R.O.A.R. Squad: Kathy and Dan and their dogs, Hawk and Pixie

A huge welcome to the latest R.O.A.R. Squad members: Kathy and Dan and their dogs from Wisconsin!

Kathy is a full time animal advocate. She is incredibly committed and passionate about the importance of animal welfare and rescue and I am really pleased to have the honour of having her family join our team. Learn more about her projects and the wonderful Hawk and Pixie 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, Mississippi, North Dakota, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island– we need you!

Fabulous Rescue Owners: Kathy and Dan Pobloskie

Gorgeous Pups: Hawk and Pixie, both rat terriers, approximately 4 years old, adopted from Elmbrook Humane Society in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

About Kathy and Dan (or, Hair Force One): Kathy has a diploma in forest technology as well as a background in newspaper management.  She has owned, raised, and trained horses for almost 25 years. Kathy and her husband, Dan enjoy showing their two Arabian geldings in dressage and share their home with two rat terriers, Hawk and Pixie,  both rescue dogs. Kathy and Hawk are avid participants in the competitive sport of flyball racing on the multi-breed team, Hair Force One. Please visit Kathy at her blog: Wisconsin Watchdog.

Advocate for Change: Kathy is currently a full time animal welfare advocate, volunteering for national and local organizations. This experience has led her to believe that true change for the animals will come from better legislation and stricter enforcement of existing laws. She feels that providing voters with credible data will help them make informed decisions at election time. This will speed the passage of better animal laws and convince our politicians that humane legislation is an important, bi-partisan issue for Wisconsin citizens.
Wisconsin Voters for Compaion Animals: Kathy Pobloskie is the Founder & Director of the Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals and the volunteer coordinator and a founding member of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin

We Don’t See Them But They Are There: Pixie was a stray brought into the shelter in a cardboard box. She was very fearful and hand shy. I took her home to foster her and found that she had been lost eleven months earlier by a family in the area. She had lived on the streets for eleven months on her own. Unfortunately, the family had presumed her dead and had gotten another dog. We adopted her – and although still shy, she delights us daily with her antics and her resourcefulness that she learned from many months of being a street dog. She has taught me an enormous amount about the behavior of lost dogs which inspires me to keep looking for those lost dogs that “lurk on the edge of civilization.” They are like God. We don’t see them, but they are there. And once you know what to look for – you see the signs of their presence everywhere.

Focus, Speed and Heart: When I was looking for a high energy terrier in the shelters to train for dog sports, Hawk caught my eye and my heart. Hawk is the sweetest little dog that anyone could ask for. He is ball and toy crazy and will play from sunup until sundown with only a short break for meals and a quick nap in a sunbeam. Hawk is a height dog on the Hair Force One flyball team. Flyball is a fast, fun competitive dog sport involving 4 dogs, 4 handlers, 4 jumps, a spring loaded box and a tennis ball. He loves the sport and his border collie teammates.  Focus and speed are key and Hawk has both!

Where: Wisconsin

Want to meet some more rescue owners who work to find lost pets? Check out Cate and Martin and their cats from BlanketID in British Columbia!

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- need asap!


  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky- 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!

5 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Kathy and Dan and their dogs, Hawk and Pixie”

  1. Kari says:

    We want to get Mesa in flyball but I am not sure she would grasp the concept 😉


  2. I can’t believe she was on the streets for 11 months! She is quite the survivor. It’s so great to see them living happily ever after.

  3. @Kari- I’ve thought about that too 🙂

    @Two- I agree!

  4. Welcome to the ROAR Squad, Kathy and Dan!

  5. Kristine says:

    Yay for fellow flyball competitors! I love when rescue dogs succeed so well in dog sports – it is such a great way to gain publicity for adoption. Proof that it doesn’t matter when the training begins.