R.O.A.R. Squad: Jessica and her dogs Singer, Sister and Judy

I absolutely LOVE this photo of Jessica with her gorgeous dogs, you can just see how much they all adore eachother, don’t you think? Jessica is going to be speaking at BlogPaws in Denver in September- you should check her out!

Thank you so much for joining the R.O.A.R. Squad, Jessica! You rock!

What does the R.O.A.R. Squad stand for? Rescue Owners Are Rockin’! Learn more!

The Human: Jessica Bush – check out her blog DOGingham

The Pups: Singer (dalmatian), Sister (border collie/air traffic controller/referee) and Judy (border collie/5 star chef)

Boy Crazy Singer: Singer was a wee pup-ling only 8 weeks old and living on the streets of Tuscaloosa, AL until I found her and brought her home. She was covered in filth and chewing gum (!) but after a warm bath and dinner, she curled up on a pillow beside my bed all safe and sound. The next day we played fetch with a friend and her black lab named “Stormy.” My life would never be the same. Singer *loves* muscular boy dogs! I began to notice this strange preference after numerous over-excitable dog park greetings. The larger and more muscular the dog, the more she pranced and preened. Total teenage girl meets boy band kind of excitement too. Hilarious! I must get this phenomenon on video.

Referee Sister: After years of toying with the idea, I finally got up the nerve to volunteer at the local humane society. I walked past the kennels, took one glance at a brown-speckled pup and stopped in my tracks. Needless to say, I didn’t finish my volunteer training. I went home with a pup instead! This gal is a perpetual referee. If she could police dog parks for “too much excitement,” she would. It’s troublesome for her if a group of dogs begins to play too rough or get out of control! So she runs right over, circles, barks a low bark and corrals them into a lower state of excitement. And the icing on the cake is her white-tipped fluffy tail. When she goes in to calm the dogs, her tails totally looks like a “flag being thrown” on the field.

Judy- Judy- Judy: I got a call from a friend who had just lost his beloved German Shepherd and was ready to adopt another at the shelter. For moral support, I went along with him to pick up his new dog. I saw Judy piled in a kennel with 5 other dogs. Once we locked eyes, it was a sure thing. She was going home with me! We lovingly call Judy “the human” and she loves all dogs, people and even children.  But her one true passion is food. With her eyes fully dilated and drooling, Judy will sit on her haunches like a squirrel and patiently wait for any morsel of food to come her way. And though they all eat together twice a day at the same time, she will get an early start (just in case) and take naps by the food bins/bowls.

Socialization is Key: Luckily, I can now visit a shelter and not come home with another pet. But it’s tough. There are so many that need homes. And the more socialization shelter dogs can get from us the better their chances! 

Fabulous Rescues: Greater Birmingham Humane Society; Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation

Where: Birmingham, AL

Want to meet another photographer? Check out Pam and her dogs from Maryland!

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Do you want to 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!

14 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Jessica and her dogs Singer, Sister and Judy”

  1. Kari says:

    Sister and Baily sound like they could keep all the dog parks in the nation in line. No fun being had with these two around!

  2. What a great family! I love your description of Singer. I bet she would really love our Mr. B: he is the only dog I know with a defined, muscular buttock.

  3. Another great rescue story. I love how Singer adapted to her new home. One day on the streets … the next day all comfy cozy! How are you doing on your ROAR Squad quest? What’s still open?

  4. Oooop! Forgot your listing is on the ROAR Squad page. I would start tweeting for the categories you need to fill!

  5. Maggie says:

    That picture is absolutely gorgeous! And such a great rescue tale! I look forward to meeting Jessica at BlogPaws!!

  6. Peggy says:

    What lucky dogs, they have a wonderful home now. What a dream, wouldn’t we all love to go to a shelter and adopt all the dogs?!

  7. One of the first times I went to a shelter as an adult I started to cry and had to leave. They know what is going on, those little guys. Heart breaking. So cool that these guys have such a wonderful home!

  8. @Rod- Good idea! I should put together a R.O.A.R. Squad update post… I’ll get going on that. Thanks!

  9. blanket says:

    That’s a great picture and a great story! Love all the R.O.A.R squad people doing great things :)

  10. Jessica says:

    @Kari- Does Baily relax at home? Sister is always on patrol!

    @Two Pitties and Shauna- the term “defined, muscular buttock” made me laugh out loud too. Seriously funny! I can just see Singer’s bedroom wall now…posters of Mr. B everywhere! ha

    @Shauna- YOU rock for reaching out to rescue owners! And thank you so much for including my family into your ROAR family. Regarding tears at the shelter, it happens to many of us. Those animals absolutely know what is going on. I used to go walk them every week and I could later see their faces and eyes staring back at me as I fell asleep at night. Their sadness and desperation was palpable. Lately my work schedule keeps me from physically being there, so I can only contribute by event planning/fundraising and awareness.

    @Rod-that day was quite amazing. It is so vivid in my mind even today (it was almost 13 years ago!) You will be happy to know that Singer *stays* comfy/cozy nearly all the time. she is known in our house as the “snuggle bunny” and for good reason. :)

    @Maggie-Thank you! Can’t wait to meet you too!

    @Peggy-it would be nice to know that perhaps one day the shelters will have waiting lists of adoptORS instead of adoptees! Oh to dream!

  11. Mel says:

    What a great poster you all would be for The Shelter Pet Project! I can so relate to walking by and locking eyes and knowing they would be going home with you. I volunteer at a shelter, but I always knew when it was “the one”. I can’t explain it. Singer, Sister and Judy are very lucky dogs!

  12. Jessica says:

    Thanks Mel. Honestly, I think I’m the lucky one. They have taught me so much about life, patience and on and on!

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