Bio: Rooney came into BSR care as a stray picked up by a rural shelter. He was an absolutely wild, Tasmanian Devil! He was also in very poor body condition, and it appeared that he had lived alone on the run for quite some time. After getting him cleaned up and vetted, it became apparent that Rooney also had some very deep-seated emotional and behavioral issues to work through. Because he showed so much promise, almost wanting to will his past away, BSR hired a professional canine trainer to come work with him and his fosters to work on counter-conditioning and trust building.
2019 Update Roo here, forwarding you a message that my dad sent to friends from our summer trip to Maine. Mom and I were part of the Celtic Dog Parade during the Celtic Festival in Belfast, and I had so much fun, despite the bagpipes, crowds, and dozens of other dogs. In fact, the whole summer was fun; I even met a live lobster, although he couldn’t nip me because his claws had rubber bands around them.
We are back at our Annapolis house now for the fall and plan to go to Florida in January for the winter.
Mom and Dad are very proud of me. They say I am extremely well trained and have worked through most of the issues I came with (although we are still working on one or two lingering ones). I will probably always be a little leery of people I don’t know, but I’m great with all dogs and cats. I love love love my new home and family, and thank you BSR for putting us together!!!
Today Rooney and his beautiful handler were the stars of the Celtic Dog Parade in Belfast. Although not usually considered a Celtic dog, Rooney was allowed to participate by virtue of his name and because the Boi were a genuine Celtic tribe. Barbara explained to the crowd that watched the parade that she is a Boi-kin and that her family originated this breed in South Carolina. Lots of oohs and ahs as Rooney was perfectly behaved in the parade and on stage. They both made me very proud! Wish you could have been here to see it all.