This is our favorite part: The happily ever after. We love to hear from people who have adopted Rocket Dogs and hear all about their new lives together. Here are just some of our success stories. Please email your Rocket Dog Rescue success story to email@example.com
Dear Rocket Dog Rescue, We adopted Bella (formerly Neko) last June 2011. My whole family is in love with this dog (even my mother in law!!) After about 2 months of separation anxiety, she has calmed down and understands now that we are ALWAYS coming home to her and that she will NEVER be abandoned again. She is the most gorgeous, loving girl you have ever seen! She LOVES her dachshund brother and sister and is incredibly sweet and gentle with them. Thank you Rocket Dog Rescue for giving us the chance to have our Bella!
- Kristina and Family!
It’s been exactly two years since Boogie came to live with us (back then a 7 month-old pup known as “Rooney”) and as I look back on the time he’s been in my life, I can’t help but get a bit teary-eyed. Where do I begin? He came to us an awkward, insecure little guy -- anxious if left alone and scared of his own shadow. Yet, his sweet, lovable and fun-loving nature was always present. Boogie was a very high-energy puppy who LOVED playing fetch, wrestling with other dogs, and taking runs on the beach -- a little of that medicine would magically transform him into a tame, easy-going, super-affectionate snuggle-buddy. Two months after adopting Boogie, my husband and I discovered we were pregnant. It came as a shock and -- when mixed with the grueling schedule of an 8th grade teacher, morning sickness and fatigue -- having a high-energy rescue puppy with separation anxiety seemed a tad overwhelming for a little while. But with a little encouragement from Lena and the purchase of a dog crate, it became very obvious that Boogie was nothing but a blessing for me during this very challenging time, as I had a live-in exercise partner, a warm little body to cuddle with while watching movies, and endless comic relief. Much to Boogie’s delight (and mine) I was laid-off from my job due to budget cuts. The days I spent with Boogie during my pregnancy will always be for me a rich reserve of lovely memories -- together we hiked every doggie-friendly corner of the city. He kept me in great shape and in high spirits, both of which made for a wonderful, smooth transition into motherhood. Boogie has taken to my son, Leo, beautifully and a new side of his personality has emerged -- that of the patient, affectionate (and tolerant!) protector. I have chosen not to return to work so I can be a full-time mommy to my two “boys.” The money is tight, but we could not be happier. As I type, Boogie -- now a gorgeous, strong, healthy, confident dog (it's been a good while that he hasn't needed his crate during separations) who is often the subject of lots of praise from strangers -- is dreaming doggie-dreams at my feet, as tired as my son is from a full day spent mostly outdoors. My life is sweetly full and full of sweetness, and much of that has to do with the sweet puppy who rescued ME. Thank you, Rocket Dog Rescue for helping us find one another.
Everything is going GREAT with Sparky; I could not imagine life without him now. I take him over to my parents’ house at least once a week and we have 2 labs there and he gets along with them great, but not a big fan of the cat. My parents never want me to take him home. I’ve brought him to work and everybody, of course, loved him and he loved the attention.
I have been thinking about sending you an update on Max for a while but I kept forgetting. I wanted to let you know how great he’s doing… He is a completely different dog than he was when I picked him up from you. He’s confident, funny and so loving.
In the past year we’ve also done a bit of traveling – Max has been to North Carolina, New York and Ohio. He loves going to visit my parents in Ohio, he’s a big “Gramma’s boy.” He particularly loves my Mom and our family dog (“Uncle” Sammy) but also likes sitting on my Dad’s lap and eating crumbs off of his shirt (Dad’s kind of a slob!)
Plus I’ve found out that Max is TERRIFIC with kids!! He and my nephew, Issac, are now best friends (he follows Issac around the house – it’s SOOO cute!!) And, he did great with my best friend’s infant daughter and my sister-in-law’s nieces and nephews.
He’s just the best dog ever and I am so thankful that you and Rocket Dog brought us together. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
Love, Kate and Max Tango
I wanted to give you an update on Tyson, we adopted him from Rocket Dog in February of 2008. He’s been a great addition to our family! He’s still very active but lots of fun! He’s traveled with us to NJ for Thanksgiving and loves hiking! He loves getting belly rubs and climbing under the blankets while we watch TV. He’s tons of fun and super friendly! I still have yet to meet someone that doesn’t fall in love with him when they meet him.
Adopting him has been the greatest gift! Thank you so much for allowing us to share this crazy adventure of life with him- he is my baby!
He truly has been such a great addition to our family! He even inspired both of my sisters to adopt instead of going to a pet store or to breeders! Please do share our story- hopefully someone else will get as much love as I have from adopting.
Just thought I would give you a quick update on Petey. He’s doing fantastic! He is connected at my hip! He absolutely loves going places with efren and I. We’re trying to socialize him as much possible with other people and dogs and he’s slowly learning. Other than the few times that he pushed the envelope he is absolutely a model dog. He constantly showing affection to efren and I and learning his commands! And omg he loves wearing his green sweater even if it’s hot outside. He hates if we take it off and spends ten minutes trying to put it back on. He’s hilarious!
Rebecca, Efren, and Petey
We want to thank you and Rocket Dog for encouraging us to adopt Sweet Jane. It was the happiest decision I have ever made. Jane was such a remarkable dog. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body. The “Sweet” in the name you gave her truly applied to our girl. Jane taught my family so much: patience, tolerance, but most of all to take one day at a time and not sweat the small stuff. Whatever we gave to Jane in regards to love and attention (which was very easy to do), she gave back 10-fold.
Thank you, for all that you do ….and all that you did for Sweet Jane so that we could have her in our lives. Know that she will always be in our hearts.
-The Mihalus Family.
Rambler is doing great, and has settled in quickly as part of the family. He enjoys being with his brother Renzo (the one in the picture trying to get away from the elf) as they spend the day together either sleeping or going for morning and afternoon walks. He is truly a wonderful little creature who has enriched our lives.
Julie Jones & Family
I thought I would drop you a line to let you know how much in love we are! We actually gave Jessy a new name, one that he answered to almost immediately. His name is now Hachiko – although we call him Hachi for short. He sleeps with me every night, and pretty much does not leave my side. Mike adores him, too, and Hachi loves sleeping on Mike’s lap when he watches TV, but Hachi has taken to me really well and prefers to sit on my lap when I am home and on my computer. He is my little boy. Poopers and Connor love their new brother, and Poopers and Hachi play all the time. Connor is the old man in the group, so he is usually sleeping, but on walks they all three play.
Thank you again for helping bring such a bundle of love into our lives……Hachi is such a part of the family now and has developed so many funny little personality traits. He has a little stuff candy cane that he WILL NOT let go. He sleeps with it (usually at my feet, under the covers). I just ADORE him.
I have become such a champion of Rocket Dog Rescue.
-Matt and Mike
Horatio (formerly Barron) is a FABULOUS member of our family and all settled in, confident, well behaved, very waggly and wonderful with other dogs. He is great off leash too. He and my boys are in love, though he still is sort of my baby! He is the coolest, sweetest little guy. Also, he has become friends with my best friend’s dog and we get them together all the time. Thank you Rocket Dog!
I met Huck at Stonestown on my way home from a vet visit for my cat, Nosey. I wasn’t looking for a dog. At the time, I was a week away from moving; and Nosey was regularly going to the vet for severe allergic reactions. I was at Pet Food Express to get new litter because that time his paws were reacting to the pine litter I’d bought. There was a woman holding a puppy from a litter that Pali had just rescued from the Madeira train tracks via the Fresno SPCA. The woman’s young son was squirming under one of Huck’s litter mates and she turned to me and said, “Can you take this for a minute?”
The puppy melted in my arms. I thought, no puppy is this calm, so I flipped him on his back and he looked up at me with this “I can see my feet!” face. I learned what Pali had done to get these guys, including paying for a surgery to heal a huge abscess that Huck had on his throat, and the fantastic work that Rocket Dog does. I didn’t get him that day because I wanted to make sure getting him wasn’t an irresponsible impulse, but I couldn’t get him out of my head. I adopted Huckleberry on Mother’s Day, and fell in love with him the first night when his ear kept flipping up and hitting my face while he was sleeping. As you can see his ears are ASTONISHINGLY cute J!!
Over the next few weeks I got to know him, but during that time I also learned that Nosey had Lymphoma that didn’t respond to any treatment. I lost Nosey in August which broke my heart and having Huck around kept my spirits up. I call him the Ambassador of Fun. He has a great sense of humor, and such a sweet and positive temperament. He’s a great snuggler, too. I really feel like Huck was sent to me at a time when I needed him, and I can’t imagine not having him around.
Thank you Pali and EVERYONE at Rocket Dog, you all changed my life. I’m so blessed you gave me the chance to be Huckleberry’s forever home.
Nara and Huck
Well, hello! My name’s Copper and I’m a good old southern hound mix. I was a stray dog that came from a shelter in Madera, and I was adopted through Rocket Dog Rescue in January 2010. I love my new family; I’m super attached, and crave lots of affection. When I want love, I’ll try my hardest to look as cute as possible, with my big golden eyes looking into yours in hopes of some undivided attention. I have a bounce in my step that rivals Tigger, and I love to play with my canine buddy Bailey and with my family. When I play, I play hard, and when I rest, I love to snuggle with Bailey and my humans. When I’m asleep I leave the tip of my pink tongue hanging out of my mouth, so you know how super cute I am. And when it’s time for bed at night, I curl up with Bailey and Nate (my 15-year-old human) on Nate’s bed. I love food, and am super motivated by yummy treats. I’m super social, and like to play with other dogs. I get walked often, and I’m always tempted to visit with all of the other dogs on my route. I just really like making friends! I’m so happy in my new home, and I tell my humans everyday how much I love them!
AND, My name is Bailey and I’m a black and tan coon hound that came from a shelter in Madera with my friend Copper. My owners dropped me off there and said to go ahead and euthanize me. I’m so lucky that Rocket Dog Rescue saved me and that I was adopted in January 2010, along with my friend from the same shelter, Copper. I’m so soft that I feel like I’m made out of velvet. I’m quiet and dignified much of the time, but when I’m feeling playful, I’m a force to be reckoned with. Copper likes to think he can be the boss of me because he outweighs me, but he’s wrong! I nip at his legs and annoy him to get back at him. It’s all in good fun, and we are great buddies with a strong connection. We can often be found sharing a dog bed, snuggled up together. At night, I curl into a ball with Copper and my human, Nate, on Nate’s bed. In the morning, I refuse to get out of bed until I hear the clang of my food hit my dog bowl. Only then is it worth my while to leave my comfy bed. I love to go on walks, and behave like a gentleman, occasionally stopping to sniff the trail of small creatures that live in ivy patches. I sure would like to get my hands on them! I have a really good life. I’m so thankful that Rocket Dog rescued me and that my family adopted me–I really love them!…
Lucy is doing great! I love her so much and thank my lucky stars everyday that we found her! She has to be one of the funniest dog’s I have ever known, such a personality! She loves to fetch her toys and play tug o war with anything. She and Sophie just love each other and are the best of friends. They will not leave the house without one another, we are a true pack! Thank you for bringing us all together!
