R.O.A.R. Squad: Crystle and Todd and their dog, Papa Yango

A great big welcome to Crystle and Todd from Oklahoma! Great to have you part of the R.O.A.R. Squad!

Crystle writes a blog with a focus on minimalism and her dog Papa Yango has one of the best names ever. Read more after the jump!

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 South Dakota, Wyoming and the Yukon– we need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Crystle Sanchez and my wonderful boyfriend, Todd Marcot (Check out Crystle’s blog, Big Grid, Small Footprints)

Too Cool For School Pup: Papa Yango is an elderly beagle who is 11 years old. I knew I wanted an older dog who might not have the same chance of being adopted as a younger pup.

About the Family: Todd and I love the outdoors and cooking. We love trying creative recipes while backpacking the most! Yango loves sniffing around the neighborhood elementary school.

News Worthy: I rescued Papa Yango when I came home from a study abroad program in Lima, Peru in 2008. We were on the news that day because he was the first dog to be adopted from the Norman, Oklahoma animal shelter with the return home micro chip!

Lost & Found: His name comes from a Se Busca (or “Lost”) sign I saw while abroad. I chased the original Yango around my Pueblo Libre neighborhood trying to return him home, never did catch him, but the name caught me.

Awesome Rescue: The Norman Animal Rescue Center

What Papa Yango Wants, Papa Yango Gets: Papa Yango loves to chase squirrels and howl in his sleep. He loves hip rubs and denta sticks.

He's hip... he's cool... he's 70!

Where: Norman, Oklahoma

Want to meet another beagle (cross)? Check out photographer Leesia and her pups from Georgia!

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 U.S. and at least one rescue owner from every province and territory in Canada by April 2011. 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
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon- need asap!


  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota- need asap!
  • Wyoming- need asap!

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: Crystle and Todd and their dog, Papa Yango”

  1. Kari says:

    Now THAT is an awesome dog name 🙂


  2. Kristine says:

    Go Papa Yango, he looks very stylish in those shades. Hiding from all his fans, perhaps?

    Yay for adopting an older dog!

  3. @Kari- I agree! Awesome name 🙂

    @Kristine- I love the senior dog connection too!

  4. I do love that you chose a senior dog. I know so many people want puppies, but they don’t realize with older dogs that you don’t have to go through all that housetraining and chewing nonsense. Plus with an older dog, you already know what you’re getting. He is so cute, and does have a great name!

  5. Trude says:

    What a cutie pie! Looove the name!