Freedom for Roo. In the five months since the end of her imprisonment - probably in a bathroom in Los Angeles - she has traveled across the country twice. Here she is at Tetakawi, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.





Roo was randomly assigned to me as a foster dog. She had been starved and confined. A Golden Retriever rescue group in LA had to make the tough decision to leave her behind because she was, "the most petrified Golden," they had ever seen in a Los Angeles shelter, and other more adoptable dogs would have to be chosen. It was sheer luck that she didn't have a needle put in her arm that day.

Donna Salvini, leader of the group I volunteered for, Independent Labrador Rescue of Southern California, sprung her from jail. I picked her up right after her voucher spay at a clinic where they didn't even bother to rinse off what happens when you're stuck in a cage for a week. Roo spent her first day and night with me in terror, hiding first behind a toilet, then in a den I made her in the back of a dark closet.

I wrote about Roo's rescue as it happened in Notes from a Rescue in Progress, a web series that received  20,000 likes and shares, and as of December, 2013, has been a top-10 best seller nearly continuously in all three Amazon dog categories.