Published: June 1st, 2014 by Darko
“These Paws Were Rescued” – June 2014
Roro and I met on Facebook last summer (2013) when I first started my FB page. He’s a super pawsome dude, always up for fun and eager to help other pups in need. Being a rescue himself, he knows what it is like for other shelter animals out there and likes to share photos of animals in need on his page.
And guess what? He has a giant frog stuffie too, just like me! BOL! But we’ll get to all that frog stuff a little later on in the interview. First, please say hello to my pawsome friend, Roro.
Darko: Thank you for doing this interview with us, Roro. It is pawsome to have you!
Roro: Thank you so much for asking me to be here! I am super excited and so honored to be featured on your site Darko!
Darko: ***excited nubby wags*** I am so happy you and your Mom could be here with us! Let’s get these questions started…
If “Roro” is your nickname, what is your full name?
My full name is Roscoe Williams. When I tell people my name they always say “Oh like Roscoe P. Coltrane?” I have no idea who that is so I just say “Yep!” BOL!
When is your Barkday?
My birthday is March 19, 2012. I just turned two!
What is your favourite… Food/Treat?
My favorite treat is for sure bacon! We even found “bacon jerky” and it was AMAZING!
My favorite activity is playing chase with my Mom. It’s my own version of ball except I never give it back once she throws it, I just make her chase me!
My favorite game is tug. I am the master at playing tug! hehe
… Walk Place?
My favorite walk place is our local park Westminster City Park in Westminster, CO.
My favorite pastime is probably watching for squirrels and kitties from my big front window. I have a prime spot on the couch that’s perfect for checking out everything going on in the front yard every day.
My favorite toy is definitely my giant frog from Morgan!
You have a giant frog stuffie, like me. What is your favourite game to play with your Frog? Does your Frog have a name? Do you bath your Frog? (Mine is high-maintenance so I have to bath/nibble on it every single day)
My frogs name is HANK! He is the best snuggle partner ever! I like to wrestle with him but I almost never ever win! He’s just too big and when I try to throw him in the air he ends up landing on top of me! I totally think that qualifies as cheating! I don’t really clean Hank as much as I like to nibble on him! hehe
Do you prefer… Ball or Tug?
Definitely Tug! Mom has never once won a game and the current score is Roro -1423 vs. Mom – 0!
… Stuffies or Squeakies?
Oh my goodness that’s a tough one…stuffies or squeakies…I love both! I guess if I have to pick I’ll say stuffies because Mom lets me just go crazy and destroy them and with squeakers she’s always watching and waiting for me to get the squeaker so she can snatch it away from me before I try to eat it. So I will take unsupervised destruction any day! hehe
… Dog Bed or Human Bed?
This is actually a funny story about my bed. I have my choice now between the fancy bed my Mom made for my birthday, her bed, my big boy bed I got for Christmas OR the little round puppy bed upstairs that I’ve had since I was a baby. EVERY single night I end up in my puppy bed! Mom laughs and says I don’t fit and she’s bought me at least a half dozen new bigger beds but nope, that puppy bed is MY bed!
… Blanket or Pillow?
Luckily I don’t have to choose between a blanket or a pillow because Morgan sent me the coolest birthday present and it’s a froggy blanket with a pillow on the end of it, built right in! It’s the perfect snuggle spot!
Where were you adopted from?
I was adopted from the Boulder Humane Society in Boulder, CO.
How old were you when adopted?
I was 3 ½ months old when I was adopted.
Why were you at the shelter? What was it like?
The shelter was a super scary place and I so hate that any animal ever has to be in a shelter! They found me as a stray in Denver, CO and transferred me to Boulder, CO because they labeled me as a pit bull mix and there is a pit bull ban in Denver so at least in Boulder I would have a chance at being adopted.
Did you have a different name at the shelter? If so, what was it before and why was your name changed?
My name at the shelter was Rookie. They asked Mom if she would keep that name and she said she wasn’t sure, so they left my name as Rookie on the paperwork. Then my name was Hercules for about half of a day! hehe Then she decided on Roscoe – Roro for short. She calls me Ro a lot too. Sometimes when she’s really silly and she’s calling me to come in she says “Yo-Yo-Ro let’s Go”…I usually just ignore that and pretend I don’t know her! BOL!
How did you find your forever family?
On July 10th 2012 my Mom (who had been looking for a while for a female dog over 1 year old, complete opposite of me!) saw my face online and that was IT! She called the shelter, put a hold on me and left work the second she could to come get me. I was in the very first kennel in the very first row and as soon as my Mom walked in the door, there I was, tail wagging looking right at her! “HI MOM!!” She told the lady at the desk “I’m here to get Rookie, I have a hold on him”. Not oh I’m here to see if I like him or I’m here to see if we bond..nope..I’m here to GET him! Mom had come to break me out of that place and she wasn’t leaving without me!
What was it like meeting your forever family for the first time?
