Complied by Lisa Bell
Photography by Lee Ross Photography & Design
This month we feature the three pups of Scott and Barb Javore. Scott said they are truly the lucky ones in the relationship. “Our dogs have given us far more than we have given them. They enrich our lives daily, continually showing us examples of their unconditional love. No matter how challenging a day may have been, there is nothing like coming home and being greeted by three little smiling faces and wagging tails!” Check out our interview with the Javore dogs below!
Q: Hi, Pets of the Month? Why don’t you introduce yourselves to our readers?
Hello, my name is Addison. I am a 13 1/2-year-old yellow Labrador. I was born in Conover, WI, and adopted by my family when I was 6 weeks old. My new older brother was named Wrigley, who was a black Lab. Since my family loves the Cubs, they named me Addison. I always wished I would have a little brother named Clark, but that never happened.
Hello, my name is Mason. I am a 12-year-old Beagle mix. I was rescued by Katie Sweeney, who is a Glencoe Public Safety officer. She took me to the Glencoe Hill Animal Hospital where I was adopted when I was 2 1/2 years old. My dad was paying a bill for my future brother, Wrigley, and saw a photo of a Beagle named Beasley on the counter. He asked, just out of interest, what Beasley was like? The lady said that he would not want Beasley because she was food aggressive, but he should meet Marley (that was me!). My dad said that he was not looking for a dog. The lady brought me out anyway and told me that this was my chance, and to make the best of it, which I did! When I first looked at my dad, I did those sad eyes that the cat Puss in Boots did in Shrek. I also lifted my lip up to look especially cute! It worked, and I joined my new family!
Hello, my name is Batman. I am 8 years old. My life did not start out very well. I lived in a house in Glencoe with about 35 other dogs. The house was not kept up very well. When I was about 2 years old, we were all rescued. Katie Sweeney, and the other Glencoe Public Safety officers, who helped save us, as well as the doctors and staff of the Glencoe Animal Hospital, are my heroes! They saved our lives. I love my new family! Addison’s a wonderful big sister, and Mason is a pretty good brother, even when he tries to steal my food or treats. I especially like to follow my dad everywhere he goes. He calls me his little shadow!
Q: Do any of you have a special talent?
Addison: My mom was a black Labrador and was quite an athlete. I guess I got my athletic abilities from her. I used to be able to play tennis ball all day long. I love jumping off the boat and catching the tennis ball in mid-air. I used to do the same thing off the diving board in our pool. My dad said that I could leap off the diving board and catch a ball 6 feet above the water. That was sure fun! When I was a puppy, I loved to jump on people when they were swimming. That was so much fun too! (Although they didn’t seem to like it as much as I did ...) Now that I’m a little older and have arthritis, my dad puts the tennis ball in my mouth, then I roll it back to him. We still have lots of fun together!
Q: I hear that one of you have gotten in trouble with Glencoe Public Safety a few times. Care to elaborate?
Mason: That was me. I got arrested in Glencoe. I saw a very cute Labradoodle walking by my house, so I escaped from our fenced-in backyard to introduce myself. Her dad took me to the police station. The nice Public Safety officer called my dad who came over to pick me up. The officer gave my dad a yellow piece of paper, and then told him that he had to pay 25 bucks to get me out of the clink. I know that I was worth it! My dad looked at the yellow piece of paper, which read: "Issue: Beagle at-large." I thought the officer was wrong since I’m actually pretty small. I’m not even close to being large.
I did have another incident with the police, but it was not my fault either. A man painting our church, which is next door to our house, placed a gigantic, unwrapped sandwich on a table in our yard then went back to work. What else could a Beagle possibly do in this circumstance? I ate it! He was very upset. I cannot repeat some of the words that he said to me. He called the police and told them that he wanted me to be arrested and charged with the theft of his sandwich. Can you believe that? I said that I was innocent, but my dad still had to talk with a nice police officer, who said that I had a prior! The painter was asked to go home, which was good. He just was not very nice. Also, when he left, that gave me a chance to go get the Grand Foods bag that had the rest of his lunch in it. I had hidden it behind a bush. It was a happy ending for all!
Q: Your dad said one of you went on a big adventure?
Batman: I lived in California for two years with my older brother, Scott. I got to fly on an airplane there, which was scary and fun at the same time. It is really nice out there – sunny and warm all the time! Scott is an actor and writer. I thought that maybe I could be in a movie, or they could even make a movie about me! Maybe they could have named it after me? I moved back to Glencoe about three years ago. I got the fly on an airplane again but this time I got to sit with all the people which was even more fun!
Thank you to the Javore family for sharing their sweet dogs with us. Check back next month for another featured Pet.