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Abused dog ready to get some love from forever home

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  • Rocket came to the Buddy Foundation after his previous owners abused him. But with loving care, he's now ready to go to a home that will give him the love he deserves.

      Rocket came to the Buddy Foundation after his previous owners abused him. But with loving care, he's now ready to go to a home that will give him the love he deserves.
    Courtesy of the Buddy Foundation

By Ellaine Kiriluk
The Buddy Beat

This is the story about a dog named Rocket, a black-and-white hound mix who lived through abuse and cruelty and came to the Buddy Foundation because of the determined efforts of two special people.

Although only 2 years old, Rocket spent 7 months of his life chained to a wall, wearing a plastic cone around his neck. After medical treatment and compassionate care, Rocket spent time with a trainer for some obedience issues because of his prior abuse. He's now trained and up for adoption.

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John Tobin, a certified dog behaviorist and the dog coordinator at the Buddy Foundation Shelter, describes Rocket as a "big teddy bear puppy. A big, sturdy dog. He's a good dog."

Standing 3 feet high, Rocket weighs in at about 80 pounds. He is black and white, with ears long enough to reach his water bowl. Rocket is an active dog, who wants to play, chasing balls or Frisbees. He loves to run in the yard, but is also a gentle walker on lead.

When asked about Rocket's personality, John described him as having a sweet disposition and protective and wanting to please.

John also said, "I feel the heart of this dog. This guy has a soul. Rocket had a rough ride and people gave up on him -- he was just an accessory. Now he wants to be cuddled and hugged. He's ready to live life."

Come and visit Rocket and the other dogs at the Buddy Foundation Shelter. Life really is better lived with a dog.

Buddy Walk

The Buddy Foundation has two fall events coming up. The Buddy Walk is at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Melas Park, Arlington Heights Park District, 1500 W. Central Road. Mount Prospect. Walk with or without your dog. It's a fun way to exercise while raising money and awareness for the Buddy Foundation.

Dog Wash

You can also join The Buddy Foundation and Jimminy Clippers at the annual Dog Wash and Nail Clipping, sponsored by Knupper Nursery, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine.

All proceeds benefit the dogs and cats of the Buddy Foundation. We are an all-volunteer organization and receive no state or federal funding.

For more information on our fall events and the dogs and cats available for adoption, call (847) 290-5806 or visit

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