Older dogs are often overlooked in shelters because of their old age, and it definitely takes a special family to open their heart and home to one.
But Beth and Michael Clark didn’t even hesitate when they saw Rocky, a 17-year-old dog who had been abandoned at Anne Arundel County Animal Services, back in 2015.
Despite his gray face and skinny body, the Clarks fell in love with Rocky at first sight. They refused to leave him to die in a cage, so they brought him home and made him feel comfortable.
As time went on, all of the things that come with old age began to hinder Rocky. He had trouble getting around and could no longer go on walks or walk up the stairs.
But Michael would carry him up and down the stairs, and their walks turned into just relaxing in the sun together.
The couple shared a very special bond with Rocky, and the old dog helped them get through tough times such as a miscarriage in July 2016.
They were thrilled to find they were expecting a baby again a few months later. And Rocky helped share the news with everyone in a photo shoot.
Rocky stayed with Beth throughout her pregnancy and could feel the days when she was not feeling well.
Unfortunately, Rocky was not feeling so well either.
When Bet was seven months pregnant, Rocky’s health began to subside. But he remained strong and still wanted to live.
Two months later, his new baby sister, Hazel, was born. Rocky was so happy to meet her and sniffed her as soon as she got home. He put his head close to her, which brought tears to Beth’s eyes.
But later that night, Rocky’s condition worsened, and the couple knew it was time to let it go.
Rocky went peacefully with his family at his side. He felt love the day they adopted him and felt the same love on the night he said goodbye.
Clark felt comfortable knowing that Rocky had lived enough to find his little sister.
Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control, the shelter Rocky was adopted from, wrote a touching post on Facebook to Hazel, honoring her late doggy brother.
“Dear Hazel: Someday your mom and dad will tell you all about your first dog, Rocky.”
“Thursday night he peacefully left the world that you just entered. Before that happened, your mom and dad took a picture of the two of you together. Someday, they will show you that picture, and tell you how wonderful and how loved your first dog was, even though your lives only overlapped so very briefly.”
Source: I Love My Dog