PET PROFILES: CARES adoptees Rocko & Cowboy looking for loving homes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of a new, ongoing series that features Burien CARES animal adoptees looking for loving homes:

By Cydney Moore


This is Rocko – a pit/rottweiler mix who, as far as I can tell, is beloved by all. Rocko was surrendered in early September, and has since become a staff and volunteer favorite at the shelter. They describe him as “ incredibly intelligent, gentle, affectionate, and eager to please,” and one staff member even said that, if he didn’t already have two dogs of his own, he would have already taken Rocko home himself.

Rocko has spent time working with a professional trainer, who has been impressed with how responsive and quick-to-learn he was. He has mastered several commands, and Powers Proper Canines will provide a free one-hour training session for whoever adopts Rocko to teach them his commands, and give tips on how to continue his training at home.

His current trainer, Jordin, says, “Rocko will warm up quickly to new people,” – I can corroborate this, as he gave me a very friendly greeting when we were introduced – “and once he does, Rocko is the biggest cuddler. Rocko wants to be wherever you are, he looks for you when you leave the room and wants to please… Rocko is an amazing, sweet dog who had great basic obedience and would make a great addition to your family!”

Rocko was raised in a home with several other large dogs, so he typically gets along well with other big dogs (especially females); however he can get nervous around smaller dogs, so he would probably do best in a home without smaller dogs (or cats). Rocko loves children (from what I hear, he had a great time greeting trick-or-treaters during Boo in Burien), but he wasn’t exposed to small children much in his previous home, and sometimes he can be a little enthusiastic in his play and affections, so this big boy would probably be better paired with middle or high schoolers.

This fun-loving guy has a clean bill of health from the vet (who says he seems to be in excellent shape), has been neutered, microchipped and dewormed, and is up-to-date on all his shots. The general consensus is that Rocko would make an amazing addition to the right family – he’s just waiting for them to come pick him up and take him home!


Cowboy, first and foremost, is a cuddlebug. When I met Cowboy, he was sitting alone in the play room at the shelter waiting for me to come in, verbalizing his nervousness. The moment I approached him and started giving him affection, his entire demeanor immediately changed – he went from being tensed up, crouching on a perch meowling, to relaxing, laying down and getting comfortable while I rubbed his chin and stroked his fur. When I stepped back for a moment, he protested, and when I took a few more steps away from him, he started getting nervous again, crying and looking around for an exit. As soon as I returned to give him more attention, he reverted to his previous state of coziness.

Although I offered him an assortment of toys to play with, he seemed rather disinterested, and wanted nothing more than to be petted (though he was just a bit too nervous to come approach me to seek the attention directly). In a more familiar and comfortable environment, he may be more prone to playfulness, but huddled in the shelter, all he wanted was affection.
In terms of socialization, Cowboy seems to be particular about other cats, but he may do fine with the right kitty friend in a new home; he certainly loves people, though.

Cowboy is an older cat, estimated at around 9 years old, but the vet has given him a clean bill of health. He has been neutered, flea-treated, dewormed, microchipped, and is up-to-date on all his shots.

This fellow has been around, spent some time on the road, and undoubtedly seen a lot of things. At this point, he needs a comfy place where he can settle down, and someone who can give him the love he needs to feel safe and secure. If you have a place in your life for a companion like Cowboy, he will undoubtedly make a very special addition to your home.

To learn more about Rocko and Cowboy, or to find out how you can foster/adopt, please contact Burien C.A.R.E.S. at (206)-812-2737 or stop by during business hours at 909 SW 151st Street.

Burien C.A.R.E.S. is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter serving the City of Burien; more info at Burien C.A.R.E.S.

Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

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