Heather, Sophie & Lucy.
Biscuit- now Snickers is doing great. He is so laid back and well behaved. He gets along very well with Fenton and is a good example of showing Fenton how to go into his crate every evening without a fuss. He also taught Fenton how to bark! We just love them to death and they love us! Here is a picture of Snickers (left) and his brother Fenton.
-Steve & Alex
I had lost Buster, my pal of 12 years in December 2009. I started looking for a new companion about 3 months later and found Molly on Craigslist. After contacting Rocket Dog Rescue, Pali was kind enough to bring Molly to Fairfield to see how she would fit in and I guess she felt that Molly and I would make a good fit because she left her with me after the 1st visit. Molly is absolutely great. She has a great personality and just loves everyone. She is a real talker and all someone has to do is say “Hello Molly” and she’ll respond with a hound dog rumble. I live right around the corner from a school for special children and we walk by every day at lunch time and she will stop and let out a couple of barks so the kids will know that she’s there and come out to say hi and to pet her. She has found her favorite chair where she can look out the window and keep an eye on everything (especially those darn squirrels).
Thank you Rocket Dog Rescue for all that you do and for helping me find Molly.
Bill & Molly
We are so happy to have that little dog with us. We named her Pixie. She is very fast and playful ( not mellow at all) what we really like. She likes to play with us. She is very smart and learned the commands: “no” and “come” very fast. She become obsessed with apples. If she can not eat the piece of apple she hides it. She is in good hands, we love her and everyone in our family is always in a hurry to get back home to be with such a playful and happy small dog. Thank you Rocket Dog!
Olga and family
Hi we adopted Janette in September of 2010 and we just wanted to give you an update. We changed her name to Maddie because you told us she was so Matted she could barely move her head when you got her. This picture is right before you had her first visit to the beauty parlor (dog groomer). Maddie is the sweetest cutest dog, she loves our two kitties one of them is her best buddy. We might be thinking about getting her a play mate soon but have to think about it because one of the cats had a month or two where she wasn’t happy at all and I’m not sure whether I want to put her through that again. Thanks again for everything that all of your people do.
Melanie, Gary, Maddie, Scooter and Mouse
I adopted Crocket, now Oliver, and he has turned out to be the most amazing dog. He gets along beautifully with our other dogs (also rescues), Ellie Mae (a bull-headed, very alpha American Bulldog) and Murphy (a whiney, super sensitive hound-mix). Over several months and with the assistance of a local trainer, Oliver is very well behaved pooch (no more jumping/giving me bruises) and does an excellent job watching over his goats. When I got Oliver, he was only 70 lbs. of skin and bones. He’s now 100 lbs. of solid muscle and happy, happy happy. And so are we! Gosh, Oliver is smart and funny and sensitive and wonderful. Anyway, I can’t thank Rocket Dog enough for understanding the needs of this highly intelligent, big and energetic boy. He now has a very important job that he does so very well. FYI – all three of our dogs go on daily hikes together on our 12 acre property as well as have daily play time together. Oh, I also walk Oliver with our goats – and the goats tag along off leash! Thanks so much for saving this wonderful dog!
Best wishes always,
Nancy & Matt
TAZ is the best dog ever!!! I can not imagine a better dog. He has become our fourth child and our 3 kids are fine with that. He is soooooooo obedient. In fact, I think he might be more obedient than my kids (don’t tell them I said that) =). He waits every morning for my husband to get up and out of bed so he can jump into bed and cuddle with me. Although, he will cuddle with anybody. If we have forgoten to take him on a walk or to the dog park (due to rain) he just looks at us and whines and whimpers. As if to say, “hey, I’m ready so, go get your shoes on”.It is funny to watch him at the dog park with other dogs because you can totally see his herding technique from his breed. He loves to get other dogs to chase him and then he herds them to our bench, runs a circle and goes for more. His favorite is to taunt the other dogs into a chase with a squeeky toy. All in all he is just a sweet loverboy that can’t wait for you to sit down so he can jump up and cuddle with you. WE LOVE HIM SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! Thank you Rocket Dog for helping us find a great addition to our family.
Audrey & Family.
Charlie just turned a year old last month! He is the absolute love of our lives, my favorite child of them all! He is perfect in every way….handsome, charming, sweet, lovable, loyal, well behaved, loves kids, loves our 27lb cat, loves taking hikes. We go to a natural preserve park near our house every morning. It is a huge off leash area, and he loves to run through the trees, up and down the hills, chase after balls and sticks and socialize with all of his friends. He is the perfect size…38 lbs and I don’t think he is going to grow any more as he stopped a few months ago. He follows me every where. He is never left at home alone. He is always with someone or waits for me in the car. He likes that much better than being left alone at home! He doesn’t get into the garbage, he doesn’t eat anything that drops on the floor unless we tell him he can, he doesn’t chew anything except his own toys, he doesn’t jump on furniture, he always sleeps in his crate, never has an accident. He knows a ton of tricks! He is just perfect in every way. My kids and husband adore him as well.
Though our time with Phoebe was brief, it was long enough to know what a remarkable dog she was with the most amazing resilient spirit, and to feel grateful we had that time together. Long enough to establish a mutual trust and affection, and to fill our hearts with pure love that will stay on with us.
Despite some very unfortunate circumstances, Phoebe carried on like a trooper. Her first four years were spent chained to a backyard fence, neglected. We found each other at a Rocket Dog Rescue adoption fair, after looking for the right dog for a year. Her next four years–before becoming ill first with pancreatitis and then terminal pancreatic cancer and being euthanized on February l0, 2011–were the prime of her life.
“Fun Bun”, as Noah nicknamed her, was in her element during all the many walks we took her on. Nose to the ground, ears perked, nothing escaped her sharp senses. She enjoyed nibbling on grass, chasing squirrels and cats and crows, and occasionally grabbing a gopher from its hole. She was an inveterate scavenger who delighted in finding leftovers and scraps on the ground, and then invariably suffered a digestive upset.
Phoebe was so eager to please all of us in the family. She adapted her walking style to suit our individual paces. Every morning, Jon was privileged to have her wake him up with a lick on the face or a thumping wag against the bed. After feeding her, they went on their daily morning walk. Jon, Lynne, Noah and Talia spent many hours with Phoebe exploring Stern Grove, Fort Funston, the Sunset and Golden Gate Park. She was always game for any adventure. The world was her oyster.
We remember the kind, professional attention given to her in her last month by Dr. Paul Bannow and Dr. Laurie Perlstein of Sunset Vet Hospital. Sanford Johnson and his partner Kimberly of Sunset Pet Supply also deserve mention. Sanford boarded her several times and coaxed a different side out of her–running on the beach, playing with other dogs–with his magic touch. Finally we pay tribute to Pali Boucher, the founder of Rocket Dog Rescue, for her heroism. She saved Phoebe from the pound, rehabilitated her, and fostered her while looking for a permanent home.
We were the lucky ones who had the privilege of bringing Phoebe into our family and loving her for almost four extraordinary years. Our hearts are broken as we say goodbye but also buoyed by the profound joy she brought us.
Lynne Rappaport and Jon, Noah, and Talia Frank
Our search for a dog took us all over the Bay Area and the Web as well. When my wife emailed me a German Shorthaired Pointer mix named Champ, he was the cutest of all the cute dogs we’d seen. We drove down to Mountain View where Jay was fostering him and returned as quickly as possible to get him. We renamed him Dunkel but he goes by many nicknames such as Dunkey Kong, Sir Dunks A Lot, and Dunker Do. Dunkel’s back story is that he was living with a family of four in Merced County but kept escaping so the dad brought him to the pound, which was a high kill shelter. Thank God Rocket Dog salvaged this beautiful, friendly guy the day he was to be euthanized.
Dog-people warned us that Shorthaired Pointers notoriously run away or at least go bolting off on their own. Maybe it’s whatever Dunkel is mixed with (with think some sort of spaniel) or just the fact that he’s happy to be rescued, but this dog bonded to us immediately. Off leash in the park, he never roams very far. Off leash at the beach, he’ll chase seagulls (or their shadows) to the point where he appears like a speck, but he never goes beyond, and then he always runs right back (he’s super fast). He is bold enough to do his own thing but attached enough to want to do it by us. And at home, he’s amazingly mellow. Downright tranquil. A stuffed animal and some belly rubs and he’s one happy pup.
Overall, we can’t believe how lucky we got in finding this affectionate, gentle, cuddle-monger. He’s great with all dogs (and should some less-than-friendly dog bark at him, he’ll give as good as he gets but never elevate it to a physical level. In fact, that’s the only time he ever barks) and all kids and babies. Our young nieces and nephews love him. But probably not as much as we do. He completes our happy family.
I want to give you an update on little Lorenzo, the ferocious tiny chihuahua with supermodel legs who I adopted from rocket dog. He is the love of my life, no exaggeration. I could not possibly love him more than I do. He has a LOT of personality, still tries to eat people on a regular basis and has become quite the spoiled little diva but I love every single bit of his personality. He also loves going for rides in the car and for long walks on the ranhc and sleeps in my arms, literally every night. He’s my little teddy bear.
I cannot thank you guys enough for saving his life. Our lives would be so boring without him! attached is a picture of him on one of his daily car rides. Your fan, Odessa Gunn
Koda ( fomerly Koby) is one of the dogs that almost got thrown away by our society of fair weather pet owners. Luckily, Rocket Dog Rescue and his foster mom Diana rescued Koda, and held onto him until they found the best fit for him. Again luckily, this was me!
I knew from the moment I met Koda that he was my dog. And I happily report that, with consistency, training and lots of exercise, his challenges (anxiety and hyperactivity) have DRASTICALLY improved! Koda lives with me in Portland, Oregon (another of the country’s most dog-friendly cities!). We are having a blast.
Next week we are off to the woods for a week-long camping trip, and plan many more in the future.
Thank you, Rocket Dog Rescue and foster mom Diana, for rescuing my wonderful pup, ensuring that he got a chance to become MY great companion! Truly, you guys are leaving NO DOG BEHIND!
Trouble is doing really well. He has a shiny coat now; he’s healthy, happy, and in great shape. He’s actually snoring right now at my feet as I type this. He’s such an amazing boy… I’ve said it before but I truly believe it, we are lucky to have him, not the other way around. We cant remember our life without trouble around. He has a new treat he loves: Frozen Bananas! He loves carrots and cucumbers still. We just had to buy him a new kong…he’s finally destroyed the old one (his favorite toy). Trouble will always be with us.
