There is so much to say about this sweet little boy. Rocco/AKA Rocaroni, Rocca, and Rocco Digga, oh and Punky.Mama gave you that nick name when your hair use to stick straight up o n your head so cute. . Papa gave him the nick name Rocco Digga because he use to jump up on Papas lap when he got home from work everyday and Papa would rub him and Rocco would dig dig dig his paws on Papas leg. It was the cutest thing. We also taught him how to say I Love You, and believe me he really did say it in his doggie voice. Also when he wanted to voice his opinion to Mama or say something to me, he would jump on Papas lap, stare and me and go on and on and on. LOL So cute! When we first got him and was trying to decide on a name for him, we would shout out all kinds of names to see if he responded. Because he was so feisty we decided to name him ROCCO. After a couple of months for some reason Papa said the name Rudolph out loud, and Rocco started barking like crazy. We kept saying Rudolph and Ruddy and he would go crazy. It was so funny so we assumed perhaps his name use to be Rudolph or Ruddy but we still kept the name Rocco that we gave him, it definitely suited him very well. |
. We rescued him 9 years ago when we lived in Sarasota Florida. He was a mess. Flea infested, skin rashes, heartworm positive and very very timid . We got him all cleaned up and treated and took him home. Vet said he was about 4-5 years old at that time. We didn't know much at all about the first years of his life but we new they were definitely not very good years given his condition. We suspected some type of physical abuse because he was very scared of everything and everyone .When we took him home he just laid on the floor curled up in a ball for what was probably weeks. He finally started to come around when he realized he could trust us and we were not going to hurt him.
Then he became a little silly boy. Running around playing with his toys.Loving on us. Jumping on the furniture and bed to hang out with us. He made friends with the big dogs that lived next door to us and he loved going in the yard and running running running with his friends Mack and Nicholas. He would run like a fire cracker up and down the side of the fence with his friends and he would always beat them. Or so he thought he did hahahaha. He loved running around our in ground pool and chasing lizards, and yes he fell in the pool several times while chasing the lizards. He also had a best friend Cassie (we doggie sat Cassie a lot). She was a big Rhodesian Ridge Back girl and he just loved her and loved jumping all over her. He had another friend Mia Joy that we doggie sat, he always wanted to play and jump on Mia but she didn't like that so she always nipped at Rocco LOL He loved people,children and MOST other doggies. When he was on a leash he had issues with other dogs and use to grab the end of his leash and shake it like crazy.LOL or if other dogs walked by the house he would crab the curtains or blinds and shake them like crazy and barking LOL We never understood why he did this because if he was around other dogs in the house or yard he was fine. He had an issue with a couple of dogs in the neighborhood because they use to charge at him and they were very big dogs. He loved to go on long walks, and rides, and trips to the park. He also loved to go on vacation to his Aunty Mary and Uncle Chucks house when Mama and Papa went on vacations. He use to come to work with me and loved to go around greeting everyone in the office. He loved when his Gram use to come visit us in the Winter because she would be home with him all day while Mama and Papa worked and she would walk him and hang out with him. He loved when any of our family from up north came to visit us.
In 2013 we moved here to Rhode Island where our family lives. The 24 hour drive was very trying for him. He loved car rides but he said" This is a bit Much Mama!" LOL I will say he didn't like car rides as much after that journey . This was a very very big transition for this little Florida boy who didn't ever know how to climb up and down stairs, not to mention the Cold and Snow. He was a tropper he did great we were so proud of him. He learned how to climb stairs, although he HATED the cold and snow he still did a great job getting thru the cold snowy winters in Rhode Island. As long as he was with Mama and Papa he was happy, didn't matter where it was.
About a year ago we started to see some failing in his daily routines. He didn't play with this toys anymore, he was having a hard time going up and down the stairs,he didn't enjoy his walks anymore, he couldn't jump up on the couch anymore and his vision and hearing were getting very bad. When we took him to the Vet here in R.I they suspected he was a couple years older than we originally assumed. Again he was a trooper and made the best of the situation. He loved that Mama was working from home because we could be together all day long. He didn't like to be alone anymore. Even if we went out for a couple of hours, he let us have it when we got home. LOL He never lost interest in his TREATS that's for sure. He LOVED his treats. He would get a treat everytime he went out to potty, then he started just going outside and coming right back in just so he could get a treat. LOL He was a real silly boy and spoiled with lots of love and attention. He was my shadow. If I left the room, he would follow me wherever I went. Even in his last months when he wasn't feeling so good and could hardly hear or see, he would be sound asleep in his day bed and I would quietly get up to go into another room, and sure enough he new I was gone and came looking for me.
