They were walking around the park. The first time by, they saw a man sitting on a bench with his Doberman beside him. Second time round, the man was still there with his dog. Next time round the man was gone and the dog was tied to a tree. The man never returned.

The first time I meet Rocky, he is wagging his stubby tail in his kennel and of course this reminds me of my own Rocky. I take him out and clip the leash on him. He is a solidly built Doberman. It's like he's got the midsection of a Mastiff.

He seems a sombre fellow, this Rocky. I don't think he's aloof but just that he won't immediately go up to every stranger to ask for attention or affection. Once he gets to know you, though, it's a different story. Then it's all muzzling your hand and "touch me touch me touch me".

At nine years old, Rocky is a mature dog who must be wondering just what happened to make his former life disappear.




For adoption information on this dog and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.



2 Comments to “Rocky - Doberman”

  1. Lynn says:

    This post made me think of Moses being left in the reeds by his mother. I wonder if the man who left Rocky was watching to see what happened, or if he just tied him up and walked away. I hope Rocky finds his own palace and people who treat him like the Prince that he is.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He has the most beautiful eyes but they seem to be saying "Why? What did I do wrong?" I would love to believe there is a really good reason he was tied to that tree but, sorry I'm just too cynical, I guess...I can't think of any reason that's good enough to abandon a nine year old dog.
    I saw him on the TAS page yesterday and thought "God, I would love to have him". Now that I know his whole story, I want him even more.

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The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

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