4/1/18 – At last, relaxed Rocko has found a wonderful new home!
Rocko is a gorgeous Staffy boy who has just celebrated his 14th birthday at his Oldies Club foster home in Gosport, Hampshire.
Rocko came into the Oldies Club rescue because the council didn’t allow dogs in his owner’s property. Rocko is a relaxed, sociable dog, but sadly seems to have been overlooked simply because he’s a less popular breed (yes, we know that’s completely unfair and unjustified). Poor Rocko!
Relaxed, snoozy boy: Rocko’s foster carer says that Rocko’s default position in life is snoozing. We really like that description, and when you take a look at his photos, you can see that she has a point!
Doing well in foster care: Lovely Rocko took about a week to settle in to life at his foster home and he is doing very well there. Snoozing.
Can be left for short periods: Rocko is a sociable boy who loves to have company but he can be left for a couple of hours. He will bark initially but he then settles until you return home. He is a very people orientated boy and would like a home with people around most of the day, so that he has company when he’s snoozing.
Good with dogs: Rocko is living happily with his foster carer’s dog, and in his former home there were other dogs around. He can be a little jealous of other dogs having attention sometimes and so would also be happy as an only dog, provided his owner was around a lot of the time.
Unknown with cats: We were told that Rocko doesn’t like cats, but on meeting them out on walks he has shown no interest. We aren’t sure if he would be able to live with cats.
Likes children: Rocko used to live with children. In foster care he has interacted nicely with children he has met.
Loves walks: Rocko loves walks and loves investigating things. This makes his recall unreliable, so he is having on-lead walks. He pulls a little but then settles down and walks nicely. He is having a 45-minute walk each morning and then he potters around the garden when he feels like it during the day. This seems to be enough for him as he snoozes happily after his walk.
Travels well: Rocko is fine in the car. He travels in a crate as otherwise he likes to chew at the seatbelt restraints! He settles to sleep once the car is moving.
Rocko’s favourite pastimes: Snuggling with his human, snoozing, treats, meeting his doggy friends, and sunbathing.
Rocko’s dislikes: He’s not keen on the hoover but will just get out of its way.
Rocko’s ideal home: Rocko would suit a family home with someone around a lot of the day. Once he’s had his walk he will happily snooze for the rest of the day. He would be well suited to a home with other dogs as he is used to this and he enjoys doggy company.
Health notes: Rocko is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and has been flea and worm treated. He isn’t on any medication. He has cloudy eyes but seems to see well.
Rocko in a few words: Rocko is a cuddle monster who is happy, cheeky and friendly!
Rocko’s foster carer says: “Rocko does not look or behave his age at all. He has managed to charm everyone he meets and has a great staffie smile. He’s daft at home rolling on the floor making all sorts of noises just to show you he is happy. There is always an enthusiastic greeting when you return home. He can be quite boisterous when he knows we are going to the park, just because he is so excited. It has also been noticed that he is quite a snaffler, and it is worth keeping treats out of his reach! Rocko would make a lovely addition to the family, and if his new owners have staffie experience, even better. Rocko loves nothing more than to snooze beside his human with his paw or head (or both) resting on your leg, and he will treat you to some lovely snoring! He has a sweet habit of sleeping with his tongue poking out.”
If you would like to offer Rocko a permanent home, please read our Adoption Procedures for information about the adoption process. You can then contact an Oldies Club rehoming co-ordinator as follows:
Telephone: 0844 586 8656
Rocko can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland, subject to a satisfactory home visit, but note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to meet him.
This replaces Rocko’s original Oldies Club page dated 24 June 2017.
If you would love to offer a home to an oldie but your circumstances aren’t suitable, perhaps you would be kind enough to sponsor one of the special oldies we are caring for that, due to health problems, are unlikely to be offered a permanent home.