Our gentle giant, Rock, has a sad tale of loss and betrayal. With little explanation, his beloved owner deposited him in a high-kill animal control facility, where Rock immediately contacted kennel cough, which morphed into a full blown URI. At that point, Rock could not be adopted through the shelter program, so oblivion seemed to be his only option. We were completely gobsmacked when we found this majestic, six year old dog on the Urgent At Risk list.

Rock appears to be a giant Boxer, who tips the scale at 80 pounds. He is blissfully au naturale, with uncropped, floppy ears. Large breed dog lovers will thrill at Rock's grand dimensions, and remarkable, friendly demeanor and loving nature. Clearly Rock has been loved, well cared for, and properly socialized. He handles extremely well on lead, with proper neckwear, and he already knew some basic obedience commands when he came to us. We have continued Rock on his Canine Good Citizenship program and he is ready to pass the test with flying colors.

Rock would be an ideal family dog, and would give everyone equal attention. He would relish older kid play, but would most likely knock down wobbly toddlers, or step on the crawling baby. He could easily join a multi-dog home with other well trained dogs. His temperament appears to be neutral, and he would blend in nicely with any kind of stable dog pack. He seems to have a genial nature, and is not prone to social climbing in a dog pack.

Rock could also join the active home of an active single or couple, whose lifestyle provides enough action to keep Rock engaged. He is a medium energy dog who requires at least one to two brisk leash walks a day. Rock's size suggests some living space logistics, and he would not be a good choice for folks who live in a studio apartment, or drive a Mazda Miata.

Rock came from apartment life, and does have excellent house manners. He is the consummate companion dog, and loves to be with his people. He craves human touch and affection, and he gives as good as he gets. He is housetrained and crate trained, but adopters should expect the occasional accident to occur during his transition to a new environment.

Rock is in good health and, will have a dental procedure to remove some broken teeth next week. He will have full pre-op blood work that will provide adopters with baseline values going forward. Rock has been vaccinated for rabies and DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo and parainfluenza). He has had the 4snap test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been microchipped and de-wormed. If you are interested in Rock, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call/text Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.