R.O.A.R. Squad: Cristol, Mark, Emma and Jacob and their dogs, Rex, Layla and Chelsea

Emma and Rex

Introducing our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members from Ontario: Cristol, Mark, Emma and Jacob!

Cristol and Mark go way back with my husband, John. John likes to think he is the reason Cristol and Mark got together, however it is my understanding someone ELSE has the honour of being responsible for this match made in heaven. Either way, John still dons his Matchmaker cape quite proudly.

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 New Brunswick and Newfoundland. These are the last provinces we need-  we really need you!

Cristol and Layla

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Mark, Cristol, Emma and Jacob Smyth

Gorgeous Pups: Rex (almost two year old Miniature Dachshund), Layla (5 month old Golden Retriever), Chelsea (14 year old American Cocker Spaniel).

About Mark and Cristol: Mark and I are Podiatrists. We fix sore feet! (learn more about their work at we-fix-u.com!)

Sexy Rexy

The Best Carry On Ever: We rescued Rex last year on a trip to visit my brother in rural Saskatchewan, when he was nearly a year old.  Poor little guy was kept outside most of the time, even in the winter, and we know how freaking cold Saskatchewan can get in the winter.  There was no shelter for him.  I repeat, NO shelter.  When he was allowed in the house, which I gather was very seldom, he was either confined to a way-to-small-for-Rex crate, or tied up to the corner of the couch.  When we first learned of Rex and his situation, my 6 year old daughter asked “Mommy, why doesn’t Rex’s family love him?” Without speaking to Emma about Rexxi’s poor conditions, even at her young age she understood that animals should never be treated so inhumanely.  Though I have to admit that I knew I would never be able to leave Rex in that situation, Emma’s pleading inquiry settled my decision – Rex HAD to come home with us.  So, we took him from his owners (he was given to us without a care) and he flew home with our family, as “carry-on”.  This sweet little man fit perfectly under the seat. Immediately after bringing him home, we learned that he needed to be trained from scratch.  He wasn’t house broken (of course not, how would he be? tied to a tree for most of his first year), had no idea how to eat properly (he would take a nibble, leave his bowl, come back for another nibble, as if he was too scared to eat), he wasn’t neutered, so he “claimed” every inch of our house.  Daschunds are famous for their stubbornness and unwillingness to be trained, so we knew we had a challenge on our hands.  We also think that he was abused and had likely witnessed some domestic abuse. But, with a lot of love and determination, Rex has come a long way.  He absolutely loves our family, has claimed Emma and Jacob as his best friends, is fully house broken, stopped marking out furniture once we had him neutered, and is the sweetest little man ever.

Princess Chelsea

Thank You Pet Insurance: We also have Chelsea, our 14 year old American Cocker Spaniel.  Chelsea was given to us by a family who bought her and then couldn’t keep her.  She is our little princess who should have cost us more than $10,000 in vet bills, but thanks to pet insurance, it was much less than that – (she went completely blind at 6 due to glaucoma, loves to get into chocolate and has eaten lethal doses of it, it allergic to bees and has nearly died, and has fallen 7 feet to dislocate her hip).  This little angel is now also deaf, but for some reason, she still manages to hear us pour her food for her.  I think her hearing is more “selective”.

Newest Addition: Layla is our newest addition.  We actually bought her from a local breeder who is a patient and neighbour of ours.  She is also very very sweet, and is Rex’s best friend.

Very Handsome Tanner

Loving Him to Pieces: Our first rescue dog, Tanner, was adopted from the Quinte Humane Society in Belleville, Ontario when he was 5 years old.  He was listed as pure bread American Cocker Spaniel, but clearly he wasn’t.  He was actually a Cocka-poo with maybe a little Terrier mixed in. While I thought he was the most handsome man ever, others thought he was goofy looking – with a Cocker Spaniel body and legs like a Standard Poodle (he used to trip going up the stairs, often).  Though he was an idiot (and I say that lovingly), he was our little idiot and we loved him to pieces.  Tanner passed away 2 years ago, at 12 years of age.  He now lives in an urn on our fireplace, with his picture and collar resting beside him. 

Snuggle Bum: Rex’s favourite thing to do is cuddle, as close as he can to you, and will immediately snuggle himself under a blanket if you have one, then nuzzle his pointy little nose into your leg-pits, arm pits, nether region – basically anywhere warm. If you don’t have a blanket, he will climb under your shirt.  He also loves to eat Chelsea’s “yard treats.” Disgusting, I know.  He absolutely hates to be outside in the winter. When the sun is shining brightly with its rays cast through the window, you’ll always find Rex curled up on the floor, basking in its warmth.

Kleenex and Garbage are Best: Chelsea loves to eat.  Kleenex and garbage are best.  Her typical day is sleep, sleep, sleep some more, get up, check the garbage cupboard to see if we’ve forgotten to lock it, sleep some more if we have, then repeat.  All day.  She is happiest when we have forgotten to lock the cupboard.

Where: Ontario

Want to meet some more rescue owners from Ontario? Check out Melissa and Kevin and their dog, Zain!

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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 provinces asap:


  1. New Brunswick
  2. Newfoundland

I look forward to hearing from you!

5 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Cristol, Mark, Emma and Jacob and their dogs, Rex, Layla and Chelsea”

  1. Awe, there are my sweet babies =) !! Thanks Shauna!

  2. Kim says:

    Yeah for Ontario! It always makes my heart hurt a little less when I read these happy ending situations for dogs that have had a horrible life. More angels walking this earth in the form of Cristol and Mark – Hugs!

  3. @Cristol- Thank you so much for taking part! You have a beautiful family, I hope to have a chance to meet them all very soon! 🙂

    @Kim- I totally agree 🙂

  4. @ Kim – thanks! We love them like our children
    @ Shauna – Come visit =) and bring your babes too. Let us know the next time you guys plan to visit Bob and Marilyn, and we’ll make sure to make the trek up there, too. We keep talking about going back to Vancover, or Victoria. Maybe once the kids are a little older and can appreciate the beauty like we do.

  5. Sheri Daniels says:

    I love this artcle Cristol, and this shows me so much more about you and your wonderful Family! God Bless for rescueing these dear sweet animals!