In August Rocco started to fail quickly. After a lot of blood work , and tests his doctor told us he was in kidney failure, in addition he had neurological issues, start of dementia , hearing problems from age and vision problems from age. His doctor suggested some meds for Rocco to keep him comfortable and fluid injections to help his kidney failure. We went with his doctors recommendations and started Rocco on treatment plan for a month. He took his meds like a good boy, His Gram use to come and take us to the vets office for his fluid injections 3 times a week. He started feeling a lot better after the first week and we were hopeful. He did great for a couple of months and we kept him happy and comfortable. Then we started to see the signs of him failing again a couple of weeks ago. He was having more bad days than good. He seemed to be in pain, was very confused and disoriented most of the time. It was hearting breaking, we didn't want him to suffer any longer. He had no quality of life and to put him thru treatments again would have only been selfish on our part to keep him with us longer. We new the time was very close.
Rocco was terrified of the Vets office. He always was from the day we got him. He would have panic attacks whenever he had to go to the doctor so I found this wonderful site Pet Loss at Home, where a Vet in your area comes to your house and puts your baby to sleep in the comfort of your home. I was soo happy this service was available in our area. I was at peace knowing my Little Rocco wasn't scared or nervous and went to sleep peacefully in my arms at home.
We miss him dearly already. The heartache is overwhelming at times but I know it was what was best for our Little Boy. The days seem empty without him. I sometimes think I hear him pacing the floors or barking for a treat. I know it will get easier with time but right now it hurts soo bad.
Run free at the Rainbow Bridge my Rocaroni , you are free of pain now and can run run run like you use to love to do and play with all your toys again. Please be sure to look for your friends, Miss Cassie and Mia Joy. Also please look for my Shylo and Gizmo and let them know you took good care of Mama for the past 10 years after they passed over to the bridge. We love you so much and miss you so much Kisses Hugs Love Mama and Papa
10/30/2017 Good Morning my sweet Rocca. Its so very quiet around here without you. I miss you soooo much. I hope you are running around at the Bridge and making new friends to run with and play with, I hope you were able to find Shylo and Gizmo, and your friends Miss Cassie and Mia Joy. I am pretty sure by now your friend in Sarasota Nicholas is probably at the bridge too, look for him ,maybe you guys can run run run.The past two days have been very long days and the nights even longer. I wake at night thinking I hear you barking for me, or hear your little feets walking around the house. My heart has peace because I know you are nolonger suffering and in pain, but my heart also aches so bad of missing you. My daily routine is not the same anymore without you here, but I promise Mama will be stronger and stronger everyday and I will be OK. Kisses Hugs Love xoxoxoxox Mama
10/31/2017 Hello My Sweet Boy. Happy Halloween! You loved Halloween. You loved greeting all the lil goblins at the door to give them treats and then of course You had to get a treat. LOL I love you and Miss you my Rocca. Lil Eric came over today to hang out with Mama. He said he Missed you . I told him you were in Doggie Heaven now and doing good. I love you and MISSS YOU SOOOOO MUCH MY ROCARONI!! XOXOXOXO LOVE YOUR MAMA
11/1/2017 Hello again my Rocaroni. I wanted to let you know about a few fur babies I need you to look for and play with, Aunty Mamps doggie Dexter cross the bridge 10/30/2017,he will love to run run run with you and Mamas friend Reb, you remember him he use to work for Mama at the billing office in Sarasota, his sweet 16yr old Wheezer crossed the bridge this morning, please welcome her so she is not scared and tell her to send her Daddy signs that she is OK and running free with you at the Bridge. I have been getting your signs that you are sending to me thru the days and nights, thank you my sweet boy its comforting to know you are at peace, my heart of course still aches for you and I miss you sooo very much...Lots love hugs kisses....Love, Mama
11/2/2017 Hi my little sweet angel. The Vet just called Mama and they are shipping your ashes today, so you will be home again with Mama by tomorrow. The days are still so long and the pain and hurt in my heart of missing you is horrible. I hope you have been able to meet up with all your friends and are running running running. Some people think Mama should not still be sad but the truth is it gets worse before it will get better. When we rescued you 10 years ago Mama was at a low point from missing My Shylo baby. I know Shylo sent you to me because he new of my heartache of missing him and you sure did fill the void. Now I'm back to that point again and missing you day and night. I still can smell you, hear your little feets pacing around and hear your little grunts at me when you wanted to go outside or wanted my attention. Please keep sending my signs that you are OK and happy at The Rainbow Bridge. I love you sweet boy and miss you sooo soooooo much! xoxoxoxox Your Mama