Jason & Nicole
Allie the bulldog and her new family! She just completed her dog training class with flying colors!
Jim & Kirby
Kiko has found his forever home with Krystle and Kalen who love him very much. See video of Kiko:
Koa is doing well on a leash, is doing well in the local dog park and she is very affectionate and likes living with us. We are glad she decided to come live with us. She is learning not to chew on the emergency brake in the car and she is learning what to bark at and what to ignore. Kui is a good tutor.
Allison and Juli
Austin is doing GREAT. Just over a month with us now, he has turned into a splendid boy with a lot of personality, and has gained so much confidence. Just yesterday, he walked into Home Depot and Pet Club with me without clamping down in front of the door, and followed me from aisle to aisle without hesitating.
When I take him to the off-leash park, people always comment on what a beautiful dog he is. He has a bounce in his gait that is so joyous! I told many people on the trail about the “scare” we had the night before he arrived in San Francisco, and they are all happy that Austin is with us now. I sometimes drop by Paws on Piedmont – and they are aware of you there (they said Rocket Dog Rescue is great!), and even they noticed the big change. The first time I went, Austin wouldn’t go in. Now he just saunters in and even sits for his treats!
He is completely housetrained, goes up and down stairs, in and out of most stores (that allow pets), and in and out of the car with no hesitation now. He still gets a little freaked out when a large bus or truck passes by when we’re on the walk in the neighborhood, but he has come a long way.
When he first came, he also rarely ate. Now I can get him to eat 95% of the time! He is now up to 55 pounds, from 42 pounds when he came to us. Anyway, thanks for choosing to let us be Austin’s guardian. He will bring many, many years of joy to this household, and he will be loved always.
Bismark’s name is now Kayode, which means “he brings joy.” And he sure does! I am absolutely in love and I can’t wait to get home every day and see him. I don’t think he’s gotten much bigger, and I’m hoping he doesn’t grow much more since my apartment is not that big
He has tons of energy! We run every morning before work, and we’ve gone on some really long hikes, which he loves. And he’s hilarious, he cracks me up every day. We’ve been going to obedience classes at SPCA and he is so smart and learns everything almost immediately. Of course, being the rascal that he is, he then chooses when to do what I’ve asked and when to ignore me and pretend he can’t hear me. But that takes time I suppose.
I am constantly singing the praises of the Rocket Dog volunteers, truly a fantastic group of people with huge hearts. Thank you so much for all your help, and for bringing him into my life. I call him my angel man, since I think he really rescued me and not the other way around.
All the best,
Otto (formerly known as “Lu”) has been loving his forever-home with us for almost a year now. He was around four or five months old when we adopted him in May of 2009, and has since grown into a larger and more confident version of his curious and clumsy self (though he’ll never grow into his ears!). He loves his older sister, a Jack Russell Terrier, and is always excited about going to play with his friends at Downtown Dogs daycare several times a week. Dad takes the pups to the dog park on weekends, and Mom and her dog-walker friend set up play-dates and group walks during the week; Otto doesn’t mind being spoiled like this at all.
His life prior to being an RDR foster is a mystery, and while Otto has always been a little submissive and wary of new people, we’ve been working hard to build his confidence and expose him to lots of positive experiences. Because of his awesome personality, he’s doing great: he’s been a star in his obedience classes, is steadily overcoming his insecurities, and has really come out of his shell.
Thank you, Rocket Dog! We can’t sing your praises enough!
Ms. Patti aka Chona Petronila (her new name) settling in just fine! She is such a pleasure and joy to have around. She is always up for a scratch behind the ears, a short walk or a belly rub. She has really taken to her pad in the living room and is adjusting to being walked by my boyfriend Mike and I. Her coat is looking lovely after many strokes of the brush, which she loves. Her leash skills are also improving day by day, but she does have her bossy moments when she pulls! I really do feel she is the right choice for my household.
Rocket Dog has been the best! They were super fast in sending me her ACC and shots info so I could take her to the vet asap. Lena, an RDR volunteer, has already followed up with me to see how Chona is doing. Lastly, I really appreciate that RDR is committed to these dogs for the long run, and that is something ever happens that I can’t take care of Chona any more (perish the thought!!), that they would take her back to ensure that she did not go to a kill shelter. That is commitment to your base and your beliefs.
Smokey and Gus
Our family has always been dog lovers, but we also had cats and birds over the years that were also rescued and everyone got along. But, back in January of 2009 was a really sad time for the family because we lost our Max who was Rot/Mastiff of 6 years (our big baby) due to a tumor on his liver. All his days were filled with love from all members of our family. Our gentle giant was gone and even though we still had our two girl Rotties, Sensi and Brandy (currently 14 and 12 years old) there was a void in the wholeness of our house.
Dave and I looked at several opportunities, but did not find the dog we were looking for. We had high hopes with an acquaintance that was going to breed his German Rottie and give puppies to good homes, but the pregnancy failed a few months later. We were assured another will come along but never happened.
In March of 2009 we inquired on an adoptable dog seen on channel 20. A phone call later, we were introduced to the very energetic Pali Boucher. She invited us to her house to visit the dog. We spent time talking about our needs, the dogs Pali had and what would work for us. We had intended to volunteer in the future, so we decided why not “Rocket Dog?” The needed paper work was completed and soon after we were fostering a “parvo” puppy named “Ozzie”.
During a photo shoot for foster dogs, we were introduced to King Tubby (Pix Bull/Bassett Hound Mix) who was being fostered by Dina. He had a great temperament with all the dogs in the room and his personality was just too funny he had us laughing. Dina asked if we were interested and Pali assured us this was the dog for us. So we agreed to a weekend trial see if he would get along with our female Rotties. We never thought we would own a pit mix, but it worked out fine. We decided to change his name to Smokey because our grand-daughter said he had the eye color of Smokey Robinson (Motown great) and his fur is smokey gray and it all seemed to fit him perfect.
A week later Pali contacted us that she found out that a Mastiff was at S.F. Animal Control and his days were numbered. Just what my husband and I were looking for, so we agreed to meet Dina to see the dog. After a get acquainted period, we were on our way home with Gus who looked at us with those eyes of his and we knew he needed us as much as we needed him. He was very much traumatized and it took several days for him to settle down and be even a little comfortable in his new home.
Two weeks later our adoption papers became final for both Smokey and Gus much thanks to Pali who matched us with both our dogs that became a perfect match. The boys get along wonderful with our two older Rotties and give them respect as the elder dogs. We never expected Gus and Smokey to become best friends and watching them play, run, chase and carry on together as if they were from the same litter brings laughter and smiles to our family. They both are an absolute joy to have and thanks to Rocket Dog Rescue we have a full family. Fuller than we intended, but we are very happy and so are all the dogs.
PS: The little Yorkie is our son and his partner’s dog Bruno who rules them all and they let him. Our children and grand kids can’t wait to take them camping with the family.
Jean and Dave Anderson
My name was Zach but now it is Astaire. My folks noted that my markings resembled a tuxedo coat and pants so I was named after the dancer Fred Astaire. I don’t remember much about my previous life but I do know that I was in a shelter for a couple of weeks and then Kim Collier rescued me and I was at a boarding kennel for another few weeks. I didn’t mind it too much as there were other dogs there to keep me company. The people came and went and that was my life. Kim was an outreach of Rocket Dog Rescue in SF and that was how Ray and Jan came to know about me. Their dog of 10 years, Carl had died of cancer and they were very lonely for a canine friend.
Although they loved Carl and treasured him as a wonderful companion, he had some aggressive tendencies that made them hesitate to adopt another dog of our breed. They knew we were intelligent, loyal pets but worried about the tendency to aggression with other dogs. When Jan read my bio she was very interested. I actually like other dogs and Kim had noted this trait along with the fact that I only bark when absolutely necessary. I am pretty handsome too! It was decided that Ray and Jan would adopt me and we met for the first time in SF. We all liked each other from the start and every day I become more a part of the family. I have many things to learn and Ray and Jan say I am a smart boy who learns quickly. I am very happy to have a nice home and want to thank Rocket Dog Rescue for helping me find Ray and Jan.
My family adopted Oli (now Rocco, 7 months old) on Nov 7th 2009, only 3 months after adopting our other puppy Oliver (6 months old). Not only has Rocco become a beloved member of our family, but he is Oliver’s best friend. It took about a week for Oliver to decide it was okay for Rocco to be in our home, and now we can’t keep the two apart. They share the same bed, regardless of the fact that they each have their own. They spend countless hours chasing each other around our backyard and through the house. Rocco is a HUGE love-bug! He does not realize that he is 40lbs, and loves nothing more than to jump onto the couch, into bed, or onto the loveseat to snuggle up with one of us! We are grateful everyday for the happiness he has brought our family! Thank you Dina and Rocket Dog Rescue for loving Rocco.
The Overstreet/Keys family
Well, it’s been three months since we adopted Abi (fka Lucinda) from Rocket Dog, and she is doing wonderful. She was a tiny little thing when we first got her at 5 1/2 weeks, but our little girl is growing pretty fast. She is 30 lbs now and still growing. She just got spayed last Tuesday and will have her stiches removed this Saturday. She is used to going on daily morning and afternoon walks, which she has not been able to do much for the past week because of the rain and the need to keep her stitches clean and dry, so it hasn’t been very fun for her this past week, but we’ll make it up to her once those stitches come off. Her favorite past time is going to different doggie parks and making new friends. She is really smart and has a beautiful temperament. We couldn’t have asked for a better doggie.
Thank you so much for everything! Sincerely, Martha and Courtney
I needed to say hello and let you know how I’m doing. I also wanted you to see how I look today. I am so happy and enjoying my forever family,
especially my companion Charlie, the pug. I’ve included a picture of him in a bed we sometimes share together.
I go on a walk during the day in the park with my papa Pete, on the evening walk mama Emily goes with us. You should see all the other dogs I meet, I’m not
afraid of them and Charlie is always close by and chases them away if they bother me. I’m eating well and now weigh 10 lbs. The vet wants me to stay at this weight
because it suits my size, also she said I’m healthy and cute. Hee! Hee!
I rough house with Charlie and play with all our toys, I’ve torn up a few but nobody seems to care, mama Emily sews them up. I no longer run away when I meet new people in my home and they love to hold and pet me, I always give them kisses because they are so nice to me.
Thank you for finding me a nice family and for taking care of me before my forever home. Love Chickie (aka: Sola)
Just a quick note to let you know how Jackson is doing. Today I took him to the Marin Human Society to be neutered. She told me that he weighed 19 lbs. Pretty amazing, since he was only 13 lbs. when you had him.
