January 24, 2013

Rocky The Boxer

Dearest friends,

Monday the Mommy went to Aldine Animal to pick up some new food for Mona. It was very busy and Mommy had to wait because she wanted to talk to Dr Briles. She heard a dog wailing and crying. She asked what was wrong. That's when Dr Briles told her about Rocky.  Mommy was shocked about what she heard. Rocky is a boxer and the first dog Mommy thought about was Blogville's very own Casey It hurt her heartkknowing what this poor baby must be going through. Rocky was burned in a warehouse fire.

This is Rocky. Mommy is only posting this one picture because the other pictures are so horrendous and she knows that some of our peeps can't handle stuff like that. Below is his story.and you will see that a Facebook page has been created to help raise money for his treatment. His Facebook link is at the bottom of this post.

Please, we need the Power of the Paw for Rocky and a contribution if possible.

Rocky the boxer is fighting for his life after surviving a three-alarm fire at a Houston warehouse. And the badly burned pup has garnered supporters from around the world who are helping him with his recovery.

On Jan. 3, firefighters responded to a burning warehouse in north Harris County. The industrial area of Houston, Tex., is known as a place where people frequently abandon dogs. 

When firefighters broke their way into the warehouse, a terrified dog burst from the building and took off running. 

 A bystander saw the dog take off and alerted Lucy Moreno, an animal rescue volunteer. Moreno reached out to her friend Jae Malik and another friend and the trio went to look for the dog the day after the fire. 

 When the women arrived, they encountered a frightened homeless man who had been squatting on the property. They asked him if he had seen the dog. "He said that he had found him that night and did the only thing he could do, which was wrap him up and try to keep him safe," Malik told ABCNews.com. The man, who has his own dog, retrieved the ailing pooch and begged for the women to help save the dog. 

 Malik said the women initially thought the dog would have to be put down. "[But then] he raised his head up and looked at us like, 'Hi,'" she said. "We all looked at each other and we're all working class. None of us have any money...[But] we all just went, how much money do you have?" 

 The volunteers got the dog to a clinic early the next morning. And by then, they had a name for the badly burned canine -- Rocky. "It was like Rocky fighting," Malik said. "He looks like a Rocky. It fit."

 The veterinarians said that treating Rocky would be costly. They estimated his treatment could cost between $10,000 and $20,000.The volunteers did not have that much money, but Malik said that not helping Rocky was never an option. "The only other option would be for us to basically euthanize him. We were prepared to make that decision if it was in his best interest. We didn't want to cause any unnecessary suffering for him," she said.

Doctors told the rescuers that Rocky had a 50/50 chance of survival and they knew they had to help him fight. "He had already survived a day-and-a-half or two days," she said. "He wants to be here. We at least have to give him a reasonable shot at trying to make it."

The women paid what they could out of pocket and knew they would need to raise more money.
They created a Facebook page, "Rocky the Boxer," and a chip in fundraising webpage. The Facebook page already has more than 3,000 supporters and the fundraising page has raised over $13,000. 

Malik said the outpouring of well-wishes has been overwhelming and far-reaching.
"We've had people from Norway and Australia. People have emailed me, 'I can't give anything, but I have him in my prayers,'" she said. "It's overwhelming and very humbling." 

One message came from a woman battling cancer who said both she and Rocky needed to take things one day at a time. Another woman said she was donating a dollar in memory of each child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, thinking that they would have loved Rocky. 

Rocky isn't out of the woods yet, in terms of his recovery, but he has been doing very well. Malik and her friends are receiving daily updates from Rocky's doctors. "He just completed week one of his recovery and he's doing well," she said. "They've been able to take him off the IV and he's now able to take his meds orally for pain management. He really wasn't mobile before and now he's standing up and he's barking. He doesn't like a dirty kennel."

The veterinarians have said it will probably be two more weeks until they can determine if Rocky will need skin grafts to help him recover.

 "He has one of the most beautiful personalities I've ever seen in an animal," Malik said. "He hasn't snapped or been aggressive at all and we know he was hurting." 

Malik said that any extra money in the Rocky fund will be used to start a non-profit to help other area animals in need. Houston has an estimated 1.2 million homeless animals on the street. The rescuers are working to make sure that Rocky has a loving family waiting to take him in when he is fully healed.
"Our intent is to hopefully find him a good, loving home that will appreciate him for who he is and really make him a member of the family," Malik said.

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Seems like all we see is more and more suffering in this world. It just isn't fair.

Sniff ya later..........Weenie


Molly The Wally said...

Our paws are crossed for Rocky. We know some many kind people will help. We just hope with all our hearts that he will survive and come through this. Please give us a pup-date when you can. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Amber DaWeenie said...

We're saying extra prayers for Rocky for a complete recovery and a happy forever home.

stellaroselong said...

It is sad times isn't it. Please let us know how rocky is doing, it seems he has a fighter spirit and mom says 'having met some of those fighters in her lifetime" she is praying that he gets better and finds his much deserved furever home!!
Blessing to those people who helped get him to the vet!!
stella rose

Lovable Lily said...

We're saying prayers for Rocky! We pray he can get through this horrible ordeal and continue on with being a happy boy once again.

Lily Belle & Muffin

Two French Bulldogs said...

All our feets are crossed for Rocky
Benny & Lily

Gloria Hood said...

OMD'S! That is just so sad! Poor Rocky! We cry at stories like this! We will sure keep our paws crossed for him!
Lovies, Miss Mindy

The Websters said...

We are just crying and crying from all the people who helped Rocky. So glad for good people out there.

Thanks for not posting any other pics. Mrs. Master just can't handle it.


Casey said...

Momma and I are so touched that you thought of us when you heard about Rocky! We talked about him on our blog today, and Momma is sharing his information on Facebook. We hope he'll get all the help he needs! I can tell he's a fighter, and I just KNOW he'll pull through this.

Linda said...

In Honor of the Fearless Five
my Mom will make a contribution.
I'll keep Rocky in my prayers.

XO Cinnamon