Hi there! My name is John Forchelli and I’m a born and bred Queens native. I currently live in Astoria with my girlfriend, along with our rescue pup, Baxter (and three cats!).

All my life I’ve loved dogs, but from the ages of 5 to 8 my family was sadly unable to have one of our own. This didn’t stop me from begging and pestering my parents for years, however, and soon all my youngster efforts paid off! We adopted a Cockapoo named Roxy from Northshore Animal League, and she quickly became my best friend. We spent our days together in Astoria Park, and she officially became “my” dog. I was the one tasked with training her, feeding her, and looking after her; a tall order for such a young kid, but my undying love for Roxy never had it feeling like work.

Since owning Roxy, my family has never again been without a dog, and we adopted a Lab/Wolfhound mix named Cooper in 2006, and shortly after, Kayla, another Cockapoo, came along — I guess you can say Roxy started a trend! Now, after all my pup experience, I can’t imagine ever not having at least one dog in my home. To me, dogs will always be more than “just dogs” — they are truly a part of our families!

I’m so excited to be a part of the RuffCity team and bring joy to your pup’s life — after all, it’s the least we can do for them after all they do for us!