I also go to the humane society every week for obedience training. He is so smart! We’ve been working on sit, down, stay, come, and fetch. All the usuals. The one he needs the most work on is “off” for down…don’t jump up. He’s getting better, but still needs work. He’s so enthusiastic, he greets everyone with jumping up.
This weekend my granddaughter and I fixed up our old dog’s doghouse that I made with their mother. We sanded it down, made a new roof and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Then I bought a sheepskin pad that fits inside for wall-to-wall comfort. Right now, he’s laying on the sheepskin in our bedroom. Tomorrow, when the paint is all dry I will move the sheepskin into the dog house and he’ll have a nice, clean place in the yard when he wants it.
I’ve been taking him to the office several days a week and we go to the park a couple blocks from our house every day. He already knows all the other dogs and loves to run with the younger ones. The older dogs tolerate him, but really can’t be bothered with puppy play.
But the thing you have to know is that it is impossible to go anywhere with Jackson without being stopped by someone who says how cute he is. People think he is a movie dog or a TV or commercial dog. It’s the funniest thing! And if Aubriana is with me, she always says the same thing. (I don’t know if you remember how verbal and not shy my grand daughter is.) “This is Jackson. He’s a rescue dog. My grandpa rescued him.” It’s pretty cute.
Anyway, he’s a great dog. Thriving and learning and very social. (the first time I took him to Stinson Beach, he was afraid of every other dog!) We love him in our family and include him in most of our activities. When we do go to a movie or someplace he can’t go, he’s perfectly fine in the yard during the day or in his crate for a couple of hours at night. He was housebroken with very few mistakes and is generally a very good boy.
Thanks again for fostering Jackson – Bruce
We believe that Ducky “rescued” us. When we first saw Ducky’s picture on
Craigslist, we thought “How cute is he!” At the time, we were a complete
household: Dad, Mom, kid, two cats and one dog. We brought all of our
animals home because they were all labeled as “unwanted”.
Then, a few days later, our oldest cat travelled across the Rainbow Bridge.
We were heartbroken. A few weeks later, looking at all the cute pictures of
the animals on Craigslist again, there was Ducky! We thought, how could he
still be looking for a home, being as cute as he is? Not sure that we were
ready to bring in another animal into our home so soon after our loss, we
wavered back and forth. Then, I realized that we had all this extra love
after our loss. So, I sent Liz a short e-mail about us and if we were a
home that Ducky might be a good fit for.
We set up a meet and greet with Ducky and our dog, Zuki. After spending
time with Liz and Ducky, she told me how he was also considered “unwanted”,
as he was so painfully shy. Many inquiries about him, but people wanted
more of an outgoing dog, ready to go, versus a really shy dog that need time
and patience. At that moment, I knew that Ducky was the one that was going
to help us find a place for all of our extra love.
The first night we had him, he hid under all of our furniture and wouldn’t
eat. It took us over 20 minutes to put a leash on him for a walk, and could
only get him to eat if we tossed his kibble to him from across the room.
However, with lots of patience and giving him his space and time, he came to
us after a few days. He now sleeps with us, travels with us, plays freely,
and is forever attached to Zuki, his new big sis. He loves to jump her in
the morning when she is just getting up. They are now called “Double
Zuki, being a Jack Russell, is so social and outgoing, that Ducky has
followed suit. He is so confident now, and with the help of his daycare,
Planet Pooch, he runs up to people to be petted, lets them pick him up, and
loves to play with the other dogs at the daycare. Planet Pooch helped him
overcome his shyness by introducing him slowly to other dogs, and helping
him to gain his confidence with humans. Instead of coaxing him to daycare,
he now drags me into the room!
Thanks to Rocket Dog Rescue for saving us, by bringing our household back to
complete again, and allowing Ducky to give us a chance to help him.
Joana, Dave, Kellsie, and most of all, Zuki
Hello Rocketdog Friends of Wall-E!
I have a couple photos attached. Wall-E (well, actually I am spelling it just Wally now) is doing great. He is such a sweet lamb. Always checking with me to see if what he’s doing is right. I am hoping he will loosen up over time. He is my little military man right now, always going by the rules. It was hard at first to get him to sit on the furniture. Now he will do it occasionally. Eventually mabe he will sleep on my bed, but so far he just sleeps in a little niche beside the bed on a pile of pillows. We have another dog now he loves to play with. Sasha. They chase each other and play tug of war. They get along like litter mates. Wally is so easy to walk, loves our jaunts out along the hiking trails. And he loves to ride with me in the car. Loves to put his front paws up on the little console between the front seats to see all the action, as if he is our navigator.
I have taken off his collar for a while, so his neck can grow some hair back where it had rubbed off. I put Wally in a bright baby blue harness (Puppia) when we go for walks. He looks so cute. He is indeed a dream dog. He loves my son Graham and Graham dotes on him. Wally gets along just fine with the cats and even the birds. A simple, “Leave it,” and Wally retreats and goes back to his own business. Wally has discovered that a creature (probably an opossum) is living in the bushes in our front yard, and he will spend five or more minutes at a time just staring at the bushes waiting for a rustle or a sound. Of course, he loves his bones and toys and all the dog treats he gets for showing off as I train Sasha. We feel so lucky to have Wally. Just adore him. Our house feels like a home again. Thank you all so much for rescuing him and caring for him. We are so grateful.
We adopted Joan, Bob’s sister, on August 3rd and she is has been an absolute delight. She is very loving and playful around the house, housetrained after a little guidance the first day home, loves her bed in our bedroom, and great with other dogs and people at Fort Funston. She’s a little skittish around City noises and new people on the sidewalks but gradually getting more comfortable with her daily walks to Golden Gate Park from our house on 6th Avenue. We now call her Sadie.
I’m sending this email to see if you have any more details on Joan (Sadie) and Bob. I’m planning on taking Sadie to dog training classes for both of us. Although she is already coming and sitting some of the time, some structured training would be good. Once again, we can’t thank Rocket Dog Rescue enough for giving us the opportunity to bring Sadie into our home. We couldn’t be happier. I’m sure that Bob’s new owners will be just as delighted. He’s a very sweet dog too.
Barbara Smith and Frederick Craw
I am writing with wonderful news…we would LOVE to formally adopt Gaby (the blind pit-bull girl). All has worked out wonderfully and we absolutely (!!!!) love her. Her new life includes the following:
- Fabulous food, tons of water and cute collars
- Calm morning walks to the GGB every day
- Daily socialization training with Maureen & Brice
- Daily walks with Brice (she will join Brice’s 12:30 pack walk next Monday)
- Nanny Tessa (with North Beach Pet Sitter) stays in-home with her when we travel
- Muzzle massage before bed every night (from bumping her face all day)
- Tons of love and care, and the coveted cover photo on my iPhone
She is amazing and inspirational, and I hope (and think) that she is very happy.
Thanks again. Things have worked out wonderfully. XO,
Patricia, Ian & Gaby
*I’ve attached a secret photo of Gaby sleeping with me while Ian is traveling. When Ian is in town she sleeps on her doughnut bed and he never knows the difference.
Why did we keep Poochie? Of all the foster dogs we’ve had why him?
1st of all because he’s got hair like a Gremlin and hellooo… he’s got an underbite!
It you’re still not convinced here’s a little poem about him:
Three years ago my beloved Dalmatian, Jazz, passed away. He and I spent 11 years running, traveling, living, and loving with each other. I matured as a person through my twenties with that dog, so it was very difficult to move on after his death. Two years of mourning passed slowly, but I finally began to emerge from that dark place toward the light of the possibility of getting a new dog. I spent a year watching dog adoption sites, visiting shelters, etc., but I just never felt a connection with any pooch I met. I began to think I would never find another Jazz.
Then in January 2007, my husband and I returned home at 2:00 a.m. after a night out with friends. We climbed into bed, and I brought my laptop with me for some late night Web surfing. By chance, or destiny, I decided to search through the adoptable dogs at Rocket Dog Rescue. A little guy named Junior stood out immediately. Without hesitation, I wrote an email to inquire as to his availability and to set up a meeting. To my surprise (I thought he was too perfect to still be homeless), his foster mom wrote back. The following Monday night, my husband and I made the drive to San Francisco and met Junior. When I bent to greet him, he placed his little paws on my knees and began wagging his nubby. I looked at my husband and told him Junior was the one. We just happened to be the first people to write about this recently rescued puppy, so we got each other that week!
In the year that we’ve spent getting to know this little guy, a lot has happened to him and us. First, we renamed him Monkey (fitting his silliness better). Second, he started daycare and became a favorite of both his caretakers and doggie pals (he’s extraordinarily loveable). Then we got pregnant and moved to a house with a yard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Monkey was ecstatic and quickly took to ruling his new yard. Also, he began playing ball with a passion. He has excelled beyond any dog ballplayer’s wildest dreams – he could seriously play for the Giants (well, he can’t bat the ball, but he’d easily take to the outfield). Monkey also spent 40 weeks protecting and warming his mommy’s new baby. When our little Claudia was born, he further proved his greatness by becoming the most careful, gentle, and protective big brother a little sister could want. We’ve spent the past five months getting back in shape together and raising our new family member. Monkey has been there every step of the way; he’s pulled us out for walks/runs daily and has already taught Claudia a few new words like woof, bow wow, and grrr.
So needless to say, after a rocky ending to a past love, my family and I have wonderfully returned to a magical life with a dog. I could never thank Rocket Dog Rescue enough for all it does and for rescuing little Monkey. Not only has this organization changed/saved the lives of hundreds of pooches, but it hass bettered the lives of many humans as well. Heartfelt thanks!
He is doing excellent. His cast has come off, his leg is fine,and he has stopped going in the house, which is great for us. Also, him and Seymour (the cat) are best friends, wrestling in the house and chasing each other all over the place. It’s perhaps one of the cutest things I have ever seen. We couldn’t have asked for a better little friend to join our home. He has become so much more playful than when we first got him. He loves to see his friends at the park and play tug of war with his stuffed elephant baby. Thanks again for helping us find our little angel! I attached some pictures if you want to give them to the website for a success story, since this has definetly been a success!!
Alison, Clayton, Seymour and Lomito.
It always ended the same… either the distance was too far, or her looks were too intimidating. Little did they know – they were missing out on the most phenomenal dog ever born! Once I began having to remind myself that Fairin was a foster dog and not OUR dog, I realized that maybe it was time for a change… maybe the reason Fairin hadn’t gone anywhere was because she wasn’t meant to We were proud to officially adopt Fairin into our family… and grateful for the opportunity to share our lives with such an amazing girl. Here is a picture of Fairin and our 4.5 month old son… seeing how gentle and loving she is with him, only makes me love her all the more!”
