Please meet Rocky! Hard as it is to believe, this handsome little guy was found as a stray with no identification and his owners didn’t come to claim him from the shelter. We have no information about his prior life, but we do know Rocky is simply as sweet as they come and loves all the attention he can get. Belly rubs are his absolute favorite!
Rocky is estimated to be about 7 years old and weighs just 12 lbs. He is a Black & Tan boy, with the heart and spirit of a true Cavalier. Although, you can see by his pictures, he is actually a mix of several other small breeds. The good news is those cute little ears will never get wet when he drinks from his bowl. That slight underbite only adds to his cuteness and charm, and Rocky doesn’t shed – not even a little!
Rocky’s coat is thick, shiny and silky soft! He loves to be brushed so will most likely enjoy going to the groomer. Although he doesn’t know very many commands, he is as smart as they come! He quickly learned his new name and will “Sit” for his dinner or a treat. Rocky wants nothing more than to be with his person at all times. He will happily hang out with you in the yard, lay under your desk as you work, or settle in for a good movie. Rocky loves to please and to know he is a good boy. His only request is that you show him he is safe and loved.
His days in the County Shelter and whatever time he spent alone on the streets left him initially quite traumatized and frightened. Rocky is slowly learning to trust; however, new or strange noises still tend to scare him so he will need your assurance that he is always safe with you. When he first came to rescue, he didn’t do well when left alone. He would cry and bark the whole time his foster parents were gone. This has subsided over time, as he has gained confidence in his foster home. However, initially, alone time could be stressful for him. Rocky is hoping to find a family willing to commit to spending extra time with him in the beginning, then slowly show him he is safe when left alone.
When he first arrived at his foster home, Rocky marked and had to wear a wrap. He has since been neutered and is no longer marking. In a new environment, his family will want to watch for this behavior for the first few days. Rocky gets along great with other dogs; however, he met a cat at the vet’s office and that exchange did not go well. Rocky clearly wants a cat-free home.
Rocky has gained so much confidence while in his foster home; he is almost like a different dog than the frightened pup picked up from the shelter. Today, Rocky loves adventure and exploring new places! He loves hiking and chasing any little critters that cross his path – rabbits, birds, geckos – he’s a true hunter! On a recent camping trip, Rocky loved hanging out near the water’s edge and most likely would enjoy a kayak or a boat ride. Rocky also walks well on a leash. He was originally frightened while riding in a car, however, he has learned car rides can take him to exciting, fun places. Now, he lays quietly until you arrive at your destination, just waiting for his next adventure to begin.
Rocky will sometimes limp, favoring his left rear leg, but this doesn’t hamper his running and playing. In fact, he’s quite an amazing little athlete! He loves to run around the backyard with his foster brother – especially if there is a bird or gecko to chase! Our vet took x-rays of his leg and found no issues on examination, but Rocky is now taking an inexpensive orthopedic supplement and should take this going forward. Aside from that, Rocky is a very healthy boy and is up to date on all vaccines.
There is no more deserving pup than Rocky. We call him our little Rockstar! He has such an amazing disposition, full of energy and spirit but also calm and loving too! His tail is constantly wagging, and he obeys every command he understands. Just looking into his sweet face will put a smile on yours.
If you believe you are able to provide the love and security Rocky longs for, have a fenced in yard, low alone hours and another friendly dog, please complete the online application if you haven’t already and then email Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org letting her know of your interest in providing a forever home for this amazing little guy.
Our heartfelt appreciation to @nicolebowmanphotography for capturing Rocky’s sweet character in these beautiful photos.