Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day to my sweet little man! 🎂🎉🎁 Can you believe this handsome little puppy is 13?! 😱 ONE-THREE! Such a little sweetheart. 🐶
Christmas '08 my mom told dad, "I want a puppy or a grandbaby!" (Pointed look in my direction.) Dad had Rocky for us two months later. 😂
The Tragic Backstory:
It wasn't such an easy journey for him though. My poor little love spent the first few years of his life in a crate with a female in a dark disgusting garage as part of a puppy mill. Thankfully the pups of that bullshit mill, including this cutie, were rescued. We got ahold of him immediately. Poor kiddo was in rough shape. Absolutely infested with fleas and grotesquely matted. He ended up requiring two blood transfusions first thing when we got him because of the blood loss from the fleas. His teeth were in such poor condition he couldn't be reliably aged and he had to be anesthetized for a cleaning. Unfortunately, he's been losing his teeth steadily since we got him. I think he has 4 or 5 left. He still has some anxiety issues surrounding loud noises and not knowing how to actually socialize with other dogs.
The Happily Ever After:
Rocky has made such strides with us that I never would have believed possible. He is my scruffy little soulmate and I adore him. So much personality! He thinks he's such a tough guy until the cat walks by 😹. He used to be afraid of socks. Now he shows those socks who's boss and plays with them more than anything because they're soft enough for his teeth. He loves lower back and belly scritches 🐶🐶, French fries 🍟 (which he does not get often anymore), strawberries 🍓, being talked to 🗣, cat butts 😾, and his clothes 👕. Happy Birthday, Rocky Albert Martin! Sister loves you! 😘💋
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