In December 2015, a young animal-loving couple named Beth and Michael decided that they wanted to start the holiday season off right by donating to their local shelter.
The couple walked into Anne Arundel County Animal Control with no intentions of adopting a dog. But then, they saw Rocky.
Beth and Michael immediately felt a connection to the sweet dog. Beth told Bored Panda:
“We were there to donate all kinds of stuff that I rounded up with my military community and I saw rocky walk in and I couldn’t stop thinking about that adorable old face. Next thing I know I’m walking out with Rocky!”
Anne Arundel County Animal Control shared the letter on Facebook:
“I took you on knowing we were going to have to take extra care of you. Knowing that one day you weren’t going to make it outside in time to use the restroom and I would have to clean it up, I knew one day I was going to have to carry you up the stairs when you no longer have the strength to do it. I knew you were going to eventually lose your hearing and eyesight and we were going to have to spend extra money to make the house safer for you. I knew one day I am going to have to say goodbye to you. But until then you are the best gift I have ever gotten and I’m really sad I couldn’t give you the best 17 years you deserved but I promise you’ll have a great life from now to the day I have to say goodbye!”
“Rocky may have had some bad years but I made a promise to him however long he may be here will be filled with joy and love and lots of treats,” Beth told Bored Panda. “He definitely brought a missing puzzle piece into our life and we are more than happy to be his parents.”
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