Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Love of A Puppy

This is the story of my little Morkie, Zoe.  A Morkie, aka a Yorktese, is a cross of a Maltese and a Yorkie. I prefer Morkie since it reminds me of the old TV series, Mork and Mindy. (I don’t know why but I always think of this cute show when I hear Morkie.)

phone pics 080 Here she is at just a few days old…

phone pics 042 Here she is the day we brought her home at about six weeks…

phone pics 020 This is a picture of her first meal at our home…

017 Zoe…now

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Zoe and her best bud “Buddy”

Zoe is a little dog who actually smiles at you…her eyes light up and her little pink tongue goes into overdrive….that little girl loves to give some kisses to us…

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Now here she is needing a good haircut…she has some serious “bangs in her eyes going on”…

She has brought such happiness and emotional support to me and has enriched my life so much. There is much evidence that dogs actually bring so much to our lives such as this Wikipedia article…

Emotional support animal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_support_animal

An emotional support animal (ESA) is one who provides therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship and affection. Emotional support animals are not specially trained to ameliorate disability as psychiatric service dogs are. They require only as much training as an ordinary pet requires in order to live peacefully among humans without being a nuisance or a danger to others.

Several scientific studies have shown the health benefits of pet ownership.[1] Simple petting can lower a person's blood pressure or reduce stress levels.

In the U.S., two federal laws grant special rights to some owners of emotional support animals.

The Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) establishes a procedure for modifying "no pets" policies in most types of housing to permit a person with a disability or a person who is elderly to keep a pet for emotional support. The qualified applicant sends a written request of reasonable accommodation to the landlord along with a letter from a physician.[2] [3] If the landlord refuses the request for accommodation, a complaint can be filed with the department of Housing and Urban Development or with the U.S. Department of Justice.

In housing that allows pets but charges supplemental rent or deposits for them, some jurisdictions and individual companies will waive these fee for ESAs.

The Air Carrier Access Act establishes a procedure for modifying pet policies on aircraft to permit a person with a disability to travel with a prescribed emotional support animal so long as they have appropriate documentation and the animal is not a danger to others and does not interfere with others (through unwanted attention, barking, inappropriate toileting, etc.).

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