Meet Rocky, a very large dog.
Rocky is a mastiff-cross who’s bigger than a pony. He’s looking for a home after being found as a stray on Chobham Common in Surrey.
Staff at the RSPCA’s Millbrook animal centre managed to trace his original owners, who said they could no longer meet the dog’s needs.
To be fair, Rocky does have some sizeable needs. He makes his way through a kilo of food every day and loves to run around – so will need a home with a large garden.
When Rocky was found he was underweight and covered in pressure sores. Now he weighs more than 70kg and is back in a healthy and happy state.
‘Rocky hasn’t had it easy and has lived outside most of his life,’ Millbrook deputy manager, Liz Wood, said.
‘He loves to go for walks around the paddocks here and say hello to the ponies – I think he feels like he fits in better in the stables as he’s the same size as some of our miniature Shetlands! Jack and Percy are 7.2hh and Rocky stands taller than both of them!’
The RSPCA hope to find Rocky a home with owners who have experience with larger breeds. They’ll need plenty of space and will need to dedicate time to Rocky’s training and care.
‘Rocky is definitely larger than life but he’s a big softie at heart,’ said Liz.
‘While some people may find his size a bit intimidating, he’s just a gentle giant.
‘He absolutely loves his toys and enjoys nothing more than cuddling up to a teddy bear for a nap on his special memory foam mattress – it’s utterly adorable!
‘He also loves playing with footballs and, despite being seven, he really seems to have discovered his inner puppy again since arriving here.
‘As he used to live outside he will need time to adapt to life inside the home and may need some house training and time to get used to going in a car.
‘He would like someone who is around for more of the day to help him settle and then teach him that it’s okay to be left alone.’