Dear Rocket Dog,
I’m writing to send you an update on Lucky the little
mix we adopted in September. We first met Lucky at your mobile adoption in the Castro, you had a bunch of
dogs you had just rescued from a hoarder and we wanted to help and decided to foster. We met Lucky and he was so small and sweet, you can tell he’d been through a lot. The poor little guy was in bad shape! He had almost no fur, he had worms, and needed surgery. To top it off, he is also blind in one eye and he was so shy and scared of people and loud noises.
After taking him home, we fell in love with him immediately and decided to adopt him, not just foster. After he realized we loved him and he could trust us he really opened up. Seven months later, he’s a whole different dog. He’s back to a healthy weight, with a beautiful new coat of white fur. He loves to nap, cuddle, loves to play with his teddy bear, he loves kisses, and he really loves treats. He’s still scared of loud noises and when people walk behind him or move too fast, but he’s starting to open up to strangers that he meets at Dolores Park. He also just got a new little sister named Emmie from Wonder Dog rescue and he enjoys playing with her too! We just wanted to say thanks you guys for a wonderful addition to our family. We love Lucky so much and have you to thank for bringing him to us!
A few weeks after the second of my two beloved ancient Rottweiler mixes died last October, I began window shopping for another dog. I kept hearing good things about Rocket Dog but didn’t make the plunge until immediately after the New Year when I contacted Kay , inquiring about Grizz. Though it was pouring rain at the time of our scheduled outdoor meeting, Kay, Jessica and Grizz braved the weather to meet me at Octavia Green. Grizz is a charmer – full of typical lab enthusiasm and affection, but I had concerns about taking on another large dog after struggling to carry my big old dogs as their health failed and managed to resist him. Kay was a great sport about getting soaked for naught. She simply took my application, asked me to describe my ideal dog and promised to be in touch.
Nine days later I picked up a phone message from Kay suggesting that I drive up to the ranch to look at Rudy, a seven month old diminutive rottweiler mix. I called Digger and she graciously agreed to introduce me the next morning. As soon as I parked my truck, a beatiful black and tan pup came out wildly wagging his almost monkey-length tail. A short walk confirmed it: Rudy – now Hanu (after Hanuman, the Hindu = monkey god) was absolutely the right dog for me. Hanu is now busy
exploring his new urban home, charming the neighbors, flirting with each and every passerby and gleefully chasing every dog he meets who won’t chase him first. Full of puppy energy, he eagerly joins in on chores (though we do differ greatly as to how to make a bed …) as well as long walks and seaside or parkland romps. l could not be more grateful to the shelter volunteer and two Rocket Dog volunteers who saved and sheltered this dog along his way home.
We called Rocket Rescue to ask about a sweet faced girl named
Carmella. According to the shelter Carmella was good with cats, so we
decided to take a chance and foster her. When we picked Carmella up
from Pali, she was a bag of bones. The poor girl had been starved
nearly to death, her tail was broken, much of her fur was missing, and the poor thing had clearly had puppies recently. She looked so hurt, yet her eyes were clear and loving and trusting. We took her home.
The first couple of weeks were tough. Poor Carmella could not control her bladder or her bowl: we had to take up every rug in the house. As she began to eat and feel better she discovered that the liked to chew…on anything: sneakers, slippers, remote controls, cell phones, Frisbees, clothing she drags out of the closet, textbooks and three of my favorite pens. It seemed every time we turned around she had found something else to mangle. Mind you, we bought her toys
and chew sticks, and she loves them dearly…but evidently nothing
tastes as sweet as a stolen cell phone.
Today Carmella is 20 pounds heavier (from healthy food, not cell phones), muscular, and truly beautiful. Even with no formal training she is a joy to walk and we can command her from a distance. When she stands tall and proud in our back yard she looks like a true terrier, and when she runs and plays she looks like a frog riding jet-pack (i.e. typical playful pit bull) Her poor adorable crooked tail (which can’t be fixed) wags and wags when either my wife or I approach her or call her name. We sleep with this 60 pound blast furnace, and we wake up to an onslaught of dog kisses.
Carmella is an angel, a gift, a joy, and a blessing. We could never part with her, so we adopted her. Thank you Rocket Dog!!!
I feel lucky now! I have a permanent sanctuary home with a big sister Rocket Dog named Lady and a Dad to cuddle with. I’m going to get treatment for my lymphoma and feel really hopeful. Thank you to Julia and Kay and Pali and everybody at Rocket Dog Rescue for helping me. Life looks good.
Lady (left) with little brother Lucky, a fellow Rocket Dog. Lady “Red” Rogers has only been with me for three weeks but we already seem like long time friends. Her personality keeps coming out more every day just like the red coat that gives her the second name.
After my beloved shepherd-mix Ruby died this year at sixteen I knew that I wanted to get another one of these Granny dogs. Lady is a ten year old chow mix and just as sweet and mellow as I hoped for. She
loves her slow solo walks with me but also enjoys being with her new little brother Lucky.
Lady’s amazing calm and sweet nature is what made me decide that I could take in another dog so soon. Lucky has lymphoma (that we are treating) and needed a sanctuary home. Lady is a good influence on Lucky and – who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – has learned from him how to lift her leg outside (but only on walks with him, when she wants to show him who’s boss, because the rest of the time she’s all lady).
Lady is a classic example of why every dog should be rescued and given a chance and why we need to fight for humane conditions for animals. The volunteers who found her lying in a ditch, covered with mud, thought she might be dead. When she blinked an eye, they realized she was alive; but, she was scared and very depressed. Now look at her; a happy sweet soul who loves kids and has lost her shyness around other dogs.
I am so happy to have her sweet joy in my life. Much thanks to Rusty (and DJ) for fostering her and to Kay and Pali and everybody at Rocket Dog Rescue for all the great work they do saving these beautiful dogs. Paws up!
Don Rogers (21-Jan-08)
Hi Rocket Doggers,
Just wanted to pass along a picture of Shelley I took when my mom came
over to visit last weekend. She’s doing really well and my mom simply
loves her. Her personality has really come out since we’ve got her.
When we first picked her up after being rescued she was covered in
fleas, depressed, and cowering in the corner. She has become quite a
happy camper and loves to follow my mom around and go on long walks with her. I just wanted to thank all of you for rescuing Shelley in the first place and let you all know that she is doing wonderfully. Enjoy the pic! Erin
p.s. Lola (“Sweetie”- former rocket dog) also loves her new cousin.
We rescued Rocco from Rocket Dog Rescue in May 2007. At first we didn’t think that we were going to be able to keep him but in the end it worked out.
Rescuing Rocco is one of the best things we have done. He is a huge part of our family and we’re so very lucky to have him. Rocco isfantastic and a complete joy. He has such an outgoing personality and loves to get all the attention he can get (he always lets everyone in the room know he is aroundJ). He has so much love to giveand is a complete snuggler. He has some protection issues (which is fairly normal for his breed) but we are slowly working on that. We are so very happy that we did get to take Rocco home. Thank you Flora and Rocket Dog…you guys are great! Thanks Again, Teresa
We haven’t spoken to you in a while and we wanted to let you know how
our little boy is doing. You know how hard it has been with him. He was not responsive to us for the longest time and at one point we were overloaded with it all. It has taken a long time for Max to trust us and relax with us. We have surrounded him with love and affection and prayed he would learn to trust us.
It’s only been since July that he has started to play with us, but he
has made incredibly strides since December when we adopted him. He sleeps
on our bed now (new house with no stairs – he hates stairs!) and likes to
play before he goes to sleep. He loves to snuggle up and bury his nose under
you while you sleep. He’s a bed hog too!
He plays quite a lot now. He has his own blanket on the sofa and he gets
a good, long walk every day. If we can’t walk him he gets to go to the dog
park for at least an hour and he plays really hard. He’s quite the strong
boy now and asserts himself with other dogs, instead of being scared all the
time. He knows our voices and is quite obedient for an untrained dog!
He still jumps at any sudden movement or loud sounds but he’s more
comfortable with us around. He still favors women over men but I don’t think
he sees us as men anymore. We are his humans, part of his pack.
He’s such a good dog in so many ways. We know we are blessed to have him
and we give him all the love he deserves. It’s sometimes hard to not know
what he’s been through but at least we feel the connection with him now.
He’s part of our family.
I thought you would be tickled to learn that he is being loved to pieces
and is definitely our spoilt little boy. He’s still a trim 48 lbs and is
very energetic, and he’s finally found his home.
I’ve attached a couple of pictures for you to enjoy! You’ll see his ears
are a big part of his expression. If only you could see how dynamic that
makes him when he gets animated! Still, we are grateful to Rocket Dog for
Thanks, Steve and Tim
To tell you the truth when we first got Bailey we really didn’t think it was going to work out. She was nothing like our other dog, and it was quite difficult in the beginning. She was not easy, and we really didn’t know if it was the right fit. Well I am so glad that I
listened to everybody at Rocket Dog Rescue because we could not
imagine our lives without her. She is an amazing dog that is constantly making us laugh. She and Guinness love each other so much, and they are basically inseparable. We leave them home alone almost all day, and they never have to be separated. We are really working on her leash pulling, but it is obvious that she wants to learn. I honestly think that she knew that we were thinking about returning her and that is the reason she was acting up. The minute we decided to work through everything she started settling down and listening to us. We love Bailey more than anything and are glad that she is a part of our family. Her goofy smile keeps us laughing.
Thanks for putting up with us, Molly Smith
Hey Rocket Dog Rescue, so i know its been some time but Cliff and I wanted to let you know how Bo is doing. He has definitely made himself at home. That same day we adopted him we went out and got him his own bed, leash, collar, and doggie treats. For Halloween Bo was a bubble bee, and helped me pass out candy. He and Cody, our other rescue dog, are best buds and I feel so comfortable knowing they have each other when Cliff and I are not there. He gets along great with all the other dogs in our family, and goes over for slumber parties at my in laws often. He’s so laid back, but Cliff gets him and Cody ruffed up and the three of them will run crazy through the house jumping on furniture and wrestling. Bo follows me unconditionally. If I get up just to go use the bathroom, he’s right there with me. He loves to go bye bye, he’s not a very good walker, but we’re working on that. He kisses on his terms and greets me with them when I get home. He definitely has some personality, and fits in with our family great. I hope your doing well and are still finding other animals good homes. Thanks for everything. Love, Cliff, Shelly, Cody, and Bo Minier
We met Jesse, a 2 ½ year old white malti-poo, 3 months ago; he was under-weight, nervous, and down-on-his luck. It’s hard to believe such a cute little dog had such a rough start in life. My husband and I wanted to give him a new “forever home”, but we had to get approval from Lola, our Cairn Terrier. During the “home visit” Lola calmly watched as Jesse ate her food and played with her toys. Within a few minutes, Jesse and Lola were tumbling around and playing together like long-lost friends; it was obviously the “Lola” stamp of approval. After some amazingly speedy paperwork, he came to live with us a few days later. As Jesse gradually gained weight, he also re-gained his strength and self-confidence. Jesse and Lola have become best buddies, and Jesse clearly seems secure and happy in his new home; the picture says it all. Many thanks to all the volunteers at Rocket Dog Rescue for giving Jesse a second chance. You rock! November 4, 2007, San Francisco, CA
We’ve adopted Columbo (formerly named Mr. Pea body) 3 years ago, and Mochi (formerly named Black Betty) early this year. Columbo is a bit of a grump, so he had some hard times with Mochi when she first came to live with us, but they get along just fine now.
