STORY BY MOLLY ADAMSON
When entering the Bell home, a very energetic white English bulldog will greet you at the door enthusiastically.
This little guy is Magoo, brother of the famous Drake live mascot Porterhouse, who passed away last year.
Kevin and Erin Bell got Magoo from a very small-scale English bulldog breeder in Avon, Indiana.
He was born on Jan. 31, 2010, and came home with the Bells in late March of that year.
Erin Bell can still remember what she was feeling when they brought Magoo home that day.
“Honestly, we were a little overwhelmed when we first brought him home,” Erin Bell said.
“We were used to Porterhouse, the most laid-back, easy going, laziest dog ever to live. We naively thought we would be getting something similar with Magoo, but he couldn’t have been more different than Porterhouse. We weren’t quite sure what we had gotten ourselves into, but it turns out it was something absolutely wonderful.”
After that day, the Bells settled into life with Magoo. Many adjectives came to Erin Bell’s mind when describing her dog.
“Magoo is enthusiastic, sweet, playful, loving, dramatic, expressive, emotional, sensitive, happy, exuberant and full of life,” Erin Bell said.
Magoo has also settled into life with the Bells.
A typical day for Magoo consists of slowly getting out of bed in the morning, while his parents are often already up.
After breakfast, he then finds comfort on the couch, where he sleeps until Kevin and Erin return from work.
Erin is a public health registered nurse for Wesley Life and Kevin is an Assistant Polk County Prosecutor.
As soon as Kevin and Erin walk through the door, Magoo jumps off the couch to go and grab his favorite toy, one of his many rubber chickens.
The family will go outside and play fetch for a while before coming back inside to hang out for the rest of the night, with Magoo on the couch right beside Kevin and Erin.
According to Erin Bell, Magoo loves his many rubber chickens and snuggling in bed with Kevin and her.
Magoo may seem like a dog who loves everything, however he does have his dislikes.
“Magoo does NOT like baths. At all,” Erin Bell said. “He loves swimming in his kiddie pool in the summer, but loathes bath time.”
While the Bells describe Magoo as a lovable dog, they do admit that he could never be a mascot like Porterhouse was.
“In order to be a good mascot, you have to be calm,” Erin Bell said.
“There’s tons of stuff going on around you, kids are wanting to pet you, sport events are going on. There’s a lot of excitement. Porterhouse could handle all that. Magoo is a very excitable dog, so he couldn’t handle the responsibility of being a live mascot,” Erin said.
All dogs have different personalities, and that was also true for Porterhouse and Magoo.
Magoo would often be wanting to play, while Porterhouse wanted to lounge on the couch, as evident by the Twitter pictures Erin Bell posted on both Porterhouse’s and Magoo’s accounts (@DUPorterhouse and @MagooCrew).
“He has a genuine and pure love for life,” Erin Bell said.
“He’s an innocent and honest soul. What you see is what you get,” Erin said. He has moods like humans and they are written all over his face. I’ve never known a more expressive and sensitive dog.”