The Military Retiree Dog Bore
Dog Bore: Jessica
Job: I’m a military retiree (formerly an investigator and temporarily a stay-at-home-dog-mom until my next job lol)
Dogs: Tyson, Punky and Nacho
Tyson: pitbull (mix maybe?), from Tucson Arizona (Pima Animal Care Center)
Punky: hairless Chinese Crested, from Poole in England,
Nacho: hairy hairless Chinese Crested, from Newmarket in England
How did you meet your canine companion?
The first time I ran across Tyson’s face it was through a FB post run by shelter volunteers in Tucson. Somewhere around the same time, I decided I wanted to volunteer at the shelter, so I attended an orientation. Through the whole class I couldn’t stop thinking about him so I went to just “take a look,” and the rest is history.
Punky and Nacho were re-homed to me when I lived in England. Punky was unwanted for some reason (I loved her from the moment I saw her picture in the ad, so I didn’t ask many questions), and Nacho’s owner was going through a rough patch so she couldn’t care for him anymore. We often joke that they Bark with a British accent.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
Tyson was named after boxer Mike Tyson because of the black spot on his eye. It’s on the same side as Mike’s tattoo.
Punky had a little mohawk as a puppy so she’s always been a cross between “spunky” and “punk rock.”
Nacho was inadvertently named after my dad. I was watching the movie Nacho Libre and I thought it would be funny to call him Nacho...totally forgetting that was also my dad’s nickname.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
Punky and Nacho were my first babies so my life improved 100% from the day I brought them home, but the dog that completely changed my life is Tyson. He opened up my eyes to the rescue world and to how important it is to advocate for shelter animals and against breed specific legislation.
Tyson is the most FANTASTIC, loving dog, so I just want everyone to know how amazing pitbull/bully breed dogs are. Also, he came into my life during a very difficult transition out of the military, so his companionship was pivotal in helping me find purpose again. I’m currently a volunteer with an organization that helps homeless veterans, so my goal is to somehow find a way to pair up both my passions of helping shelter animals, and veterans.
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Tyson - charismatic, fabulous, caretaker
Punky- spunky, determined, loyal
Nacho- carefree, chill, independent
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Nacho: anyone who pets him
What’s your dog’s superpower?
Tyson: heart melter. He has the ability to make just about anyone fall in love with him.
Punky: the power of persuasion. She can make the other two do whatever she wants even though she’s a whopping 7 lbs.
Nacho: marathon napper. He can nap for days without a care in the world.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
Tyson: a super model of course. He’s always ready to pose at the sight of a phone.
Punky: CEO of her own company because she’s always the boss.
Nacho: he’d be the guy that gets paid by NASA to sleep.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
Tyson: he’s a dog humper. Just loves running around humping all his dog friends.
Punky: she loves, loves, loves to eat cat poop. It’s like candy to her. Nacho: licking his butt then trying to kiss you.
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
The little ones prefer to stay home, but Tyson and I love going to the drive-in theater. Nothing better than cozying up with your best friend in the back of a pickup truck covered in blankets and enjoying some snacks.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
....and says “Ruff day! I need a bone dry martini to get this heckin’ edge off.”