Farewell to My Best Friend, Super Rocky Dog!

Written by Zac Johnson
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A few months ago we brought Rocky to the vet for a checkup, and received the horrible news that he had cancer. What I thought would only be a few short weeks for him, turned into a glorious few months. As much as hated to, and would have kept Rocky forever, we laid Rocky to rest yesterday. Instead of being selfish and letting him wither away and suffer in pain, we gave him the gift of euthanization. Since moving into our new home and bringing Rocky in, we got to spend so much more time with him and keep so much better care of him. Now that he is gone, everything is out of whack and nothing will ever be the same. There are no amount of words I could write or express to show how special Rocky was to everyone he met.


Nothing will ever be the same without Rocky. He will be missed.

Since I work from the house, and Reena works outside of the house, it was great to spend so much time with Rocky. He would walk around the house and come strolling into my office room all the time. Even though it has only been a day, it is so weird and horrible without him. Just sitting in my office room now and hearing any creaks or house noises… I still think he is here and going to stroll into my room. Rocky would have turned 15 years old on April 1st.

It’s so important to appreciate everything you have. We never would have been able to give Rocky the great life and care he needed in his last months if I wasn’t able to work from home. I would wake up several times a night to check on him or let him outside and always keep him company during the day. Never once did I complain if I had to take him outside, make him breakfast or clean up after… I simply appreciated every moment I had with him. If you are thinking about getting a dog or pet, don’t forget about the thousands of homeless pets in animal shelters that would love nothing more than for you to take them home and give them a second chance at life.

We will miss you Rocky!

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28 Replies to “Farewell to My Best Friend, Super Rocky Dog!”

  1. I'm sorry to hear that and I'm very sorry for your loss.

    I'm a big dog lover myself and if my big buddy would pass away I would miss him tremendously.

    Hang in there and be strong!

  2. Zac, i glad you were able to have some great times with Rocky, sounds like a great dog. i also have a great dog, a Yellow lab named Ellie who will turn 13 this year. I know all about the companionship they bring. I know he will be missed. Sorry about your loss.

  3. I'm so sorry to hear this news. We just adopted a 6 month old puppy. We've only had her for two months, but I've already fallen head over heels in love with her. I can't imagine losing her. Once again, so sorry for your loss!

  4. I know how you feel, bud. I had to euthanize my bunny a few months ago and life without Roy around just hasn't been the same. I think this is especially true for people like us who work from home, because having the companionship can go a long way in keeping you sane. As others were telling me at the time, you should take solace in the fact that you got to spend as much time as you did with Rocky, because you work from home. Chin up. πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Zac, sorry about the loss. Everyone dies one day, but no one can take away their spirit, memories, and the great times that you enjoyed together. It's important to be thankful that Rocky was part of your life and all the blessings he brought. I absolutely love my dog and am truly thankful that he is a part of my life πŸ˜‰ Best wishes Zac, I know deaths can be very emotional for anybody!

  6. so sorry to hear that but i know exacty what you are going true. our dog died 1 year ago also on cancer and it was a hard time for the family. it´s nice to hear you didn´t let him sufer and helped him on his last trip. we did the same thing. i am sure his spirit is in a nice place right now and he is glad he had such a nice family to be with.

  7. Zac,

    My heart goes out to you. That is so sad. I know that it wasn't an easy decision to make. We had to do the same thing with our 15 year old dog a couple of years ago.

    ~Debby

  8. I'm so sorry to hear that Zac. He was a beautiful dog. I know it sad but at least he is not in pain anymore and he is in the dogs heaven with Brownie (my best friend too, he passed away a few years back) πŸ™

  9. As a fellow dog lover, I can feel your pain. My deepest sympathies. Our "little dude" is only 3 years old but I cannot imagine life without him. Rocky is in a happy place and had a wonderful life. I am sure he will continue to love you for that.

  10. Losing a pet is always tough. Considering the charitable work that you have done for the HSUS, I'm sure this has hit you hard. Sorry for your loss bro and well wishes toward bringing a new "friend" into your life.

  11. May Rocky rest in peace…

    My wife and I know how hard it is to lose a pet, so we also cherish the moments with any sized pet we have πŸ™‚

    -Mike & Michelle

  12. Sorry to hear about your dog, Zac. I had to do something similar in 2006 and had to put down my 7 year old Chocolate Lab to avoid her suffering. It broke my heart literally. Nothing has been the same since then. So, hang in there.

  13. Zac,

    I'm new to your blog and had to comment on this post. First of all I'm so sorry that Rocky got so sick and finally crossed over. I had to put one of my cats down last week and it's always so hard even tho we know it's the best thing for them.

    And his spirit is still with you.

    I want to thank you for mentioning the animals waiting in shelters all over the country to be adopted. Even people looking for pure bred animals can find them at a shelter.

    Here's to the memory of a great dog!

    mscoach

  14. awe man, sorry for your loss. I love dogs myself, and can't wait to get a house so I can adopt 2 of them.

    It's a good thing you had him put down though. A lot of people would be like "it's too hard, I can't do it. I just let him die on it's own". Good thing his suffering wasn't prolonged more than it needed.

  15. I'm sorry to hear about Rocky's demise. Reading your story about Rocky tells me that you and your wife did a great job caring for him. My husband and I applaud people like you. We are dog lovers, too. Infact, we have 3 dogs…2 of them are 13 years old. Hopefully, we can still have them for a couple more years.

    BTW, please feel free to visit my blogsite. I'm just new and my first post was about dogs…you might want to check it out πŸ™‚

    More power to you!

    Cynthia

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