Rooster, now known as Gus (short for Augustus), was adopted in February 2012 by Erik and Lindsay. Gus is a hound mix, who was rescued off the streets of Oklahoma along with his eight brothers and sisters, and his mom, Savannah.
Gus, once known as Rooster, was fostered in Denver before being adopted by his new owners. Erik and Lindsay saw his photo on Petfinder; they had been looking for a large mixed breed that was active enough for hikes and camping, but mellow enough to relax with around the house. Once they saw Gus's photo, they couldn't wait to meet him.
"He's lively and always adds excitement to the house, but he's also a goofball and loves to relax with us when he's exhausted from too much fun," Erik says. They decided to name him Augustus, as in Captain August McCrae from Lonesome Dove.
The Owens had been in search for a new dog ever since their Alaskan Malamute, Diesel, had to be put down due to cancer. Diesel had been in the family for nine years, and he is very missed by the Owen family. Since his death, the family knew they wanted another big dog.
They had been searching for a few months before they found James, a dog that was rescued from a shelter through Mountain Pet Rescue. They had seen a photo of James’s sister in the newspaper.
“We were looking for a lab, (but) we had been very open to any type of dog that would make a great fit to our family,” says Tara Owens. “Once we met James, we knew right away he was the one. We absolutely adore him.”
Mountain Pet Rescue strives to find the perfect fit for its rescue dogs by screening adoption applications and, in some instances, visiting the home of the potential adopters to ensure a good relationship between the dog and the potential family. The Owens have two children and two other dogs – two Pugs– who all get along great with James. Tara says James even sleeps right next to the Pugs at night, and plays with them during the day.
“He fits right in, and it all has felt so natural with him,” says Tara. “We are a very active family and look forward to going on runs with him, and taking him with us to our family boat in Lake Powell this summer.”
Sounds like James is one lucky pooch! Thank you Owens family!
Gus is doing great - he's already walking on a leash, and he knows his basic commands. He's a really smart pup," Erik says. And a lucky one too. We're so happy Gus has a loving forever home. Thank you Erik and Lindsay!
Mountain Pet Rescue was founded in January of 2012. Since then, we have successfully adopted out over 1600 pets into loving forever homes.
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