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Retired disabled military dog Rocky dies if not adopted; served three tours in Iraq
Pets for Patriots ^ | 8/17/2011 | ??

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 he’s 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 veteran’s 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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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: doggieping; iraq; military; pets; veterans
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Any one with a heart have a home for this special pet?
1 posted on 08/17/2011 3:35:46 PM PDT by blueyon
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To: blueyon

Someone Call and Tell Mark Levin about this Dog, he is good about such things.


2 posted on 08/17/2011 3:36:57 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: blueyon

BFL


3 posted on 08/17/2011 3:37:42 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: blueyon

Not that it really matters, but I’m wondering what breed of dog it is.


4 posted on 08/17/2011 3:39:20 PM PDT by Gettin Betta
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To: GraceG

I sent it to Levin


5 posted on 08/17/2011 3:40:41 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: blueyon

Mark Levin, paging Mark Levin!


6 posted on 08/17/2011 3:43:47 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Gettin Betta

7 posted on 08/17/2011 3:45:28 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: blueyon

I’m amazed that they would even consider putting down a retired military dog.
They should have a program set up for them already.


8 posted on 08/17/2011 3:48:40 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: NYTexan

Rocky the Iraq Theatre Veteran

9 posted on 08/17/2011 3:48:52 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: NYTexan

The K-9 has heart! Someone’s going to have a great dog.


10 posted on 08/17/2011 3:49:29 PM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: blueyon

Well I could get the page to come up properly, but I manage to get the email and sent a message. Wish me luck!


11 posted on 08/17/2011 3:49:38 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Gettin Betta

German Rear wheeler.

Hope somebody gets him.


12 posted on 08/17/2011 3:50:22 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: rintense

Gotta see this.


13 posted on 08/17/2011 3:51:49 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: blueyon

already have six dogs or I’d take him


14 posted on 08/17/2011 3:53:02 PM PDT by Grunthor (In order; Bachmann, Cain, Palin, Santorum, Perry, None of the rest matter 'til the general)
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To: blueyon

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.


15 posted on 08/17/2011 3:53:51 PM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: blueyon
Wow, I wish I could take him but I have three already. I hope he finds a home.
16 posted on 08/17/2011 4:09:03 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Kartographer

Good Luck!


17 posted on 08/17/2011 4:10:29 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

I can’t take him, but I hope that someone else can!


18 posted on 08/17/2011 4:10:52 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: blueyon

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.


19 posted on 08/17/2011 4:10:58 PM PDT by tall_tex
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To: ladyvet

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!


20 posted on 08/17/2011 4:17:38 PM PDT by JLLH
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To: blueyon

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!


21 posted on 08/17/2011 4:28:59 PM PDT by ChuckHam
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To: blueyon
Retired disabled military dog Rocky dies if not adopted; served three tours in Iraq

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!!!

22 posted on 08/17/2011 5:00:05 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: GoldenPup

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?


23 posted on 08/17/2011 5:03:34 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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24 posted on 08/17/2011 5:05:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Lockbar

Why couldn’t a unit or the whole camp adopt him as mascot?


25 posted on 08/17/2011 5:08:22 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: blueyon

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.


26 posted on 08/17/2011 5:09:05 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) We have got to get serious about 'readjusting' the present House and Senate.)
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To: Kartographer
Well I could get the page to come up properly

Maybe you could but I can't. I don't know what's going on at that site..........

27 posted on 08/17/2011 5:15:12 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: blueyon; Brad's Gramma

Maybe Grammie can help!
GRAAMIEEEEEE!!!!!!


28 posted on 08/17/2011 5:23:13 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Hot Tabasco

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.


29 posted on 08/17/2011 5:34:50 PM PDT by JLLH
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To: blueyon
As much as I hate to say it, the reality is that if this dog hadn't been a K-9 service dog, his extreme disabilities would have led his owners to humanely euthanize him long ago....

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........

30 posted on 08/17/2011 5:40:02 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: HighWheeler

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.


31 posted on 08/17/2011 5:45:16 PM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: JLLH

I can’t get to the page so I hope they are overwhelmed with potential homes!


32 posted on 08/17/2011 5:47:21 PM PDT by rintense (ABO can KMA.)
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To: rintense

Me, too!!


33 posted on 08/17/2011 5:48:37 PM PDT by JLLH
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To: blueyon

They should call local News stations and have them do a story on him. They’ll get plenty of calls & someone will give him a good home.


34 posted on 08/17/2011 6:24:19 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: blueyon

I am amazed that there is no picture of this dog on the blog or anywhere else that I have searched.


35 posted on 08/17/2011 6:28:27 PM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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To: Baynative

Post 7 and 9 is the picture of the dog from the blog


36 posted on 08/17/2011 6:29:44 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

Hopefully his story will get on the local news and he will be quickly adopted.


37 posted on 08/17/2011 6:41:48 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: blueyon

Not on the thread I’m looking at.


38 posted on 08/17/2011 6:47:31 PM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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To: holdonnow

Any idea’s?


39 posted on 08/17/2011 6:55:43 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: blueyon

Please help Rocky!


40 posted on 08/17/2011 7:22:05 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: blueyon; All

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.


41 posted on 08/17/2011 7:34:52 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: patriot08

You are right. There are rescue groups for almost every breed of dog. This one is special and should not be put down.


42 posted on 08/17/2011 8:01:30 PM PDT by tob2 (Chihuahua mama)
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To: patriot08

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.


43 posted on 08/17/2011 8:21:12 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: MountainDad
Any idea’s?

Excellent use of an unnecessary apostrophe!

Try this next time:

A'n'y i'd'e'a's'?

44 posted on 08/17/2011 8:22:42 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: blueyon; USMCWife6869; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Kozak; Joe 6-pack; ...
Degenerative Myelopathy - oh my. This poor dog who served so well.

Looking for adopters - he will be put down very soon.

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45 posted on 08/17/2011 8:26:13 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: patriot08

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.


46 posted on 08/17/2011 8:30:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I will ask the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County if they can save Rocky.


47 posted on 08/17/2011 8:38:23 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: Secret Agent Man
They should have something set up for these poor animals. They didn't ask to be sent to war. It is SHAMEFUL that they would even consider putting these dogs down because they have no home to go to.
48 posted on 08/17/2011 9:19:27 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes; MountainDad
A'n'y i'd'e'a's'?

Correction's (if you dont mind):

Any i'd'e'e'r's?

49 posted on 08/17/2011 9:23:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I believe hip dysplasia is very common in shepherds. One of the unfortunate artifacts of centuries of interbreeding.


50 posted on 08/17/2011 9:30:31 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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