Mochi is a smart dog and loves hanging out with us all the time. She’s very affectionate, and super friendly to everyone. She had a heart condition when we adopted her, but she shows no sign of illness. The medication we give her
is totaly affordable, we’re very happy to see her doing well.
Columbo is also very smart (almost human like), he doesn’t like strangers, but likes hanging out with us (sometimes) and loves hanging out by himself. He used
to come walk with me to work every morning and hang out all day under my desk while I worked. He’s getting old now and can’t walk as far these days,
but LOVES eating and sleeping!
They are both super sweet, and we’re so happy we ‘ve adopted them!! We just love old dogs!! Thank you Rocket dog rescue!! Here are some photos of them hanging out.
Chai Bella and Billy Vito
Billy Vito (on the left with packs) and Chai Bella (right) were both adopted from Rocket Dog Rescue. Chai, a pit bull mix, came first in May of 2003. At three months old she was on her way to the euthanasia room at ACC when Pali literally snatched her from the hands of death and set her on course for The Duchy of Choo. Four years later she is the sweetest most goofiest dog on the planet. Absolutely full of character, she is kind, loyal, loves mostly eveyone (even the gopher that is digging up my yard) and quite smart too. Her favorite things are hiking in the mountains, snuggling and giving love, her little soccer ball, and snacks. Bubby, one of her thousand nicknames, will wiggle uncontrolably for a Newmans Own Organic dog treat.
A possible mix of greyhound and cattle dog, “Cousin” Vito, (as
he’s known to those who love him) came to stay in January of 2005.
Originally he was to be just a foster, as I had just lost my Luna (the
dog love of my life) and wasn’t sure I was ready for another . . .but
Billy had other ideas. He had been abandoned and left to die after
eating a box of rat poison. While regaining his health with RDR, he
received such good training that I hardly had to work with him at all.
He came with all his commands pretty well learned, and basically just
had to “settle in” Now at three years old and firmly established in The Duchy, he is an enthusiastic nut case who loves his ball, hiking, his ball, Chai, his
ball, and his ball. If you have a ball, he will be your friend. If you
have a “chuck-it” he will worship you.
Thank you Pali, for doing what you do. I love my dogs!
Hudson & Kristen
My name is Kristen Hopkins. My family and I adopted a puppy from you about 3 years ago. I (and I speak for my whole family) wanted to let you know how much we love our dog, Hudson, and what an amazing dog he turned out to be. He is the sweetest, most lovable dog on earth! Thank you so much for rescuing him! He (and our other dog from Hopalong) is truely a part of the family and we are so grateful for
him. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Kristen
Stinky (formerly Timone) has been a great addition to my family. He drives me crazy, he makes me laugh. He sings along when Bob Dylan plays the harmonica and hides his treats in the most obvious places. He is equally happy on a long hike or deep under a blanket. Just like me. He’s really not even that stinky. Thanks to Julia for her persistent advertising of this older little guy. He came along at what turned out to be the best possible time. Lisa Larkworthy
My Bink (AKA “Bingo”) was relieved of his body on Friday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. He was suffering with a worsening neurological disorder, was not absorbing any nutrition and, long ago, lost control of a few things, including his bowels and his bladder. After talking with the vet on Friday at 4:00, I discovered that, by standing with his head in the corner and by going through tight spaces (under chairs, behind the couch, etc.), Bink was trying to steady himself as relief from vertigo. Even though he had ice cream and donuts every day, for over two months, he continued to waste away.
I held him and cried when he started to fall asleep from the first shot, the sedative. Then I held him and cried more when he got the final shot. It was one of the three saddest moments in my life.
Any solace lies in the fact that Bingo was truly and unconditionally loved for over 2 years and I have been assured, by fellow earthly beings, that there is a heaven and that he’s a young pup again, frolicking with all of the Rocket Dog Rescue alumni who had already entered that dimension. Bink was a good boy who died in the arms of someone who loved him will mourn him and will never, ever, forget him. Thanks to all of you, on behalf of my Bink, for your work and your support. Max Green Vallejo Calif.
Just wanted to send you a pic to let you know that Lola (formerly named Sweetie) is doing well. She completed basic doggie training last fall and is doing really well. We live across the hall from another Rocket Dog. He’s a Shar pei mix named Fido, they are best friends. I ran into a women from Rocket Dog today, who originally rescued her from Bakersfield, so I though that I would send an update your way. Thanks again for rescuing her in the first place!! We love her very much.
Dear Pali, First of all, I would like to thank you for providing us the opportunity to adopt Nona. She is truly a delight. After having to have Odie (our pit, lab and ridgeback mix – 16 years old) put down a few weeks ago, our home has been empty. It has been very hard on all of us, in particular me. I sorely missed my gentle and loyal friend and companion.
Lillian and Keith, Jenny and yourself were all so helpful in finding Nona a good home. She is indeed a gentle soul and fits right in with our family. She has already become the star attraction around here and loves to be loved. She sleeps on our bed with us as Odie used to do. In fact, last night she jumped on the bed around nine thirty and wagged her tail as if to say” come on, it’s time for bed”. I guess I’ll be going to bed earlier. She is wonderful around people especially my grandchildren. She has already brought so much joy back into our household and she is much fun to be with. I walk her daily and have been slowly introducing her into this more rural setting. We have taken up to the MMWD lakes, the Marin County Civic Center, and downtown San Anselmo. She loves to be around us and the feeling is mutual. I am enclosing a few pictures and will send more soon. Again, my hats off to Rocket Rescue and all the staff and volunteers.You are doing a tremendous job by saving these wonderful animals and we commend each and everyone of you.
Thanks again, Antone, Petite, Bryan, Starla, Federal, Anglica, Madision, Thomas, Lucas, and Tom Sousa
We can’t express enough how thankful Franco and I are for having the opportunity to adopt Honey. It became apparent that ‘Honey’ came with emotional scars. Caring for ‘Honey’ would be a tremendous challenge, but we were both convinced that a loving and nuturing home and her strong spirit would help heal her painful past.
When we first brought her home, Honey was frightened and unsure about her surroundings. For days she would spend most of her time hiding curled up behind our couch. She refused to come come out to eat. Not only would she retreat to her safe place any chance she got, but she would also have a difficult time walking over tiled or wood flooring. Often times we would carry her to one room to the other to ease her fears. We knew we had to take baby steps with her.
Two years have passed and each day has been a blessing in our lives. Looking back we can clearly see how much her personality has blossomed. ‘Honey’ loves the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, visits to the Dog Park and hanging out with family members. Squirrels also keep her quite entertained.
With patience, trust and love on all of our parts, we are proud to say we have a happy, healthy, vibrant and lovable addition to our family. Thank you Rocket Dog Rescue and Pali for rescuing her. She will continue to bring us joy and we can never thank you enough!!!!
Sincerely, Crystal and Franco
When my old Jack Russell Terrier, Rosie, died about a year ago, I decided that was it for dogs for me. How could any dog take Rosie’s place, and how could I go through losing a friend like that again? Then an old enemy came back to visit – the colon cancer I thought I had vanquished several years ago. While my treatment is not so bad, it does involve some sitting on the sofa, and some effort to not dwell on maybes and what-ifs. I realized that maybe what I needed was the companionship and distraction of a little dog. I started looking at shelters and rescue organizations, and met quite a few great dogs, but none could hold a candle to Rosie. I even thought (just for a second) about getting a puppy from a breeder, as many of the rescue dogs I met had behavior problems that seemed too much for a non-disciplinarian, dog-spoiler like me. Then one day I opened Craigslist Pets, and there was Rocket (then known as Jackie O), with her funny ears and sweet face. It was one of those, when you see her, you’ll know she’s the one, moments. When my daughter and I met her, she barked at us. When I brought her home, she shivered on my lap all the way and bit me (with intent!) within the first few minutes of being home. I wondered if I had chosen the right dog by using my heart instead of my head. But it didn’t take long to know that that scared little dog was really a super affectionate, wildly happy, adorable, smart, easy to train, perfect little friend. She already sits and stays (Rosie would NEVER have done such a wussy thing!), sleeps in her crate, potties outside, chews only toys (and hands a little bit). She still barks at strangers, (and the phone and someone walking around upstairs…) but within a few minutes she is kissing them. I am so happy with her; on my chemo days we snuggle together on the sofa and she looks adoringly at me… and vice versa. What was I thinking that a new dog would be a replacement for Rosie? Rocket (SHE chose that name, I believe in deep appreciation for Rocket Dog) is not Rosie – she’s a whole ‘nother dog to love. Whenever we go for a even a short walk, when we get home Rocket bursts at full gallop into the house. I think every time she is overjoyed to be coming HOME again, every time as good as it gets. We both send big love and thanks to Rocket Dog – I think maybe you saved us both!
Pepper (formerly JoJo) has been such a good dog and great addition to our family. He has adjusted well to his new home and is just a lovable little thing! We go for lots of walks and visits to the local dog park. As you can see by the pictures attached he is anxiously awaiting Christmas!! Thank you for rescuing Pepper as he is so deserving of a second chance as are all the other animals you rescue!!
Thanks again & happy holidays!!!
We adopted “Charlet” now known as “JoJo”from Rocket Dog Rescue over 2 years ago in front of Zephyr Realty on 24th Street. Our lives have never been the same since that day.
My boyfriend Ron, and I were strolling down the street to grab some lunch, when all of a sudden, this bolt of energy jumped up to try to catch a fly…and I think she got-em! We both looked at each other and asked Pali, is this dog for adoption? She shot us a smile and walked us over to fill out the forms and knew we were the right parents for our JoJo. Ron and I knew she was the one special canine that would fill our lives with laughs, headaches, happiness, lots of barking at first, but unconditional love that could never be replaced by any dollar amount in the world. Pali encouraged us to take JoJo for a walk down the block for a “test drive”, and it was that first walk that made us fall in love with that sassy Toy Fox Terrier. She took one look at a passing bird flying by and went for it, jumped up to bite it, all four paws catching air, and landed gracefully, but no bird…..a wagging tail with that big black spot on her back, all in tact and happy to be with her new parents…..we thank you Rocket Dog Rescue and Pali for our JoJo!!!
