Dog Rescue Stories: Roo and Oliver Escaped Death and Then Found the Perfect Forever Home
By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
Meet Oliver and Roo! Aka, The Dogs on Main Street Howl!
Oliver ~5 years old. part pit (maybe), part lab (maybe), part weimaraner (maybe…)
The first of this pair to join the club. His forever mom found him one morning on the way to work while she was merging onto the freeway. Literally. Oliver had broken free from his chain and was running wild in a little park next to the on-ramp of the North Dallas Tollway. She coaxed him into the car and the deal was done. His forever parents went through the effort of trying to find his previous human, but given that his chain was still attached to a prong collar that was so tight and had been on so long that the skin on his neck had grown around it, well, let’s just say there were no tears shed when the search for the human came up empty.
Oliver was about a year old at the time; that was about 4 years ago. About 2 years ago, he had a major scare when he swallowed a piece of string that wound up working its way down to his GI tract and perforated his small intestine. Had to have 2 feet of his small intestine removed in an operation the vet gave him a 25% chance of surviving.
But survive he did! Two weeks later, on the very day he had his stitches removed, he was bitten by a spider. This led to necrosis to a sizable patch of his skin on his side. Had to wear a t-shirt for about 3 months before it all healed.
None of that, however, was as traumatic as the arrival of…
Roo ~3 years old. border collie (mostly)
Roo was a somewhat more conventional rescue, having been spotted on the website for Border Collie Rescue & Rehab of Texas
. She was about 8 months old at the time (a little more than 2 years ago). She was found running loose somewhere in Oklahoma near a school playground. Maybe that’s where she honed her mad acrobatic skills.
On her first checkup, the vet asked her parents if they knew if she had been shot. No, they didn’t know. But if you scratch her on her hip, you can feel a piece of buckshot under the skin. Probably explains why she was a little jumpy around her parents for a while. She is still a little excitable. Ok, she’s extremely
excitable. They were told that will calm down by the time she’s 10 or 11.
Oliver and Roo spend a lot of time playing together. Roo likes to use her teeth — apparently Oliver triggers the herding instinct in her. All things considered, he would rather be sleeping!
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