Rocko passed away on Jan. 15, 2016.

From Family:
Alumni Rocko, we adopted in April of 2015 died yesterday, Jan. 15, 2016, due to breathing difficulties/heart failure.

Blair:  He was my perfect little buddy, I will miss him in the morning when I wake up to go to work, he would join me in the kitchen for a early morning snack, he loved to eat. And at night time, when we would go to bed Rocko, Sarah and Charlie would all wait patiently for their nigh night cookies. He would look at me with his one eye, then the ground to see if I put his on the floor, then back at me, until my hand went to the floor to give him his snacks. Thank you PROS for giving us the opportunity give him his forever home. He leaves a big hole in our hearts.

Barbara:  Rocko was a fantastic addition to our family. I love the way he would bark at nothing at all. Just wanted to be heard. I will miss him keeping my feet warm at night, making mealtimes so exciting every single time, coming over to where I sit in hopes I would give him a tummy rub which he got each and every time. He was such a wise old man and always gave me joy every time we were together. I will miss him till my end and love him just as long. Sarah and Charlie will miss their little buddy. Thank you all for allowing us to have this little man as part of our family. Rocketman, I love you.

Thanks again,

Blair, Barbara Brandylee, and fur babies Sarah and Charlie

Rocko was adopted by Blair & Barbara Hirzel.

Original Story  |  01.27.2015

Hi!  I’m Rocko.  I’m 13 and a half!  My previous owner died and the family surrendered me to PROS.  Before I was surrendered, I was left outside a lot and got attacked by raccoons.  My wounds were pretty bad, covered all four of my legs and punctured my eye.  PROS started treatment right away.  The first thing that was addressed was one open, very deep, infected wound on my right front leg.  I needed surgery on it and a drain put in.  When the vet got in there they saw that the infection went clear to the bone and a tendon was severed.  I’ve been staying at the vet’s so they can monitor the wound.  Hopefully, my body will regenerate tissue to cover the bone, otherwise I may need another surgery on the wound.  As it is now, I cannot put any weight on that leg.

Meanwhile, the puncture on my eye got worse and ruptured.  I had to go in for surgery to remove the eye.  It also looks like I’ll need a dental.  Even though sometimes it feels like I can’t catch a break, I’m trying to stay positive and I’ve kept a super sweet disposition.  I know I am in good hands with PROS and that they are doing everything they can to help me.

UPDATE  |  02.08.2015

The surgery to remove my eye went well.  I’m recovering in my foster home!

UPDATE  |  04.09.2015

I am happy to tell you that I am finally ready for adoption!  It was a long recovery, but I am now excited to find my forever home.  I know I may not be the young healthy pug you have dreamed about, but I still have a lot of love to give.  I am hoping someone out there can find it in their heart to give this sweet old guy a caring home for the rest of my days.

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