11/3/2017 Hello again my Rocca. It is a beautiful warm sunny day here and the sun is shinning thru the sliding glass doors where you use to love to lay in the sun. I look over and see you laying there so peacefully and comfy in your sun bed. I miss you so much my sweet boy. Shylo and Gizmo have been sending Mama signs that I met you at the Rainbow Bridge and you are all having fun playing and running running running. Your ashes are supposed to come today so Mamas been waiting all day for you to come home. Missing you sooo very much everyday and night. i love you with all my heart sweet boy. kisses hugs love..Your Mama
11/4/2017 Good Morning Rocaroni. I am thinking of you all morning. It was already one week ago today we spent our last hours together. Mama made you your favorites, Fried Egg and Chicken and gave you all the treats you wanted. Your ashes and paw print came yesterday. It brought me some peace that you are here with me again. My heart is still aching so bad and I still cry a lot from missing you. I love you my sweet angel . Keep looking over Mama and sending signs to me, it gets me thru each day without you. love hugs kisses..Your Mama
11/5/2017 Hello My lil sweet boy. Today is a damp cold day here.Mama went out lastnight for the first time since you have been gone..and coming home was very hard not to see you cute little face at the top of the stairs waiting for me and barking. So very quiet around here. I miss you so very much my boy Love hugs kisses ...xoxoxoxo
11/6/2017 Hello Mommys Boy. I have been thinking of you all day and missing you terribly. Thank you for continuing to send Mama signs that you are OK and free at the Bridge. I dream of you every night. I wake during the night and look down at your night bed and wish you were still there all cuddled up and sleeping. Mama misses you each and everyday buddy. Love Hugs Kisses, your Mama forver xoxoxoxoxo
11/8/2017 Hello baby boy. Mama brought you a blankie today in case you are cold. I know you hate to be cold but I am sure its beautiful warm weather at the Rainbow Bridge. Mama is still having such a hard time missing you so very badly my heart aches and hurts every day and night. I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I wanted to let you know to look for a fur baby Monroe at the Bridge and welcome him so he is not scared. Hugs Love Kisses Your Mama
11/11/2017 Hello my sweet angel This morning has been very hard for Mama, its two weeks to the day/time since you crossed over the Bridge. I held you in my arms and comforted you until you drifted peacefully off to sleep. I will never forget the pain in my heart, I could hardly breath with the realization that you were gone. Its been a very hard two weeks without you in my daily routine. My heart still aches so much with pain of missing you. I wish I could have kept you just a little longer but Mama didn't want you to suffer just for my selfishness. I hear the signs you send me day and night to let me know you are still with me and you are safe and enjoying peacefulness at the Bridge with all your old and new friends. love hugs kisses my sweet boy...Love Mama
11/17/2017 Good Morning my little punky. I haven't written to you in a few days but as you know I think about you all day and all night of every single day. I miss you so very much. I hear your little feet pacing around at night and I hear you snoring LOL Thank you for sending Mama those signs that you are still here with me and that you miss me too and you are safe and happy at the Bridge.The boys were here yesterday, little Eric called out your name and I said whats wrong honey, he said Nonna I thought I just heard Rocco bark a the door to come in..he said I miss Rocco , I said I know buddy Nonna misses him so much too. He's so sweet. Its starting to get very cold here so I am happy you are in the warm weather where you are happy and playing and running running running. I love you all my heart and Miss you terribly. Kisses Hugs Love, Mama
11/20/2017 Hello my sweet Rocca. Mama misses you so much. Thanksgiving is coming and I am remembering that you stayed at Grams house for a few days while Papa and Mama went to Florida to see Grandma K. Gram said you were such a good boy for her. Just wanted you to know I am always thinking of you every minute of every day and missing you so badly. love hugs kisses Mama
