Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Newest Fundog

Rocket was returned to us after being adopted out 5 years ago. Sadly we are his 5th home in his life. He's older now, 8 or 9 years old, but he's still the good malamute we remember.

Rocket was originally from a 66 dog rescue down on the Kenai. It was a desperate situation where 4 or 5 dogs were found frozen in a school bus, and a few more were could not be saved.

Rocket was originally adopted out from that rescue then returned when his owner due to some medical conditions could not keep him, losing everything she had. I had been volunteering at AK SPCA when he was first returned. He had severe hip displasia, he could walk on flat surfaces like a road, but if he took off cross country he couldn't even get 2 blocks before he started limping. So I hunted around and found a veterinarian who eventually replaced his hip. His three month recovery was one of the hardest things we've done. Here was a malamute cross who loved to run, containing him was so difficult when the right adopter was took him home we were happy to see him go.

Regardless, the great care we gave in Rocket resulted in a late night winter call from Catherine White who at the time was the President of the Alaskan Malamute Assistance League(AMAL). Catherine wanted to know if we'd be an affiliate of AMAL and rescue malamutes within the state of Alaska. We naturally said yes. Rocket was the start of Malamute Rescue of Alaska.

While were at the AMCA national specialty in Olympia Washington we heard he had been returned to the Alaska SPCA. We called and said we were happy to take him and that we would be keeping him. he's that great of a dog. Now Rocket and I can grow old together.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nicki and Bob!

I bet it is wonderful to have Rocket back in your lives and I'm sure after 5 years or so that he remembers you folks!

Welcome home Rocket!
I hope you realize just how lucky you are!

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of pics!

-- Trish

12/16/2008 06:04:00 PM  
Blogger funhog and fundogs said...

He definitely remembered us. A bit of separation anxiety but he seems to be doing fine.

I don't know who's luckier, Rocket or Us?


12/22/2008 01:08:00 AM  

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