Rocco 2017

I  had a wonderful, almost 2 week Christmas and New Year vacation with my new foster familiy! I was a bit uneasy when I first came into this home, but I was quickly over it. I also quickly integrated into the foster’s “pack”. Oliver was immediately my best friend. The other boy here, 7 year old Tango, can be dominant at times, but he accepted me quickly as well. BRBR alum Allee took less than a day to allow me into the pack.

When I first came here, I heard the humans say two things about me…that I was fat & clearly I’m a mix I am part boxer and unknown origins.

While I was on vacation one of my main goals was to be more active and to eat a little less so I could get on track to lose some weight. In the process, temporary foster mom learned a couple of things. First, in my foster home, my food is left down for me all day and I essentially graze – which I hear is not uncommon in a single-dog home. That wouldn’t last for a minute at my new foster home (but I didn’t know that), so for the first few days I didn’t eat much – I needed to learn to eat when my food was offered. After several days to a week in, I figured it out and gobbled up my food. Occasionally I won’t eat all of my breakfast, but it is rare. At night, when temporary foster mom pours the food for the next morning, I sit at her feet drooling, thinking it is time for food.

Part 2 of my weight loss regimen was daily walks, and this is an area I really needed some work in. You see, when I walk I love to run all the way ahead until my leash caught, but then I get on the verge of choking himself. We did lots of turns to work on it, but didn’t make any drastic progress. Temporary foster mom let me borrow one of her spare easy walk harnesses, and I heard her say that I walked like an angel. I’ve been walking on one ever since, and I am much better on it – I still try to pull occasionally, but it is rare.

I really love to play with other dogs. My ideal home would include another playful dog and a fenced in back yard for zoomies and play time. Tango tried to dominate me more times than I’d like to admit, and each time temporary foster mom was afraid I would react – but I don’t remember that I ever did. One time while Tango was dominating me and protecting the neighbor’s Chihuahua, one of us growled (I’ll never tell which of us); nobody knows for sure who it was but I am pretty sure it was Tango. Ms. Allee is the queen bee here, and she snapped at me one time and I knew what that meant…she’s the boss and I respect her.

As much as I love to do zoomies and play with the other dogs, I am more than happy to occupy myself with toys. Other than that, I am VERY content being a laid back couch potato.  I love to sit on the couch and chill out, while the humans and dogs are busy. I also LOVE snuggles with the humans.

I am used to being on the furniture, and really love to be near my people. I slept in a crate most nights, but a few nights I was allowed to sleep out on a dog bed, and I didn’t move from it all night – even though I wanted nothing more than to be in bed with the humans and other dogs .

As we all know, I have some scars from my pre-rescue life. Everybody says they are amazed that despite what I have been through, I am the sweetest dog they have ever met. I am gentle and loving. My temporary family had 1 friend over for Christmas, and their nephew, his wife and 1-year old baby over for New Year’s – I was excellent with all of them. I was much more concerned with getting my nap time in than with bothering the humans.

I am completely potty-trained, and could likely be left free roam (although someone destroyed a remote control today and the humans think it was me). My dream home  includes a fenced in back yard, another playful dog and a home that is not overly noisy/busy/chaotic. When the house  gets too loud, I tends to isolate myself and put myself in bed. Otherwise, I would rather be with my humans.

Love, Rocco


Breed: Boxer – mix
 Sex: Male
 Age: 2-3 years
 Weight: 60lbs
 HW Status: Positive – Finished all his treatments for HW.
 Tail: Yes – not docked
 Ears:
 Spay/Neuter: Yes
 Good with dogs: He is very good with other dogs. He was with 2 males and
2 females and never had any issues.
 Good with cats: Great with current foster home cat
 Good with children: Great with neighbor kids, they love to say hello and
pet him when they see him. He is patient, sits there and lets them pet him,
doesn’t jump up and lick
 Energy Level scale 1-9 (sleepy –energetic): 5, hard to say fully due to
keeping calm w/HW treatment
 Intelligence scale 1-9 (silly-genius): 6
 Friendliness scale 1-9 (aggressive-affectionate): 7 – Takes a bit to warm up,
but is super sweet and calm
 Playfulness scale 1-9 (not playful-very playful): 3 Have not seen this side of
him yet
 Disposition scale 1-9 (anxious-calm): 7 – calm
 Nicknames:
 Favorite food/toy/treats:
 Must be in a home that has the following: Love, patience and gentleness!
 Is a fence necessary or is leashed exercise sufficient?: I think a fence
would be great, but leashed would work too. If he had some off leash areas
to run and play in on occasion.
 Medical issues:  His wounds are healing nicely, will have some scars but
looks to be in great shape!
 Needs work on: Manners/obedience. He does not know basic commands
like sit/come, etc.