Shelter Sunday: Rocky / Manitoba Underdogs Rescue / Winnipeg, MB

Rocky MB

Meet Rocky! This very large Boxer mix is 2 years old. Here’s what he has to say for himself:

Hey guys, my name is Rocky (like Rocky Balboa ‘cause we are both Boxers… get it?). I came into MUR’s care a year ago when I was injured and needing help.

Even though I’m young, I somehow managed to find myself in a bit of a medical pickle! Thankfully, MUR was able to help me with assistance from Pembina Veterinary Hospital and Head to Tail Pet Rehabilitation. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and medial coronoid disease in my elbows. An elbow arthroscopy was done on the leg that was bothering me (the right – good thing I’m ambidextrous!) and this surgery provided me with a lot of relief, and meant I could get into rehab to condition myself over the next several months. I was fitted with a DogLeggs brace that I wear when I’m outdoors and active, as it helps support my joints and elbows. I am also taking Flexadin (a supplement) daily and I will need to take it life-long. The veterinary team says I will always have a bit of lameness, but I am so much more comfortable now and finally feel like a normal dog again! Laser therapy is great tool to help keep me feeling good, too.

Even though I’m a Boxer (mix), I have both the brains and the brawn. I’m an extremely intelligent boy who does a lot of thinking. I really like humans and I love to “vibe check”. I prefer confident (not dominant or aggressive) handlers who advocate for me and are willing to take the time to walk me through situations with confidence and positive reinforcement as I get nervous around new people. I’m large and pretend to be in charge, but I’d really prefer my humans be the leaders. I love learning and would really enjoy taking some more classes after I’ve been adopted.

My wish list includes a home with no other animals or kids under 16 years of age. And while I’m hoping for a quieter household, I’m still looking for someone active who loves adventures as I’m pretty high energy and love to work my brain and body! Making sure I’m using both those brains and brawn will help me stay fit and be the best canine doggo I can be. I have been working on myself a lot with my friends over at Pliant Pack Positive Dog Training and they have graciously offered a free training session for whatever family is lucky enough to get me (I think they just love me so much they can’t get enough, who can blame them?)

In short, I’m a VERY big goofy guy who loves to play and be silly. Sometimes I need someone to remind me that I need to slow down and smell the roses, though (but who can stop when you’re finally feeling so good?). Maybe we can curl up and watch the Rocky movies?

Rocky is currently a guest of Manitoba Underdogs Rescue in Winnipeg, Manitoba. If you’re lucky enough to be nearby, why not contact the shelter to find out more about Rocky and all of his friends. Send an email to [email protected] or fill out an online application.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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