A very warm welcome to Kristine and Rob to the R.O.A.R. Squad! Kristine and Rob hail from Nova Scotia, a place I have been DYING to check out forEVER. I have heard a million times that the east coast of Canada is incredibly gorgeous in the autumn (and every other time) so I look forward to checking it out MUCH much sooner rather than later.
Shiva is an Australian Cattle Dog cross and we were told Kayloo probably has a bit of Aussie in her too (crossed with pitbull and kelpie (?) and carebear). I can see a resemblance. Can you?). SMALL WORLD.
Thank you both so very much for joining the R.O.A.R. Squad and giving Shiva such a wonderful home.
More photos after the jump!
Gorgeous Pup: Shiva (Australian Cattle Dog mix)
About Kristine & Rob: We met around six years while working at a hotel. Back then we were just finishing university and had no idea what we wanted out of life. Two years ago we both got tired of living in Alberta, Canada so we packed up our stuff and headed across the country to Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was one of the best things we have ever done. After all, if we’d stayed in Calgary, we never would have met our wacko dog, Shiva. It makes me sad just thinking about it. I blog about Shiva’s antics and other random things at Rescued Insanity.
“That’s When I Discovered PetFinder” Both Rob and I had dogs growing up and we knew we wanted one of our own eventually. The timing was just never right. About a year and a half ago getting a dog became an obsession for me. We were finally living in a decent-sized house, we had steady jobs with steady hours, and we lived in a great neighbourhood with an off-leash park just minutes away. At first I looked into different breeders in the area. However, all the good ones had long waiting lists and I wasn’t sure I could wait two years to bring a dog into our home. I wanted one NOW. That’s when I discovered Petfinder.
We Knew: We got ourselves pre-approved at the Nova Scotia SPCA Metro Shelter and I started checking the website every half an hour for a dog that would fit our lifestyle. When Shiva’s (then Tessa) skinny little frame and spotted face appeared on the screen, I knew we had to meet her.
A Handful: From the first time I held her leash I knew she was going to be a handful. She dragged me across the parking lot of the shelter, darting in random directions like she’d never been outside before. They told us she’d been found wandering the streets. Someone had caught her, stuffed her in a cat carrier, and took her on the bus down to the shelter. Though I knew she was going to be a ton of work, her big brown eyes were too much to resist and I let Rob convince me to take her home.
Puppy Brain: Over a year later Shiva is still crazy. She has yet to lose her puppy brain. She loves to chase birds, run in giant circles, and counter-surf. If there is food to be had, no matter how high up or how deeply hidden, Shiva will find it. Once she was even able to snatch eight cupcakes off the counter within less than sixty seconds, papers and all
were devoured. It’s a good thing she has such a strong stomach!
Obedience Champ: Luckily, she also has many less irritating skills. Shiva has a large repertoire of tricks that she’s happy to perform over and over and over again. She’s also aced several obedience classes and has already been pegged a future dog agility champion. We shall see. I think that’s going to depend more on my skills than hers. We also just recently started taking a Flyball class.
Shoe Chewing Champ: Other than dog sports, Shiva also keeps busy pestering our cat, who is also a rescue, and chewing on my shoes. It’s a good thing she’s so cute. But really, though she can be a huge loon at times, she is also a giant lapdog at heart. At night after a long day she loves nothing more than cuddling with us on the couch.
Braveheart: It’s hard to imagine what life was like before we got a dog. We must have been incredibly bored all the time! Shiva is the bravest dog I’ve ever known. She came to us full of fears and has managed to conquer most of them. All except her fear of deep, dark water. A swimmer she is not. But that’s okay, I think we’ll keep her anyway.
Where: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
YOU SHOULD MEET MORE WICKED CANADIANS! Check out Melissa and Kevin and their dog Zain Mahboulla Al Sabah Bush (say that one twice fast. I dare ya)!
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!
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.
- New Brunswick
- North West Territories
- Prince Edward Island
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
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!