Everybody Loves Rocco
Baby boy Shain arrived at the ASPCA Adoption Center in October 2010 when he was just a few months old—but this darling Shepherd/Collie mix didn’t last long under our roof. He soon met Janet and Michael Kelleher of Staten Island, who fell for the dog’s exuberance and inherently loving nature.
The couple brought the young pup home that very same day, and the “51-pound lap dog” quickly became a vital member of their family. The Kellehers’ son, Anthony, renamed his new four-legged brother Rocco.
Janet says: “Everybody loves Rocco, and he loves everyone he meets. When we go for walks around the neighborhood, everyone knows his name and says ‘hello,’ even the paper man, Bob, and the mailman, Coop, who are usually afraid of dogs!”
Janet and Michael regularly bring Rocco to their neighborhood dog park, where the pooch enjoys the company of his “dog friends, bird friends and lots of turtle friends.” On Sunday mornings, they visit a dog run in Silver Lake Park, where Rocco gets hours of exercise and socializes with his girlfriends, Victoria and Peaches.
In just under six months, Rocco has wasted no time making himself at home and establishing his favorite things like snuggling, belly rubs and gardening with his pet mom. He also loves to take baths, and surprises Janet when she’s soaking in the tub by leaping in. The result? Rocco emerges from the bath squeaky clean and sporting a new ‘do called the Ro-hawk.
A grateful Janet writes: “Thank you to everyone at the ASPCA Adoption Center for taking such good care of Rocco—you guys are the best!”