R.O.A.R. Squad: Adrienne and her dog, Juno

Will you please look at those EARS?

A warm welcome to the latest R.O.A.R. Squad member: Adrienne from Colorado! Adrienne is a writer, a dog lover… and an overall rockin’ superstar for being a part of the R.O.A.R. Squad!

Thank you so much for joining, Adrienne! Learn more about Adrienne and Juno after the jump.

Rockin’ Rescue Owner: Adrienne Saia (check out her blog, Ex-Pats and Geno’s, and her Twitter handles @JunoPuppy and @AdrienneSaia; she also writes for Pajiba.com)

Gorgeous Rescue: Juno, about 4.5 years (don’t let the prematurely gray muzzle fool you!)

There’s Something About Adrienne: I moved to Colorado from Philadelphia in August 2008 to pursue my master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies. I had been all over the world, but this was a big step: leaving my entire life behind and starting a new one in a new state. My life here’s been pretty awesome; I spend most of my time skiing, writing and training Miss Juno. I also volunteer at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and advocate against BSL (breed specific legislation- especially the Denver law banning “pit bull type dogs” in the city limits). I’m nearly six feet tall, a vegetarian, have far too many shoes for one person and would eat pizza every day if I could without gaining 900 lbs.

Marvelous Pittie Mutt: American Staffordshire Terrier mutt. Juno was categorized as a pit bull mix, as she is short and stacked. She has big ol’ ears and thinks she’s a lap dog so I like to joke that she’s part chihuahua. I wish she could tell me where she came from… and I wish I knew what her puppies looked like. All I know is that she was picked up in Pueblo, CO and transferred up to Boulder. She was already housetrained and knew how to sit, but wasn’t spayed and microchipped until she got to HSBV. It blows my mind that someone could have her but not want her. I couldn’t imagine my life without her!

Partner in Crime: I knew that once I left Philly, I wanted to get a dog and I wanted it to be a rescue. I grew up with dogs from all backgrounds, but our best behaved (and least prone to illness) were the ones we got from shelters. I had never felt, though, that they were “my” dogs; I couldn’t wait to pick one out and have a little partner in crime.

She Found Me: When I was visiting the campus before I moved, my mom and I had checked out the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and I knew I would adopt from them. I wanted a bully breed but I wanted a male and a large one at that. I was looking at the shelter for two weeks and had no idea that the dog I wanted was there the whole time. My friend Mark told me that you don’t find the dog, the dog finds you (and that you don’t get the dog you want, but the one you deserve). I looked at this little Am Staff female (with, at the time, very large nipples from just having a litter) with all of the accolades attached to her kennel and I decided to take her for a test drive. She was quiet among the chaos and very, very cute. “Precious” and I hit it off during our meet and greet; she sat in my lap (all 45 lbs of her) and I knew – the dog had found me. The next day, I took her home, renamed her Juno, she jumped on my couch and we’ve been inseparable ever since!

Fabulous Org: Humane Society of Boulder Valley and @humaneboulder. I’m also a volunteer there for the dog kennel and special events. I love giving back to the organization who gave me my Juno.

Perfectly Juno: I didn’t hear Juno bark for about three weeks after I got her. She’s really quiet, except she barks and growls in her sleep! She’s not the most comfy around other dogs, but we’ve taken training classes to distract her from getting too crazy. She loves people, including kids, and loves cuddling in your lap. She also likes to rearrange the couch cushions, hide my shoes (but doesn’t eat them, thank god) and sleep on the porch in the sun.

Where: Colorado

Want to meet some more rockin’ rescue owners from Colorado? Check out Kyla and Dylan!

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!

9 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Adrienne and her dog, Juno”

  1. Maggie says:

    Juno is so pretty! I love that smiley picture!

  2. Kristine says:

    Those ears! Those ears! And those little white paws!

    I completely agree with Adrienne’s friend Mark. More often than not, it seems to happen that way. Dogs are never what you expect, but they help you discover that what you expected wasn’t what you really needed.

  3. Kim says:

    Wow! Juno is beautiful and I love her story. Adrienne seems like an awesome person, too!

  4. @Kim- I know! Would *love* to grab Adrienne for a beer & some pizza 🙂

  5. Kari says:

    I just love that she went out in search of a bully breed. Juno has great ears!


  6. Aww, thanks for all of your sweet comments!! 😀

    I have a quick update: Today while I was at HSBV, I met a fellow volunteer with whom I was to complete a project. We talked, and I found out that she actually picked Juno (nee Precious) up from the shelter in Pueblo and brought her to HSBV. Turns out we have a grant requiring that we have an adult pit for adoption on the floor. Renee goes to Pueblo twice a month to get one or two dogs from a shelter there that has a number of pits and problems adopting them out. They’re also a kill shelter; Renee said it was like playing god and so hard to pick just one. Long story short, she picked Juno one day, literally saving her life, and brought her to Boulder where I was living to be adopted. The rest is history.

    I just hugged her. I didn’t know how else to thank her for her choice.

  7. @Adrienne- That is incredbile- gives me the shivers when I read it. I am so glad Juno is where she needs to be: at home with you.