(Editor’s note: This is part of our “OMP Pets” section here on the Gazette. Have a pet you’d like to see featured here? Email me high-res photos , as well as a paragraph or two about your pet. [email protected]. Today’s pet is Roxie, the Party Girl and BARK Ranger who lives on Paula Kelley’s farm in Old Mission. Read on for Paula’s story about Roxie. -jb)
Meet Roxie (aka “Rocky Reindeer”), one of four dogs who live at the Kelley Farm in Old Mission. Like Maverick – read her story here – Roxie also comes from Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio (AHDRO).
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Roxie came to live with me when she was two. She was picked up as a stray in Ohio and placed in a kill shelter before AHDRO found her. According to the AHDRO director, Roxie was difficult to place and was returned to the rescue group twice – once because she liked to chew on shoes and once because she had too much energy.
When I adopted her, she was wild and out of control, but full of enthusiasm for life and quick to understand. The AHDRO rescue facility is located in a big city, and I remember when I brought Roxie home and took her for a walk, all she did was look up at the sky and treetops. It was as if she had never been outside in such a big space. To this day, her main pleasure is running around her large yard, and it pleases me to see her so happy.
In July, Roxie will be 11 years old and she is still doing well. She runs around the yard with the rest of the pack and enjoys chasing crows from her air space.
Roxie is a party girl and always needs someone to play with, which I think is why I have three other dogs. I also found out the reason collies have those erect ears – it’s to hide the devil horns. Roxie has taught the other dogs all her bad habits, and when I yell at the other dogs, Roxie just smiles and prances in satisfaction.
For several years Roxie and I volunteered at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes as BARK Rangers to help keep people and other dogs away from Piping Plover nests on the shore of the lake. Roxie also did extra work at Sleeping Bear, helping me with preemptive search and rescue while climbing the dunes. She was a big hit with all the kids and helped educate visitors on safety before exploring the dunes.
As with all my other dogs, Roxie is an experienced traveler and her backpack has many patches from the parks we have visited. The farthest place she’s traveled with me is Pea Ridge National Battlefield in Arkansas, but she’s hiked in at least ten different states.