Posted by Mary Ricksen | 12:00 AM | boxer, community, dog lovers, dog park, Facebook, furbaby, Google+, lost dog found, Northwood, people helping people, power of social media, Rocco, twitter, West Palm Beach | 11 comments »
a quiet, unassuming, older guy. He has a fairly thick accent and has had a stroke so he is a bit
hard to understand. He lives very frugally and he loves Boxers. He lives on a low fixed income.
They have tried to get Roger to go into a place that will care for him. But, he is fiercely independant
and all he has is his furbaby. I think he does just fine, considering he is all alone.
Roger and Rocco walk the blocks of Northwood, in West Palm Beach, and everyone knows who they are. Rocco isa rescued dog, so was already grown when Roger got him. So his love for running when he gets free is a problem for Roger. Who tries to be very careful, but can't run anymore to catch him.
Roger is the neighborhood dog walker and will walk your dog while you work. No one worries cause Rocco is the only dog who ever got away from him. Usually Rocco heads for the local dog park.
Four days ago, Roger, frantically knocked on our door. It took us a few minutes to get to the door.
Roger was despondent, Rocco got away and was not at the park. Roger got rides to look for Rocco,
by us and others. The guy across the street walked his own dog looking for days for Rocco.
Now here's the good part. In addition to dozens and dozens of our community looking for Rocco, I
saw a side of my neighborhood I didn't think existed. Strangers looked for Rocco. It was posted on
Twitter, Facebook, Google, you name it. It was shared by a whole gang of strangers on these media
sites. I was shocked. After three days, I was afraid that Rocco was gone. We were in the front yard when we saw Roger with Rocco, on a triple leash. Not the best of contraptions, but the best Roger could do not to lose him. Boxers have no head to hold their collars on and his just slips off. So he needs a harness.
Rocco had been found on Facebook! Imagine that! People who don't even know other people, shared and looked for this dog. It made me feel that the power of social media is not all bad. Without it, Rocco might never have been found. He spent three days being taken care of by people quite a ways from his home. Roger was beaming and Rocco was behaving. People on Facebook are human, they care and they made a difference.
We all worried about Roger and knew without Rocco, he might give up. Thanks to all who helped find Rocco...people looking out for other people is just plain refreshing!!!
Me, I am gonna find Rocco the best harness I can buy for Roger, so his "baby" never gets away again.