I saw Rocket’s picture on social media. Meeting Rocket was an intimidating experience for us to say the least. We were told that we would just be walking alongside the handler, not speaking to Rocket or tossing him treats. He clearly had a rough life.
HSHC told us that persistence and patience would be crucial to adopting Rocket. We continued to come back for the next five days. The second visit involved us feeding him treats through his muzzle. I remember thinking that we might not have made the best choice.
But each day we came, Rocket’s heart started opening to us and ours to him. One day, Rocket ran to us in the yard, tail wagging and tongue nearly dragging on the ground. Rocket jumped on my lap – no muzzle or leash, just love. In that moment, I knew we were his and he was ours.
There were a few rough days after we brought him home. But, all of those crazy day pale in comparison to the good that has come from Rocket being a part of our lives. He needed someone to love him unconditionally and in return he would offer the same. Even when someone (even a dog) looks or acts unlovable, they still have value. Thank you for taking a chance on us, Rocket!
– Mark and Leticia Wehlage