R.O.A.R. Squad: Holly and Patrick and their dogs, Sophie, Copper, Bufort and Prudie

A warm welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members: Holly and Patrick from Iowa!

I think that is the happiest family photo I have seen in a long time! Holly has a great involvement in the foster community- find out how you can help her reach her goals for 2011 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 Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island– we need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Holly and Patrick Hartling

The Pups:

2011 Goals: We are at our maximum capacity for dogs and aren’t planning to foster unless Copper is away at my parents’ house, so I have taken it upon myself to recruit one new foster home per month for 2011, as well as 1 new transport driver per month. I drive at least 3 transports per month to get dogs out of shelters in Missouri and into rescues in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. | Editors Note: If you would like to help Holly achieve her goal of finding fosters you can contact her at HollyEgg@gmail.com – make sure you put FOSTER in the subject line. Holly finds fosters on behalf of organizations such as Western Missouri Basset Rescue – if you would like to help send her a note!

Loyal Companion: Patrick and I have been married almost two years now and when we met I already had Sophie. I went in to the local animal shelter after work on a Friday thinking I was going to adopt a cat, and Sophie was so small, she was being housed with the cats, I never even considered another animal that evening. I spent so much time getting to know her, I almost missed the time cut-off for adoption! We left and it started to blizzard. When we got home, my (empty) trash can blew over on us, to this day Sophie is afraid of trash cans. Sophie is the most loyal dog I have ever met, she follows me from room to room. When I take her to work with me, my co-workers often laugh at how she dutifully follows me around the office.

Foster Fail? Or Foster Fantastic? Copper is a foster-fail, he had been in seven other foster homes and never got along with the other pets in the homes, so he kept getting passed from place to place. He got along really well with Sophie, and I decided that if he couldn’t find a permanent home, we would give him one. He has spent summers at my parents’ house, my mother adores him and he keeps rabbits and deer out of her yard and garden. Copper has one blue eye and one brown eye. He sometimes has to be carried downstairs in the morning, he doesn’t like the cold weather at all!

Warm Marks the Spot: Buford Basset came to us as a foster when he had been returned for Megaesophagus, a condition that causes involuntary regurgitation of food and water, and often causes pneumonia and death. He was severely underweight when he came to us, and with us he is flourishing at a healthy weight. We often describe Buford as “broken” as he has so many quirks and particularities for how he is handled. He is a notorious “warm spot” stealer and has to be tricked into leaving bed in the morning as well.

Forever Puppy: Our latest and last addition is Prudie, who is called Little Red, but now that she has put on weight, has simply evolved to “Red”. She came to live with us after a local rescue, Heinz 57, got 40 dogs out of a closing puppy mill. Red has had to learn everything a puppy would have to learn–housetraining, crate training, walking on a leash, going up and down stairs, jumping up on the sofa and bed. In addition to these basic skills, she has learned to trust people, to be in a room without pacing, playing with toys, what treats are, to sleep on dog beds, and not to chew on everything!

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- need asap!
  • Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island- need asap!
  • Yukon


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

7 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Holly and Patrick and their dogs, Sophie, Copper, Bufort and Prudie”

  1. Peggy says:

    Adorable dogs! My dog follows me around the house/office too, even if I just move a few feet away! Thanks for sharing your stories.

  2. Kari says:

    Awwww I want a Basset just for the ears 🙂


  3. Heather says:

    What a great story! And kudos to you for all your hard work in Rescue. Your dogs are adorable!

  4. @Peggy- This looks like such a happy family, thanks for your comment!

    @Kari- I know, the ears kills me 🙂

    @Heather- I am humbled by how much she does!

  5. Woot woot! Had to give a shout-out to the Iowans! We’re both from Iowa and love seeing “familiar” faces. What a beautiful family!

  6. You look like such a happy family!

  7. @Lori- Hang on, do you guys know each other? Or do you mean “familiar’ as in, “both from the same place”?

    @Two- I think so too!