It was PAWSOME! The lady at the shelter picked me up out of my kennel, Mom walked in the meet and greet area and when the lady put me down I ran right over to my Mom and started jumping up on her and running around all happy with my tail wagging! I gave my Mom a kiss and before the lady could even make it back to her desk, my Mom scooped me up in her arms and said “We are going home.”
What was it like when you first arrived at your forever home?
It was a little scary at first. I didn’t know what to do or where to go. Then we went outside and I have this big yard but I wasn’t sure where I could go so I stuck pretty close to Mom at first.
Did you need time to adjust to your new forever home?
I was a little nervous but within a day or so I was much more comfortable with my surroundings and as soon as I realized I had squirrels in that big tree out back, I started defending that yard as my own!
From one dog to another, what is the naughtiest thing you have ever done?
Oh no…well…let me start this story off by saying my Mom hates moths…hates them!! Sooo I was taking a nap downstairs and a moth was flying around down there for like 2 days and Mom would come running through covering her hair and stuff all dramatic every time. Well…it just so happened that it landed on the wall REALLY close to my bed. Mom saw it and before she could tell me not to do it, I swatted it off the wall, stomped it on the floor and ate it. Then I started licking the wall where it had landed. Mom said “ewww” and then told me to stop and walked away. What she came back to was a pretty good size hole in the wall and a pile of paint and plaster on the floor. To this day she’s not sure if I scratched at it with my paws or chewed on it with my teeth but she ended up having to plaster and paint the wall after that! Bahahahaha!
You “specialize” in the Froggy Doggy pose. Can you explain it to us?
I LOVE the froggy doggy pose! It was never even deliberate I just started doing it one day and it became my “thing”! Mom says most of the time I look more like a turtle instead of a frog because I don’t stick my legs all the way out but it still qualifies as “froggy doggy”! There is no special way to do it, you just have to get as flat as you can on the ground and stretch your legs out. Someone told us that not every dog can do it but I don’t know if that’s true or not. Maybe they just haven’t realized their full froggy potential yet!
What is your opinion on squirrels? Can they be trusted or are they always up to no good?
If you had asked me 6 months ago I would have said they are ALWAYS up to no good. Then I met my friend Peanut on Facebook and she is PAWSOME! I will say that the squirrels in my yard though, they are like ninjas! They sit up in the tree and yell at me and throw things at me, including peanut shells since my Mom just insists on feeding them! It’s just rude! Maybe Peanut is the only exception.
You were featured in the Winter 2013 edition of American Dog Magazine. Tell us what that was about.
OMD that was soooo cool! American Dog Magazine had a contest for “Dogs with Friends on Facebook” and my page was one of the judges picks! It was such an honor! I love ADM and was so excited to be featured in the same issue as so many of my friends!
What is your breed? (Or what do you think your breed is?)
We had a DNA test done in October 2012 I am a mix of quite a few things! My main two breeds are Bull Terrier and Catahoula Leopard. After that it’s a mix of Chow, Chinese Shar-Pei, Newfoundland, Puli, Parson Russell Terrier and a Border Terrier. Quite the combo if you ask me! It’s all pretty funny when you think about the fact that on my adoption profile I was listed as a Pit Bull/Australian Cattle Dog mix!
You are not a Pitbull but a lot of people think you are, right? So what is it like living under strict BSL? Are there things you aren’t permitted to do?
A lot of people do think I’m a Pit Bull which is pretty crazy since really my shape and features don’t match a Pit Bull at all. Mom’s theory is that it’s the eye patch that throws people off and that makes people think of the Pit Bull on the show the Little Rascals There is a strict Pit Bull Ban in Denver, CO where I was found as a puppy so it’s definitely a scary situation. Last summer there were a few rallies and demonstrations that Mom wanted to bring me to but they were all in Denver and we were too afraid that I would be mistaken for a Pit Bull so I had to stay home. BSL is a serious issue that effects so many people and the animals they love. It is based solely on ignorance and until we all start standing up against this type of discrimination, nothing will change. We have to stand together and fight this for not only the animals this is currently effecting but for those poor animals who paid with their lives because of the ignorance of others. It’s unacceptable and a disgrace to humanity.
You have a Facebook page and are always sharing animals in need, but especially those looking for forever homes. Do you have any advice for others wanting to do the same?
My advice would be to try not to get overwhelmed because it is heartbreaking. People will complain, people will ask you to not post such sad pictures and people will absolutely un-like your page…don’t let that discourage you at all! If you believe in what you are doing and this is your way to help, then do it! At the end of the day you will have done the right thing and you can be proud of yourself for doing your best to help others in need.
I don’t have any other social media and I really don’t fully understand Packdog. I’m on there and there are people “tracking” me but I don’t really get what I’m supposed to do! BOL! So I just post pictures now and then but most of my attention is focused on my Facebook page.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Just that I am so thankful that you chose to include me on your PAWSOME website! It’s been a super cool experience and I really appreciate it!
These Paws Were Rescued
A few more photos of Roro…
What a pawsome story! Thank you so much Roro and Mom for sharing it with us!
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This has been our June edition of “These Paws Were Rescued.” Hope you enjoyed it! Next month another special furry friend will be joining me so stay tuned!
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