Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thinking and Thanking Thursday Again



JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, AMY SHARED THIS EMAIL AND EVEN THOUGH WE HAD ALREADY POSTED FOR THE DAY, WE FELT THIS WAS WORTH SHARING ABOUT ROCKY


Rocky's story...
He had the promise of a forever home and a loving family to call his own; he even had a companion, Roxy, waiting for him. But, instead, our sweet rescue dog, Rocky, slipped out of his forever family's car just moments after his adoption and has been loose near Route 46 in Little Falls / Woodland Park, New Jersey ever since.
Rocky is now lost in a strange area, hungry, hot, scared and confused. Rocky is a striking Akita, white with brown markings, including a beautiful mask. He is about one year old and seventy pounds. He is loving and friendly, but leery of strangers at first.
Rocky started his journey in much the same way, as a small puppy, living in a field behind a gas station in North Carolina on the side of a four lane highway, scavenging for food and exposed to the elements. A caring rescuer, Debbie Hinton, made it her mission to help this boy. It took time Debbie to build enough trust in her relationship with Rocky and be able to bring him home.
Rocky is a friendly, loving dog, but he has to trust someone before willingly going with them. Debbie set traps, lured Rocky with food and tried to love this boy from afar. Finally, he came to her, and she brought him home to her sanctuary of sixty plus huskies and mixed breed rescue dogs.
Debbie and her husband were living their dream, and Rocky was a part of it. They had recently purchased property in NC and built two homes--one for them, and one for their rescue dogs. Their rescues have acres of land, fenced in, to enjoy, as well as a gorgeous lake with a fountain for the dogs to romp.
After Rocky's first night at Debbie's sanctuary, he decided to find "home" and escaped. Debbie was heartbroken, and searches turned up nothing. Over two weeks passed. Finally Rocky was spotted 14 miles away, back at the gas station! Debbie and her husband rushed there, and when Rocky saw them, he ran to them and knocked them off their feet.
Rocky returned to the sanctuary and became a permanent fixture for the next several months. He thrived and was so well adjusted that Debbie decided it was time for Rocky to find a family of his own.
A Pathway to Hope, the Northern Division of Rotts 'n Pups Rescue, works with Debbie to place her rescue dogs in homes in New Jersey and surrounding areas. A Pathway to Hope, based in North Haledon, is a south to north rescue, mainly for northern breed dogs, who fare better in this climate.
Rocky quickly found an adoptive home thanks to his striking beauty and friendly nature. He traveled north on a volunteer, leg transport and on June 20th he arrived at Barnes & Noble in West Paterson, the designated meeting place for his adoptive family. Rocky was off to a new life with a family of his very own until disaster struck. Rocky jumped over the seats of his adoptive family's truck and escaped out the door. He has been on the run ever since.
Its time for Rocky to settle down and find the security and happiness he so deserves, but first we need to find this boy and never let him go.
Despite the distribution and posting of over a thousand fliers and dozens of volunteers scouring the area on foot and in cars, Rocky remains lost. We have had three sightings of Rocky, two on Route 46 near McBride Avenue in West Paterson (Woodland Park) and one at the Perfect Shine car wash on McBride Avenue.
We are looking for volunteers to assist in the search effort. Please call Amy at 973-222-6464 or email at amy9038@yahoo.com.Please help us bring Rocky home, forever!
THANKS FOR READING THIS - AND PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE INITIAL POST FOR TODAY AS WELL - PLEASE DO NOT FEEL AS IF YOU NEED TO COMMENT ON THEM - I JUST WANTED TO SHARE WHY IT IS ROCKY IS SPECIAL AND DESERVES ALL THAT IS BEING DONE FOR HIM - IT ISN'T JUST FOR ROCKY BUT IT IS FOR ALL THOSE THAT GOT HIM HERE - ESPECIALLY DEBBIE AND HER HUSBAND!

49 comments:

Lacy said...

w00fs, sounds like Mr Rocky is a escape artist...and hes afraid of change...i sure hope they find him soon and he gets to know a loving furever home...

b safe,
~rocky~

Teddy Bear said...

We still have our paws crossed.:)

Love,
Teddy Bear

Keisha said...

I really hope he is home safe very soon. Love u, Mr. Rocky! :)

doyle and mollie said...

oh we so hope rocky is found we can feel the desperation from so far away loves and licks xx

meemsnyc said...

Oh no, Rocky is still missing! We are so worried!

Noah the Airedale said...

So close and yet so far. Hopefully the next sighting will have Rocky returned to his new home.

Noah x

Ms. ~K said...

Sleepless, and still hopeful, in GA!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Poor Rocky, we keep purring for him.

The Thundering Herd said...

We continue with paws crossed. Today is the day - we are sure.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've been reading about Rocky and continue to hope and pray for his safe return! Thanks for the updates!!

Wild Dingo said...

wish i was there to help look. our paws are khrossed.

Martha and Bailey said...

