R.O.A.R. Squad: Christie and her dog, Tiffany

A huge welcome to Christie and her dog, Tiffany to the R.O.A.R. Squad! It looks like Tiffany is trying to take a swig of Christie’s beer. I like Tiffany.

Learn more about how Christie and Tiffany found each other and Christie’s awesome website after the jump- if you haven’t checked out her designs before, make sure you do!

If you would like to be profiled in the R.O.A.R. Squad (Rescue Owners Are Rockin!) 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: Christie

Wonderful Pup: Tiffany (Maltese, 5 years)

About Christie: I’m a graphic designer who lives in the suburbs of Chicago.  I’m a huge animal lover and always have been.  Growing up, I had goldfish and newts (a type of salamander) as pets.  But I always wished I could get a dog.  Once I finished college, got a job, and moved into my own place, I became determined to find the right dog for me.  I knew I wanted to adopt a dog, because there are so many wonderful dogs out there who need homes.

Gotta Check Out: Since I love dogs and love graphic design, I decided to make a website that combines the two.  So I started designing t-shirts for dog lovers in my spare time.  Here’s my site: Go Pooch Yourself.  I’m also on Twitter: @gopoochyourself.

Love at First Sight: Tiffany is from the Naperville Area Humane Society.  I went there to look at a poodle mix, but he was bigger than I expected and exceeded my condo’s pet weight limits.  But then, I saw a new dog there who had just gone up for adoption that day.  Her name was Tiffany, and she was a scrawny, scared little Maltese.  Almost all of her fur was shaved off, so she looked very pink and naked.  I asked if I could meet her and as soon as I held her in my arms, I knew it.  It was love!  I placed a hold on Tiffany.  After waiting the required 24 hour period to think it over, I finalized the adoption.

Inspiration: I love Tiffany so much that I decided to volunteer at the Naperville Area Humane Society.  I help socialize the dogs there to prepare them for adoption.  It’s been a great experience!  The dogs there are so sweet, and everyone gets really excited when they find their forever homes.

Star Pupil: Tiffany didn’t know any commands when I adopted her.  She didn’t even know how to sit!  Now, not only does she know the basics (like sit, down, and stay), she knows how to do some pretty impressive tricks!  She jumps through a hula hoop on command.  Another cool trick she does is playing dead when you point at her and say “bang.”  She’ll do just about anything for treats!

Where: Illinois

Want to meet another great team from Illinois? Check out Kristin and Pip!

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 by Dec 31st!
  • Newfoundland
  • North West Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon


  • Hawaii- need by Dec 31st!
  • Idaho- need by Dec 31st!
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine- need by Dec 31st!
  • Mississippi
  • 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!

11 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Christie and her dog, Tiffany”

  1. Kari says:

    Hard not to love a dog who tries to steal sips of beer 😉


  2. @Kari- My feeling exactly 😉

  3. Kim says:

    Aww, one of those photos of Tiffany looks like my maltese Simon! So nice that you are volunteering at the humane society since adopting Tiffany. I looked at your shirts – really great! Hugs to Tiffany!

  4. @Kim- Her tshirts are fabulous, aren’t they? I love the “lover not a fighter” one 🙂

  5. Kristine says:

    Seriously, the coolest people are part of the R.O.A.R. Squad. Christie’s business looks awesome. After a quick glance I spotted at least three shirts I would love to own.

    Tiffany is the perfect name. Suits her all the way. 🙂

  6. Hello there! Thanks for the write-up.

    @Kari – She’s fascinated by beer. And coffee. We have a lot in common, haha.

    @Kim and @Kristine – Thanks for the compliments! And yep she’s a total Tiffany…I thought about changing the name but it fits her so well!

  7. I love stories where you go in for one dog, then end up with the perfect dog you didn’t expect. We’re nearby in the city.

  8. Heather says:

    I love that she jumps through a hula hoop. That is a fun trick! Very cool story. I always love it when people say they fell for a dog even though he/she wasn’t ‘perfect’ looking. And look at her now – absolutely beautiful!

  9. @Kristine_ I *totally* agree with you on your “coolest people” point 😉

  10. @Christie- We are so very happy to have you! Thank you so much for joining!

  11. @Two Pitties in the City…yay for Chicago! I want to take Tiffany into the city sometime when it’s warmer out.

    If anyone wants to see a “before” picture of Tiffany, there’s one here:
    She was so naked and skinny.