R.O.A.R. Squad: Trude and her dog, Dante

Photo Credit: Nancy Orozco Photography

This gorgeous pair is our latest addition to the R.O.A.R. Squad! Trude is from California where she is a photographer who volunteers her photographic skills with Seal Beach Animal Care Center. Photography is such an important contribution as it makes a world of difference by letting shelter animal’s glowing personalities shine through.

Check out more expressive photos of Dante after the jump!

If you would like to be profiled in the R.O.A.R. Squad all the info you need to do so is HERE. A special shout out to fabulous folks in Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Brunswick- we need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owner: Trude Ellingsen

Fabulous Pup: Dante- 4 1/2 year old Italian Greyhound

Recovering Firecracker: I was born in Norway but grew up in Southern California. On nights and weekends I’m a photographer who loves to photograph people and/or their pets! I blog about my life with Dante, my friends and family, photography, Etsy finds and all kinds of things at Recovering Firecracker.

Perfect Fit: I found him at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center after a friend tipped me off that this wonderful loverboy had been found on the streets the week before and no one had claimed him. He was skin and bones! It was love at first sight. He’s the perfect match for me – couch potato, snuggler, really calm but playful demeanor, minimal fur for my allergies.

Giving Back: Seal Beach is amazing – they’re no kill and completely volunteer run. I now give back by taking photos of their dogs up for adoption!

Many Talents: I call him Yodante because he can wrap himself up in any blanket so that just his head is showing. It cracks everyone up! He’s also the kitchen ninja – he’s been known to quietly eat six (yes, six, when he weighs all of 13 pounds) hot dogs while we were in the next room!

Tireless: His favorite place to go is the dog beach, where he’ll run for hours. So amazing to watch. His favorite toy is his squeaky ball, he’ll just sit and make it squeak for hours (or until mama gets tired of it… guess which one comes first).

Where: Southern California

Want to meet another Californian? Check out Sharon and her dog, Cleo!

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- need asap!
  • Newfoundland
  • North West Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon


  • Hawaii- need asap!
  • Idaho- need asap!
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine- need asap!
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • 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!

8 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Trude and her dog, Dante”

  1. He is amazing! I am not usually a small dog lover, but I met an Italian greyhound when I was working in Scotland and fell madly in love. Dante looks like an incredible little guy!

  2. Kari says:

    I just love that shot of him with the ball in his mouth 🙂


  3. Trude says:

    Thank you so much for the feature!! Dante will be so excited. 😀

  4. @Trude- So happy to have you part of the R.O.A.R. Squad! Your photos are gorgeous… & I love your hair, by the way. The colour is gorgeous! 🙂

  5. Kristine says:

    Trude takes some of the best photographs I have ever seen. I love her blog for many reasons, but that is one of them.

    Congratulations on joining the ROAR Squad!

  6. Those photographs are amazing! And that last show looks very Michael Jordan-esque.

  7. Kim says:

    Trude: you are beautiful and so is Dante! I’m so glad he now has a wonderful home with such a caring angel. I will check out your blog and the no kill where you volunteer. It’s wonderful that you give back to them in the way you do – Hugs!

  8. Heather says:

    Yay, another iggy! Love, love, love Dante’s look. Aren’t they the best snugglers? 🙂