We have known dogs like Rocky and we remain optimistic that he will be found.
We watch every day for news.
Paws crossed.
love
Martha and Bailey xxx

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Keeping paws/fingers crossed!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We agree with the Herd - today will be Rocky's Day - it must be awful to be out there all alone and confused and hungry. C'mon Rocky - you can trust these folks - they want to help you.

Paws crossed and sibe vibes.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Maggie Mae said...

Rocky must be so scared..mom and me really hopes they find him soon.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Goodness....we were hoping that Rocky had been found. We are purring very hard that his humans find him soon!

Batu said...

Rocky! Come home soon! You are sorely missed. Good Luck with finding him.

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

I read every word in Rocky's story with tears and fear for his well being in a strange area, hungry, hot, scared and confused. Poor Rocky, I pray that he's doing fine until he is found.
Hugs.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I went to bed, last night, just knowing when I got up this morning rocky would be safe and sound. :(

Sam said...

Keeping our fingers, and paws, crossed for Rocky's safe return!

Sam

Cyber-sibes said...

He's quite the escape artist, isn't he? Paws crossed & pawrayers said that this handsome boy will be safely found soon and get to his furever home.

jack a-aroo & miss moo

Frankie Furter said...

I am soooo worried about Rocky.

Jake of Florida said...

We know so little about what goes on in a dog like Rocky's mind. What he considers home. What he needs to be happy.

Yesterday I listened to a story on NPR about a lone tribesman in Brazil's Amazon forest who resists all efforts by well-meaning people to make contact and help him.

Rocky seems to have a bit of this in his soul.

Paws crossed that he lets himself be found!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry and Mom

Asta said...

Wocky
Don't be afwaid..thewe is a family longing to love you fuwwevew
smoochie kisses
ASTA

The Meezers or Billy said...

Rocky, please go home to your new family. we is purring furry hard and our the mom's face is leaking.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

I wonder if he is heading back to NC? I'll sure be on the look out around here for him since I'm between NJ and NC. Praying for his return! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Ruby and Penny said...

Rocky get home right now. Enough gallivanting.
We're praying you want to be found soon.
Love Ruby & Penny

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

We are so sorry to hear this, but we have our paws crossed. If we lived closer, Mom would be more than happy to join in the hunt for this beautiful guy.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

I posted this on both FB and Twitter, and a friend suggested putting a lost dog note up on Baristanet.com.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

When we saw this special post, we were excitedm thinking Rocky had been found. Then as we read it, our hearts sank, thinking this was leading up to really bad news. It is some story. We are so hopeful Rocky will be home soon! Thanks for posting this.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We so hope Rocky is found soon! We want him home with his new family!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

YD, sometimes with ♥Samantha and ♥June said...

Our paws are still crossed.

Southbaygirl said...

my Mom tweeted Rocky's info and put it on FB-lets try to find Rocky!!

Woof

Velcro

Sally said...

Our paws are crossed for Rocky.

Nice woooh
Sally

El'bow and Hauwii said...

still praying

Kissslobbers
El'bow & Hauwii

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We are so purring and praying for Rocky to be found and get home soon!

3 doxies said...

OOOOOOH dis not good. He has already had a bad time in da past. Thankfully they was somebuddy theres that refused to gives up on him.
ROCKY, WE'S COMING...DON"T GIVE UP.

Puddles

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh what a sad/happy and now sad again story. We sure hope that with the power of the paw and the pen we can somehow get Rocky home to his forever home unharmed again...


Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

JackDaddy said...

Oh I was hoping that after yesterday, someone had found Rocky! I hope that his street smarts keep him safe until he is found!

Huffle Mawson said...

I am still purring for Rocky to get back to his new family safely!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh poor Rocky!! THat is so awful! He must be so scared of everything...my human says if we lived near you, we would certainly come and help search! Anyway, hope they find him soon and he gets less scared and learns that his forever home is the best place to be!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Still hopeful...it is way too soon to use the past tense on Rocky. He is a scared boy who has a hard time trusting...calm patience will win out. We hope both searchers and Rocky feel the love of the entire world focused on them as we all send positive energy and gentle woos to bring him home!

Training my Mammoth said...

I really hope Rocky is found soon. That's the town where Pat's mom lives so I've told her. She's one of those super-social old ladies who belongs to thousands of clubs, so she said she'll tell everyone to look for him. I told her that if they're afraid to go near him themselves to at least call in that they've spotted him.

Please keep us updated. Our paws are all crossed for him.

Deborah said...

OH MY, I hope Rocky is found soon. I have read stories where the lost pets travel home from where they started.Sometimes hundreds of miles, so anything is possible. I hope they are looking for him there also. We are all keeping our paws crossed.
xxoo
Deborah

Lorenza said...

I will be waiting for good news soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Amrita said...

Awww I hope Rocky is found soon.

Eric and Flynn said...

We only just heard that Rocky is missing and came to read about it. We are sending our purrs and hope that he is found very soon safe and well.

Joe Stains said...

Poor Rocky dude. we are hoping he is khought soon and goes to that furever home and lives the good life.

Kari in WeHo said...

oh my that tugs on my heart strings