Sincerely, Ron Turrubiate and Giana Scarpelli, San Francisco, CA
I saw updates about other Rocket Dog pups on your web site so I thought I’d let you know how Tallulah (renamed from Valentine) is doing. I’ve attached a photo for you to check out.
I adopted her in February 2003, when she was about 11 weeks old and weighed in at about 12 pounds of wriggly love. She quickly grew up to a 70-pound sweetie who loves her neighbor dogs: Fred, a basset hound; Spot, a border collie mix, and Tuesday, a Newfoundland. Her brother, Oliver, also a RocketDog, was adopted by a family in my neighborhood, so they get together sometimes and wag their stumpy docked tails together.
She loves Greenies, stalking squirrels, snuggling on the bed, destroying squeaky toys, protecting the yard from kitties, visiting The Other Place in Boonville, and chasing tennis balls (this is good for hours – literally – of fun).
Tallulah, also known as Wiggly Butt, Stumpy, and Roo-Roo, is the light of my life. Thanks for all your hard work with the pups.
Little Girl (Sadie)
It all started 20 years ago…I was with my best friend in Mexico for 10 days and pseudo adopted a stray dog. We named him Killer and he followed us everywhere and became our buddy. When the time came to go back to California, my parents would not let me take Killer back with me. I cannot tell you how heartbroken I was and how often I thought about him. I still have not forgiven my parents for this.
20 years later, I am sitting in Marina Pet Hospital with my dog Butler who is sick with Cushing’s disease. I meet Valerie from Rocket Dog and she tells me about her organization and this dog “Little Girl” is lead out of the back room and comes right to me and lays her head on my knee. It was amazing because she looked just like long lost Killer. My heart sank and I thought this dog was the cutest thing ever. Unfortunately, I had two dogs at home and knew I could not have a third. Little Girl went on to her foster home.
2 months later, my loving dog of 11 years, Butler passes away at Marina Pet Hospital. I am devastated and cannot function. 20 days later, I call Pali and ask her if Little Girl is still available. She informs me that she was adopted but returned and is housed in a kennel because they have no foster homes. I take delivery of her a few days later for a trial weekend run and after that weekend, I have signed the adoption papers.
That was Memorial Day weekend last year and I cannot explain to you how my life has changed. She has been renamed to Sadie and has become my best friend. We went to obedience school and came out with flying colors after working to control her barking from being frightened. Who knows what happened to her before being rescued, but it was not good. She has progressed every day and has turned out to be a wonderful dog. Her favorite activity is going to the dog park to play with her two other Rocket Dog buddies. Sadie is so ever grateful to Pali and Rocket Dog Rescue as well as Butler for making a space for her. I thank Pali and Rocket Dog Rescue for bringing this wonderful dog into my life and doing what they do best.)
I adopted Nellie in January of 2006 and she is such a smart – sweet – exceptionally wonderful doggie! She graduated from Perfect Paws School and is very good at coming and at ‘down’ – maybe a little more work on not chasing garbage trucks. We play alot at alamo square and duboce park except her favorite is fort funston. Thank you Rocketdog for doing what you do! We are a very happy duo!
love, carrie and nellie
Dear Pali and RDR folks, just wanted to send along a photo of the wonderful Chica dog (now becoming known as Dinah). She is taking to dog classes remarkably well. She is affectionate and attentive and is really loving her new routine and home here with us. What a gem she is (a direct quote from the dog trainer). She makes us very proud. Thank you for rescuing her and caring for her until we could meet.
Last July on a beautiful Sunday morning, my partner, Bob and I were down in the Castro doing our usual grocery shopping, etc….when we noticed the Rocket Dog Rescue Adoption booth on 18 & Castro Streets. It was ironic because we were just at the SPCA the day before and unfortunately we did not feel we would have been a match for any of the many wonderful dogs up for adoption.
We immediately fell in LOVE with little “POPPA”, (he told us he wanted to be called “POPPY”) but were told that someone already had adopted him, but…..that the adoption would not be final unless the prospective parents were there to pick him up by 3:00 pm. We walked towards the car with such heavy hearts. I literally prayed to God to please let those other people have a change of heart and allow that beautiful little creature to come home with us, and become a part of our family. Well…3:00 pm rolled around and sure enough…POPPY was ours!!!!!!!
However, our happiness was short-lived. Two weeks after we brought POPPY home our landlord served us with a 3-day notice to Cure or Quit (Basically, this means to get rid of your Dog or face eviction). We were both flabbergasted!!! Mainly because of the fact that Bob was allowed to have a dog in the same building from 1996 until MAX passed away in 2002. I remember looking at little POPPY playing happily with his little POSTMAN stuffed animal and I burst into tears! I decided right then and there that no one was going to take him away from us!! NO WAY, NO HOW!!!!
Well, with pereserverance, prayer, and some help from Molly Stafford at The AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and PAWZ, we were able to keep our beloved POPPY, and remain in our apartment.!!! I cannot begin to tell you how much happiness and joy POPPY has brought into our lives!!! We’re a Family now!!!
Thank You, Rocket Dog Rescue, for allowing us to adopt POPPY and for all that you do in making a difference in people’s lives!!!
Stanley T. Grant, Robert L. LaFalcia, and POPPY too!!
We are so in love with our newest member of our family. This is Biscuit (formerly Teddy) after his grooming session..isn’t he handsome?! He is an absolute delight..you can’t help but smile and feel good when he is around! His little tail never stops wagging. He has adjusted so well..our cats are even happy to have a new friend! We are so touched by all the love and care Rocket Dog Rescue gives to the wonderful dogs they work so hard to find good homes for…we so admire and are so grateful there are people like you helping these wonderful dogs we are the lucky ones, too!!
Brian, Linda, Sean, and Caitlin
Jolie (Avalon) and Mamie
Ok, so we were not very successful “foster” parents. We adopted the only 2 dogs we ever tried to foster! Jolie (Avalon) and Mamie have been with us since June 2004. They bring us so much love & joy. In return we try to maximize the good times in their lives – our bed is theirs (as are the 3 other dog beds littering our bedroom floor plus the “day bed” in the hall) and they rule the weekends. They’ve become quite the hikers and backpackers. This picture was taken at the sun’s rising in Death Valley, CA.
We love, love, love these girls and are so very thankful to Pali (who the hell would save a pregnant pit bull and a 12 year old incontinent doberman?) to whom there is no such thing as a throw-away dog.
-Love, Michele & Kim
I adopted Rodeo about a year ago from you guys and I just wanted to say thank you. He is the light of my life, he truly is my best friend. He follows me everywhere I go and he’s such a good dog, everyone loves him especially children. So thank you so much for doing this for these animals, they are amazing and Rodeo and I are very thankful to everyone at your rescue organization. Have a wonderful holiday season.
-With Love and Thanks, Lindsey and Rodeo Friedberg
Just wanted to drop you a note about Cody. He adjusts very well in his new home. Cody is a great dog, affectionate, playful, and very well behaving. We are so happy to have him! Thank you and all Rocket Dog Rescue volunteers for saving his life.
Otto… AKA Bailey to us. He has been the best, happiest, most energetic dog since we took him home almost a year ago. We live across from the beach so he gets to run around as often as he likes……and as you can see goes to sleep right after. We’ve all been having a blast.
Jerome and Jenny
MoonPie, formerly Muneco, stole our hearts the moment we saw him on the Rocket Dog website. We had concerns as he was 120 lbs. and we had small children but after speaking with Pali and then meeting him we knew we had found the perfect dog. He looked like a polar bear walking down the street when Pali brought him to us. We brought him home and he slept on top of all three children in the van all the way back to Sacramento that night. He has such a sweet personality and gentle nature we are just in love! We are guilty of spoiling him and let him sleep in bed with us under the covers. He of course has his own pillow. He loves eating everything but especially bread – we have to be careful where we leave it because he can’t seem to resist it. He is definately not an Atkins dog! We are lucky enough to work at home and so we’re able to spend most all of our time with him. He seems to know he was rescued and appreciates us as much as we do him. We have a vet who lives down the street who provides all of his medical care and is in love with him! He had sores on his belly when we got him that had been biopsied and treated. We were relieved to find out it wasn’t cancer but concerned that the sores wouldn’t go away ~ we tried EVERYTHING! Diet, medication, dermatologists, endless vets. No one could really figure out what had caused the sores. So our vet from down the street came over and gave us these reall awful smelling drops that were an anti inflamatory medication. We had tried others but had no luck. It turns out these drops tasted so bad he stopped licking the area and within a couple of months he was totally cleared up! He hasn’t had a repeat of the sores since and it has been almost a year! He really has been a treasure and we are forever grateful to Rocket Dog Rescue and all the selfless work they do for our canine friends. Love, Jenny, Chris, Whitney, Brea, Carson and Moon Pie!
You saved my life last year and now my life is a doggie dream come true! I am so happy right now and I wanted to say thank you for the work you do for all the dogs like me. I live a quiet, happy life in a comfy safe home. My companion takes me on at least 2 long walks a day, and I adore my new vegetarian diet. We both love chocolate and peanut butter (although I only eat the stuff made just for dogs). I was tired and stressed when I got here, but now I feel like a puppy again. The vet calls my companion a ‘miracle worker,’ but all I really needed was to be saved. I owe it all to the Rocket Dog crew. Turns out I am totally house trained and very friendly to other humans, especially children. Someday I hope to come by one of the mobile adoptions. In the meantime, just wanted to let you know how I am.
Lucy (formerly Dollie)
LEX WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER
Hi Pali, It was good talking to you today. I wish it was under different circumstances. So sorry to break the news to you over the sudden death of our furry little angel, Lex. He died in his sleep. We had a little funeral for him. He is buried in our rose garden where he always loved to explore when he was still alive. He was the king of our home and of our garden. He chased every squirrrel, bird, butterfly and even wasps and bees that came near his garden. He followed me around the house and the yard poking his little nose into everything that I did. We gave him a nickname of “pokey face” and he seemed to love whenever we’d call him that. He was very protective of us and barked like a big dog whenever he heard someone at the door. He never failed to greet me at the door each time I came home from work. When I went to Asia on a business trip, my dad housesat and took care of Lex for two weeks while I was gone. Then my dad had the flu and was feeling really weak; my dad told me that Lex never left his side while he was ill and was licking my dad’s wrist as his way of making my dad feel better. And when my dad went to the bathroom at night, Lex stood outside the door and waited for my dad to make sure he was okay. What a sweetheart! We loved him so very much. And are missing him a lot. He was a loving dog who couldn’t do enough to make everyone happy around him. He was gentle and sweet and very obedient and also full of mischief at times. And if he didn’t know you or not familiar with your smell because he was blind, he would aim for your bottom and try to snip it until he got comfortable around you and knew that you were not a danger to him and his household. I want to thank you for bringing him into our lives. He came at a time when we were mourning over the loss of our dachshund which we’d had for seven years. Lex helped us heal our hearts over our loss of our other furry little angel, Fletcher, which was also a rescue dog that we adopted when we lived in Dallas. Thanks again, and when we’re ready, we will come and look at more of your furry little angels that need a home. Sincerely, Arlene Murray
Steve (formally known as Jaws) came into our lives very unexpectedly…we were going to have breakfast on 24th Street and walked away with a new love. Ever since that day, he has been the light of our lives.
