If you visited the dogs at Orphans of the Storm® any time in the last few years, you probably met Rocky the Labrador Retriever mix (who just so happens to be featured on the banner image of this blog!). Rocky waited at the shelter for several years before he was finally discovered by his new furever family–and now, five months later, Rocky’s mom Arlene sent me a wonderful update and adorable pictures of Rocky!

“Just wanted to update you on Rocky (still Rocky) who came furever home with us in Feb. He is having fun everyday running around his big yard, rolling in the grass, chasing the squirrels and rabbits, and making friends with all the neighborhood dogs that visit the park directly behind his yard. After two weeks of doggy boot camp, he is learning to accept new friends visiting us while still being a good protector. He loves his doggy pool and enjoys his long walks or running while we bike in the woods. Rocky loves the sun and naps in the shade in the glider swing or hammock with his kids. He brings so much love and doggy kisses to each day and we can’t get enough of his beautiful smile!

“We thank everyone at Orphans, especially Craig, that helped us find our Rocky. We went to several other shelters and no other facility was so warm and welcoming and everyone was so friendly and really seemed to care about the pets. We knew when we arrived there that this was the place we would find our dog! We will be coming back to Orphans when Rocky is more settled and is ready for his own furry friend.”

Rocky with his new siblings:


Rocky in his pool:


Rocky, white and blue!:


Rocky in the grass:


Rocky waiting for the squirrels:


If that isn’t one happy pooch, I don’t know what is! Thank you, Arlene, for keeping us updated and sharing these great photos! (And tell Rocky I say hi!)

If you have an Orphans of the Storm® success story that you’d like to share on the blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

3 responses »

  1. Jackie Borchew says:

    I shared with the SunTimes Rescue column. Maybe it will go viral. . . Jackie Borchew Director of Development and Community Outreach 847-602-8508 jackie@orphansofthestorm.org Orphans of the Storm animal shelter 2200 Riverwoods Road Riverwoods, Illinois 60015 847-945-0235 http://www.orphansofthestorm.org http://www.facebook.com/orphansofthestorm Adopt a friend for life.

  2. […] But about two years ago, the Cruz family came in, met Rocky, and brought him home! They sent an update on how Rocky was settling in back in July 2013, and now that Rocky’s two-year “adoptday” is here, we have a […]

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