For 20 years I wanted a dog, but my spouse was adamant: “It’s me or the dog.” Finally, I chose the dog. We adopted Duchy, a black mini-poodle with soulful brown eyes, on New Year’s Day 2001. His foster mother told us that he had been in a pet store in Newton for many months when two boys persuaded their mother to get him out and give him to Poodle Rescue, as their family already had pets. Duchy arrived at his foster home with a chicken toy and a blue sweater that […]

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