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Monday, June 16, 2014

“They’re big marshmallows”

By DON HIMSEL

Telegraph staff

Shawn Simard admits it. Some people are intimidated. Others, though, are not.

“Some people cross the roads when they see a pitbull coming down the street,” he said. “Some people are fascinated. It’s really about how you raise it.” ...

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Shawn Simard admits it. Some people are intimidated. Others, though, are not.

“Some people cross the roads when they see a pitbull coming down the street,” he said. “Some people are fascinated. It’s really about how you raise it.”

Simard and his girlfriend Alisha McEwen sat on a downtown curb with pets Gretchen and Mama sprawled out on hot pavement. A woman smiled at the pair of panting dogs as she got out of her car, hustling off to buy coffee.

“If she wanted to, she could have come over and pet the puppies, but she was probably too busy to. They’re really pretty. I get it all the time. Wherever dog-friendly establishments are I try and bring them. I bring them everywhere,” said Simard.

He was living in Litchfield when he got the dogs, and they came to him from a bad living situation.

“Mama is 4 now. I just had to give her as much love as I could, as soon as possible because she was coming out of a terrible situation,” he said.

“They’d do anything they can to please me,” he said. “I can’t ask for much more out of them.”

It’s all about love, he said.

“Its all in how you raise a dog. Its just like a child, if you don’t give them the love, they don’t give you the love.”

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590 or DHimsel@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Don on Twitter @Telegraph_DonH.