APN Physical Therapy August 2019




It’s the dog days of summer. While these sweltering weeks don’t have anything to do with real dogs — the name comes from Sirius, the “Dog Star” — we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some stories about our favorite canine companions! Right now, my family shares our house with two dogs: a beagle named Miley and a Shiba Inu named Khloe. Don’t ask me about the names; my kids picked them out. We adopted Miley first when she was a puppy. Two years later, we decided she needed company and adopted Khloe. The two of them instantly became inseparable. They’re

always together. When ones goes outside, the other has to follow.

Bentley, Genna Aguiar's Pup!

Miley and Khloe get on so well, despite having very different personalities. Miley is very docile, so Khloe quickly became the boss when we brought her home. Miley is friendly with everyone, and she’ll roll on her back when she meets someone new and loves belly rubs. Khloe, meanwhile, is more standoffish about strangers. She’s much happier when it’s just our family. They’re both great dogs, and my kids love them. I currently have three dogs. The first is Sammy, short for Sampson. He’s an 11-year-old Pomeranian that I’ve had since he was a puppy. Several years ago, Sammy’s wife, a Chihuahua who lives next door, had a litter of puppies. Of that litter, I adopted Sammy’s daughter, Ryleigh. Then, three years ago, I rescued my third dog, Callie. Callie is a papillon mix who was found abandoned in West Virginia. I was going through a tough time, but when I saw her photo, I knew I had to meet her. I didn’t know what her personality would –Peter B. McHugh

be like, so I really lucked out. All three dogs have always gotten along great.

They're really more like cats than dogs. While Callie can be energetic, they’re all pretty mellow for the most part. They’re laid back and want to hang out, and, much like cats, they treat me more like staff than an owner. But I love them all so much, and I would do anything for them. They really have me wrapped around their little paws.

–Laura Chmielewski

When I was 9 years old, getting a dog became my mission in life. I begged my parents for ages and even wrote notes about how great a dog owner I would be and slid them under their bedroom door. My determination paid off when my parents brought a basket downstairs one day. Inside the basket was a tiny Morkie (Maltese-Yorkie) puppy with a ribbon around his neck. That’s how I got my Bentley, and we’ve been together ever since.

Laura's Pups!


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