Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Roscoe P Coltrain

I met today's rescue dog via Instagram, and his name is a doozy: Roscoe P. Coltrain. If that name doesn't ring any bells then you'll have to dig deeply all the way back to the 80s, when The Dukes of Hazzard were popular entertaining rednecks long before Honey-Boo-Boo and Duck Dynasty came along. 

 Roscoe has been with his family now for 13 years, but he still gets around pretty well. 

He came to live with them when Tina's daughter was working at Starbucks and a woman came in with puppies who were headed for the pound. 

They already had a dog, a Springer Spaniel named Sarah, and were looking for some company for her. Roscoe was an adorable puppy, part Corgi and part Chow!  

Look at him!

Over the years Roscoe has had various fur siblings. He was particularly close to Matty, who was adopted from the SPCA at age five with a heart murmur that required constant meds.  

Matty and Roscoe grew close, but then one day Matty lost his sight. The vet examined him and his pupils did not react to light. Matty adjusted by walking close to the wall at home and leaning on Roscoe when they were outside. 

 Oddly enough, or miraculously enough, Matty actually recovered some of his sight in a few months.

Eventully Matty got to the point where he developed other health problems, like Cushings, and it was just too much for him. At age 11 he decided to cross the Rainbow Bridge, and Roscoe has missed his sweet buddy, who loved everyone. 

Now Roscoe pals around with Timmy the cat, named after Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. 

I have to share a little fact about the Giants, since Roscoe's family apparently are fans. Ryan Vogelsong, an all-star pitcher for San Francisco who was instrumental in helping them win the 2012 World Series, played baseball at Kutztown University, where my husband coaches! Ryan left before Hubs got there, but has stayed very close with the head coach, and so my husband has been fortunate enough to meet him a few times. The baseball team also benefits tremendously from Ryan's generosity each year.

Anywayyyyy. . .  getting back to Roscoe, not only does he get to hang out with Timmy, but he also gets many trips to the San Francisco beaches and all around the major sites.

 When Hubs and I visited San Francisco we never got to see much of anything that wasn't shrouded in fog, including the Golden Gate Bridge. I can see by Roscoe's picture below that fog around the bridge is pretty standard. 

Tina has decided to celebrate Roscoe's life by writing a book for her 5 grandkids that talks about all the experiences Roscoe has had throughout his long and happy life. 

Roscoe is checking himself out.

Even though he lost some friends along the way, he's had it really good with his furever family. 

Thanks so much to Tina for opening her home to so many animals, and for sharing her story with us.  

You can follow Roscoe on Instagram @roscoe_p_coltrain. I just have to end by sharing this picture of Roscoe.

I love it because it reminds me of one of my absolute favorite "memes" out there on the World Wide Web, as seen below.

I laugh every time I see it!  Corgis are really adorable dogs aren't they?

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