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Dogster Wishes a Speedy Recovery to Rocky and Jeff!

Dogster contributor Jeff Goldberg was walking Rocky, his Italian Greyhuahua-Jack Russell mix, when they were attacked by three big dogs.

Pamela Mitchell  |  Sep 10th 2015


Ask pet parents to share their greatest fears for a beloved dog. Cancer will be a common reply, as will having a pup go missing. But for those of us who regularly take our best friends out into the world, being attacked by another dog tops the list.

That scenario came true for one of our own this Labor Day weekend.

Dogster contributor Jeff Goldberg was walking Rocky — the Italian Greyhuahua-Jack Russell mix he and his wife, Susan, adopted back in 2011 — through their San Diego apartment complex when three large dogs attacked them.

After taking Rocky to the emergency vet, where he underwent multiple surgeries to close bite wounds on his ears, neck, and back, Jeff went to the human ER for treatment of the wounds he sustained protecting his pup — 11 in total on his arms, hands, chest, and legs.

Rocky at the emergency vet with his pal, Tiger.

Rocky with his pal, Tiger, after surgery.

Jeff at the E.R.

Jeff at the ER.

The Goldberg family has received an outpouring of support since the attack, with friends, family, and coworkers sending prayers and healing vibes.

Tommy and Bono, two of Rocky's best friends from his Boston-area daycare, send Rocky their love.

Tommy and Bono, two of Rocky’s best friends from his former Boston-area daycare, send their love.

Rocky's biological sister, Parker, shows her support from Connecticut.

Rocky’s biological sister, Parker, shows her support from Connecticut.

Even the feline community joined up with #TeamRocky

Even the feline community joined up with #TeamRocky.

And we all cheered when Rocky was finally able to go home on Tuesday afternoon.

Rocky back at home, getting the pampering he deserves under the watchful eye of "Tommy."

Rocky back at home, getting the pampering he deserves under the watchful eye of another friend, Tommy.

And we cheered again when he started eating again.

As for the dogs who attacked them, Jeff says that animal control officers are on the case.

Please join us in wishing Rocky and Jeff a speedy recovery! You can follow their progress on Jeff’s Facebook page.

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