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Pets Corner

12 Oct 2017

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Rocket to the city

By Shantelle-Ann Marquis

Rocket is a pug-Staffy cross who loves to travel and go on long road trips.

The four-and-a-half-year old adventurer has lived quite a rebellious life.

As a puppy, Rocket would run away from his owners and he did this until they decided that their home wasn’t the right one for him.

“He was with some people but it wasn’t suitable for them because the people were always away at work and he kept running away from them,” says Rocket’s owner Heather Brooks.

Rocket was adopted by his new mum at the age of two and hasn’t run away since.

“I’ve only had him since he was about two. But he’s just fantastic company and I just love him,” Heather said.

Ms Brooks initially did not want to adopt Rocket, but after meeting him she knew he was the dog for her.

“We always had dogs but I had to put down quite a few, so I vowed that I wouldn’t have any more dogs. But he needed a home and a good one. His owners didn’t have the time to look after him properly. I couldn’t say no,” she explained.

Rocket also found it really easy to adapt to his new family and surroundings on Ms Brooks’ farm.

“When we brought him home, it was like easy pie! He has been spoilt to death. He is just so gorgeous. We really wanted to give him a good life,” she said.

Today Rocket is visiting Ms Brooks’ apartment in the Southbank and is completely fascinated by the crowd on Southbank Promenade.

“It took us around three and a half hours to get here but Rocket loves it in the car. He goes everywhere with us. He’s even got his own bed in the back of the Range Rover,” Ms Brook said.

Rocket has a great life on the farm. He also loves going for rides in the back of the tow truck.

After all this travelling, even Rocket knows that there’s no place like home. “Rocket’s favourite place to visit is where we live. We have a big lake out the front and so we go down there twice a day,” Ms Brook said.

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