The Villages - August 2018 - 30

{ FoR The

Love

oF PeTs }

An Unlikely Pair
Big Bill, Little Roscoe
By Rica Lewis | Photo By RoB wiLKeRsoN

Bill Gamble never imagined he'd be one of those guys. In
fact, he used to shake his head and laugh at the people who
carried their tiny dogs around in purses and bags and dressed
them in jeweled collars and cutesy clothing.
Enter Roscoe, a Yorkshire terrier that is 10 pounds of
sheer persuasion. The feisty canine didn't just convince Bill to
take him home - he changed his mind about pet parenting
altogether.
A retired police officer and federal agent, Bill still can't
believe he ended up with Roscoe - a "purse dog." But the
spirited pup came into his life at a time when his heart was
open to the unexpected.
"I was going through a rough time after a divorce," Bill
said. "Someone said, 'You need a dog.' We always had these
big dogs - German shepherds and Labradors. But I had five
boys then, so the kids came first and the dogs came second.
They ended up living in a kennel outdoors. I look back on it
now, and I feel guilty that those dogs maybe didn't get the
attention they deserved."
With his children all grown and on their own, the
Village Del Mar resident was ready to give his heart to a
fur-ever friend.

He was the
last in the
litter and he
had a bent
ear that just
flopped around.
'He can never
be a show dog,'
they told me,
but I didn't
care. I wanted
a companion.
- Bill Gamble

30

AUGUST 2018

"That's when I realized I wanted a small breed, a
companion. I adopted a female Yorkshire terrier - I thought
I would put bows in her hair and she would be the girl I never
had. But when I went to pick her up from the breeder, she had
passed. I was despondent, but (Roscoe) came and sat next to
me. He was the last in the litter and he had a bent ear that just
flopped around. 'He can never be a show dog,' they told me,
but I didn't care. I wanted a companion."
Roscoe has a wardrobe full of colorful scarves and comical
shirts that say things like, 'Can't control my licker." Because he
is a social dog, he enjoys the attention he gets when he is well
dressed among the crowds.



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