To meet Rocco is to love Rocco, a tri-color male Cavalier. This 8-year-old gentleman has a lot of love to give and deserves a lot of love in return. His sweet disposition makes him good with people, children, and other dogs of all ages. He is patient with puppies and respectful of quiet down time watching Netflix on the couch.
Rocco loves going for rides in the car and slow walks with frequent sniff stops. He is perfect on leash and looks forward to outside time, prancing and wagging down to the park. Rocco is up to a mile walk in the morning and evening, never failing to do his business then. He doesn’t have a single bad behavior, honestly!
After a week with his foster family, Rocco went on vacation to the San Juan Islands, loving the car and ferry ride. He soon became one of five pups: a 13-year-old, 6-year-old, and two 1-year olds. What great fun we had all week long! Not one disagreement among them all. He even asked for permission to get on the couch with a gentle look and then jumping on the couch and after receiving a nod and smile.
This early riser has chronic allergies affecting his skin, ears, and feet, but with all his medications (Atopica) and vet recommended diet, it can be controlled. Because of his skin allergies he gets baths twice a week with a special shampoo, and daily medicated ear and foot wipes. He does bathing, blow drying and brushing like a champ! Rocco came to foster overweight, about 34 pounds, but with a modified diet and treats has already lost a few pounds. His heart and teeth are healthy. He gets over the counter lubricating drops to keep his eyes feeling good.
Rocco adjusted to his foster home and 1-year-old Cavalier foster sister on day one. He listens well to commands, especially the ones from her to play or give up a toy she wants. He curls up nicely on his bed at night, or if you let him, snuggles in bed when requested. Rocco snores slightly but with weigh loss it’s less and less.
Since coming into rescue, Rocco has had several appointments to get his ear and skin infections under control. He is being monitored for elevated liver values and had an abdominal ultrasound. He needs continued monitoring by a veterinarian and may need new medications or medication tweaks in the near future. Since his medical conditions are ongoing, his new family will be taking over his care. Currently, his medications, special shampoos and wipes, food and such cost about $150/month.
Rocco’s ideal home would be someone/s who are loving and patient, diligent with his medication schedule and vet care, will watch for flare up with his allergies, and home enough to give him attention and stimulation. He is fine to curl up when left alone (no separation anxiety) but he also likes having a canine sibling around. He’s a good role model for younger pups, but he can’t have cat siblings since he’s allergic. On walks, he doesn’t seem too impressed by other critters so he’s not a chaser. Since this is his second rehome, due to previous owner falling on hard times, only serious parents who want and are able to give him the love and medical care he deserves should apply.
If you are a dog-loving person that will be committed to keeping Rocco feeling his best with twice weekly bathing, a special diet and medications, and regular veterinary follow-ups, we hope to hear from you. We can’t express enough how incredible this pup is—so loving, charming, well behaved, and devoted. In the words of his foster family, Rocco is “perfect!”
Please email Melissa Cincotta at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like us to consider you for Rocco’s forever home. If you haven’t already completed our online application, please be sure to do so. Also, please take a moment to read about our adoption process at the following links: FAQ & Process.