“Rocky” captured the heart of hundreds of people on Facebook in May when a south Louisiana shelter posted his photo as “running out of time”. His photo showed what a magnificently beautiful dog he was, at only 9 months old, he was stealing the hearts of everyone just through his beautiful golden brown eyes. His backstory was that he had been adopted from a New Orleans rescuel at 3 months old by an elderly couple, and 6 months later after growing to about 65 lbs, the couple could not manage his energy and size. The couple took Rocky to a shelter instead of returning him to the rescue where they adopted him. So a local rescuer who works at the shelter started publicizing Rocky all over Facebook and emails. Despite tons of comments about his beauty and worth, nobody stepped up to save Rocky and his days were numbered. I kept checking his status every day, hoping to celebrate when someone announced he had found a foster home or adopter and was free to live the life he was destined for. That announcement never came, so 2 days before his euthanasia date, I felt the familiar “stir” in my heart that meant, “that means Rocky is meant to be saved by you, Sheila, and his journey includes you”. So, with the help of the Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue, we pulled Rocky from the brink of death. Hooray! Then I celebrated the fact that this dog’s “purpose” could now be fulfilled.
Rocky arrived in Lake Charles through the efforts of volunteer rescuers who spend free time transporting rescued dogs, a leg at a time, across the country. Luckily, Rocky was only a few hours away, so we picked him up easily. My first face to face meeting with him was exactly as I expected because he made me smile and laugh immediately. I soon realized why the elderly couple couldn’t keep him. They hadn’t trained him with basic obedience and social skills when he was little, so this big boxer boy was rearing up and hugging everyone he met. He pulled on leash from the moment we got him, and he is strong! After 2 weeks in a shelter with little opportunity to “rip and run”, his pent up energy was out of control. He stayed at my vet for 2 weeks while I searched for foster homes here in Lake Charles, but finally I brought him to my home so he could run and play in my yard and get more interaction. He ran that yard full blast like it was a Nascar race. Note to self, “yes, Sheila, this was the right choice, he needed to run”. I finally got to know the magnificent “spirit” that lives withing Rocky. His story is the story of every shelter dog. He is healthy, sweet, funny, playful, eager to give and receive affection, yearning to be connected to his human soul mate. Despite needing the basic puppy “manners” that he never learned in his first 6 months in an adoptive home, he is learning basic commands quickly and walks well on leash. He knows the “sit, down, and shake” commands.
Rocky is a 1 yr old boxer mix and weighs 70 lbs. He is crate trained and house trained and signals when he needs to go out to potty. Rocky is up to date on vaccines, is neutered and heartworm negative. Rocky’s adoption fee is $150. Secure fenced yard is required for play time off leash… no exceptions. He simply enjoys and depends on playtime in the yard every day, especially with another playful dog who can keep up with him. Rocky loves to play with other dogs but is still learning how to ask them play in a nice way, so other dogs must have good temperament to accept this playful BIG puppy.
A vet reference and home visit are required before approval to adopt and you can receive an adoption application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. If you cannot adopt but want to help Rocky by donating for his care, donations to vet costs can go directly to Downtown Animal Hospital (337-439-2321) or donations for food can be sent through Paypal using the same email address above.