2009-09-25 / Letters

Condolences For Rocky

Dear Editor,

It was with great sadness that I read the letter from Loretta Wilson about Rocky, and I offer my condolences to the entire Wilson family for the loss of their loved pet.

Rocky came into my life when he followed my fiance Scott home from a walk on the beach. He was being abandoned by his owners who were moving and couldn't keep him any longer. Rocky was enormous, beautiful, happy, well mannered and loving, and yet his owners rewarded him by putting him out " onto the street when keeping him became inconvenient.

We already had a Chihuahua and Rocky was way too big to be a permanent resident in our small apartment. We decided to foster him and find him a forever home. For such a big dog this wasn't an easy task and we asked for (and received) help from

The Wave" in telling Rocky's story and posting his picture. The Wilson's found us and opened their home and their hearts to Rocky. I am so glad to hear that he was loved and appreciated in his new home. In the short time that he lived with us we came to love him too, and we often thought about him over these years.

I am reminded how effectively a picture of a stray dog or cat along with their "story" in a newspaper can compel families to open their homes and adopt these loving animals.

Rocky wasn't the first dog I rescued and I'm sure he won't be the last. I want to encourage "The Wave" to begin a weekly column in their newspaper dedicated to posting a picture and story each week of just ONE animal in close-by shelters or through the ASPCA. The potential to place 52 newsworthy dogs and cats in good Rockaway homes in one year would be an AMAZING public service! Maybe the column could be called

"Rocky's Friends."

ASH MILLS

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