R.O.A.R. Squad: Melissa and Kevin and their dog, Zain

Oh. My. God. PUPPIES! (the pups after being saved from a certain dire fate outside a gym in Kuwait)

I am very excited to introduce to you the latest R.O.A.R. Squad members: Melissa and Kevin from Ontario! These guys are childhood friends of John’s and they pretty much rock. Clearly. They have a rescue dog from Kuwait with the COOLEST NAME EVER, of course they rock! 

Learn more about the fate of these gorgeous pups and their dog’s cool name after the jump.

Welcome to the R.O.A.R. Squad guys!  

Ready for a killer workout.

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Melissa Koch & Kevin Bush

Zany Zain: 8 year old Zain Mahboulla Al Sabah Bush (Zain for short!)

About Melissa and Kevin: We lived and taught in Kuwait for 3 years and Dubai for 3 years.  We’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities to travel to different parts of the world.  We now live back in our hometown of Parry Sound, Ontario and are enjoying being closer to friends and family and are enjoying the small town life.

Breed: Unknown/mixed (however, if you ask Kevin he will tell you that Zain is a purebred Arabian Hound… a very rare breed… there’s only one!)  I’ve had a few random people ask me if he had Karilean in him.

That's Kevin there on the left. Hi Kevin! Zain is in Kevin's arms and Zain's mom is the black dog. Awww.

Puppy Love: In Kuwait we had gym memberships at the Crown Plaza.  A friend of ours discovered some puppies and their mother hiding under a storage shed by the tennis courts.  He started feeding them.  One day the caretaker told our friend that if he wants the dogs he should take them right away because they would be “exterminated.”  So we took in the pups and their mom.  Our friends adopted the mom, we adopted one pup, and we found homes for the rest of the puppies.  Unfortunately, many people in this part of the world dislike dogs and have little respect for animals so there are many cases of pets being abandoned in the desert or mistreated.  We felt very happy that we could make a difference for these dogs.

On the boat out on Georgian Bay

Rescue Orgs: Although we didn’t adopt from a shelter, here are links to shelters in Kuwait and Dubai:

Kids Are Awesome: While teaching in Dubai, my grade 2 class planned fundraising activities to raise money for K9 Friends.  We managed to raise enough money to sponsor 3 dogs for an entire year!  It was great to see the kids get so excited about helping homeless dogs in Dubai!

Stupid Bugs: Zain hates and is scared of houseflies. He will growl at them and try to catch them.  If he can’t catch them, he will eventually hide under the computer desk for the rest of the day.  

Experiencing snow in Ontario for the first time after being evacuated from Kuwait before the U.S. invaded Iraq

Sensitive…: Zain has issues with allergies so we had him tested and found out that he is allergic to 34 different things!  Some of his allergies include lamb, turkey, barley, soy, dust, feathers, cotton, and house flies of all things! Where: Zain was rescued when we lived in Kuwait, but we now live in Ontario.

…Tough Guy: Zain enjoys going jogging with me (Melissa) and going for boat rides. He likes about half of the dogs that he meets but he certainly has issues with labs for some reason.  Besides for too much barking and some aggression towards other dogs, he is a fantastic little guy who’s very easy to take care of!  We are so happy to have him!

Where: Kuwait and then Ontario

Want to meet another rockin’ rescue owner from overseas? Check out Kirsty and her dog, Strauss!

Join the R.O.A.R. Squad 

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!

10 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Melissa and Kevin and their dog, Zain”

  1. Kari says:

    Wow its very cool that they were able to save him from extermination


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  3. These puppies are SO darling. A huge shout out to Melissa and Kevin!

  4. blanket says:

    Awww such a cute dog and a fantastic story!

  5. I agree! That first shot keeeels me!

  6. Peggy says:

    Zain is adorable.
    What great work this couple is doing.

  7. Wow, this was such a cool story. Was it hard getting him back to Canada?

  8. Melissa says:

    It was super easy getting him into Canada. All we needed was proof of his rabies shot and a letter from a vet stating that he was in good health. He actually travelled between Kuwait and Canada with us several times. He’s well travelled, but I think he’s happy to stay put in Canada right now!

  9. Kim says:

    Oh my – more angels on earth in the form of Kevin and Melissa! It will always break my heart to know that there are still people in this world that have no reverance for the life of these beautiful creatures. What a wonderful story – thank you!

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