Skip to comments.Retired disabled military dog Rocky dies if not adopted; served three tours in Iraq
Posted on 08/17/2011 3:35:38 PM PDT by blueyon
Rocky is a retired military dog who will be put down on August 24 if hes not adopted. He served three tours in Iraq and desperately needs a loving home to enjoy his final years. Pets for Patriots is responding to a request to help create awareness of this veterans plight. We have spoken to authorities at Camp Pendleton and confirmed this story.
Rocky currently lives at Camp Pendleton, his home base since entering the Marine Corps in 2004. He served three tours in Iraq between 2004 and 2007 as a patrol and explosives dog, and returned to the states after his last handler was killed in theater. Since then, he has not had a steady handler, but has continued to serve on base until March of this year. By that time, a degenerative condition rendered him unable to work and he was retired. Typically an ex-military K9 will be adopted by his handler, but Rocky has no handler to call his own.
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Someone Call and Tell Mark Levin about this Dog, he is good about such things.
Not that it really matters, but I’m wondering what breed of dog it is.
I sent it to Levin
Mark Levin, paging Mark Levin!
I’m amazed that they would even consider putting down a retired military dog.
They should have a program set up for them already.
Rocky the Iraq Theatre Veteran
The K-9 has heart! Someone’s going to have a great dog.
Well I could get the page to come up properly, but I manage to get the email and sent a message. Wish me luck!
German Rear wheeler.
Hope somebody gets him.
Gotta see this.
already have six dogs or I’d take him
What a beautiful dog. If I still had my big fenced yard I would consider adopting, but not longer have the room. And I have another pet. Makes me miss my GSD all over again.
I can’t take him, but I hope that someone else can!
Seems like this would be the perfect dog for the border patrol to have at their check points, like we have here south Texas.
Anyone with connections to Senator Cornyn or Hutchinson, might want to forward the article to them. They can not seem to save our country from the “ONE” but maybe they could help save this dissabled Vet from the system.
Same here. Apparently this dog needs a specific type of home: no other animals and no children. I’ve no doubt that home exists, but we have two dogs already. (Would love to take him, though!) If he can just be given more time, I know the right family can be matched up with him. Happens all the time. Praying for this precious life!
This breaks my heart. If I didn’t already have 2 dogs I’d drive from Texas to get this brave hero. Please, someone take him!
The Country AND the Marines will live in SHAME and INFAMY if they let this dog be put down. No excuses, no rehtoric, no BULLSHIT...SHAME and INFAMY!!!
This story is crazy. There are enough men on that base to take care of that dog on their free time. What is wrong with this new military?
Why couldn’t a unit or the whole camp adopt him as mascot?
If Rocky had snuck across the border he would have been offered a free home and lifetime medical care.
As one poster implied, ‘back in the day’, the base would have ‘adopted’ Rocky and he would live his lived out his life as the Marine he is.
Maybe you could but I can't. I don't know what's going on at that site..........
Maybe Grammie can help!
Hopefully it’s getting a lot of traffic and he’ll get adopted as a result. I’ve been doing what I can to spread the word at sites where I post with fellow animal-lovers and facebook. I would imagine others are cross-posting also.... Good sign, I hope.
The hip dysplasia alone endangers any child who may playfully pat him on his hind quarters and the pain would trigger an aggressive reaction by the dog resulting in the child getting bit.......
My dad had a wonderful shepherd that suffered from dysplasia that everyone loved but he had to put the safety of the grandkids over the love for the dog...and I was given the task of taking him to the vet just prior to the family's annual 4th of July weekend get together at my parents cabin........
Oh man... if only... he deserves to be loved until his final breathe. It’s the least we can do for all he’s done for us.
I can’t get to the page so I hope they are overwhelmed with potential homes!
They should call local News stations and have them do a story on him. Theyll get plenty of calls & someone will give him a good home.
I am amazed that there is no picture of this dog on the blog or anywhere else that I have searched.
Post 7 and 9 is the picture of the dog from the blog
Hopefully his story will get on the local news and he will be quickly adopted.
Not on the thread I’m looking at.
Please help Rocky!
Rocky has not been adopted yet, you can visit the website http://www.lackland.af.mil/units/341stmwd/index.asp to begin the application process.
You are right. There are rescue groups for almost every breed of dog. This one is special and should not be put down.
There is no program except what volunteers put together. Last I heard, it costs several thousand dollars to return a dog from the theater if he doesn’t go home with his handler. Otherwise, they’re left in the war zone.
Excellent use of an unnecessary apostrophe!
Try this next time:
Looking for adopters - he will be put down very soon.
GERMAN SHEPHERD PING LIST
This is a low-volume list so dont worry!
(Please Freep-mail me if youd like to be on or off the list.)
Screw having to set up another government overseen ‘program’.
This is the military. Simply make a standing order that when a retired service dog doesn’t have a handler to adopt them, the base commander adopts the dog. If they already have an adopted dog, the next in line in the chain of command adopts the dog. Good for morale, good to keep the top brass remembering about those under them that have done their jobs.
I will ask the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County if they can save Rocky.
Correction's (if you dont mind):
I believe hip dysplasia is very common in shepherds. One of the unfortunate artifacts of centuries of interbreeding.
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