When I met Rocko this week it was love at first sight – I walked in the door, he greeted me with a quick sniff, then promptly rolled on his back on top of my feet for a belly rub. It was actually a little painful for me to start shooting because I wanted to sit with him there all day! But he was equally enthusiastic about the camera – as soon as we stepped into his backyard he was all business, selecting toys to tug and throw, play bowing left and right, and striking poses at random.

It was so funny to see a dog so goofy and dignified at the same time, so serene and affectionate in the house and so rambunctious in his backyard. He’s only about a year old and was found abandoned at Brook Run Park (which has one of the best dog parks in Atlanta!). He came to his mom already house trained and well-mannered, and plays well with other dogs and is obviously wonderful with people, which begs the question…how in WORLD does someone abandon a dog like this?!

The expression on Rocko’s face in the image on the right below CRACKS ME UP. What does he know that we don’t?

This is what he did the second he saw the camera come out:

March 1, 2011 - 8:54 pm

Kelley - I was there the day Rocko was abandoned and hardly recognize him from the scared dog he was then. These pictures are so beautiful and tell a great story that has a super happy ending! I actually teared up a little when I saw these. 🙂

February 18, 2011 - 6:11 pm

Laine Sweezey - When this dog was discovered abandoned at our dog park, many of our visitors were distraught. Rocko was abandoned with another dog called Boots (who is still waiting for a family). On behalf of the hundreds of dog lovers at Brook Run Dog Park, THANK YOU for giving this dog a wonderful home!!
Laine Sweezey
President, Brook Run Dog Park Assocation, Inc.

February 18, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Beverly Cosmann - This is the cutest dog. I am in love. Rocko is definately a rock star!

February 18, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Melissa Irvin - What a sweet, beautiful boy! I know you had a great time with him – so many opportunities to get great shots!

February 18, 2011 - 1:35 am

Denver Pet Photographer - What a great face…. he looks like he’s always smiling.

February 17, 2011 - 11:21 pm

Joni Solis - Rescued dogs ROCK! And so does your talent! Thanks for sharing these great doggie pics.

February 17, 2011 - 3:06 pm

katie - Love it!!! So cute, you really captured his amazing personality!! Okay- I’m ready for you to come to DC already and take some pics of our girls!!! Great to meet you 🙂

February 17, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Brittany Graham - Oh my goodness, this session is just precious! I love, love, love it!

February 17, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Jami - What a Wonderful dog! Thanks, you brightened my morning!

February 17, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Liz - Awwww, he is beautiful! He reminds me of when KC was just a year old and he had that gorgeous, reflective coat. I’m so happy Rocko found true love!

February 17, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Brittani - His eyes, ears, facial expression…just everything…he is to die for cute! Who could ever walk away from a face like that? What a special guy. You really captured his personality, I feel like I know him 🙂

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