniorpups #seniordogsrule #pug #pugsofinstagram #seniordog #dogsofnewyorkcity #dogsofnewyork #citydogs #newyorkdogs #nycdogs #happydog #dogwalker #greenwichvillagedogs #petcare #WhistleNWag #dogwalker #dogwalking

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@whistlenwag

"What? Why are you looking at me like that? What is it?" --Eeek! Just preparing myself to go in for the kill. Because I love you I will remove that creeper from your face. #petcare #itsnotalwaysglamorous #greenwichvillagedogs #greenwichvillage #wheatenterrier #scwt #scwtofinstagram #wheatenterriersofinstagram #stilllovemyjob #WhistleNWag

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@realhappydogs

My goal at each dog photography session is to capture your dog's personality, routine, and mannerisms at a specific moment in time. Meet baby Sprout: 5 months old, adorably sleepy, fits right in his mama's arms. When he outgrows this tiny spot, this photo will become even more priceless. Follow Sprout: @brussels.sprout Photo by @realhappydogs at Greenwich Village

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@whistlenwag

Can't make this stuff up! I love these animals. See ya later kids! Happy Friyay! 😜😊🐶🐱❤️ #dogs #cats #bestjob #nycdogwalker #greenwichvillagedogs #nycdogs #citydogs #newyorkdogs #happydogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsofnewyork #happyfriday #awesomepets

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@whistlenwag

See that tail? If Huxley had two thumbs they'd be up. He's always happy! #happydog #wheatensofinstagram #dogsofnewyork #dogsofinstagram #wheatie #dogs #dogcity #scwt #WhistleNWag #nycdogs #greenwichvillagedogs #citydogs #puppyhood

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@whistlenwag

Huxley didn't complain not once! He said the only balls he needs are the ones at the park. 🎾👍 #happydog #dogsofnewyork #dogsofinstagram #greenwichvillagedogs #nycdogs #citydogs #wheatie #wheatenterrier #scwt #wheatensofinstagram #dogs #dogcity #WhistleNWag

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@regular_milo

Chillin out max and relaxin all cool. #GreenwichVillageDogs too cool for school #NYC #GoPro at Eighth Street – New York University (BMT Broadway Line)

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@huxleynyc

#Repost @whistlenwag with @repostapp. ・・・ "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?" --There goes Huxley quoting Zoolander again. #ridiculouslygoodlooking #nycdogs #wheatenterrier #terrier #puppy #happydogs #dogsofinstagram #WhistleNWag #greenwichvillagedogs

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@whistlenwag

"Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?" --There goes Huxley quoting Zoolander again. #ridiculouslygoodlooking #nycdogs #wheatenterrier #terrier #puppy #happydogs #dogsofinstagram #WhistleNWag #greenwichvillagedogs

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@whistlenwag

Look at that sweet little face ☺️. Aw, Remy! 🐶💕 #greenwichvillagedogs #nycdogs #happydogs #dogsofinstagram #WhistleNWag

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@whistlenwag

"Why Monday whyyyyyyy???" -Kaysar, we feel ya dude. #puglife #pug #greenwichvillagedogs #nycdogs #dogsofinstagram

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@realhappydogs

"If I could just get close enough for a lick..." - Eddie the #bullmastiff #puppy

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@realhappydogs

⭐️Saturday photo tip! ⭐️ Today's tip is simple: get LOW! In order to capture engaging moments, try shooting with your camera on the ground so you're right at dog-level. # As a dog photographer, I spend 75% of my shooting time crawling around on the ground, camera held low. My knees are perpetually bruised, and I often joke about investing in a good pair of kneepads because I so strongly believe that the photos are more engaging when you are low enough to capture your dog's expressions and activities in an intimate way. Of course, rules are meant to be broken, and it's always fun to shoot from a higher vantage point and to play with creative angles, but generally speaking, I try to be at the same level as my subject. Give it a try! Photo by @realhappydogs Follow Sumo: @3bulldogges

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@realhappydogs

NYC friends! This is short notice, but I have a few times remaining THIS week and weekend for summer sessions in the city! If you would be interested in having photos with your dog, please email me for pricing and more information about my Real Happy Dogs sessions: milla@realhappydogs.com. # Have a friend who lives in NYC and might be interested in a summer session? Tag them in the comments! ☀️💛 Photo by @realhappydogs Follow Guiseppe and Lois: @giuseppeandlois at Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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@realhappydogs

