Tamre Bohn and John McGinnis
Rescue Dog’s Name
Where Did You Find Your Dog?
Enid SPCA, Enid, OK
Tell Us About the Moment When You Knew that You Two Were Meant for Each Other.
John had been wanting a dog for a long time but unfortunately the various places we had lived did not allow dogs. We moved back to my hometown in Oklahoma and finally was able to have a dog. My sister recommended the Enid SPCA so I visited their website. We knew we wanted a small dog. We picked out a few and then found they had already been adopted. We went back to the website and saw Oreo. His story broke my heart – he was 10 years old and had been found in a house in Buffalo with 31 other dogs along with goats and chickens. They had been kept in tin sheds and could not even see out. The urine and feces was inches thick. Oreo and several others were brought to the Enid SPCA which is where we found him. I had my sister, a big animal lover, visit him. She took several photos and sent them to us along with a message, ”be aware that he is extremely skittish and frightened, and he is an older dog, which means you may not have him as long”. She did not discourage us and we made an appointment. He was so frightened that he would pee when picked up. But they put him in John’s lap and the rest was history, he was ours. It has taken.about a year for him to settle in, he still likes to be in small dark spaces but mornings in particular he is happy and bouncy. He loves walking outside and took to a leash quite well. We have found that he does not bark. Why we don’t know but his little face has so much expression to it.
How Has Your Hero Changed Your Life?
We cannot imagine life without Oreo. We look forward to seeing him every morning and try to spend as much time with him during the day as we can. He loves treats and we let him have more than he probably needs. He has a soft bed but usually curls up by the bed beside us at night. We love walking with him, he is such a people watcher although is still skittish when strangers approach. He still doesn’t quite get what a bath is but tolerates them well along with being groomed. When a thunderstorm comes along he sticks like glue to our side. But he is very lovable and is anxious for us to pet him when we come home. He does not know what toys are but he loves to play hide and seek or chase. He has made our house a true home.