The Story of Spunky and Rascal, A Guest Blog By Kevin Sloan From “FindTheBest”


Hi Everyone! It’s Dakota! My Mom and I are pretty tired today so our friend Kevin from FindTheBest offered to do a guest blog for us!

Kevin Sloan is a 21 year old student studying at the University of California Santa Barbara and an intern for the website FindTheBest.  FindTheBest is a free online comparison website that aims to provide its visitors with the best and most accurate information to allow people to make informed decisions without being biased or influenced by manufactures or retailers.

Before  you read this blog post I wanted to say that I am NOT a rescue doggie. My Mom and Dad tried to find a rescue sheltie at the time that they found me but there were none near our home to be had and  they didn’t have the resources to have a far-away Sheltie shipped to our home.

Whether or not your dog is a rescue dog or a dog acquired from a reputable breeder, they ALL deserve the BEST in the quality of care that you give them. Now take it away Kevin!!

The Story of Spunky and Rascal

Rascal

My name is Kevin and I am an avid dog lover.  My family has always had at least one dog in our house for my entire life, which is probably why I love them so much.  The great thing about the dogs we have had is that they have all been rescued.  Sometimes rescue dogs get a bad rap because they aren’t “pure breeds” or they have something wrong with them.  We have rescued and adopted 5 dogs in my 21 years, and all of them have been the most amazing pets.

I wanted to tell you the story of the two dogs I have now, Spunky and Rascal.  Spunky is a Malti-Poo mix, and Rascal is a Maltese.  Even the small, cute breeds need to be adopted sometimes too.  So if you think that these dogs are only sold for thousands of dollars by breeders , if you look long and hard enough you can find any kind of dog.

Spunky

So let me tell you how we found these dogs and why they were a perfect fit for our family.  We first got Spunky as a puppy.  His owner passed away and the owner’s children didn’t want to take care of him.  He might have been abused a little and was not taken care of.   When I went with my mom to look at him, I remember sitting in the car when the rescuer brought him over to our car.  We put him in the trunk (we had a suburban so it was an open trunk behind the back seats) and we put up the back gate to keep him in the back.  He decided he didn’t want to be stuck there so he jumped over the back gate and tried to get away.  Luckily my mom was paying attention and she caught him in midair.  From that moment she knew that she would always be there to take care of him and we adopted him.

Rascal waking up from afternoon nap

 

I am not completely sure about the history of Rascal.  The local rescue organization was set up at the local PetSmart trying to get dogs adopted and Rascal was one of the dogs who needed to be adopted.  My mom fell in love with Rascal and brought him over to our house to let him play in our back yard and see if he would be suitable to live with Spunky.

Even though Spunky likes to bark at dogs, the two got along so now Spunky had a friend to play with.  We have had both of them together for about 4 or 5 years and the two can’t be separated.  They follow each other everywhere, and they are extremely happy to see each other if they have been separated even for a minute.

The important thing about finding our dogs is that we knew exactly what kind of dogs we wanted before we adopted them.  My mom wanted a small dog that didn’t shed, so we had an idea of what kind of dogs we wanted.  Our dogs are perfect fits for my mom so we got our dogs with confidence that they would be compatible with our lifestyles.  Some people who go to a shelter will pick a dog off of looks only without consideration of the breed of dog.  Unfortunately, sometimes dogs are returned to the shelter because a family member was allergic or the dog wasn’t compatible with the family’s lifestyle.  Make sure you compare dog breeds before you adopt so you can find the perfect breed for your lifestyle.  After adopting your new dog, make sure you find the best dog food to support a healthy life for your new pet.  Also, consider looking at pet insurance because medical bills can be extremely expensive over the life of your new dog.

So I hope you enjoyed my story about my two awesome dogs, and make sure to always research breeds before you acquire your pet  and  ALWAYS spay and neuter your pets!

 

 

Kevin Sloan is a 21 year old student studying at the University of California Santa Barbara and an intern for the website FindTheBest.  FindTheBest is a free online comparison website that aims to provide its visitors with the best and most accurate information to allow people to make informed decisions without being biased or influenced by manufactures or retailers.

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  1. What two gorgeous dogs, and what a good message for everyone.

    • Hi Sara, Oreo and Chewy they are adorable aren’t they? Have a great week!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Lovely to read about beautiful Spunky and adorable Rascal and how they came to be together! Me and Charlie are so glad that they are now both safe and happy!!

    Hello gorgeous Dakota and thanks Kevin! Take care
    x

    • Hi Old Kitty! Thanks for visiting my brother and I this morning. Actually that goes for SUGAR too!

      Yep Spunky and Rascal are adorable! We are glad they are happy together too!

      Give Charlie kisses from us!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Woof! Woof! Cute dogs. LOVE their names. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Hi Sugar! I think they are so cute too and I love their names as well!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Hi Dakota,

    Love a story with a happy ending, so glad they found their forever home…… 🙂

    Have a fun day buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy!!

      I do too!!!!

      It is raining here, hope the weather is nice by you!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Spunky is adorable. Great story. Dakota Mama fully understands. She had to drive out of state to get to the nearest Sheltie Rescue and people thought she was crazy. However, Shelties were a good fit for her and Dad. What’s important is we all care about those who don’t have homes.

    • Hi Bailey! Yes they both are adorable! But at least you DID drive out-of-state to get a rescued Sheltie!! We just couldn’t, but we wouldn’t trade our crazy Dakota for the world!

      You are right, at least we “all care about those who don’t have homes”

      Love, Dakota and Mom

  6. What a wonderful story and I enjoyed reading it so much!
    Spunky and Rascal are just adorable!

    • @MyBrownNewfies so glad you liked it! Kevin did a great job! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. Loved your story and your adorable dogs! You’re right research is extremely important before you adopt any pet. It’s hard to find the little breeds in rescue where I live in AZ, and they are always adopted out quickly. A good thing to be aware of are all the breed specific rescue groups that might have the exact dog you’re looking for. A lot of people aren’t aware of that (like me while I was first looking) and give up quickly.

    • Deb so happy you liked Kevin’s guest blog, we did too! I know you are partial to the name Kevin! 🙂

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

      • I am and this one sounds like a good Kevin too!

  8. Another great blog post, my pal!!! Congratulations! Also, a huge hug of gratitude for letting Kevin post on your blog. Hope all of you are doing well. Big hugzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …. RAY & CHASE — @DaneRay

    • Hi Ray Chase! That was Kevin who did great and we are happy he guest blogged here! ((((hugs))))) back at you!!! We are well and hope you are too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  9. What a great post. Thank you so much for sharing their story.

    • Hi Mario and thanks so much!! We liked it too!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota


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