My mom just died of cancer and my brother and sisters were sad. I needed to be there for them in case they wanted to hug me! After my mom got sick there was no time for me... she went to live with my grandma a year ago and my dad was too busy to feed me and too tired to walk me. He started to chain me to the stove so that I wouldn't be in his way. He stopped leaving me water because he said it made me peepee too much. I was itchy and my ears hurt but my dad is the only dad I knew...
The girl took me for a walk and I tried to look my best. I walked nicely on a leash, I was polite when other dogs walked by. I wanted to make a good impression! She took a lot of pictures of me and even though she smiled she looked at me with sad eyes. She made a few phone calls and she seemed upset. I heard her say "He seems to have money for cigarettes but no money for dog food. He said he feeds him when he has money and gives the dog just a little water at night. This poor dog pulled me to a disgusting black puddle of water and drank like he hadn't had water in a month. He's full of worms and 20 pounds under weight. This is just so upsetting!" She hung up and stopped walking. I looked up at her wondering what I had done wrong. Did I mess it up? Did I fail the test? She knelt down and looked me with tears in her eyes..."Sweet Rocky you are SUCH a good boy...I know I came here to take your picture but I'm going to take you with me now. I know you don't understand but your daddy can not take care of you anymore. Before your mommy passed away she asked my friend to help you. That is why I am here. Your mommy knew that you were being neglected over the last year but she was too sick from battling cancer to be able to help you. She feared that once she was gone you would be taken to the shelter and she wanted better for you. That is why I am here...You are skin and bones and your coat dry and dull. Your elbows are callused because your dad chains you in the kitchen with no bed. Your nose is snotty because your nutrition is so poor that you always have colds. You are full of worms and your ears and skin are itchy because of water deprivation. You should weigh 20 pounds more than you do and you need to see a doctor. I have one that would like to help you...I'm going to show you a world where dog's slumber on carpets, fluffy beds and if you're lucky COUCHES! Where cold silver bowls overflow with clear fresh water and dogs eat meals every 12 hours. Where homes are stocked with cozy crates full of stuffed squeaking toys and tasty chews. Where treats and bones are abundant, walks are frequent, kongs are stuffed, Collars are engraved, and love is endless...THAT is a dog's life Rocky. You are entitled to that just like any other dog. I can't leave you here like this. If your dad lets me take you now you are going to the vet until you are no longer sick. Then you can stay with me until we find you parents. How does that sound?" I looked back at her and wagged my tail in agreement :) When I was feeling better I went to stay with her for a few weeks and I'm still here. I've gained weight, I'm sleeping on soft beds and drinking lots of water! I'm learning to do new things and learning not to do other things like sneak the cat food cans from the recycling and drink from the toilet :) I'm really happy... It's been a month and I've had some complications. The recovery from my neuter took longer than expected because of some kind of previous trauma to my privates :( They think someone may have kicked me... Then there was a lump and now a few more. My doctor said the lumps are mast cell tumors and I need an ultrasound to see if it has spread. I'll also need another surgery to remove the other 2 lumps. I hope it has not spread :( So here it is... I need some help... Will you skip your late today and help me fight cancer? Even a few dollars will help me. I have been through a lot. Rescued 20 pounds underweight, deprived of water, positive for tape worms, upper respiratory infection, ear infection, trauma to my private area and just when I thought I was ready to find my forever parents...they tell me I have cancer. Please help me fight it? I want to live. I want to find parents. Please share my story with your friends and thank you for taking the time to read this!
If you would like to donate directly to the animal hospital, if you are interested in adopting Rocky or would like to be updated on his progress please contact is. To view more pictures of Rocky visit the tumblr page "adogslifewestchester" Thank You!
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