R.O.A.R. Squad: Rescue Owners Are Rockin’
Okay. Confession time: I have been reading Tricia’s blog, Spoke, for some time now so I was familiar with Bennet’s happy tongue and spunky, fuzzy head. But here’s the kicker:
I had NO IDEA BENNET WAS A RESCUE.
Tricia has the kind of designer-looking dog that you just want to show skeptical pooch purchasers and say, “See?! You can get SMALL rescue dogs! DAINTY rescue dogs! You can go ahead and adorn a rescue dog in a (puppy-proof) RHINESTONE TIERA if that’s your thang!” (Um, k… so… Bennet is clearly not a tiera-wearer but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN).
Presenting to you, the latest fab R.O.A.R. Squad members: Tricia and Derick and their dog, Bennet!
Shelter: We got Bennet from the Richmond Animal Care and Control shelter in Richmond, Virginia. We liked that they have a somewhat strict adoption process in order to prevent the animals from returning.
Pedigree Pooch: Ben is a terrier mix, it’s a constant discussion in our house as to what he is mixed with, he has the bark and tail of a Chihuahua and the hair of a Pomeranian.
Boisterous Ben: He loves TV, can jump 5 feet into the air, I call him our baby- he loves to have us pick him up and cradle him, he doesn’t walk- he hops, he smiles (you can see in the pictures this is what he does all the time), Derick and I can’t hug without him wanting to join us, so we always pick him up and have a family hug.
A Good Fixer-Upper: I knew I wanted to rescue a puppy or young dog from an animal shelter; my family’s never had a dog that didn’t come from a rescue center. I wasn’t sure about Ben at first; he had barely any hair; he had fleas; and he had sores and scabs on his ears and head that were openly bleeding. But he looked like a good fixer-upper, like he had great potential. And does he ever! I’m so glad we took him home; he brings us so much happiness. He doesn’t stop smiling. Since taking him home he’s grown at least three times the hair, the scabs are completely gone, and he’s gained at least 5 or 6 pounds. I can’t imagine life without him now, he’s the face that greets me in the morning and when I get home from work.
Got It Made: I think a lot of people think rescue and think “used.” I’ve heard people say that they want a puppy from a breeder because then they have time to develop a bond with them (they think a dog that has a past won’t be able to). It’s my opinion that rescue dogs bond MORE with their owners. I wonder a lot if Ben remembers where he came from, because he smiles like he knows he’s got it made!
Kari has a small dog too! Check her out: Kari and her three dogs (one is a chihuahua).
Join the R.O.A.R. Squad
Do you want to be join the R.O.A.R. Squad? Our goal is to make having a rescue animal THE coolest thing around. Ya game? Perfect! We’d love to have you!