Maybe Roscoe is a Boston Red Sox mascot in disguise.
How else to explain his melancholy, bloodshot eyes, straight face and stillness late Wednesday morning?
The 4-year-old Boston terrier had to have stayed up late Tuesday night, watching his beloved Red Sox fall to the Cleveland Indians 7-3 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Then again, if Roscoe is a Red Sox mascot, why are so many Norwalk-area residents interested in him?
Reflector photographer Lou Reda took Roscoe's picture for Friday's pet of the week feature. Reda worded the caption under the picture in baseball terms. Within hours of the photo's publication Friday, phone calls started pouring into the Huron County Humane Society's shelter.
Shelter operations manager Ken Stewart said he has received at least 250 calls since Friday afternoon.
"I'm surprised, in all honesty, just to generate that amount of interest for one animal," Stewart said, adding the phone continuously rang Saturday.
People also stopped at the shelter to look at Roscoe.
Stewart and kennel master Sherry Valentine attributed his lethargy to those visits and the fact he was neutered.
Valentine said Roscoe tends to be grumpy.
"He's grumpy at the moment; they're losing," Stewart said, referring to the Red Sox. The Indians are leading Boston three games to one heading into tonight's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. If they win, Cleveland will advance to the world series against the Colorado Rockies, with the first game scheduled for next week, either in Cleveland or Boston.
No matter who wins, Stewart and his staff hope Roscoe comes out on top with a loving family.
Red Sox and Cleveland Indians fans are welcome to fill out an application to adopt Roscoe.
For more information call the shelter at (419) 663-7158.