9/04/14 - MEMORIAL
The day we got Bear from the pound, we weren't too sure what was in store.
We picked him up with the name Rocco, but it was quickly obvious that he was
a big teddy bear. Any worries we may have had faded away as we got to
know what a gentle soul he was, just desperate for love and a home.
The day we got his little nub to wag brought us so much joy as we knew once
we achieved that, he was on the road to happiness. We saw him improve
rapidly and he loved to hang out on the lawn with his Boxer sisters, go for
walks in town and at a local preserve, and go to the barn for an afternoon
with the horses. We joked about the "Bear stare," in which he would
stare intently at you to make sure you weren't headed anywhere without him.
Bear loved to ride with his head out of the back of the car, wind flapping
his ears, checking out the world.
It was hard not to love Bear - he melted hearts wherever he went.
So many people couldn't believe that he was left in a state forest to fend
for himself, when it was so apparent he would never hurt a fly.
Unfortunately, Bear's health took a rapid turn for the worse after almost
six weeks with us and his vet had little options for a guy his age riddled
with health problems. The night before his last car ride, Bear had
many visitors who came to see him, hoping for good news in the morning - he
touched so many people. Bear crossed the rainbow bridge with his
foster mom by his side and was loved so very much by his family.
Thank you to everyone who donated toward his care. His last few
weeks were made better because of you. And many thanks to Karen
Ericson and Kim Barnett, who both helped and advised so much with Bear -
they were indispensable.
Rocco-bear spent the night at the emergency hospital when his left leg
suddenly swelled and he became short of breath and restless. It seems
that in addition to Hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, and liver damage,
Rocco now has Pancreatitis and a urinary infection. Unfortunately,
Rocco continued to decline and his foster mom had to help him cross the
bridge. Rest in peace, Rocco-Bear.
Thank you to everyone who donated towards his care. It made a
difference for Rocco.
Rocco-bear continues to improve daily and his personality is really shining.
He loves to be around adults and children, and has adjusted quite well to
life with two female dogs in his foster home. Bear is pretty low
energy and is happy to just wander around the yard or go for a walk around
the block. Bear likes to go for car rides and on a trip last week, he
met a couple of his foster mom's horses - whose faces he just wanted to
lick. He is such a gentle soul and would do best in an environment
with other dogs and a family that is not too fast paced. If you are
looking for a boxer with a heart of gold, Bear would be a perfect addition!
At Adopt a Boxer Rescue, we take pride in helping the senior boxers - but
they are by far the most expensive dogs we take in. We feel they
deserve the best chance at a good life, just the same as a young puppy.
If you agree and want to support Bear's chance at the good life, please
consider donating to his vet care. It is amazing how much even a small
amount can do for a dog like this!
(Rocco) has really come out of his shell since arriving at his foster home
about a week and a half ago. He went to the vet and bloodwork revealed
that Bear is hypothyroid (not uncommon in older boxers), which may account
for his weight and hair loss. Bear is now on thyroid medication.
His energy and personality have really blossomed. Bear is loving his
daily walks through town and at a local preserve with his Boxer foster
sisters. Speaking of foster sisters, Bear really enjoys their company.
He gets along with them so well and has slid into their routine quite
seamlessly. He also loves being around his foster mom and dad.
Bear is so mild mannered and deserves a family that understands what a
special boy he is.
has arrived at his new foster home. His foster home is affectionately
calling him "Bear" because Rocco is like a big teddy bear. He is in
rough shape, but will get lots of TLC now that he is in foster. We
will post more information after Rocco visits our vet and settles in.
If you would like to sponsor Rocco, please donate today!
This sweet old-timer showed up wandering the streets and nobody has come
looking for him at the shelter. He is approximately 80 lbs and very
friendly with people. We have no history or information on how Rocco
will be with other dogs. Rocco has some skin issues which will be
checked out by our vet once he arrives in foster. The shelter
indicates that he appears to be housetrained and Rocco's eyesight may be
slightly impaired. We are in urgent need of a foster home to be able
to help Rocco. Please apply today!