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: