Fast forward one month.... Rocky has made so much progress!! His foster mom and dad have been wonderful for him. They have shown him what love is and how it can heal from the inside out.
It was our plan to get Rocky healthy and find him his forever home and we feel it's time to start that process.
Rocky is looking for a very special home. He has earned the right to be selective about where he spends the rest of his life. The neglect he endured left him with kidney disease. It is not curable. He will be on a special diet forever. He will require tests every 6 months or so, to check his kidney values. He will always need to drink more water, which means he will need to potty more often. He is still healing and getting stronger. It's going to be a long process, so he needs a home that will help him continue to get better and be ok with frequent vet visits. Rocky is still working on housebreaking, and though he's getting better, it's a work in progress. He's still very much a puppy and needs reminders to go outside, especially with his increased water intake. Speaking of being very much a puppy, he's learning about boundaries and manners, and how to be well behaved. Rocky is very very toy motivated, more so than food. So, his foster home uses toys to work with him on some basic training. Oh and TOYS... he eats them like they are his breakfast, lunch, and dinner!!! He's like a piranha when it comes to plushies and squeakers and anything not made of steel. He does need to be watched when he has a toy, just for his own safety. Rocky is not crate trained and has made it crystal clear that he hates the crate. We are looking to place him in a home where someone will be home more often than not. The most important thing in the whole wide world to this dog, is his humans. He trusts and loves very hard. He is the ultimate snuggle buddy, and couch partner. He would not do well in a home, where his humans are gone all day, and given his anxiety around being left alone or feeling confined, we won't put him in that situation. He is not destructive (unless you're a plushie), but he really does want to be with his peeps.
We will be placing Rocky as an only pet. It's a decision that has been made based on what his fosters have observed and what is best for HIM! While he tolerates his foster sister, he doesn't love her antics and he does get tired of her boxer play. If he had a choice, he would choose humans over dogs any day. So, that's what we are giving him. A lifetime filled with human attention.
Rocky's new family should have a fenced in yard... This is a must have.
He will not be placed with young children, but we will consider older children/teens.
We could go on and on about this dog. He is quite simply, all things amazing and wonderful! But, he is not for everyone. Rocky is a work in progress, behaviorally and medically. His journey to his best life is just beginning. That special home is out there for him, and we will find it...
The Boxer Rescue would like to make clear that we are committed to ensuring that his medical needs are met, forever. Our rescue will cover the care related to his kidney disease and ongoing physical ailments as a result of his neglect. The specifics of this will be addressed once we find his family.
In summary... PHEW!
Age? 19 mos (approximately)
Other pets? Nope... he prefers all things people and attention and being spoiled.
Kids? older kids/teens will be considered
Fenced in yard? YES
Training? ongoing, as he is very much a puppy with lots of puppy behaviors
Housebroken? Working on it and doing GREAT, but there will be accidents, especially since he does drink more water due to his kidney disease.
Leash walking? Does well.... hasn't gone far due to his torn paw pad
Separation Anxiety? Seems like he has some... We want to place him in a home where people are around during the day. He hates the crate or feeling confined/trapped. He gets scared and stressed
Neutered? NO and this is because of his kidney disease. Our vet doesn't want to do it now and he may not ever be a candidate for the surgery. It's something we will revisit down the road.
Ongoing Medical Care? He will need to visit the vet frequently. As mentioned, TBRI is committed to providing him with the medical care he needs. We will discuss specifics with an approved home.
If you've made it this far and read everything and you feel that you could be a good match for Rocky, you are welcome to apply. If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com
We adopt to MA, RI, NH, CT, and southern ME.