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Best Friends: Tony, Tina, Quenton, Gable, Scooby & Bear
Get to know Scooby, Gable, Bear and their human pals
BF Tony Aurit
Tony, Tina, Quenton, Gable, Scooby & Bear - photo by Marissa Weiher

Tony Aurit, Tina Carlson and Quenton Carlson talk about their best friends Scooby, a 9-year-old dachshund; Bear, an 8-year-old dachshund; and Gable, a 15-year-old golden retriever. 

Before Aurit met Tina and Quenton, formerly featured John Baumann approached him on behalf of Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue to see if Aurit would foster Scooby. It was Scooby’s last chance before he would be euthanized. He had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from previous owners and was hard to handle. Aurit worked with Scooby to conquer his PTSD and realized his kennel was causing the most stress. After becoming attached to Scooby, Aurit decided to keep him. 

Aurit then lost his oldest dachshund Butch and knew he wanted another rescue dachshund to keep Scooby company so he got Bear, who came from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bear fit in immediately with the family. 

Tina was volunteering with her son Quenton at the Green County Humane Society when they decided they would love to have a golden retriever. She asked to be notified if there were any retrievers available for adoption and received a call the next week saying Gable was available. Quenton loves to read stories to him at night. 

“We fell in love with each other right away,” Tina said. 

Best Friends is a weekly feature designed to highlight a local resident and his or her pets. To suggest someone for the series, contact Marissa Weiher, photographer, at

Describe Scooby, Bear and Gable’s personalities. 

Scooby is stubborn. He acts like a human. He knows exactly where he wants to go whether it’s around the block or for a long walk. When he’s done he just stops and he’ll head home. If he doesn’t want to go, he ain’t going. 

Bear is a cuddly goofball. He’s friendly, very warm. He’ll cuddle for a second and then he gets squirmy wormy. 

Gable is laid back, friendly and mellow. He doesn’t play as much as he used to.

What do you like to do together?

We like to go for walks and hang around. Scooby loves to dig. He could dig a hole for your bulbs. During warm weather, they’re usually outside with us or by the fire with us. 

What has it been like having Scooby, Bear and Gable in your lives?


Tina: I heard Tony was a different man before the dogs. He didn’t need to worry about anyone else’s happiness but his own. Now, he has more of a sense of family and connectedness. 

Tony: They’ve really helped me out a lot, especially through some hard times in my life. They were always there. They’re three really good boys and they bring us a lot of happiness.