Rocky, a 17-year-old stray dog, has been in and out in a shelter since 2012. His golden years didn’t seem promising until a young couple arrived at his shelter. They went there to donate but then they saw Rocky. The couple adopted him immediately.


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“We were there to donate all kinds of stuff that I rounded up with my military community and I saw rocky walk in and I couldn’t stop thinking about that adorable old face,” Beth, Rocky’s human mom, told Bored Panda. “Next thing I know I’m walking out with Rocky!”

Rocky was in bad shape the first few days but after a bath and finding some good joint and health medicine to put him on we found his personality was sparky and fun. He sings and dances with us and love to follow wherever we go. Rocky knows his age but he still pushes his limits to all kind of thing, his spirit is absolutely amazing!

Rocky may have had some bad years but I made a promise to him however long he may be here will be filled with joy and love and lots of treats. He defiantly brought a missing puzzle piece into our life and we are more than happy to be his parents.”

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“I took you on knowing we were going to have to take extra care of you”

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“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”
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“I knew you were going to…lose your hearing and eyesight and we were going to have to spend extra money to make the house safer for you”
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“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”

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“I promise you’ll have a great life from now to the day I have to say goodbye!”

Read the full Beth’s letter to Rocky here:

“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, 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!”

Thank you, Beth, for talking to Bored Panda about your wonderful story!