R.O.A.R. Squad: Kristen and her dog, Pancake

R.O.A.R. Squad: Kristen and Pancake

Introducing two happy and beautiful girls from Tennessee: Kristen and Pancake! Pancake was a puppy mill puppy and she found her way to Kristen in the nick of time.

Learn more about this wonderful duo after the jump!

Welcome to the R.O.A.R. Squad, Kristen!

Want to join the R.O.A.R. Squad (Rescue Owners Are Rockin’)? Learn more at the bottom of this post!

Rockin’ Rescue Owner: Kristen Nelson

Gorgeous Pup: Pancake, 7-9 year old Shih Tzu

About Kristen: I have had dogs all my life and I knew when I was moving out on my own that I was going to be adopting a dog.  I knew I wanted a Shih Tzu and found Pancake right before I moved into my apartment.  I absolutely love animals, traveling, blogging (check out Ladybug Blessings) and I make my own hand stamped jewelry and other crafts.

Wagging Her Tail Non-Stop: I found Pancake via Petfinder.  She had actually been surrendered to a shelter and the shelter was run out of a lady’s home, and it was over packed.  She brought Pancake to another house that fosters animals for the shelter and Pancake was there for 2 days when I adopted her.  So all of this happened really fast!  When I first met Pancake she was shaking and shaking but wagging her tail non-stop.  You could tell she had puppies not too long ago and she was so scared but she let me hold her.  I knew I was not leaving without her.  She shook the entire car ride home but I put her in my bed that night.  The next day she was my shadow and has been ever since! 

A Telling Fall: I brought her to the vet the next day to check her out and she was given the all clear.  Two weeks later I was taking her to Petsmart and she jumped out of my arms onto the pavement. I started freaking out that she hurt herself and I immediately brought her into the vet attached to Petsmart.  The vet discovered tumors and mentioned how she had breast cancer, something the first vet never caught!  He also said they needed to look at her teeth because she had a lot of disease there. After all is said and done I come to find out that not only does little Pancake (all 10lbs of her) have breast cancer but she is filled with tumors in her ovaries because of over-breeding.  She also has to have most of her teeth removed due to infection.  If my little trooper hadn’t jumped out of my arms none of her health issues would have been discovered!  The vet said she would have been dead two weeks later if I had not had the surgery. It makes me sick to think that it all could have been prevented with proper care and attention. 

Finally a Puppy: Pancake was a different dog when I brought her home.  I first heard her bark, she began to play with toys and got to experience life as a puppy for the first time.  It took me one year to teach her to walk on a leash as whenever I put one on her she just froze up.  It has now been over two years and more and more of her personality comes out each day.  She still doesn’t bark a lot but she barks when she knows I am coming into the house or if she hears my voice and I am not near her.  She plays with her toys more and loves to snuggle.  I am happy that I am able to have her and give her the life she deserved all along.

Pancake? Everyone asks me why Pancake? And I honestly have no idea.  I just always wanted to name my dog Pancake.  We also call her wiggle butt because she is always (still) wagging that tail and when she wags her tail her whole butt shakes!

Where: Tennessee

Want to meet another spunky, happy little pup? Check out Tricia and her dog, Bennet.

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!

Recruiting Members

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of finding at least one rescue owner from every state in the US and at least one rescue owner from every province and territory in Canada by April 2011. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We’re looking for rescue dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots… donkeys… snakes… we’re not biased around here. We just want rescues who have found fabulous homes! Check out all the R.O.A.R. Squad members HERE.

Recruiting for:


  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • North West Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon


  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

If your state/province/territory isn’t on this list, THAT’S OKAY! We still need you to join! Just keep your eyes and ears out for rescue owners from these places for me, k? Thanks!

I look forward to hearing from you!

4 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Kristen and her dog, Pancake”

  1. Kari says:

    I just love the name pancake 🙂 how can you not smile when saying that?


  2. Peggy says:

    Pancake is awesome!
    I also wanted to tell you that you have an award over at my blog!

  3. Wow, the story about the fall, and discovering deeper issues, is crazy. I’m so glad she found you to take such great care of her. I love the name Pancake too!