Rocco’s adoption story

Pugsley and Grace

I have always been a fan of and a donor to our local SPCA and visited their website daily. But when my pug passed I couldn’t bring myself to visit the site any longer. Instead I became obsessed with a website called Rainbow Bridge where I could grieve with others who have lost their beloved family member. One day while visiting this site someone had posted the “Last Will and Testament of a Dog” to help those who stated that they could never get another pet. It was extremely hard for me to read due to the tears that kept blurring my vision. As I read this beautiful piece of work it was like my Pugsley had guided me to see it and that he was speaking directly to me. He was telling me that there was another who needed a home and love, and that he wanted to give his place to another. So once again I began visiting our local SPCA website and looking at all the adoptable furbabies. I wanted to adopt all of them but knew that I couldn’t.

Then one day in July when I was on Facebook to my surprise my local SPCA posted a picture of a little Chihuahua that had been tied to a tree and abandoned at a Vet’s office. There was something in his little eyes that captivated me, that grabbed my soul and in my heart I heard my Pugsley say “that’s him.” It was love at first sight. I knew that per policy that the SPCA would hold him for a while as to give the owners a chance to reclaim him. I showed my husband his picture and he said no, no more dogs. I kept an eye on the SPCA adoption site, waiting for him to come up for adoption. Then about a month later my heart jumped for joy. There he was, available for adoption! I immediately completed the adoption form and printed it out. When my husband came home, I begged him to take me to go get him. Against his will he gave in and said ok, we’ll go meet him. And the rest as they say is history.

Grace and Rocco

This is our new little boy Rocco. He had a few medical issues, but with the help of our vet he soon became a happy and healthy little guy. He has such great and cheerful personality that is so contagious it’s ridiculous. It was a rocky start with him and my Grace, but soon it was like he had always been with us. He fit right in. My Grace is once again excited about going for our walks and Rocco thinks it’s the best thing in the world. They also enjoy going outside in their fenced-in yard running and playing with each other. I don’t think Rocco has ever had freedom like that.

We have not learned to live life without our Pugsley. We still miss him terribly, but we have learned to live life differently without him and Rocco has helped us to do that.

Thank you for sharing with us the beautiful story about how you came about adopting Rocco, Arlene.  We also found the poem inspiring and thought we’d share it here for our readers, too:

A Dog’s Last Will and Testament
(Author unknown)

Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, and give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…

To a poor and lonely stray I’d give:

My happy home.
My bowl, cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
The lap which I loved so much.
The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice which spoke my name.
I’d will to the sad scared shelter dog the place I had in my human’s heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So when I die please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand.”  Instead go find an unloved dog; one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to him.

This is the only thing I can give…the love I left behind.

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About author

Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg is a PetMeds employee and long-time cat lover. She was a volunteer for several years at a local no-kill cats only rescue shelter. This has prepared her for her most challenging role to date: secretary, photographer, social coordinator and treat dispenser for Daisy, and Daisy’s sidekick Harley. Daisy is a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, and Harley is a “cow-cat” who was adopted from the shelter where Abby volunteered. You can also find Abby on Google+

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