⭐️Saturday photo tip!⭐️ Today's photography tip is this: learn to be invisible. That sounds simple, right? 😉 As a documentary photographer, I want to capture the true personality of each dog, and in order to do this, I need them to ignore me and carry on with their favorite activities. # To capture more "real" moments, practice becoming invisible to the animal or person that you are photographing. Practically, this means putting yourself in a position to capture a moment and then waiting until you are forgotten. It means being calm and quiet. It means hiding behind your camera, even when they want to play. It means being very, very patient. And in the end, it means creating images that capture the essence of your subject in an authentic, natural way. Trust me, it is totally worth the wait. Photo by @realhappydogs Follow Wally: @wallyweeto

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@realhappydogs

Oh, how I love spring photo sessions! I can't wait to share more photos from my time documenting @thormaximus_dogofthunder's life in the city with his two amazing parents. Photo by @realhappydogs at East Village, Manhattan

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@realhappydogs

It was an honor to photograph Poullya and Jacques and to share their story with you this week! These three are truly special, and I am thankful for their happy ending. Continue to follow their adventures at @cityfrench! # Do you know a dog with an interesting story that you think would be a good fit for this photo story series? If so, email me or tag them in the comments! Photo by @realhappydogs Follow the dogs of the week: @cityfrench

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@realhappydogs

After Jacques was rescued and came home to Sarah, one final piece of the puzzle had to fit: Poullya. Sarah was still fostering the sweet girl and needed to see if the two would get along before agreeing to adopt her for good. As it turns out, Jacques and Poullya were the perfect match and soon became infatuated with each other, so it was an easy decision for Sarah to adopt Poullya and complete the family. Sarah says, "It's hard to imagine life without both of them in it now." If Jacques never would have gone missing, Sarah never would have met Poullya and adopted her. Though it was an awful situation, such unexpected good came from it. # An update on the man who stole Jacques: as officials looked into the camera footage revealing Jacques in the delivery truck with this man, they found that he was living and working in the US illegally. Though Sarah opted not to press charges for the theft, authorities made the man leave the country and return to his home. Photo by @realhappydogs Follow the dogs of the week: @cityfrench

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@realhappydogs

Months after disappearing from Sarah's backyard, Jacques returned home. Here's the story: after receiving a tip from her neighbor, Sarah worked tirelessly tracking down the third-party delivery company servicing her neighborhood that day. The company wouldn't give out information about the driver but eventually admitted to having cameras installed in some of their trucks. At Sarah's urging, they checked the records and found that the truck in her area was one of the few with a camera, and miraculously, Jacques was recorded in the floorboard next to the delivery driver as he left the neighborhood that morning. The man had previously noticed Jacques while in the neighborhood and had stolen him from Sarah's backyard while delivering a package next door. # The authorities immediately went to the man's home and Jacques was found inside! Sarah told me, "there were so many unlikely pieces of information that had to come together in order for this to have a happy ending, and I am just so thankful." Jacques had been fed well and hadn't been harmed during his time away, so his adjustment to coming home would be seamless. Little did he know what waited on him there, though: a little Frenchie sister who would adore him more than anyone! More of their story to come tomorrow! Photo by @realhappydogs Follow the dogs of the week: @cityfrench

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@realhappydogs

Poullya settled in well to her new life with Sarah. She started putting on weight and Sarah worked hard to housebreak her. Though Sarah still considered her to be a foster puppy, the two became very close. She said, "Poullya is a sweet girl with a hilarious personality. She loves life and made me laugh every day!" Poullya came into Sarah's life at just the perfect time. # In the meantime, Sarah had an interesting talk with a neighbor who remembered receiving a delivery on the day that Jacques disappeared. She found the receipt, and Sarah started making calls to try to find the delivery person on schedule that day. Though it seemed like a long-shot, she was willing to try anything. It turns out, this was the tip that would eventually lead Jacques back home. Photo by @realhappydogs Follow the dogs of the week: @cityfrench

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@realhappydogs

"Stop embarrassing me, Poullya! Can't you see I'm in the middle of a photo shoot?" - Jacques the #frenchie Photo by @realhappydogs Follow Jacques and Poullya: @cityfrench at Greenwich Village

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