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Rocko has the colorings of your favorite pint of rocky road ice cream, and is just as sweet…..although you might not know it by looking at him. This stoic handsome man has the personality and brains to go with his stunning good looks as well.
Rocko came into SEPR after being in rough shape, suffering from significant allergies causing secondary skin infections, and substantial hair loss from his previous life of neglect. After several rounds of medication to tackle the skin infections, daily apoquel, quality grain free food, Rocko is on the upswing! He does still have small portions of thinning hair, with time he has started to grow some hair back, but he might always have small portions of missing hair. With allergies and skin conditions, bath time is important, but don’t worry it’s not a problem for Rocko. He will gladly hop in the tub for some treats, and a licki mat to occupy him while he is bathed with medicated shampoo to help his skin and coat stay healthy. In fact, he loves the licki mat so much, he will stand in the bath tub and wait for it if he thinks it’s bath day. Since he is now looking and feeling much better bathing has been backed down to maybe every other week!
Rocko has settled in and quickly learned the ropes with his foster families home. He didn't waste any time, he likes to make sure people see him and hear him. He has such an exuberance for feeling good and fancy free, and he needs it to be known, so he likes to talk to you and let you know. Rocko has been working very hard on not jumping on people when he is excited to greet them, and also learning that not everyone likes to hear him bark when he is excited…. he’s just trying to make up for lost time. He is very food motivated, so training time is easy, he picked up on sit, wait, and look right away. Rocko has gotten quite good with his commands. He currently has mastered sit, stay, lay, wait, down, shake, and look!
Rocko has no issues with going in his kennel, this good boy gets a dog bed and a nice fluffy comforter to keep him comfortable in his castle. He also enjoys a good nylabone, veggie filled kong, and marrow bone when the foster parents are away from home. House training was a breeze for this kid. He barely pays any attention to the loud neighbor dogs at the fence line when out doing his daily duties as well.
Rocko is a rocky road rock star when it comes to sitting and waiting for his food, whether it comes from his slow feeder bowl or his kong wobbler. With Rocko's world class smarts we like to keep his mind focused on fun positive outlets to let him enjoy his new world. Food puzzles, hide and seek, flirt pole, and some good nose work are all up this dudes alley. Do you want to have some fun with him?
Rocko has met the resident dogs and has done well with the meetings. He is very canine social with the big kids in his home, and has learned that the senior canines of the house might not share his same exuberance for life. Prior to coming to SEPR, he also enjoyed play dates with many of the other shelter residence. He seems to thrive with canine interaction and would highly enjoy a female canine friend in his new forever family. While he isn't reactive out and about, small things like cats still tend to peek his interest too much to be a full time resident with them.
Rocko does great on walks, he currently wears a back pack which adds a little weight and puts him in working mode. The first time he saw the back pack he came running over with his tail wagging!
With his patchy hair, and talkative personality, Rocko is really one of a kind, but that’s what makes him such a great companion. Rocko can truly be the life of any party and the king of any adventure. He is young and fun, and if you’re looking for a co-pilot, side kick, or wing man this is your dude.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO ROCKO'S FOSTER FAMILY FOR THEIR TIME AND DONATIONS:
Heather & Dusk
ROCKO HAS A SPONSOR!
Bully Benefactor: Chris Miller & Sarah Cherrington
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