Will you please look at that gorgeous family photo? GORGEOUS! Welcome to the R.O.A.R. Squad beautiful Marton Family!
About us: Maggie and John Marton with Emmett and Lucas. I (Maggie) am a freelance writer, I maintain a dog-blog (Oh My Dog!) , and my Emmett is a therapy dog. Both John and I are also environmentalists; I write two columns each week on pets and sustainability for EcoSalon.com. John is currently earning his PhD in environmental science, and his focus is wetlands conservation.
All about Emmett:
Absolute Delight: Emmett is a 6-7 year old Staffie mix. We adopted him in July 2006, and he has been an absolute delight since day one! He’s just a sweet, funny, outgoing dog.
Therapy Dog: He’s a therapy dog through the Delta Society, and we do most of our therapy work with kids. He loves working with the children, and he has this uncanny ability to identify who needs his attention the most. He’ll walk over, stare into the kid’s face, then rest his head on their lap. It’s utterly captivating for me to watch him work.
Goofy Dog: I think Emmett’s goofiest habit is that he has to take a toy to bed with him every night. When we say, “It’s time for bed, Emmett!” he will go downstairs, root around in his toy box, then run back upstairs with a toy in his mouth. It’s not even one toy in particular, just any toy! He curls up with his chin on it and goes to sleep.
All about Lucas:
Love at first site: Lucas is a 3-4 year old Shepherd mix. We adopted him from a shelter in April 2007. He came to be a part of our home because I just fell in love with him at the shelter. It really was love at first sight. But the shelter staff kept telling us that he wouldn’t be a good fit because he didn’t get along with any other dogs (they had him in a run by himself). By then, we knew what a wonderful lover boy Emmett was, so I was confident we could make Lucas’ life better.
Sparks flew: We brought Emmett to the shelter, and they got along instantly. The staff couldn’t believe it – in fact, they had sent two extra staff members plus a trainer to “help” us with the introduction. But they got along perfectly, so how could we not bring him home? Of course, we’ve had to work with Lucas really intensively because, it turned out, he was terrified of other dogs. And people. And trash cans, and the vacuum, and the city bus, and dozens of other random things. But he’s doing great now and recently earned his CGC!
Midnight Madness: His goofiest habit is his “midnight madness.” After he eats dinner, regardless of how many walks or play dates or training he’s had that day, he has to run laps around our backyard. But the weirdest part is that he barks at the gatepost with every single lap. Maybe it’s his shepherd instincts? Setting a perimeter? Who knows!
Want to meet another couple with big hearts? Check out Kim and Tim, and their dogs and cats.
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!
- Read more on how to become a R.O.A.R. Squad member and check out other R.O.A.R. Squad peeps (R.O.A.R. Squaders? Squadians?)
- Read the blog post that launched the R.O.A.R. Squad
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