Rocky 2002 ~ 2010

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Age: 14 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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RockStar, Rockmeister, BockyDog

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog-dog rescue

November 13th 2002

walks, digging in gopher tortoise burrows, riding in the car, rolling in anything yucky and eating

cats, rain and anyone knocking on our door or ringing our doorbell and being without his peeps

Favorite Toy:
he's not a toy-loving dog but he loves to chase old sticks

Favorite Food:
CHEESE! Must be the RatCha in him

Favorite Walk:
He loves to go down through the woods, past the lake and into the old cemetery behind us with the giant oak trees dripping with spanish moss. He also loves the dog park.

Best Tricks:
"sit" "down," "down" and "howdy paw" are good...when we are at the vet, I get him to sit and then ask him if he wants to go home and he barks and runs to the door.

Arrival Story:
We went, on a whim, to our local shelter when they were having an adoption fair. I had been wanting a dog for a while, but had been holding out for a pure breed, preferably a chihuahua. He was the first dog I saw when we entered the kennel. He was barking like mad, trying to attract attention. I went over to him and he hushed and laid his head in my hands. He had me! He is well-trained, affectionate and sheds like the dickens. My husband and I adore Rocky and hope to have him around for a while.

According to the shelter people, Rocky belonged to an elderly man who had to be put into hospice care. His adult children didn't want the dog and Rocky was in the shelter from 2/24/2008 until 12/13/2008 when we found him. Rocky suffers from severe separation anxiety as a result of his trauma, but we are working with him. He is definitely worth the effort. Rocky left us on October 25, 2010, a victim of Mast Cell Tumor disease.

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He was our heart dog. We miss him.

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Rocky has Crossed The Bridge

November 13th 2010 3:31 am
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On October 25, six months after being diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor disease, we freed Rocky from his suffering. We are still deep in mourning and the birthday greeting came as a shock. Then we realized that the short time we had with the Rockster was worth all the gold in the world and that his birthday should be celebrated. I'll be removing him from the list as soon as I can bring myself to do so. I will also introduce Dolly, our new little Rattie and a balm to our pain. Thanks.


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April 21st 2010 4:28 am
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This has been a rough year for Rocky. He came with health issues and, just as we thought we had everything under control, he developed a large tumor right over his neutering scar. The vet removed it and called, three days later, with the news that it was a grade II Mast Cell carcinoma.

We are lucky that we have a veterinary oncologist who comes into the local AVS office every Monday. Our vet made us the earliest appointment we could get. They shaved his belly, did ultra-sound and X-rays and brought us back in to hear the results. It was good news and bad news. There are no lesions, nodules or tumors inside our little boy but the margin underneath the excised tumor is too small to call clear. Plus, a grade II is very aggressive in multiplying the cells.

Monday, the 26th of April, the Rock-Meister starts his radiation and chemo therapy and we are ready to fork over the money without a moment's hesitation. His quality of life is wonderful right now (he has no idea he is supposedly sick) and he stands a better than 80% chance of a cure with no recurrence. After spending a year in the shelter, then a year while we saw to his pancreatitis and hypothyroidism, he deserves the best chance we can give him of a full and happy life. Dog knows, he has given us more joy that he knows. (And I believe in Dog!)

Right now, our boy is lying on the floor next to my chair as I type this. He is with his peeps and is waiting for his breakfast and all is right with the world. Come Heck or High Water, Little Guy, Mommy and Daddy are going to see that it stays that way. Thanks for all that unconditional love and fun. Here's to quite a few more years of the same.

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