R.O.A.R. Squad: Linda, Michael and Maggie and their dogs, Ernie and Tusker


Welcome to our latest R.O.A.R. Squad members from New York: Linda, Michael and Maggie!

Linda is a photographer who started her journey on the other side of the lens as a model. I love this photo of Ernie above and the photo of Tusker and Ernie after the jump is so beautiful and unique, make sure you check it out!

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Learn more about the R.O.A.R Squad (Rescue Owners Are Rockin!)  HERE.

Rockin’ Rescue Owners: Linda Kuo, her husband Michael and daughter Maggie

Gorgeous Pups: Ernie, 10 year old rescue Airedale, and Tusker, 9 year old Lhasa Apso

About Linda: I’m a New York based editorial, fine art animal portrait photographer. I photograph pets, portraits, and farm animals. I volunteer at animal shelters and am an animal advocate in support of sustainable farms: responsible local farming in favor of ethical treatment of animals over the factory farm paradigm (check out Linda’s beautifully designed site, kuophoto).

Beautifully Unique: Tusker our Lhasa is not a rescue “per se” but we did get him from a breeder that wanted to get rid of him because he was “flawed” due to the cowlick on his nose! (we saw it as a bonus not a flaw!!) 

Ernie’s story is different: Ernie came from a country estate where the owners decided they wanted to move back to NYC (he was 5 months old.) They decided they didn’t want him anymore so they listed him with the house! Enter: second family to the estate. Elderly couple,  estate is their country home which they only visit on the weekends. We befriended the caretakers of the estate, the girl was a dog trainer, her husband a private chef. The dog trainer trained dogs in Schutzhund and french ring and had several dogs on hand at various times. Ernie was in the mix but she was not fond of him and he would always either stay crated or in the mud room while she took her dogs and dog walking clients out to the nature preserve. My husband Michael was immediately drawn to Ernie, whose personality is somewhat like “eeyore.”

Tusker and Ernie

Finally Coming Home: Then one day this girl and her husband got fired. We asked her what was going to happen to Ernie because the owners wanted nothing to do with him. She said he was up for grabs. I told her I’d help her find a home for him if she took him with her and she said she would. She did not keep her word and left him behind at the house alone. The owners were not there. I went and got him from the housekeeper. His new home did not work out so my husband said we would “foster” him. (That was 6 years ago. Needless to say we are no longer friends)

Powerful Sleeper: When Ernie sleeps, he dreams vividly and howls like the hound of baskervilles!! If you were outside, you could hear it around the block. It starts with him twitching and small squeeks, then a build up, and a creschendo that could wake the dead!!

Where: Westchester, New York

Want to meet another photographer from New York? Check out Lisa and  her dogs!

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3 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Linda, Michael and Maggie and their dogs, Ernie and Tusker”

  1. Wow, that is a unique story. I thought it was only in old-fashioned, fantasy novels that the ‘dog came with the house’. I didn’t think that actually happened. And your photos are amazing!

  2. Peggy says:

    What a great job to photograph animals. It sounds like you’re combining two loves. (I write about dogs, so that’s what I feel like I’m doing too.) Your dogs are absolutely adorable.

  3. Kim says:

    These stories make me feel sooo angry with people. But thankfully there is a happy ending for these two beautiful creatures thanks to angels like Linda and Michael – hooray and HUGS!