R.O.A.R. Squad: Shaina, Daniel and their dogs, Jes, Jen and Rupp

I am very pleased to introduce our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members from Kentucky: Shaina and Daniel!

Daniel and Shaina are newlyweds (awwww! congrats guys!) and they adopted their third dog as their wedding present to eachother! How cool is that?

Read more about this wonderful family after the jump!

To learn more about the R.O.A.R Squad (Rescue Owners Are Rockin!), or if you would like to be profiled, all the info you need is HERE. A special shout out to the fabulous folks in Mississippi, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island– we need you!

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Daniel and Shaina Smith

Pets names: Jes (black lab/pitbull mix, 4 years old), Jen (black lab/beagle mix, 1 1/2 years old), and Rupp (black lab and ? mix, 9 months old)

About Daniel and Shaina: Daniel and I have been together for 5 years and just got married 6 months ago (we actually adopted our 3rd dog as our wedding present to each other!). We love to go camping, and would much rather spend time outside than inside! 

Scratching My Head: We adopted all three from the Kentucky Humane Society. We had been wanting to adopt a dog for awhile and I would go to the Humane Society every weekend to look at puppys and dogs. One day there was about 5 black lab mixes from the same litter, while I was playing with one of the puppys in the cage, I felt a paw keep scratching me on the top of my head, and looked up and this puppy was just staring at me like “hey play with me instead”. I spent an hour there playing with this puppy, but couldn’t bring it home without Daniel’s okay. I talked about this puppy for a week! And finally the next weekend convinced Daniel to go up there and see the puppy. When we walked in all the other puppys from the litter we gone, except the little girl that I had spent so much time with. After Daniel and I spent another hour playing with her, but since Daniel lived with his brother, still could not bring her home without talking to his brother first. Two days later I got home from work and there she was! 

World’s Sweetest Dog: People will make fun of us for talking about our dogs like they’re our children, but to us they are! Jes is the worlds sweetest dog and LOVES kids, anytime our nieces and nephews are over she will follow them around the whole time. She is so easy-going that they have tried to ride her like a horse and she just stands there!

Energizer Bunny: Jen is our little energizer bunny! She is the last one to ever want to go to sleep and when our alarm clock goes off at 5am, she jumps out of bed and is wide awake (the other two would sleep in bed all day!). We joke that the only one out of all three that would make a somewhat good guard dog is Jen (she’s the smallest too!) she is constantly running in the backyard to see whats going on.

Mama’s Boy: Rupp is our baby, and a Mama’s boy, he loves Jes but him and Jen are like best friends! For a puppy he is VERY lazy and never in a hurry to get anywhere, he also has a fascination with chewing up blankets!
Where: Louisville, Kentucky

Want to meet another couple who love the outdoors? Check out Crystle and Todd and their dog Papa Yango from Oklahoma!

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:


  1. New Brunswick
  2. Newfoundland- need asap!
  3. Nunavut
  4. Prince Edward Island- need asap!
  5. Yukon


  1. Idaho
  2. Mississippi- need asap!
  3. South Dakota

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!

6 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Shaina, Daniel and their dogs, Jes, Jen and Rupp”

  1. Kari says:

    ooo you’re getting closer to your goal!


  2. Kristine says:

    Awww, so cute. Yay for gorgeous and lovable black dogs in Kentucky!

  3. @Kari- I know! IT’S SO EXCITING!

    @Kristine- When I saw that first photo I went, AWWWwwww 🙂

  4. Peggy says:

    Love sleeping dogs and sleeping babies. Cute pix!

  5. Kim says:

    Horray for Kentucky! Love all those photos and I definitely agree with Shaina – they are our children! Hugs!

  6. Stopping by because of pup love‘s recommendation… and OMG, she couldn’t be more right! Holy beautiful photography. Keep on doin’ what you’re doin’. Amazing. Do you think rescues with good photography have better adoption rates than those who don’t?