Rocky Goes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Rocky the Dog on Couch

Rocky has gone over the Rainbow Bridge.

My mom just called me. She said her dog Rocky died in his sleep last night.

Rocky was very special to my mom and stepdad. Like me, my mom has had dogs her entire life. That was, until she lost Beethoven, her poodle. After Beethoven, she swore she would never get another dog because it hurt so much when they left. But then she met my stepdad. After they married, they went searching for a dog together and opted to search through Craig’s List.

Now I know you’ve heard bad things about getting dogs on craigslist. But this was before a lot of people posing as rescue groups sold their dogs there. And before there was a known problem about people in dog fighting getting bait dogs off unsuspecting families looking to rehome their dogs. Rocky was from an actual family who was trying to find a home for him because they realized they didn’t have time for him and being tied up in the back yard was no life for a dog.

My mom and stepdad fell in love with Rocky right away. One special trait of Rocky is that he was so lovable. I mean really really lovable. If you didn’t like dogs and you met Rocky, he would impose himself on you until you learned to love him. And there was just something about his black eye, black lip, and his small ears compared to his big head. He was just too cute.

Rocky What's Up?

Seriously, how could you not fall in love with this goofy face?

Portrait of Rocky's Happy Face

Rocky has one black eye and one black lip. Silly-cute.

Another special trait about Rocky is he was not very bright. My mom and stepdad often joked about how dumb Rocky was. But they made fun of him lovingly. They didn’t care that he wasn’t smart. He was loveable.

Rocky Standing Over Mom

Rocky like to be on top of things, like laps, shoulders, etc.

Rocky also had a cute way about hogging the bed. If my mom went to bed before my stepdad, Rocky would lay next to her. Then when my stepdad went to bed and try to get Rocky to move, Rocky would grumble about it for a bit before he’d decide to move.

Rocky Sleeping

Rocky would complain if he was told to move from his spot on the bed.

Yes, Rocky was a very special dog. My mom and stepdad are understandably upset. Me too. I’m crying as I write this. It is going to be strange visiting my mom next time and not having a 75 pound dog rest his head on my shoulder or try to climb in my lap. We will all miss you Rocky. I’m glad your passing was peaceful and I am positive you’ve found some friends to play with over the Rainbow Bridge.

Rocky and the Snowman 2

My mom’s dog Rocky and his twin brother.

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16 Responses to “Rocky Goes Over the Rainbow Bridge”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    So sorry for your loss! Sending lots of wuvwuvwuv to youwoowooooo!

  2. 25castleson25clouds Says:

    From the pictures and your lovely words I can see he was a pretty special dog!! Sending hugs xx

  3. Jody Miller-Young Says:

    So so sorry to hear about Rocky’s passing. Thoughts and condolences are with you. He looks like he was a great, great dog. Glad his passing was peaceful, too.

  4. Joanne Says:

    Oh Dawn, what a sweetie he was….special hugs to you and your family from Dougs and me. Run free Rocky and give Sephi a hug and messages from Dawn. xxx

  5. Ann Staub Says:

    Aw poor Rocky… hope your parents are able to cope well during this difficult time and may sweet Rocky rest in peace.

  6. 2browndawgs Says:

    Farewell Rocky. Lovely tribute.

  7. Carrie Boyko Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Rocky, Dawn. I know how hard it is to lose a furry friend. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Xena, Robby, Corey, Bandit, Penny, Piwacket, K.C., Peekaboo, Carmel and Sable. Each has a special place in my heart. Rocky is welcome to join our pack at the Rainbow Bridge page on All Things Dog Blog. Just let me know…Best wishes.

  8. raisingdaisy Says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. It’s so hard to lose a pet – we swore we’d never get another one after we had to have our last dog put to sleep, but now here we are with Daisy. You don’t want to feel that horrible pain of loss ever again, yet when a dog chooses you, you’re putty in their paws. Rocky sounds like a very special pup indeed. And he was absolutely beautiful.

  9. Dakota/Caren/Cody Says:

    we are so deeply sorry. What a handsome boy Rocky was. Our hearts are breaking for you. Sending you and your parents much love.

  10. mollie and alfie Says:

    So sorry to hear about Rocky, he was beautiful. Now he will be playing with all the pups in the big playground in the sky xxxooxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  11. Jodi Says:

    That is so sad Dawn, I’m so sorry. I’m sure all your hearts are heavy.

    Run fast, run free Rocky!!

  12. ginny Says:

    Prayers. Your baby is just darling! If you need any support… We are here for you. ginny

  13. Clowie Says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Rocky. He looks lovely, I particularly like the photo of him in bed.

  14. Lindsay Says:

    Oh what a beautiful dog, and what a wonderful life he had with your mom and stepdad. Thinking of you.

  15. The Golden Life Says:

    Just saw this now. So sorry to read this sad news…My condolences to all of you. Rest In Peace, Rocky.

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    […] days. Here is a photo of her with Maya and Pierson. Also, while she is here I have been drawing her beloved dog Rocky who passed away in January. This is what I have done so far. I should be finished with it later […]

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