Movin’ On Up to the East Side
Happy Tails always loves to hear from pet parents who have shared many years of happy memories with their four-legged family members, and this week, we’re featuring just such an adopter. Dan Treinish brought Archie home to the Upper East Side more than 10 years ago, but he’s still beaming about the effects this special dog has had on his life.
We adopted Archie from the ASPCA in October 2000, when he was 13 months old. I'm proud and happy to report that he is a happy, thriving member of our family and the community here on the Upper East Side. Everyone in our neighborhood, including the doormen, knows Archie.
He was known as Nico when we got him, and he is a Wheaten Terrier mix. At about 50 pounds, he is larger than most purebred Wheaties, and his "other half" has been a topic of conversation ever since we brought him home. Wherever we go, people stop to ask, "What's his breed?" and everyone has an opinion regarding what's mixed with Wheaten, ranging from Husky (he has one blue eye) to Golden Retriever (can't be, he doesn't swim or retrieve) to Sheepdog (my guess). He's a handsome boy, and everyone returns his smile.
What's been most remarkable about Archie has been his effect on our lives as New Yorkers. No longer do we put our heads down to walk the streets or wait for a light to change or a door to open. Because Archie attracts so much attention and because so many people from all walks of life ask about him, touch him and learn his story, we've become friendlier, more outgoing people as a result. Thank you for all the good work you do.
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