R.O.A.R. Squad: Debbie and her dogs Bugsy, Annie, Finn and Sunny

R.O.A.R. Squad: Rescue   Owners   Are   Rockin’

R.O.A.R. Squad: Debbie and her dog, Sunny

A great big welcome to Debbie and her happy pup household: Bugsy, Annie, Finn and Sunny! Such great stories for each of these pups- thank you so much for taking part in the R.O.A.R. Squad!

Humans: Debbie Jacobs and her husband, John Lee
Dogs: Bugsy 16 y/o buff cocker, Annie 7 y/o buff cocker, Finn 8 y/o border collie, Sunny 6 y/o border collie x
John is a Spanish teacher and I’ve been running an adventure travel business for close to 20 years. More recently I have become obsessed with learning about the most effective and humane ways to work with fearful dogs and helping get that information out to pet owners & rescuers.
Websites: Inspired by her fearful Sunshine (Sunny), Debbie started Fearful Dogs (you can also check out her blog
A Little Fearful, Mostly Sunshine (Humane Society of Louisiana): After the hurricanes of 2005 I traveled to Mississippi where I volunteered at Camp Katrina, which was a site set up to handle the animals being rescued from the streets and homes of New Orleans and surrounding areas. While there a transport of dogs came in who had been rescued from a large hoarding site. Among them was Sunshine, a shy black & white border collie mix. I had Sunshine transported to our home in Vermont thinking that I would find him a family to live with in Vermont. When it became apparent that he was too fearful to adopt out he became the inspiration for Fearful Dogs. 


Fishy Friend- Bugsy (Family Veterinary Center): John had taken the two cockers we had at that time to the vet. Each person working at the practice mentioned that they had a 9 y/o buff male cocker that was available for adoption. John almost made it out of the clinic without meeting the dog, but he finally relented and when they took Bugsy out of his cage, he politely greeted the humans… and then went to a nearby aquarium and sat and stared at the fish. John was smitten. I went to meet Bugsy, watched him stare at the fish and saw that he would be a good fit for our household. John brought him home the next day. 


Darn Good Frisbee Catcher- Finn (Glen Highland Farm): After the death of Mitzi, one of our sweet female cockers who cuddled with John nightly, I thought that we should get another dog. A friend had recently attended dog training course and had met and worked with a border collie who needed a home. Finn is a classically handsome border collie who had been adopted by a competitive Frisbee player who found him in TN. BUT, when Finn didn’t cut the mustard when it came to catching Frisbees that competitive Frisbee player went and  returned Finn to a shelter in NY (Me: WHAT A JERK!). After a few unsuccessful adoptions, Finn was eventually returned to Glenhighland Farm. I decided to bring him home with us that day I met him. By my count we are his 7th home and as far as I’m concerned he’s a darn good Frisbee catcher. Finn is now in his Forever Home.
Sweet Sweet Annie (Lucky Pup Rescue): Last June when I lost Sabu, Mitzi’s daughter, I was bereft. For close to 12 years I had fallen asleep with a hand resting on this sweet girl. We didn’t need to bring our dog total back up to four, but Sabu’s absence dragged at my heart. I knew I shouldn’t but like an addict I found myself scanning the pages of Petfinder until a buff female with a face that reminded both John and I of both Sabu and Mitzi, appeared. Annie was being fostered in Maine and as luck would have it, could be driven to Vermont for me to meet. I brought Annie home for a trial weekend and she’s been with us ever since that day in September.
Where: Vermont

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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! 

Send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Debbie with Finn and Bugsy

7 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Debbie and her dogs Bugsy, Annie, Finn and Sunny”

  1. Kari says:

    that is quite the nice looking family!

  2. Ah … Debbie at last. I was wondering if/when she would reach out to you. Amy and I are happy followers of her Fearful Dogs blog.

  3. spokeit says:

    That picture of Bugsy is so cute!!

  4. @Spokeit- I know- he looks so sincere, doesn’t he? :)

  5. What a great family! I was just looking at the Fearful Dog website and it looks like an amazing resource too.

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