*** Rocco's got some exciting barkworthy news *** but before he shares it, we want you to know why this is so exciting for the rest of us, too.
When Rocco arrived at our Sanctuary, we were just as confused as he was. He had been tied to our picnic table overnight, with no note and no explanation.
Just him, a leash and bed, and a bag things.
How scared he must have been!
He seemed healthy - especially for a senior.
He was silent that whole first day.
He showed no interest in food, play, or any "Sanctuary-things".
Day 2: He settled in while we searched for more details about his past. Luckily, some friends of the Sanctuary helped us find his former home and we were able to piece together a bit of Rocco's life before us:
- He was a loyal companion for the majority of his life until his elderly owner could no longer care for him.
- A younger family member took him in, and after some time, they realized they couldn't provide for him.
Day 7: Rocco settled into the #SanctuaryLife quite well. He claimed his favorite chair in our Lounge, he joined the "Men's Club" (a rag-tag playgroup where dogs mosey around and tell tales of their younger years), and, thanks to the generosity of Giant Food, he continued to enjoy the luxurious food he'd been accustomed to in his former life.
For the next couple weeks, Rocco had fun, but he still seemed to long for quiet spaces in solitude, because he'd get cranky and outspoken when things got too loud.
So, he spent many days on his favorite Lounge chair in the sun, with interruptions (that we call "being social") from staff and volunteers, and Wheel of Fortune on repeat on the TV.
He likes what he likes.
Day 40: Ms. Judy, a former adopter, asked if we had any dogs that were looking for her particular situation: a quiet home, with things to lounge upon, maybe some game shows here and there, and: homemade dog food.
>>> In rescue, we call this hitting the jackpot, the moon-and-stars-aligning, the clouds parting to make way for sunshine. <<<
You get the idea.
Day 77: We present to you a video of Rocco's last visit. We think, but aren't sure, that he's telling us THANK YOU in his cute cranky-pants way.
As animal-lovers, it's tough to understand how someone could leave a pet alone, tied to a table, in the middle of the night.
But here's what we imagine:
We imagine that the decision to leave a pet - as impossible as that decision may seem - was better than the life they faced at home.
We believe that Rocco's family wanted more for him, and thanks to our supporters and families like Ms. Judy's, were were able to provide that for him.
Senior dogs are never too old to learn how to live the #SanctuaryLife! Congratulations Rocco!
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