Just two days after his game-saving field goal against the Atlanta Falcons, Steve Hauschka and his wife, Lindsey, hoped to help pull off another eleventh hour victory: Finding Leroy a home. Lindsey and Steve, dog lovers themselves, snuggled with Leroy on the hearth that was festively decorated for our upcoming holiday issue. Leroy, sitting between them, couldn’t help but sneak kisses from each of them, in turn, sprawling across Lindsey’s lap to convince her that he was a lap dog and then arching his head back to kiss Steve, showing the Hauschkas that he could love them both at once.
He’s such a love bug!” Lindsey said with a laugh as Leroy tried to steal another kiss.
But this love bug has been without a home for his entire life – which is exactly why Steve and Lindsey Hauschka knew that they had to help him.
The Hauschkas stepped up to help Leroy and the Why Not Me Pets campaign because they want to help every pet find a loving family. “Every animal deserves a home and it breaks our hearts to think of long-term homeless pets feeling unwanted,” Lindsey said.
“We know how much joy dogs can bring into your house and we want other families to experience that,” Steve added.
“A lot of people only want puppies, but adult dogs can be a much better fit for some households – especially busy ones with kids where puppies can add too much work. There are lots of older, calm and house-trained homeless pups out there who would love to join a family. It’s important to get that word out!”
“In our family, we have Jack, our eight-year-old pug/Chihuahua mix (or at least, that’s what we think he is!) and Bee, our three-year-old miniature Aussie Doodle. We got both dogs when they were puppies,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey grew up with a variety of small pets, including a chameleon, fish, and a hamster, and got a cat, named Patchis, when she was eight. “He lived to be almost 20!” she said. “Steve’s family had a cute little sheltie named Heidi, who lived a long and happy life.”
During the holidays, the Hauschkas include their pets in the festivities. “We have some cute holiday outfits we force them to wear,” Lindsey said with a laugh. “We also have Halloween costumes and little footie pajamas and a Santa hat for Christmas. We might go down to the Landing this year and take pictures with Santa for our Christmas card; we always feature Jack and Bee.” And the dogs always get presents beneath the tree, too!
Lindsey added: “We hope sweet Leroy finds an amazing forever home! He’s the biggest love bug and we had so much fun spending time with him for the shoot. He definitely would have been coming home with us if we didn’t have our two little pups already!”
If you think that Leroy would be a good fit for you or someone you know, please contact Animal Aid & Rescue Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org!