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.