Is there anything cuter or more reassuring than the love between a boy and his dog?
One 6-year-old boy named Roman is melting hearts everywhere with his call-to-action video trying to find a home for his furry friend, Legend. Legend is a deaf labrador retriever with a heart of gold saved from California and currently residing at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley in Burlington, Washington.
Roman doesn’t just love dogs, he also rescues them. His family has been on a mission to rescue dogs for several years. In fact, when Roman turned 4, he put his birthday to good use and asked for donations to help a Texas animal shelter. His golden heart and soft spot for four-legged friends runs in the family. His mom Jennifer McConn also works to save dogs through her organization Project Freedom Ride.
“Roman adores Legend,” McConn tells Babble. “The adoption will run through the Skagit Valley Humane Society’s normal process. We don’t ever ask they stray from their policy or procedure. We just try to help the dogs get some much-needed attention.”
McConn explains that through Project Freedom Ride, she works to save dogs from kill shelters in Texas by putting them up for adoption at shelters like the Human Society of Skagit Valley. McConn shares, “There are just some dogs that pull on our heartstrings outside of our program and we try to do what we can to help them, too.”
Roman tells Babble, “I just think dogs should be in homes and Legend is a really good dog, so I need to help him find a home.” And with that special message in mind, Roman created a video directly asking the public to help find Legend a home.
The video has been viewed more than 43K times to date and is moving hearts with every click. McConn admits that all of the sudden attention has been surprising, “We’ve always known he’s special, but it has been overwhelming the response we’ve received!”
Roman came to know Legend after he was rescued from a kill shelter in Texas and brought to Washington. “We only know Legend from visiting the shelter. We visited with him about three weeks prior, but then I had surgery so we couldn’t go for a couple weeks,” his mother says. But things changed when the family returned to the shelter later and found that Legend was sadly, still there.
That’s when Roman decided to do something about it.
“He doesn’t understand why some dogs he comes to love sit in there so long,” McConn says. “He is very aware of what rescue is. When he was 4 it started in Texas and he would go with me to visit the local kill shelter, so getting the dogs out of there was literally life or death. And in the most age appropriate way, we taught him that.”
We think Roman has a bright future ahead of him as a dog whisperer and we hope Legend finds a wonderful home soon!