About Me and Motley Dog.
My name is Ashley Raineri, and I have loved dogs for as long as I can remember. My first family dog, Betsee, was a Motley Dog that my parents rescued from the railroad tracks where she had been abandoned. A few years ago, I became involved in animal rescue first through fostering dogs that were in need of a temporary place to stay on the journey to their forever homes, and then later through volunteering at a local animal shelter. It was this involvement that made me acutely aware of just how many animals do not have a family
to call their own.
My first dog was a Rottweiler puppy that I bought from a private seller through a newspaper ad. At the time,
I was 18 years old, and knew that my then-boyfriend had a special fondness for Rottweilers, and so I took the only approach that I knew of to get one – I checked the local ads.
When we were ready to add a second dog to our household about a year later, we knew that we really loved our first Rottweiler, Mario, so that was the breed that we wanted for our second dog. As the internet had become more of a go-to resource, I searched online for Rottweilers, and stumbled across www.petfinder.com. I was amazed at how many pure-bred Rottweilers were available through rescue organizations that were literally saving these dogs’ lives. I found my perfect little Rottweiler, dubbed “Elvira” by the volunteer that had posted her on Petfinder for the local animal control shelter, made the arrangements, and drove three plus hours to a small town in Illinois to save her from death row. Re-named Lucy, she lived to the ripe old Rottie age of 11, and passed away of natural causes having lived an amazing life.
Being a self-proclaimed “dog person”, I’ve been engaged in many dog-related conversations with people, most of whom have little to no connection to the animal rescue world, and am always surprised at how little people know about the plight of companion animals. That’s not to say most people willingly abuse or neglect their pets, but a lot of people jump into the idea of a pet with little to no consideration, and then their adorable little puppy becomes unmanageable and ends up in a shelter, or the neighbor down the street that did not spay or neuter their dogs ends up with a litter of puppies that they cannot care for, and the puppies end up abandoned on the street and picked up by animal control.
Fortunately, however, that’s not where the story ends. There are a plethora of amazing people that devote so much time and effort to placing these abandoned pets in the care of responsible rescue organizations who then facilitate adoptions via website advertising, adoption events and networking. That is the part of the story where Motley Dog picks up – we want to spread the message far and wide that you do not need to go to a breeder to get exactly the dog that you want – your perfect dog may already be waiting for you at a shelter
or in a foster home.
We encourage you to visit www.petfinder.com, www.adoptapet.com, or visit your local rescue adoption events when looking to adopt your next pet.
While Mario and Lucy have both since passed away, fostering led my husband, Tony, and me to adopt three of our own Motley Dogs - Petunia, Betty and Ricky.
While all of the dogs that have been a part of my life have inspired me to stay involved, my inspiration to develop Motley Dog came from Ricky, a quirky terrier mix with a huge personality that we adopted from Stray Rescue of St. Louis. He is the epitome of a Motley Dog, and is in fact the dog that our Motley Dog logo
is based upon. Without the hard work of rescue organizations and the people that support them, dogs like Ricky would never have a chance at a loving forever home.