Rooney, affectionately known as “Roo,’ is a Smooth Collie. This short- and dense-coated version of the familiar Rough Collie (such as Lassie) is sometimes thought of as the easy-care wash-and-wear variety of the breed. Collies are one of the most recognizable breeds, and whether they have long or short hair, they are gentle, intelligent, loyal companions that love being with their people and excel in whatever tasks are asked of them.
Handsome Roo poses under
a colorful reading banner.
Rooney was born February 20, 2006, originally destined to become a show dog. When the breeder discovered a deformity in his left front foot (two inner toes fused together), it was uncertain how he would be affected in the future. Hearing about this special pup needing a special home, Tina drove more than 500 miles to Tennessee and brought him back to her home in Ohio. Having lots of experience both with dogs and in veterinary care, Tina felt she could give him the best home possible. Now he adores his “brothers and sisters” (a chocolate Lab and two cats), willingly sharing his toys, treats, even his bed with them all. Tina’s daughter, Meredith, is just a little older than Roo and they are the best of friends.
Meredith and Roo,
a true pair of bookworms!
Roo learned obedience commands quickly and Tina even began to teach him a little modified American Sign Language in lieu of typical hand signals. She eventually increased training so that everyone will be able to communicate with him, even if they have a hearing difficulty, and says he knows more than 30 signs now and learns them faster than she does!
Roo knows library behavior and calmly
awaits the next student who will read to him.