Dog Rescue Stories: Baloo in Austin

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor This is our 9-month old Catahoula mix, Baloo who we rescued through the Bastrop Animal Rescue, outside of Austin, TX.I’d had my heart set on adopting a dog for years, but I didn’t have the right lifestyle or living situation until I moved to Austin last year. When we were just getting settled, my girlfriend and I decided it would be great dog-mom training to foster.

We met and fostered a beautiful shepherd puppy through Austin Pets Alive! which was an amazing, completely fulfilling experience. She arrived to us from a rescue several states away, covered in fleas, and not at all used to home living. When she was adopted by an incredibly loving family a few weeks later (spoiler alert: I cried for days) I knew we were ready to give another dog a supportive and happy home.

I began searching Petfinder *ahem* every day and night for weeks, in the Austin area. We set our search radius to 25 miles, and I found Baloo on the very last of many, many pages of sweet adoptable dogs. I I reached out to his foster mom and to our surprise, we were the first to inquire about this little cutie. 

We visited her home which was a lively place with 5 dogs of her own, plus Baloo and his littermate, Koda. We fell hard for Baloo’s shy, clumsy, goofy, super-sweet personality – traits he’s only grown into in the months we’ve been together. He’s gained a lot of confidence (although he’s still startled by strange objects, like a canoe or a tandem bike) and he loves to learn and see new things. 

The best part is my co-worker saw both puppies on my Instagram and went the same week to visit the foster’s home and adopted his brother, Koda ! Both boys are happy, healthy, and rowdy as ever.

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Fridays are for cruising around, being a tourist in your own city ☀️ #Austin #aiweiwei with my auntie @jadedhir !

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.