Sooo! I. Am. Excited. Today marks the day that the R.O.A.R. Squad goes INTERNATIONAL (okay, so we’re already international because we’re in Canada and the US… but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, PEOPLE)!
A huge welcome to Kirsty and her dog, Strauss from… Italy! Kirsty blogs for Status Viatoris- Life in Italy. I’m not exactly sure what “Status Viatoris” means, but it probably means something along the lines of I Get to Drink Italian Wine and Breathe Italian Air and Eat Italian… Everything, And You Don’t. Ha. (or something like that). Thanks for taking part guys!
About Kirsty: My parents had always had pure breeds from breeders, Strauss is the first rescue dog in the family as well as being the first mongrel. I would never ever go back.
A Case For Rescues: Personally I think it is inexcusable to buy from puppy farms or even normal breeders when there are so many abandoned animals out there in need of a home. Apart from the moral implications, it is proven that mixed-breed animals are stronger and healthier. Buying from breeders is just encouraging the abhorrent inbreeding that produces so-called ‘pedigrees’ that can’t breathe, can barely walk due to malformed hips and arthritis, dogs that suffer from congenital blindness or deafness, dogs with skin complaints and so the list goes on.
About Strauss: I adopted Strauss, who is a podenco (Spanish hunting dog) cross in February 2001 when he was about three months old. I got him from a rescue centre called Adana in the hills behind Estepona in the South of Spain. It was a pitiful place, barely hanging on, relying entirely on donations and volunteers.
Diamond in the Rough: At the time that area of Spain was particularly bad at animal rights, hunting dogs that were too old, or not right for the job were hung from trees, or thrown alive onto bonfires. I saw some pretty horrible things. Strauss was full of life and affection (and worms) from day one. It took about 3 months to get him really healthy, and other from the fact that he is seriously accident-prone, he hasn’t had any other health problems. Although Daddys have come and gone over the years, it has usually been just me and him! I love him to distraction.
Silly Habits: He loves stones. Especially big ones that are nearly the size of his head. He carries them around with him, and puts them down from time to time to lick furiously. His teeth are no longer pointy, but I cannot wean him off them, so one day might end up feeding him through a straw! He’s a very affectionate dog, and will often come up and give me his paw. If I kiss it, he then gives me the other one and then alternates until I’m all kissed out! He’s very chatty, and will ‘talk’ to you, especially first thing in the morning. He doesn’t look or act anything like this age. But then again, that makes two of us!
Where: Livin’ the life in Italy, y’all. ITALY.
Want to meet a R.O.A.R. member with an international name? Skye and her dog, Holland (see what I did there? Holland is in Europe and Holland is the dogs’ name. Get it? Oh yes. Awesome.)
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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!
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