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Boilermaker Big Dog of the Week

We’ve got another really good boy this week

Hi everyone, I took a week off from my dog article because sadly, I had to end my 17 year old dogs struggle last Tuesday, and I just didn’t have it in me to do anything dog related for a few days. I might get around to doing a Janis tribute post in the future, but for now, it’s just too much.

I am, however, ready to get back to finding homes for some awesome dogs in the Greater Lafayette area. If you’re looking for a buddy, I’ve got your hook-up.

This week’s Boilermaker Big Dog is Onyx

Pawswap gave me a nice scouting report for this handsome boy:

“Onyx is an ultra cool, 1.5 year old, pit / shepherd mix looking for a new home. He’s ready to trade teams and start a new adventure. He has the most unique markings and a fantastic personality. He is medium sized and weighs about 50 pounds. Onyx enjoys being around other dogs. He is house trained and is eager to please his people. He is a fast learner and would likely also do well with children who are gentle. We are unsure how he does with cats. Onyx is neutered, up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Please complete an adoption application on our website at His adoption fee is $125. “

This seems like a great deal to me. You get a young dog, but not a puppy (puppies are cute, but take it from someone who fosters puppies, they are mess). On top of that, he comes fully vetted and ready to go. Trust me, you couldn’t even get a dog neutered for $125 dollars. If you adopt Onyx, not only are you getting a great dog, you’re also being fiscally responsible (if nothing else, use that as a selling point if you have a resistant significant other).

After careful consideration, I’m pairing Onyx with for Boilermaker tight end Dustin Keller.

Much like Onyx, Dustin was overlooked by everyone, including Purdue. It took a last second offer to get Dustin to West Lafayette, but once he made it to Purdue, it was smooth sailing.

Dustin was a dreaded tweener coming out of high school. Teams thought he was too slow to play wide receiver and not big enough to play tight end. Coach Tiller scooped him up and decided he would make an awesome receiving tight end in the spread offense, and he was right.

It took Dustin two years to master the new position, but once he got a little bigger and figured things out, he turned into a match-up nightmare. As a junior, Keller racked up 56 receptions that went for 771 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged over 13 yards a catch.

His junior year was just a warm up for his senior campaign. As a senior he pulled in an absurd 68 catches, had 881 receiving yard, and caught 7 touchdowns while once again averaging over 13 yards a catch.

Keller went from being a recruiting afterthought to a first round draft pick in four years. I see the same potential in Onyx.

Here are some sweet Dustin Keller highlights I found on Youtube put together by a Boilermaker fan going by the name BigTime (Note: There is a swear word in the background music, but you’ve got to be paying attention to hear it)

Boilermaker Big Dog of the Week Update:

Great news everyone, Levi, the first Boilermaker Big Dog of the Week, Levi, was adopted by a Purdue couple that saw his article.

I would like to introduce everyone to Bentley (formerly Levi)!


Just a reminder that Boilermaker Big Dog “Chunk” (seen below) is still looking for his perfect Boilermaker home.