Monday, July 20, 2009

Rowdy the Dog

 Rowdy has been at Stray Rescue for a few months now.  When I first met him, I was sure he wouldn't be there the next week.  With his happy-go-lucky disposition, fun-loving personality, and gorgeous brindled coat (so soft!) I thought someone would snatch him up immediately.  Unfortunately, that's not the case--he's not even being fostered.  So, I decided that I would take him to the Stray Rescue Adoption Event at the Whole Foods in Brentwood to see if we could do something about it.  I picked Rowdy up at 10:45 that morning so he could burn off some energy in Forest Park.  Spending most of the day in a 4'x6' apartment can sure lead to a lot of build up.  Rowdy had such a great time romping through an open field.  I put him on a retractable leash so he would have as much freedom as possible, and he took advantage of it.  He explored, he ran, he rolled, he chewed on a stick.  I hoped it would be enough exercise to help him be on his best behavior for the event, and he certainly delivered.  Actually, Rowdy exceeded my expectations.  He was such a good boy!  He immediately became friends with a 6 month old boxer mix named Gidget.  She was also brindled, and people kept mistaking them for relatives.  Rowdy was able to sit on command by the end of the event, he only pulled on his leash when he was excited to meet a new person ("My turn for attention, please!" I pictured him saying), and he didn't bark once.  No one filled out any applications to adopt Rowdy, but he got lots of love, and a man said he would take another look at him on the Stray Rescue website.  Here's Rowdy's page if you're interested.  I'm happy that at least he was able to get out of the shelter for a few hours.  

There were some other very irresistible dogs at the event.  Here's Rowdy's new friend, Gidget.   She and a sibling (maybe two?) were transferred to Stray Rescue from the Gasconade shelter, and she had bad mange.  The mange is gone now, and she's cute as can be. She's not on the SR website yet, but if you're interested in her let me know and I can put you in touch with her foster mom. 

Here are Sullivan and Ozark, brothers rescued together near Cuba, MO.  
Someone found them in pretty bad shape and took them to a nearby vet office. Unfortunately, the vet kept them both outside with little food or water hoping they would go away, and they were near death when Stray Rescue got them.  I'm so glad they were saved!  These two were definitely the popular pups at the adoption event.  At around 4 months old the brothers melted the hearts of men and women alike.  Who can resist a beagle/dachshund mix?  I know Ozark got a couple applications--hopefully Sullivan did, too!  They're not on the website yet, either, but let me know if you want info.

And this is Sabor.  After his rescue Sabor was adopted pretty quickly, but then had to be returned because his new mom couldn't afford him.  Poor guy.  He's three years old and sweet as can be.  I had to include the picture I nabbed when he was licking his nose.


  1. Such sweet photos! I would take in a million dogs if I could! We had the best rescue boxer/mix for 10 years. Miss him terribly!!

    So nice that you could take Rowdy out for a bit! I hope he finds a loving home soon :)

  2. The picture of Rowdy is the park is priceless.