Rough collie mixes Odin and Ivar are an adorable sibling duo that was adopted at Mutt Madness 2023. Their adopters have a strong family bond, too. Janna, Jared and Jenneka are super-tight siblings and the owners of J&J Property Pros in New York, an entrepreneurial landscaping, interior design, and pet sitting company.
When Janna went to Mutt Madness in 2022, she had recently lost her beloved dog, Zac, a senior rescue who was a rough collie. She told her siblings, “Be prepared because if there is a rough collie, it’s coming home with us.” There were none at the 2022 event, but this year there were two.
When Janna met Ivar, he reminded her immediately of Zac. Staying true to their word, the siblings adopted Ivar. When they went back to pick him up, Ivar’s brother Odin was still available, so they adopted him, too. “We siblings have a soft spot for siblings!” Janna explains.
Ivar and Odin managed the drive home to New York from Louisville like champs. “The boys handled it perfectly,” Janna reports. “Everyone we met were so impressed by how well behaved the boys are for being so young.”
The pups join a pack that includes a couple of cute kittens that were also in attendance at Equip Expo 2023. Janna, Jered and Jenneka are also good friends with another Mutt Madness adopter who took home a dog named Everest a couple of years ago. The three dogs have met, and are becoming fast friends already. "We are truly so thankful we adopted both of these boys as they are such a special addition to our family!" Janna reports.
All told, nine dogs found their forever homes at Mulligan’s Mutt Madness 2023, and the event has matched over 60 dogs with their humans over the years. (One of those is our very own Mulligan the TurfMutt!)
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