17-Year-Old Dog With ‘Old Man Problems’ Adopted, Then His New Mom Makes Heartfelt Promise

Rocky may have a greying muzzle and failing eyesight. He may not be able to walk up stairs or hear so well. But to his adoptive mom, the senior dog is the “best gift” she’s ever gotten.

Rocky is 17-years-old and was recently brought in to Anne Arundel County Animal Control. His last days may have been spent at the shelter, but fortunately for Rocky, he got adopted by a young couple. No wonder the senior dog was all smiles!

Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control shared a few details about Rocky’s touching story on Facebook.

“As you can see from the big smile on his face, life remains good for Rocky, the 17-year-old dog recently adopted from AACAC by a young Ft. Meade couple,” wrote FAACAC. “They’ve discovered that, along with walks, naps while they are gone and sticking tight by their sides when they’re home, Rocky loves Frosty Paws, an “ice cream” for dogs, which he gets as an occasional treat.”


Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control

“He’s got a few old man issues, including sometimes peeing in his sleep, ‘but no biggy — we have started putting doggy diapers on him at night so when he can’t wake himself up he will be fine until the morning,’ his adopters report.”


Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control

“They’re determined to make his time with them the best it can be, as his new mom wrote in a moving promise to Rocky:

“I took you on knowing we were going to have to take extra care of you. Knowing that one day you weren’t going to make it outside in time to use the restroom and I would have to clean it up.


Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control

“I knew one day I was going to have to carry you up the stairs when you no longer have the strength to do it. I knew you were going to eventually lose your hearing and eyesight and we were going to have to spend extra money to make the house safer for you. I knew one day I am going to have to say goodbye to you.

“But until then you are the best gift I have ever gotten and I’m really sad I couldn’t give you the best 17 years you deserved, but I promise you’ll have a great life from now to the day I have to say goodbye!”

How beautiful is that? Senior dogs are sadly often overlooked when it comes to adoptions at shelters. But I’m so happy to hear that Rocky is being treated with the dignity he deserves and will have a wonderful life for however much time he has remaining!

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