R.O.A.R. Squad: Joan and her dogs Buttercup, Charlie and Daisy

Joan and her dog, Charlie

A very warm welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad member: Joan from Nova Scotia!

I have mentioned before that I really want to visit out east at some point- I hear over and over how beautiful it is so when it happens y’all will definitely hear about it!

Read more about Joan’s projects and her pups 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 New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, the Yukon and Idaho. These are the last states, provinces and territories we need-  we really need you!

Buttercup and the late Jack

Rockin’ Rescue Owner: Joan Sinden

Gorgeous Pups: My dog’s names are Buttercup, Charlie and Daisy – they are all rescues – although I am not averse to responsible breeders either – I think that there’s enough space in this world for all of us – I am hoping that my next dog is going to be a puppy from a responsible breeder – but I will always have rescues in my life too!

About Joan: I have a couple websites – I have a blog at dogkisser.blogspot.com where I post about the fun adventures that my dogs and I go on – as well as talk about local dog politics and dog culture – and post pictures that I’ve taken at dog events – and regularly get myself into trouble! I’ve been blogging and working on my website since 2002/2003 – so I’ve been around for awhile.  I don’t take myself or the things I write too seriously – although sometimes it seems that people who read my blog take what I’ve written entirely way too much – but I don’t take anything personally – after almost 2,000 posts – if I took to heart some of the things that have been said – I’d have been dead 100 times. I also have a Youtube channel: imadogkisser.

Politics: Dog politics themes that have motivated me to their cause are BSL (breed specific legislation), restrictive dog legislation, off-leash exercise, public space bans, puppy mills, lobbying organizations for puppy mills (which includes the Canadian Kennel Club), and volunteering for local dog rescue.

Daisy stirring things up

Charlie Loves Halifax: I’ve also got a website called Charlie Loves Halifax. It’s about working towards a dog friendly city that I live in – Halifax, Nova Scotia – it lists out all the local parks – whether they’re on leash or off – whether they’re a sniff and pass, or more traditional type dog park – and also resources for dog owners – doggy day cares, dog walkers, animal communicators, physiotherapists and services like that – and I also have a very long list of stores that will let you bring your dog in with you when you’re out shopping! It is one of my life goals to be able to spend as much time as possible with my dogs – and that includes going on errands and doing the mundane things of life – and I’m all about creating win-win situations – so my website is a networking opportunity for people to email me and tell me where they’ve been successful at taking their dogs so we can all share the love and then take their dogs there too – so that business makes more money with our niche market – and we all win!  The store makes more money – and we all get to spend more time with our dogs! Yay!

Beautiful Buttercup: Charlie and Buttercup were both adopted from my local SPCA – which I volunteer a lot for – they both came in as strays – can you imagine something as beautiful as Buttercup would allowed to be let get lost?  I can’t believe that!  Originally I brought Buttercup home to foster in 2003 because she was very kennel stressed – but it was only a couple days and I knew I had to adopt her.  She was a senior dog in 2003 – between 7 and 9 years old at that time – and now in 2011 – she’s still acting young.  She is amazing.


100lb Pocket Dog: Charlie was 3 months old when I got him from the SPCA – and he is now 12 and is acting very, very old – he is the namesake of my website – he is my once in a lifetime dog – I call him my 100 pound pocket dog – because he has gone everywhere with me his whole life.

Soft and Mushy, Loving and Playful: Daisy came from Cape Breton Nova Scotia when she was 3 years old in 2003 – she was only 45 pounds when I got her – and she’s now 100 pounds!  She was tied to a dog house her whole life and had been left to starve to death at the point I got her.  She is a very typical rottweiller – soft and mushy, and loving and playful and just wants to stuff a toy in anyone’s lap who will look in her eyes.  She developed diabetes last year and almost died – so I am very grateful that I still have her – it’s now under control, and I hope to have her for a lot longer.

The Best Place in the World: You said on Kristine’s page that you’d love to come to Nova Scotia – you should!  It’s the best place in the world! I might be a bit prejudiced though!  I talk about Nova Scotia a lot on my blog and take pictures everywhere I go – I love to spend time at the beach with my dogs – here in Nova Scotia – there is enough space for everyone – people may complain and make lots of stink on the internet about how awful things are about “this” and “that” – but you can turn off your computer, drive 20 minutes in any direction – pretty much anywhere in Nova Scotia – to a beach somewhere and it will be completely empty except for you and your dog(s) – and you can walk forever.  That’s what Nova Scotia is all about.  Peace.  And quiet.  It’s awesome.

Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Want to meet some more rescue owners from Nova Scotia? Check out Kristine and Rob and their dog, Shiva!

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, horses… 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.

We need rescue owners from the following states, provinces and territories asap:


  1. New Brunswick
  2. Newfoundland
  3. Nunavut
  4. Prince Edward Island
  5. Yukon


  1. Idaho

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!

2 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Joan and her dogs Buttercup, Charlie and Daisy”

  1. Kristine says:

    Yay! I am so glad Joan has joined with her dogs. She has done so many awesome things in this area for rescue and for dog lovers. Can’t think of a better person to add to the squad! Congratulations, Joan!

  2. Kim says:

    Broke my heart to read about Daisy – I’ll never understand why people do such things. Anyway, yeah for Joan and all of her rescues are beautiful. She is doing GOOD stuff!