If getting a forever home is a rescue dog’s equivalent of winning the lottery, then getting a forever home and having a plush toy made in its likeness is surely a double-lucky dog.
Rocky, a dog with a heart-shaped nose that survived an attack while roaming the streets of Kansas City, and then had to have his leg amputated, is a lucky boy.
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City announced last week that an adoption application was approved and Rocky went to his forever home over the weekend. Rocky’s new dog mom lost her 12-year-old American bulldog and she feels Rocky came into her life at just the right time.
Rocky is also a model for an original one-of-a-kind plush sock doll, which will be auctioned online as part of the HSGKC annual fund raising auction on April 13.
“Rocky is doing really well,” said Keith Wiendenkeller, President and CEO of the HSGKC. “He was a little anemic, so we are waiting to make sure he is completely 100 percent before he goes to his new family.”
Wiedenkeller said Rocky has done very well adjusting to the loss of a limb. Staff at HSGKC has helped him learn to walk by using a harness. Rocky also has another 3-legged companion at the shelter that has helped him by showing how it’s done.
Stacey Hsu, owner of sockdogs.com was volunteering at the shelter with her daughter when Rocky captured her heart and sparked her creativity.
“I have a big love for pit bulls and I just fell in love with him,” said Hsu. “I knew I wanted to sockify him.”
“Sockify” is the name she gives to her custom dog sock doll creations. She began doing the custom work in 2005 during a fundraiser for the shelter and said they were so popular that she decided to make it a business.
A portion of each sale goes to animal rescue. She’s raised approximately $10,000 in the past nine years just for HSGKC.
“I love doing what I do, the people who order them get something from it and I can also help save pets,” said Hsu.
Rocky’s doll comes complete with the dog’s heart shaped nose, three legs and a tag with his name.
Custom creations are typically $95, but the bidding for Rocky, since all of the proceeds will go to the HSGKC and he is truly one of a kind, will likely start at $200, said Wiedenkeller.
For more information on the auction or the Rocky doll, “like” the organization’s Facebook page.