R.O.A.R. Squad: Kimberly and Ben and their dogs, Chai and Makelele

A huge welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members from Ohio!

I really enjoyed this write-up, you can really see how much passion Kimberly has for animals. Not only is she completely in love with her pups, but also for the animals she volunteers with. R.O.A.R. Squad members have huge hearts!

I love Mak’s breed and I am so glad Chai has been such a wonderful support. Read more about this fabulous family and how to join the R.O.A.R. Squad after the jump!

(Oh! And congrats on your engagement, guys!)

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Kimberly Reidinger and Ben Prow (soon to be Kimberly Prow on March 26, 2011! Woot! Congratulations!)

Fabulous Pups: Chai (Cockapoo) and Makelele (Lab/Great Dane/Box/Snuggle Face)

Real Passion: Dogs have always been a part of my (Kimberly) life, I’ve never had less than two in the house since I was 10 when we got our first dog. Since they my family has rescued 7 animals (5 dogs, 2 cats). Ben grew up loving his best friend, Jake, a chocolate lab that is every boy’s dream dog. I dragged his West Coast butt from Oregon to Ohio after we met and fell in love in college at Ohio Wesleyan. We both work full-time office jobs, but our real passion is animals. I am part of an organization at work called Animal Alliance and we host two adoption events each spring and fall. Last event we got 4 animals adopted just from my coworkers! And then three more as a result of seeing the shelters present at the event. It’s a great way for me to stay involved in volunteering with animals and the promotion of animal rights even though I can’t do it as much as I’d like.

Check out Kimberly’s blog: The Sky is Falling

Chai’s Story: All through college I volunteered with a group on campus called Pet Pals. Every weekend I would go to the the Delaware County Humane Society and see the dogs and even though it broke my heart, I knew that as a college student in a dorm a) I couldn’t adopt and b) I just hadn’t fallen in love yet. And then, November 3rd, 2007 (my senior year) I walked into the shelter to go about my normal routine and came across Chai. My roommate (in an apartment) was allergic to animals so I couldn’t adopt just any dog. But then I saw (and knew about) the breed Cockapoo written on her cage description. At the time Chai was a scraggly mess. She looked more like a mop than any sort of cocker spaniel or poodle mix. But there was something about her. She couldn’t have been more perfect. Our apartment was small: she was small. My roommate was allergic: She is hypoallergenic. I wanted a girl: she was a wiggling, beautiful baby girl. I told the girl I was there with that this was my dog and she laughed at me and told me all the dogs would be my dogs if it was up to me (still true), but Chai was different. I said if she was still there in a week, I was adopting her. That week was the longest week of my life. Saturday rolled around and I prepared myself to go to the shelter and see this 2-year-old designer dog that had somehow ended up in the shelter gone. There was NO way that she could’ve lasted a whole week without being adopted. I’ve been a dog-rescuer my whole life and I know how fast dogs like her go. But when I got there, there she was. Just waiting. I opened her cage and called my mom and told her to get over to the shelter ASAP to meet the new love of my life. When I adopted her she had kennel cough something fierce and a runny nose, not the cutest sight, but I was in love. That semester was one of the worst 6 months of my whole life and I truly believe that without Chai I would not have made it through unscathed. I really don’t know who rescued who. (As you can tell, she is very special to me, sorry for all the details, Shauna, it was just a very bad year that year and Chai kept me going. I knew I had her and she needed me and I wasn’t going to let her down.)

Mak’s Story: Is totally different from Chai. We got him as a friend for Chai a little over a year ago and she had been an only dog for about 2 years so the first few weeks were rough. She absolutely hated him. This big, bouncing ball of energy whose head was the size of her whole body. I spent nights lying awake thinking about how I’ve ruined her whole life by bringing this new dog into her house. I’ve always had small dogs (40 lbs or less) but my fiance had a chocolate lab growing up and as soon as he saw Mak, he remembered Jake (his childhood dog) and had to have him. I mean how could you say no to that face, those HUGE brown eyes and that perfect black nose. Then, all of a sudden, they were best friends. Mak is an adventure every day. He has a red ball that he would sleep with if he could (and does sometimes, just curled up next to it on the couch). He is never sad. He has this fierce lab tail that never stops wagging and he has given Chai a buddy to pal around with. They are complete opposites and perfect for each other. Much like my fiance and myself! He was adopted from the Franklin County Humane Society and is one of the BEST dogs in the whole world. He can cheer anyone up in less than a minute and has a tongue that seems never-ending. He is my boy.

Neat-Freak Snuggle Bum: Chai is a neat-freak. Before bed she has to have her covers in just the right way by mussing them about with her paws. She eats her dinner by picking each piece out and carefully chewing it and she HATES when the ground is dirty, because then her paws get dirty. She loves to sit on the back of the couch when I watch TV, with her head on one side of my face and her little butt on the other side like a neck-warmer.

Tireless Snuggle Bum: Mak as mentioned has an addiction to playing fetch. He will fetch ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. His favorite is his red ball. He carries it around with him at all times JUST IN CASE someone wants to play fetch at any second. He is also a 75-lb lap dog. He will snuggle with you in a heartbeat and his favorite time of day is snuggle time before bed when he curls up in my arms while we read a book in bed.

Where: Columbus, OH

Want to meet another gorgeous black pup? Check out Karen and her dog, Rosie!

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

Everywhere Else:

  • From somewhere else? Lemme know!

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!

5 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Kimberly and Ben and their dogs, Chai and Makelele”

  1. Kari says:

    Can’t say I have ever seen Mak’s breed before


  2. I loved hearing the part about how Chai was still there waiting for you a week later; it was totally meant to be! I also like how your pooches have such a huge size difference.

  3. @Two- I love the size difference too! I’m partial to it because of the size difference with my dogs, but Chai and Mak have us beat when it comes to the difference!

    I also like that they adopted black dogs as black pets are so much more difficult to adopt out.

  4. Kristine says:

    Congratulations on joining the Squad, you guys. You are just as gorgeous as your dogs!

    I love the dogs’ names, especially Chai. It’s unique and perfect.