Snuggle time with Balboa

Your donations made this possible. While Rocky aka Balboa was not a medical case he has still cost us roughly $700. He is the type of dog that is so mellow and comfortable when he is hanging out with his family, but the second you leave him he full on freaks out. He requires an anxiety proof crate and bark collar to snap him out of his panic when left alone. He does get better as his routine sets in, but Rocky will destroy any crate that is not top of the line built for this purpose.

There are many different steps to finding a forever home and one of them is giving the new family the tools to succeed. Thank you for making this possible!

Rocky has left the building

Our little rebounding Balboa has found his new family.

Yesterday we dropped him off at the start of his 2 week trial. We always recommend 2 week trials for adoptions because that is about the time a dog takes to really relax in their new home. If owners wait this time and don’t feel pressured to keep the dog they are more likely to give them the time they need to acclimate. We know that certain dogs are not for every family and vice versa. Sometimes red flags develop and we want the option for the prospective owners to be able to ask for help without feeling guilty or embarrassed.

We are so appreciative that this boy’s new Mom and Dad are so open to help and advice. We think it is a perfect match and hope it sticks. Keep your paws crossed!

Rocky part 3.5?

Earlier this week we had an awesome family come meet Rocky and they fell in love! They have two young sons and two little dogs. Rocky, as I’m sure you can tell from all the snoring pictures, is extremely laid back and gentle for a big dog. We use extreme caution when placing big dogs around kids and even more with a one year old in the home, but Rocky is made for kids. He immediately licked the baby’s fingers and toes. The couple’s other child is almost four and their son is a little afraid of Rocky because of his size. However, by the end of the initial introduction he was also warming up to him.

Tonight, we went to their home and met their two little dogs. As they told us, one of them is calm and even tempered and the other dog (funnily enough also named Rocky) is dominant and has the typical ‘little dog syndrome’. Our Rocky immediately hit it off with the mellow one and we took things slow with their Rocky. After about 30 minutes they finally met and little Rocky kept mounting big Rocky. While we would love for there to be no dominance displayed at all, we know that that’s not always the case. Since Rocky is big we primarily focused on his reaction. He didn’t seem to be irritated at all and actually submitted a couple times. They did play a little, but it was still a little intense. The potential adopters agreed to take things slow and meet few more times to make sure everything is safe.

Our next meet up is Sunday so keep your fingers crossed that everything keeps going well!

Rocky part 3

Wednesday I got an unexpected call from Rocky’s (Rhyno as his adopters called him) dad. Unfortunately, they have fallen on hard times and could no longer care for Rocky. As you can imagine I was very distraught to hear that Rocky would have to leave his home; however we were very happy they called us instead of turning him over to the shelter.

Rocky is such a great all around dog and loves kids and all dogs. This boy is pretty lazy and just likes romping in the back yard (with supervision) and lounging on the couch.

Rocky’s annual shots are coming up in December. Please donate towards his care at

Rhyno aka biggest baby ever aka Rocky

You know I can’t really tell if he’s happy from these pics. What do you think???

Rocky finds the perfect home!

Pookie’s Rescue Fest was a great success! Lots of people visited our booth and made donations as well as bought merchandise. Thank you to all who came out to help! Most importantly, Rocky met a family yesterday that had an instant connection with him. These people came back several times during the day to hang out with him. They decided to fill out an application, and were devastated once they learned someone else had already filed one out on him.

As many of you know Rocky has separation anxiety. One of the members of this family is a local truck driver who was planning on taking Rocky with him on his daily routes as well as still being able to see the family every night when he returned home. If that is not a perfect fit for a dog with separation anxiety I don’t know what is! After meeting the family, and seeing how interested they were, as well as their experience with dogs (the truck drivers wife is a vet tech, major bonus points), we had them fill out an application on him. A few hours later I called my handsome, smart, and always wonderful husband to see what he thought about it. He agreed that this family was probably the best fit we could ever find for Rocky. That evening we did a home check, just to be sure he fit in with their other two dogs, children, and home.

Leaving him was bitter sweet, but we know he is with the family he should be with now. This picture is him in his new home. Rocky, we love you and are elated that you now have your forever home, we hope to see lots of pictures of you driving around town and loving your new life!


So sweet

Rocky has adjusted well to being back at our house. He is out with all the other dogs and is beginning his crate training. He is anxious at first, but with the help of anxiety supplements and positive reinforcement he is starting to get the hang of things. He is finished with all his medications and only needs to get his boosters next week.


This little nugget is so cute and sweet. While he likes to play a little bit he absolutely LOVES to take naps. I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s his full time job. If you’re looking for a mellow companion he is the dog for you. He will be great in any home without cats. Rocky’s first vet bill was $300 so we would really appreciate donations for his care. If you would like to meet Rocky we will be out at Pookie’s Rescue Fest in Maitland from 10-4 this coming Saturday, January 28.