I first met Rocky at the Humane Society in Pittsburgh, PA in the fall of 2012. We had just lost our shepherd a few months earlier and we wanted a new friend for our house, which seemed empty without a dog. Even though my girlfriend grew up with malamutes and I knew a few of them, I couldn’t tell what kind of dog Rocky was when I first laid eyes on him. He was underweight with patchy fur that had been shaved off most of his body. Riddled with both kinds of mange and healing from an embedded collar, Rocky had been surrendered to humane officers after he was found tied to a tree, neglected and in dire need of help.
I kept going back to see Rocky at the shelter, but he was on medical hold until he had time to heal from his many ailments. I got the chance to walk with him and fell in love with the gentle giant, whose calm demeanor belied the trauma he had experienced in his short, traumatic year and a half on earth. Rocky soon went to live at AMROD, the Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Delaware, where he could get the intensive care he needed: daily medicated baths and foot soaking to help his skin and coat heal. I kept a close watch on Rocky’s progress; even though he had traveled out of state, I knew that someday we would be reunited.
Finally, in January of 2013, Rocky was well enough to come home with us. It’s been three years and Rocky is now a healthy five-year-old. In his time with us he has become a therapy dog, local celebrity, and beloved member of the family. He spends his days napping, his afternoons walking in local parks charming everyone he encounters, and his evenings eating (probably a little too much!). We are so thankful to everyone who helped Rocky and feel blessed to be able to give him the home that he has always deserved!
Check out Rocky’s Instagram, where he documents some of his adventures! https://www.instagram.com/rockyofthetundra/.
I would like to commend Jonas MacDonald for his compassion and commitment to Rocky. It takes a special kind of person to take on a rescued dog, especially one with health issues like Rocky. I am sure Rocky feels the same. We should also tip our hat to the outstanding people at the Alaskan Malamute Rescue Of Delaware for their continued service to rescuing dogs in need. I have posted their link below and hope that you will drop in and check out their site. Be sure to tell them what a great job they are doing. Finally, I want to thank Jonas for sharing this story with us. Contributed articles such as this helps us to bring awareness to the need to adopt these unfortunate dogs and bring them into a good and loving home.