A huge welcome to the latest R.O.A.R. Squad members: Lindsey and Matt from my home province of British Columbia!
These beautiful pups make me smile- and Maska hails all the way from Taiwan.
Read more about this wonderful family and how you can join the R.O.A.R. Squad after the jump (you are going to fall in love with these photos as much as I have, I guarantee it!).
Fabulous Rescues: Nikita and Maska
Priceless: My husband and I love the look on peoples faces when we explain that, no our beautiful dogs aren’t from a breeder, they are both rescues! Nikita and Maska don’t remember that they were abandoned or unloved (Maska has lasting emotional scars but he is coming around) they just know now that they have warm beds, good food, and a happy pack.
Love at First Sight: Nikita spent 6 months in the pound, being returned multiple times because people thought she was beautiful, but didn’t understand that huskies aren’t “easy dogs”; they aren’t quiet, they don’t always like to listen, they love to run (sometimes run… away) and they shed….a lot. When we met her she was jumping at the chain link, howling, trying to get our attention. The well meaning pound master tried to walk us past her to a nice, well behaved lab and just shook his head when we inquired if she was up for adoption. When I seen her, it was love at first sight. That was 6 years ago and we have never looked back.
From Taiwan with Love: Maska is from Taiwan and has been with us for 6 months, he is two and is still learning that he can walk down the street without fear of being hit, he can eat his food without having to fight for it, and that he won’t ever starve again. He likes to eat the toilet paper off the roll and kleenex out of the box, we guess that he probably subsisted on paper for so long that we might not ever break that habit (his trainer suggested that we try giving him as much tissue as he wanted… after he ate about 15 of them and laid on top of the rest, guarding it for later we decided the occasional tissue wasn’t such a big deal after all). There is a heart of gold under the bravado of a street dog.
Island Dogz: Maska’s immigration into Canada was facilitated by Island Dogz, a fantastic rescue on Vancouver Island working hard to save both local dogs and dogs abroad in Taiwan. Maska came from a Taiwanese pound where he was slated to die if not adopted. Many pounds in Taiwan kill 200-400 dogs per week… yes week. The founder of Island Dogz, Gem, (an amazing individual) works with a no kill shelter in Taiwan called T.U.A.P.A. T.U.A.P.A has 800-1,000 dogs, many of whom will spend their whole life there. Gem helps these “dogz” find forever homes in British Columbia.
Where: British Columbia, Canada
Want to meet some more British Columbians? Check out Jennifer and Steven and their dog, Angel!
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
- 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!