11/30/2017 Good Morning my sweet boy. I haven't been here in a few days but rest assure I am always thinking of you, talking about you, and missing you every minute of every day. Lastnight Mama has a melt down..it happens every few days because I just really miss you sooo very much.My heart aches for you. I know it will get easier at some point but its going to take Mama a long time. I added a Christmas stocking and Christmas Tree to your memorial since Christmas was your favorite time of year. A lot of Mamas friends and family have had their fur babies cross over the bridge in the past few months. Please look for Juno, Mamas friend Martins fur baby. HE is a beautiful big Husky boy and I am sure you will just love him since you love all big dogs. I still hear you barking during the night while I am asleep, so I know you are still here looking over Mama Thank you for letting me know, it helps Mama a lot to know you are watching over me....lots of love hugs kisses xoxoxoxo
12/5/2017 Hello my sweet angel. Its getting close to Christmas so I left you a stuffed toy to play with. You always loved opening your Christmas stocking and playing with your new toys and eating all your new treats! I miss you so very much every minute of every day. It is sooo quiet and lonely around here without you. Its getting cold here now and I know you hated the cold winters so I am so happy it is always warm and sunshinning at the Rainbow Bridge. Please continue to send Mama signs that you are OK and watching over me. I love you with all my heart and soul and miss you more than anyone knows. xoxoxoxo love hugs kisses Mama
12/23/2017 MY SWEET BOY I MISS U STILL SOOO SOO VERY MUCH! I CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP EACH AND EVERY NIGHT HOLDING UR URN OF ASHES AND KEEP U WARM AND CLOSE TUCKED INTO MY HEART! ITS NOT GETTING ANY EASIER YET BUT I GUESS SOMEDAY IT WILL. ITS UR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR..CHRISTMAS! U LOVED TO OPEN UR CHRISTMAS STOCKING FROM SANTA FILLED WITH LOTS NEW FUN TOYS AND MANY YUMMY TREATSSSS! TREATSS! I AM SURE U ALREADY KNOW THIS BUT ANOTHER PRECIOUS FUR BABY IN OUR FAMILY IS CROSSING OVER THE BRIDGE! AUNTY DAWNIES DOGGIE TIGG .. PLEASE LOOK FOR HIM ..HE PASSED IN A TERRIBLE WAY..WE ARE ALL SO SAD SO PLEASE LOOK FOR TIGG AND RUN RUN WITH HIM ...I LOVE U I MISS U SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH MY BUDDY!! MERRY CHRISTMAS! IT WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT U XOXOXOXXO
12/27/2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS MY BABY BOY..I HAVENT FORGOTTEN YOU AT ALL MATTER OF FACT I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY AND MISSSING YOU TERRIBLY. MAMA CRIES HERSELF TO SLEEP EVERY NIGHT MISSING YOU. ITS NOT GETTING ANY EASIER, THE DAYS ARE VERY LONG AND LONELY...IM STILL HEARING YOU NOW AND THEN...I THANK YOU FOR THOSE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE STILL WITH US AND WATCHING OVER US. I LOOK AT ALL YOUR PICTURES A MILLION TIMES A DAY I MISSSS YOU SOOOOO MUCH. I IHOPE YOU HAD A NICE CHRISTMAS AT THE BRIDGE AND I HOPE YOU FOUND TIGG AND SHOWING HIM THE ROPES. I LOVE YOU SWEET BOY KISSES HUGS XOXOXOXO MAMA
12/28/2017 HELLO MY SWEET ANGEL. TODAY IS TWO MONTHS SINCE YOU HAVE CROSSED OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. MY HEART ACHES SO BAD, MY HEART IS SOOO BROKEN WITHOUT YOU. I NEW IT WAS TIME FOR YOU TO GO, I DIDNT WANT YOOU TO SUFFER ANYMORE THAN YOU ALREADY HAD BUT I STILL CRY EVERYDAY WONDERING IF I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION AT THE RIGHT TIME. I KNOW YOU WANTED TO STAY WITH MAMA AND PAPA BUT I KNOW YOU WERE ALSO VERY TIRED AND WEAK. IT WAS THE WORSE DECISION IVE EVER HAD TO MAKE IN MY LIFE AND ILL NEVER KNOW IF IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION AT THE RIGHT TIME. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SEND MAMA SIGNS THAT YOU ARE OK AND STILL HERE WITH ME ALWAYS. I USE TO HEAR YOUR FOOTSTEPS, OR YOUR BARK, OR YOUR LICKING YOUR LIPS BUT I DONT HEAR YOU AS OFTEN AS I DID WHEN YOU FIRST LEFT SO PLEASE SEND MAMA SIGNS YOU ARE STILL HERE WITH ME BECAUSE I REALLY NEED YOU BADLY . I MISS YOU SOOO SOO VERY MUCH IT HURTS. I HOPE YOU ARE PLAYING WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS AT THE BRIDGE AND GETTING LOTS OF TREATS I LOVE YOU ROCCO XOXOXO
1/10/2018 HAPPY NEW YEAR MY ROCCARONI. THE HOLIDAYS WERE SAD WITHOUT YOU. MOMMA STILL MISSES YOU SOOO VERY MUCH. LASTNIGHT I HEARD YOU BARKING DURING THE NITE. THANK YOU FOR SENDING ME A SIGN THAT YOU ARE STILL WITH US AND DOING OK. ITS VERY COLD HERE AND ALOT OF SNOW HAS ALREADY FALLEN, YOU WERE SUCH A GOOD TROOPER IN THE WINTERY SNOWY DAYS BUT I AM HAPPY YOU ARE IN A BETTER WARMER PLACE NOW AND YOU DONT HAVE TO BE COLD . I HOPE YOU HAVE FOUND ALL YOUR COUSINS AND FRIENDS AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS AND HAVING FUN AT THE BRIDGE. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH AND MISS YOU SOOOO SOOO SOOO MUCH. XOXOXOOXOXOXO LOVE MOMMA