A couple adopts a 17-year-old dog from a shelter, and he survives long enough to meet his human sister

Beth and Michael Clark are the type of animal heroes who donate blankets to shelters in the winter to help provide some comfort and warmth to dogs who do not have their own family.

They came home with something extra after visiting Anne Arundel County Animal Control in December 2015 to donate blankets and supplies.

Rocky, a sad-looking 17-year-old dog, caught the couple’s eye and they couldn’t leave him.

“When I saw this gray-faced, skinny dog, I told my husband, ‘We’re getting him,'” Beth told Today.
“I wasn’t going to let that old man die in a cage.”

“Rocky completed our lives,” Beth told TODAY.

“He enjoyed dancing with us and being close to us…
As the year progressed, it became more difficult for him to climb the stairs and go for walks, so my husband would carry him up the stairs every night just so he could sleep next to us, and instead of walks, we would just sit outside in the sun together.”

Special families are opening their homes and hearts to senior dogs.

According to Robin Catlett, an administrator at Anne Arundel County Animal Control, more families are thinking about adopting a senior dog.

“It takes a special family to open their hearts and homes to an animal who may only be in their lives for a short time,” Robin said.
“We do our best to make the animals in our care as comfortable as possible, but we know that nothing can ever replace a forever home.”

When Beth found out she was pregnant, she was overjoyed, and she told Today that as she grew bigger, Rocky became more gentle with her.
He was a huge source of comfort for the expecting mother from Maryland.

Rocky’s health began to deteriorate.

The couple even announced their pregnancy with a picture of Rocky and the words, “Mom and Dad are getting me a human!”

Rocky’s health began to deteriorate when Beth was 7 months pregnant, and they were told their sweet senior dog might have a tumor.

Rocky sniffed her and put his head near hers the day Beth and Michael brought their new baby girl home, but his health was failing and the couple knew it was time to let their precious hound go.

“I called a vet, and that night, he passed away peacefully with his family by his side,” Beth told Today.
“We loved him more than words can express, and we are still struggling to adjust to his absence.”

The Clarks believe that Rocky held on to meet his new human sister.

Beth and Michael, you are true animal heroes!
Thank you for making the decision to adopt Rocky and make his last years happy and loved ones.

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