Dave and Rachel Rockafellow first came to the Humane Society of Park County (which would later become Stafford Animal Shelter) in 1990 to adopt a four month old black Labrador retriever they named, what else, “Jack.” Dave trained him in obedience from a library book by practicing 15 minutes each day until Jack was “push button” on his basic obedience skills. With the downturn of the economy in the early 1990’s, the Rockafellows ended up following a job opportunity out of state, where Jack and Rachel (who owned Trooper, also a rescued shepherd/malamute mix) joined the PAC (People Animal Connection) program at UCLA Medical Center. Trooper and Jack both passed the temperament and training skills required to be therapy dogs, but Jack by far was the more people-oriented of the two and truly loved his time visiting patients in the Monitored Observation Unit every other Sunday for two years. A photo of Jack and Rachel hung on the wall of that unit under the caption: “’Dog-tor’ Jack visits to deliver TLC—Tender Loving Care.”
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We adopted Chubbs from you about 3 years ago. He’s a beautiful black and white Moo Moo pitbull. Chubbs has given us many hours of laughter, and love. He’s a smart boy, great with all animals- he makes friends wherever we go. He’s still a goofy boy when it comes to getting pictures. He has a house mate- our cat Lil Bit and they adore each other. I have two chickens and when I let the girls out he puts them back into thier pen. He’s fantastic with all people. He don’t know what breed he is, he just thinks everyone should love him unconditionally. He allows my grandchildren to crawl all over him, lay on him, pull his ears, do whatever to him. We also have horses and he’s always licking them. He bonded with my son’s Rednose pit. Unfortunately, Rocko had to be put to sleep last year on Good Friday. We watched Chubbs go through the grieving process just like we do. I have some of Rocko’s remains and daily Chubbs sniffs the container & makes a small whimper goes about his life. We have decided we need to find him a new friend so we will always watch there. Thank you for such a wonderful dog. For those that think Pitbulls are bad, theres no such thing as a bad dog just bad owners.
On June 12, 2012 my husband and I adopted a wonderful 80 lbs bundle of Lab/ mastiff. Tonka is a good boy who loves to swim, go for walks, loves to play ball and to lounge on the couch, surprisingly he loves his cat friend Frankie. To say he LOVES McDonald’s hamburgers is an understatement. His brothers Buzz and Angus (sheltie/jack russell terriors) are now use to the big wild guy. He now weighs 150 lbs. We have taken him to obedience classes, he was working off leash by the end of the 6 week course. We also found out that he liked to do agility with the other dogs in his class despite of his size. He has been a wonderful addition to our family.
We adopted our dog, Heidi, in December of 2008!! At the time, I had been recently laid off from my job and was feeling pretty depressed about it. My husband luckily still had his job, but I was very lonely at home. We had always wanted a dog, but our demanding work schedule wouldn’t have been fair to one. But with being laid off I had all the time in the world and Heidi was the best friend I needed to get over feeling depressed!! She is truly an amazing dog. She is very loving, smart, sensitive, and loves to play! In March 2011 we welcomed out first baby, our son Braeden, and he and Heidi are truly best friends. She is extremely careful with him and tolerates a lot! I didn’t know a dog could be so careful!! Heidi is such an important member of our family and we love her so much!!
I have had Scruffy for seven months now and he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Scruffy protects me where every I go and he is one of the smartest dogs I have ever met. He likes treats. He has memorized every drive through that has treats and when he goes to Counterpoint, he gets a treat in every room. Though I haven’t left him yet I know he will be just fine when I leave him with a good friends because he loves almost everyone he meets. When I first got him, he was shy around men, but not now he loves my dad.