Van Gough up for Adoption

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Van Gough up for Adoption

He gets along very well with other cats! Not sure about dogs as he hasn’t lived with them yet.  He has a very easy going personality.

He is a beautiful 4 year old boy who lost his mommy on Easter due to cancer. He is currently being fostered but only has until April 17.

Van Gough Contact Information

For information email Patti Robison HERE.


The Rocky Chronicles: Chapter 2

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The Rocky Chronicles: Chapter 2

I had a chance to sit down with Rocky at the Placer SPCA again. Rocky calmly walks over to me, he seems happy for the company. He assures me that things are going well but he wants a place to call home for himself. He settles down next to me and leans into me for pets. After a few minutes of required scritches he tells me the weirdest thing happened to him the previous night. He had a dream that was both disturbing and fun at the same time.

The Rocky Chronicles: The Dream

In Rocky’s own words, the Dream:

I dreamed I was sleeping on my back in the sand, the sun was shining and the breeze off the ocean was warm and comforting. Just so you know, I was wearing sunblock. I’m black and white, I dont want to be black and red. I was totally relaxing the day away. Suddenly, I woke up at the sound of bleating noises. As I opened my eyes I saw dozens of sheep milling about on the grass next to the sand. They were looking at me expectantly. I barked at them to go away because they were messing up my sleep. The sheep baaaaahing said, “Lead us hooooommmeee”. I laughed and said, “I’m not a herder, I’m a protector!”

That’s when I rolled over and looked down. I had long hair!!! I was like a 1980’s rock band!! I ran over to the water to see my reflection and boom, there I was, some big, overgrown, hairy sheep herder!

“A border collie?” I interrupted.

No, one of those boomerang dogs, something shepherd. Named after a place, I think they have spiders that eat birds and everything is trying to kill you…

“An Australian Shepherd?” I asked.

Yes, yes that’s it. I was an Australian Shepherd. I know that because one of my roommates here was one and I heard our care takers mention the breed name. Next thing I know I was filled with all this energy and started barking uncontrollably and took off after the sheep. The sheep were surprised at the sudden change but they turned and ran. ME, a pit /great dane mix started herding sheep!! I dont know what got into me. The problem was, I did not know where I was going, I was just herding these sheep around and around the area. I’m sure the sheep were wondering why I was so bad at it. The shepherd in me did a great job but I had no clue what I was doing or where I was going. Just as it was getting dark I woke up.

I was breathing hard, sweaty, panting away. I turn to my bowl of water and it was flipped over, my food was everywhere. I realized I was running in my sleep while on my side. That would be very embarrassing if anyone saw that. I’m not saying being a herder breed is bad, but I like my short hair. It doesn’t get into anything and I do not have to be brushed out.

The Rocky Chronicles: Aftermath

Rocky Placer SPCA

I chuckle at the story and I got a half hearted growl of annoyance then a big, goofy smile and the tongue came out. I gave him pets and he asked for rubs on his legs. “I’m a little sore today from my night time workout, chasing sheep is hard!” he exclaims. “Well, I’m glad you are back to yourself. I’m sure it wont be long before someone decides you are a perfect fit as a calm, quiet dog that wants an experience, loving family to give him pets. Good luck, I hope to not see you next week because you are at your forever home.” I reply. I say my good byes and head back to work.

Please contact the Placer SPCA to see how great of a dog he is.

The Rocky Chronicles

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Rocky Placer SPCA

The Rocky Chronicles: The Beginning

I met an awesome new dog yesterday. He’s been a resident with our friends at the SPCA. He has a strong, powerful stance but moved gently as he settles down for our meeting. I noticed right away his black and white markings and knew he was a handsome one. I sat down with him for a quick interview to learn more about him and his life.

The Rocky Chronicles: The Interview

Me: Rocky, they categorize you as a pit mix but only some of your features are that of a pit bull, can you explain the ‘mix’?

Rocky: I know my heritage is one that many are frightened of but I never understood it because I dont associate myself with it. I’ve been told my mix could be ‘mastiff’ or ‘great dane’ and I feel like I am more like them.

Me: From my interaction with you, you seem more like a gentle giant than anything else. You definitely favor the scritches.

Rocky: What can I say? I’m a dog, I love the attention. If someone wants to give me cuddles, I’m going to roll onto my back and take all I can get. Maybe it’s a small fault, but I do get jealous of cats and most other dogs. I dont like to share the attention.

Me: You obviously like people, but what about babies and kids?

Rocky: You mean the little masters? My hosts tell me that I am good with school age kids and up. I like people, both little and big. They know I like the little ones but I am big and strong and maybe a little clumsy so I might knock the little ones down. I would feel very sad so maybe kids that go to school are best for me.

Me: How have you been treated there at your temporary hotel room?

Rocky: It’s been great! Not only do I get to go on walks all the time but they even trained me to do some cool tricks and my agility workouts have made me lighter on my feet. I would love to have a family take me and continue to teach me more tricks. I know tricks mean treats and I love treats!

Me: That’s great to hear! Tell me a little about your life before you came to the SPCA?

Rocky: I had a good life. I was with a loving family and I thought I was set for life. Somehow they had to move across the country and couldn’t take me with them. It was very hard for them to say goodbye, I still miss them but I hear there is this white powder stuff across the country and its very cold. I dont have big ol’ bushy fur like Lassie, so I think I would be too cold. I like it here with this warm air. My old family was loving and nice to me, but I’m ready for another one now.

Me: That’s great to hear! So it would be safe to say that you might look like a really tall pit but your personality is more like a great dane; a big, calm, cuddle bug?

Rocky: I believe so. Look, I’ve been talking a bit here, can I have a treat? You also promised me pets…

Me: Ok ok, come here you big ol’ goofball.

The Rocky Chronicles: The Beginning

Rocky was pleasant to be around. He was fun and loving and eager to please. He reminded me very much like a great dane, his jowls, eyes, and gentle demeanor confirm that in my eyes. I feel like he is the dark horse in the adoption world. A missed gem that would bring a great deal of happiness to a loving family. Don’t miss out on this monstrous bundle of cuddles. Go to the Placer SPCA and play with him and see for yourself what a catch he is.