He’s so smart and playful — he loves to sit with us on the couch and go on walks. He loves to snuggle when he sleeps and makes the cutest noises when he’s first waking up in the morning! He was even on the CBS 11 pm news on June 17th — they were doing a story about pitt bulls, and Steve was the star of the story!
We can’t imagine a life without him now and are so thankful that we found him and Rocket Dog!!
We are so pleased to have Seamus (formerly Harry) as a member of our family. Joe and I had been looking for a rescue dog for about a month when we came across Seamus. We had seen many dogs but no single dog seemed to posses all the qualities we were looking for… until we met Rocket Dog Rescue volunteer Tara and her foster dog “Harry.” Joe and I were so impressed with Seamus’s personality and obedience skills. It was obvious how much Tara loved Seamus and how much work she had put into training him. Joe and I chose to rename “Harry” as “Seamus” in honor of his Irish foster parents and for his red coat. He quickly learned his new name and made himself at home in our house. Seamus continues to learn new commands and is currently working on “leave it” with the squirrels and deer near our home. He’s a fabulous dog and is constantly getting compliments for his good behavior and handsome face.
Thank you Rocket Dog Rescue,
Jenny & Joe
Castro Valley, CA
It has been about 7 months since Henry (once known as Joker) decided he wanted to live with us. It took Henry some time to know that he is safe, as it is the belief of many he suffered abuse before Pali saved him. However, it did not take Henry long to form relationships with the cats he now shares his home with. We continue to work with Henry around his fears of dogs and men, but he has managed to make friends with three dogs in the neighborhood, and he will be graduating from Growly Dog class next week. Henry has also formed a bond with my fiance and is friendly to other men that he knows he can trust. It doesn’t matter to us how much time Henry needs until he knows that no one will ever hurt him again, and we never question the decision made to adopt him. Henry has brought more joy and love to our home, and reminded us about the importance of patience and trust. Thank you so much, Rocket Dog, and especially Pali for allowing us to bring Henry into our lives.
Joslyn Baxter, Matija Milivojevic, Jake and Lillie (the cats)
My wife had been bugging me for a dog for about six years. She sent many, many pictures of different dogs via email, but when I saw William, I knew he’d be our dog. And that he was a great dog. And I was right. The first day we met him we could tell that he was both sweet and smart, and we loved him immediately. The first night in our home, he snuggled us in bed and quickly became a very spoiled and beloved member of our family. I just told a co-worker five minutes ago that meeting William was the best twist of fate that I’ve ever experienced, right up there with meeting my wife. We spend a lot of time walking and playing with him, and his unconditional love reminds us both of what’s important every day. We are very grateful to Rocket Dog for their assistance, kindness, expertise and professionalism in saving William’s life, and for finding him a home where he will always get the life and love every pet deserves.
Richard Turgeon and Megan Dempsey
Coffee is doing great. She was renamed “Mistress Quickly” after a character in Henry IV, parts 1 & 2. We call her “Quickly” for short.
Quickly finished Bob Guiterrez’s Basic Dog Obedience class with flying colors, and we look forward to more classes. She is doing great on leash and off. She has been super quick in learning the rules of the house – hence her name.
She is quite a wiggly dog, very cute and funny. She wags her tail constantly and is very generous with the kisses.
She and our other dog Portia are quite the pair. Quickly follows her everywhere. We have become those crazy dog people you hear about, who plan their lives around the puppies in the house. Sound familiar?
Every once in a while we will run into someone from Rocket Dog who remembers her, which is nice. Another treat is running into “Joey” who was another Rocket Dog that Quickly remembers. He and she romp. If only we could find where “Maddie” & “Noodles” play.
We’re totally in-love with him as you can tell…
Thank you Rocket dog Rescue! Val & Andi
Hi there! Mya is doing great!! She’s very full of energy and driving all of us a little crazy at times, but we really love her!! She’s getting along really well with my other 3 dogs, but we always crate her when we are gone for her own safety. She still sometimes likes to try to pick fights with our boy dogs. Mostly they all play though!! She’s even got our older grumpy Rottweiler to play with her!!
Thanks so much!! We really are happy to have found her!!
He’s doing great and we are really enjoying him. He gets his final shots next week and will then be able to mingle w/ other dogs at the park. Here is a picture of him w/ our son.
Thanks for all your work w/ him.
Lucky for us we had brunch on 24th Street when Rocket Dog Rescue was out with their “Doogies.” We hadn’t planned on getting a second dog, but the little face of one of the pooches they had just captured my heart. My husband stood by, arms across his chest, “We’re NOT getting another dog.” Brunch passed quickly and I beelined for Rocket Dog Rescue across the street. How could I leave that little face behind? After spending a few minutes with “Eloise” now named Bika, my husband was happily filling out an adoption application. Bika has that ability. When we first got her home the first night she was so scared to go up the stairs to our flat. Our other dog Kojo coached her and took her under his paw, and by the next day she was doing everything he was doing. The first night my husband, Paul, was laying on the bed reading and Bika was in the kitchen with me. All of a sudden she ran out in a dead run full bore to the bedroom to jump on the bed and lick Paul all over the face as if to say Thank YOU, I’m home! She is the most beautiful dog, we think she is a cross between Rhodesian Ridgeback and Viszla with a gorgeous red coat, black spotted pink tongue and kohl rimmed eyes. We just ADORE her and so does Kojo, our German Shorthaired Pointer. We only wish we could have sheltered her from whatever sorrows she had as a pup and are so grateful to Pali for getting her out of a shelter and into our hearts and arms. We have never had a dog be more grateful and loving. She has such good karma, even our best friends want to reincarnate as one of our dogs. Pali, thank you for all the great work you are doing. With gratitude, Julie and Paul Olson
(Chaim) Bingo Green was adopted from Rocket Dog Rescue by our family on April 16, 2005. He had been abused and homeless for most of his 9 or 10 years. All we knew is that someone named him “Bingo”… Our other dog is “Libbye Bingo Green”, named for my Aunt Libbye who LOVED (was addicted to?) playing Bingo. Coincidence? I dunno. But Bingo is doing fine here with us as evidenced by this photo. Have you ever seen such solid joy? Whatta smile, huh?! Max Green
Hello, all. I was sending this email to update you on Rey’s successful adoption. Rey has been renamed Pony. Ponyboy Curtis is his full name; he has been named after my favorite fictional character. Pony is doing great adapting to his new environment. He is the uder cuddle dog and loves stuffed animals. Surprisingly enough, he has very strong legs that allow him to jump pretty high. He has met all the dogs that I know and seems to get along well. I have found a dog park in foster city that caters to smaller dogs, so we will be paying a visit to the park soon. He is very energetic, loving, smart, and most of all, damn cute. I want to thank you for doing the work that you ALL do. I found my adoption experience to be a good one. Pony is a very well behaved boy and I owe that to those who fostered him.
Again, thank you very much! Ryan
He is doing great. Learns very fast. He has brought this house to life as it once was.
So many of my friends have now come to the conclusion that he will, and already is, just as spoiled with all the finer things in life as I was known to do with my other little guy. One friend said to him the other day “you” sure are a lucky guy to have found him. I said to him “no, I’m the lucky one.”
Best as always, Zack
Zippy has been renamed Rocky. With his attitude it fits him to a tee. I was visiting San Francisco for two weeks. My beloved 13 year old Lhasa-poo “Chata” had died a little over a month before. I knew I was ready to open my heart again. My friend and I called Rocket Dog and I met and fell in love with Zippy. He became Rocky that night. He was an angel on the plane ride home to Washington (riding in his little Sherpa carrier with me) and has quickly become a member of our family. He is learning to trust us and himself again. He loves our walks on the beach and gets along great with my partner and his new “big” brother Scooter. Attached is a picture of Rocky, Scooter and Richard at the beach today. With all this exercise, Rockys few extra pounds should disappear soon. He is a joy.
Thank you again for bringing this little bundle of love into our lives, Sherrie Turner
Just an update, Louie is wonderful of course. We had a personal lesson with a trainer, and he walks SO much better on a leash, and he doesn’t jump as much, and doesn’t bite when we play. He is fabulous, and he listens so well when I tell him to leave the kitties alone. He loves his sister, Maggie, and they play every day. I couldn’t imagine another dog living with us now–we love him so much. Here are some pictures for you, mostly with my fiancee, Matt, and with Maggie. Actually we just took them up to Tahoe last weekend, and Louie was so funny in the snow. He is just so great around all people, and other dogs too. I think he could win a vertical contest with how high he jumps! He’s crazy, but so funny and so cute. And his head doesn’t look so big now because he has gained a little weight, just so he’s filled out.
We had been wanting a dog for some time, but we also have two cats. So, we thought that fostering a dog would be a good way to test out the relationship to make sure everyone was happy (and we’d be helping a dog in need at the same time!).
As soon as we saw Maggie, we were in love. She is exactly the kind of girl we imagined we might end up with – a scruffy little sweetheart with an attitude. Within a day of having her, I knew I’d never be able to give her up! Fortunately, the cats love her too – they play, and even snuggle.
Slowly but surely she is learning to trust strangers and dogs she doesn’t know. And, the more comfortable she gets, the more her personality blossoms (and the more fun she has). Now I can’t imagine being without her!
I am SO grateful, and thankful every day that Rocket Dog saved her from being euthanized. She loves life, and we love her! Livia McRee & Biz Stone
Up until Spring of this year, I’d been dreaming of adopting a dog, but kept thinking about all the reasons it wouldn’t work out in my small apartment. When I sat down with Josephine (then Becca Star) at the Castro & 18th St. adoption fair in April and she promptly curled up in my lap and fell asleep, my thinking shifted to figuring out how I could bring her home and make it work out. And it has, beyond my wildest expectations!
Josephine (named for my father, who passed away recently) happily co-exists with my three cats. Josephine is mellow, social, gentle and loving, and I am very grateful to Rocket Dog Rescue for saving her, and to volunteer Carol Sarner for fostering her. Corny as it sound, JoJo has changed my life for the better.
Just so you know, Josephine loves to fetch, chew, camp, swim, and most of all, she loves to get belly rubs.
Thanks again, Rocket Dog.