Boomer was the first member of our current mutt pack. We found her and her 13 siblings listed as “free puppies” on Craigslist in October of 2011, soon to be heading to the shelter. The result of an accidental litter from a backyard breeder. His female dog was “retired” but he neglected to get her spayed and she had a litter with a stray.
Boomer loves everyone and everything, and is probably one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. Overly excitable and a crazy kisser, she can come on a little strong to non “dog people”. When we got her, we had just moved and I was having a hard time finding work. She became my constant companion and hiking partner, hitting the trails with me daily and insisting she’d only eat from my hand, and has been our needy little princess ever since. Boomer loves all other dogs and had SO much energy, that when she was about a year old, we decided to adopt a playmate for her. Hence Helo.
Helo is pack member #2. After briefly discussing getting a playmate for Boomer, I was at PetSmart and there was a rescue set up out front. I saw this fluffy black dog in a crate to the side and on my way out asked to see him. He was energetic and happy, sweet but not overly affectionate, and he was black. I knew black dogs had a much slimmer chance of being adopted, so I took a picture and texted it to my husband, and a few hours later we were back with Boomer to see how they got along.
They seemed to like each other so we filled out the papers, paid his adoption fee, and waited for him to be neutered the next day so we could take him home. He was skinny and scared, had a complication from a botched neuter surgery, and ran away 5 times in the first 2 days. Once he finally realized that he was “home”, he’s never wanted to leave our side ever again. He is the epitome of a velcro dog, sweet, loving and oh so happy. Helo ended up being many years older than we were told by the rescue and after about 6 months lost interest in playing and wrestling with Boomer, which was part of the reason we started fostering! We love this sweet senior boy to the moon and back and he’s a great addition to the pack.
Ringo is pack member #3. He came to us as a foster in April of 2013, when we were fostering for Austin Dog Rescue in Texas. His history is unknown, as we was labeled a “stray” at the rural kill shelter that he was pulled from, but it was obvious that the first 1.5 years of his life were less than great. Before we came to us, he was in really bad shape and spent some time in medical foster care. He had mange so bad that he was completely bald and he was very timid.
While he settled in great with us, he initially did not trust strangers at all, especially men (my husband included). He instantly bonded with Boomer, as if they had known each other their whole lives. They were perfect playmates and we knew that first night as he snuggled with us on the couch that he was home to stay. It has been a long, trying road helping Ringo face his fears and insecurities, and we are still working on some of his issues, but after years of training both with a trainer and at home, he has come such a long way and is just the sweetest little man. I couldn’t imagine our lives without this guy.
Roxie is our 4th and FINAL pack member. That’s it, no more! She was not a planed addition, but when a neighbor posted on our HOA facebook page that they had found this puppy as a stray (when it was over 100 degrees outside) and no one had claimed her, we offered to “foster” her. Yeah okay, we know how that works in this house. But, she loved Ringo instantly, and the other two learned to deal with her puppy craziness. She is HANDS DOWN the sweetest, snuggliest dog in the entire world! The first time I met her, she nuzzled her little head into my neck and it was over! I melted!
Roxie is a tough little girl, breaking small dog stereotypes left and right. She jumps over logs, climbs mountains and keeps up with the big dogs on the trail. About 3 months after she found her way to us, we noticed that Roxie had started limping. After lots of vet visits, meds, tests and x-rays, we eventually went to a specialist. They did some more tests and determined that something had happened with her growth plates. Her ulna was now actually shorter than her radius, leaving a gap in her elbow that caused pain and her limp. She has since had surgery and is on the road to recovery, excited to get back on the trail. Follow along to see her progress.