|They are so cute together :).|
A rocky start
Rookie's original name was Rocky :), when Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus pulled him from the shelter in November 2011 they changed it to Hockey and when I brought him home to
adopt foster I started calling him Rookie. It only took me a year and a half to make him an official family member :). He was turned into Chicago Animal Care and Control by his owner and thank god he was! Poor Rookie didn't have a great start to life - he had Demodex Mange and holes in his wrists that reached all the way to the bone. He was only 8 months old and had only known pain and discomfort :(. Our friend Amy did a great story that gives an overview on his history back in 2012 as part of her disregarded dogs series. He is such a heartbreaker.
|One of the holes in his wrist. Poor dude :(.|
It's taken three years to get him healthy and hopefully we are in the homestretch for this little man. We've had lots of ups and downs but through it all he has been such a trooper. I couldn't ask for a better personality outta him. He gets along with everyone he is introduced to (dog and human) and loves to learn! He just finished his first group class (we had to postpone some learning due to his health) and was a rockstar. I was so proud!
Technically his birthday is sometime in March but since it's so close to his Gotcha Day (and that I have an exact date on) we are rolling them together for celebration :). Since it was Easter weekend I didn't have time to bake him anything but I did take Mr. Rookie to a local park for some one-on-one fun time - he enjoyed the playground. And then we stopped out at Brekke's to pick up some pig ears and elk jerky, yummy. Rookie is such a nice guy, he wanted to make sure there were some for everyone :).
|He has become such a handsome man!|
Photo: Amy Turner
|Rookie checking out his score :).|
|Notice the thief in the background LOL.|
He didn't want to wait for his birthday treats.