During this Covid-19 pandemic, many people are getting pets! Now really is a great time, as these animals in shelters need extra snuggles, and most people are feeling pretty lonely stuck at home giving them the time to give these animals extra attention! My family is included, as at the beginning of the month, my brother Evan adopted a new dog named Rocky, after my Dad’s favorite movie “Rocky”.
Evan has wanted a dog his entire life. When his birthday comes around every year, he asks for a dog. I think getting a dog comes up at least every week in my house. Evan even walked dogs during the summer, he loves dogs so much. So when my mom finally agreed to let him get a dog for his 14th birthday, he was over the moon.
Rocky is no ordinary dog. Rocky is only two years old and has a permanent puppy-eye face. He has the most gorgeous brown eyes and loves to go on runs. He wants to be the top dog and the boss. But, he loves friends and wants to meet every dog in the world. He’s a rambunctious baby, but it’s a miracle he’s still here today.
Rocky was born in Texas. He was in a very abusive home and struggled for the first two years of his life. He was beaten with a broom, hit with a vacuum, and starved severely.
“Bad Boy” were the words he would hear before he was beaten and hurt.
He has scars all over his body from where he was beaten. But that’s not even the worst part. He was shot by his owners. He was shot, with a real bullet, on the left side of his neck. It’s a miracle Rocky is still alive. He was just a little puppy when he was shot, and he went through more in his little life than many dogs, or even people experience ever.
After this traumatic event, Rocky was placed in a shelter in Texas. This shelter was, unfortunately, a shelter that was at full capacity and so had to euthanize animals. Rocky was not adopted for months as he was severely underweight, had scars and open wounds on his body, and shaved fur where he was shot. He also was very scared and frightened, and barked constantly.
But, that’s when the Spokane Humane Society jumped to the rescue. They took him in and saved him from being euthanized. They took great care of him, loved on him, and helped him feel safe. His foster mom taught him how to trust humans, and do normal dog things like go on walks. When Evan walked into the shelter to adopt a dog, he didn’t expect to leave with such an incredible little boy. But, Rocky is a permanent part of our family, and we all love him so much.
Evan taught Rocky to fetch and play with toys, as he didn’t know how to. Now, Rocky’s favorite toys are anything that squeaks, and anything that moves! He loves fetching tennis balls, and then rolling over for belly rubs! His absolute favorite toy, which we purchased from Target, is a stick with marshmallows on it. He even sleeps with the marshmallows at the side of Evans bed every night. Rocky also follows Evan everywhere. He sits by his side while Evan finishes his schoolwork, he follows Evan around the house, and if it was up to Rocky, he would even follow Evan to the grocery store if he could.
When Evan got Rocky a month ago, Rocky still was affected by his past. The first day, Evan put out a bowl of food for him, and Rocky ate all of it, throwing it up immediately. He was so used to being starved, that when presented with food he was afraid he would never get any again. So, we got Rocky a special bowl for food, which helps him slow down when eating.
Rocky also was terrified of brooms. My mom cannot sweep in the same room as him, because he will see the broom and freak out. We also cannot say, “bad dog”, anywhere around him, because this was what was said when he would get beaten. Rocky has also not been trained at all, so Evan, and my entire family, are working on training him to stay, sit, and lay down. He is great at sitting, because he knows he will get a treat and belly rubs, but he hasn’t quite figured out how to lay down yet!
Rocky also is working on staying calm around other dogs. He gets so excited around other dogs, but a little too excited. So, we have been taking him on lots and lots of walks so he can learn to stay calm around other dogs. Rocky loves to run on walks but gets tired very easily. He is super fast, but also very sleepy! Rocky has gotten a lot better at staying calm around other dogs, but he still cannot walk by parks without almost tearing your arm off, wanting to chase all the other dogs.
Today, Rocky is a healthy, happy dog. He goes on many walks, enjoys playing fetch and with his squeaky toys, and loves treats. He has adjusted to his new life and is super happy. He is given countless snuggles, lots of treats, and too many toys.
Rocky is proof that all dogs need love, and are good. Dogs are truly amazing and deserve all the love in the world. Rocky has had a hard life, but the rest of his life will be amazing, and he is apart of a home that loves him so much.
If you are seeking a new animal best friend in the future, I highly encourage you to adopt. There are so many animals in the world that don’t have homes already! By adopting, you can save an animal like Rocky. There are many dogs out there who have sadder stories than Rocky, that can be saved by you.
Please support your local animal shelter, volunteer, and tell me your adoption story in the comments.
P.S Rocky says donate and adopt!