R.O.A.R. Squad: Julie and Murry and their dog, Maggie

A very warm welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members from Idaho!

Maggie has a very important job as the canine contributor for their website. Read more about this great family and see their beautiful photos 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!

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Julie & Murry Walton

Gorgeous Pup: Maggie- 3 year old Border Collie/Heeler mix (vet says possibly greyhound too)

About Julie and Murry: Julie works from home as a website designer (Internet Success) along with Maggie our canine contributor to the BestDogBlog.com.  Murry works for the State of Idaho in the Idaho State Capitol Building.

Making a House a Home: After the loss of our beloved 14 year old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler, Scout, our house was not a home without a dog. We wanted to find a rescue shelter dog that was similar in breed and nature to Scout. 

Love at First Sight: Maggie was in the dog shelter rescue program about an hour from Boise at Second Chance Animal Shelter.  She was being trained by prison inmates so we followed the shelter manager out to the penitentiary. There we met Maggie and her trainer who told us some of the things Maggie had learned, and had us walk her around the yard and follow our commands. We both fell in love with Maggie right there and then. After filling out adoption papers, she came home with us that day and has been our faithful friend and companion going on two years (read more about Maggie’s adoption story here).

Dog with an e-Job: Maggie is our canine contributor to our dog blog and website, DogBlog: A Dog’s Eye View and the BestDogBlog.com.

A Couple Things to Learn: We do not know what kind of life Maggie had before she was rescued.  The prison inmates did a good job of training her, but she needed to learn a few things about home life.  She didn’t like the lawn mower, the vacuum cleaner and even the iron and ironing board.  She loves to go for rides in the car, but also needed to recognize that bicycles and baby strollers were not a threat to our family.

Where: Boise, Idaho

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

Everywhere Else:

  • From somewhere else? Lemme know!

I look forward to hearing from you!

7 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Julie and Murry and their dog, Maggie”

  1. Kim says:

    Maggie is absolutely beautiful!! And, I love it when prisons have these kinds of programs – they are good for both the inmate and the dogs. So very glad to read about another happy ending – yeah Julie and Murray!

  2. Kristine says:

    I’ve read a lot about these second chance programs and I think they are so fantastic. What a way to help the community and change so many lives, human and canine.

    Maggie looks like so much fun!

  3. Heather says:

    That is so cool that she was in the prison training program. I don’t think I’ve every actually heard of a dog that has gone through that, although i know there are a lot out there. She really seems like a great dog – congrats! And welcome to the squad!

  4. I’m always so curious about our dogs lives seeing the reactions they have to common things. Very cool that she was part of the prison inmates program; I think it’s beneficial for everyone.

  5. @Kim- I love Maggie’s ears!

    @Kristine- I completely agree- such a great idea.

    @Heather- I hadn’t met a dog who had gone through a training program until Maggie either (just saw a program once on TV). Very cool!

    @Two- Kayloo absolutely hates baths… that is not so unusual, but when she was found at the dump at 4 weeks old she was completely infested in fleas and they had to bath her a bunch to fix her up. I always wonder if that started the issue for her…

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  7. Mel says:

    Wow. What a great story. I have never heard the other side of the story – once a dog is adopted from a prison. It’s so nice to hear about Maggie’s story. I am partial to Blue Heelers, so of course I fell in love with Maggie. She is really, really beautiful. What a very lucky girl. Welcome to the R.O.A.R. SQUAD!