Rocky the yellow lab could be a national hero with your vote
|This yellow lab, Rocky, has been nominated for the Humane Society’s Pets of Valor award for his role in saving his owner’s life. Photo submitted|
May 28, 2013 — Floyd Tibbetts might not be alive today if it weren’t for a yellow lab named Rocky.
Tibbetts enjoys rock hounding, and a few years ago, his wife, Dawn, brought home Rocky so he wouldn’t be alone when he went hiking into remote areas.
Rocky was in the Pups on Parole program, where inmates at California Correctional Center train and rehabilitate dogs who might otherwise be put down at the local shelter because of poor socialization skills.
In Rocky’s case, the inmates also nursed him back to health.
According to Dawn, “He had lead in his hip from being shot. He’d been abused, neglected and dropped off at the animal shelter and left in the cold at the end of December. Due to the abuse and neglect, Rocky was very frightened and skittish.”
As far as Dawn is concerned, however, she knew Rocky was part of the family the first time she saw him.
She said Floyd had expressed a desire to own a yellow lab, and one day while browsing the available dogs from Pups on Parole, she noticed there was a yellow Lab named Rocky.
She went to see him and it was love at first sight.
Dawn said, “I looked at Rocky. He looked at me, and I knew right away he was intended for our family. I adopted Rocky, surprised Floyd, and they have been inseparable ever since”
One morning Floyd took Rocky out to hunt for rocks. When Dawn returned home about 4:15 p.m., she knew something was wrong when Floyd and Rocky were not yet home.
She called her son and son-in-law and they began to search.
“Floyd had collapsed and passed out in the woods in a remote location from a low heart rate,” Dawn stated. “For 7 ½ hours, Rocky stayed by his side, trying to wake him by licking his face and hands. Several times Floyd came to as a result of Rocky’s efforts, only to be disoriented from lack of blood flow to the brain. He was wandering around trying to find his truck. Rocky guided Floyd in the right direction toward the truck when he veered off course.”
With Rocky’s help, Floyd was able to eventually find his way back to his truck and drive home.
According to Dawn he was weak and dehydrated. She drove him to the hospital, and they transported him by ambulance to Reno. His heart rate was between 26 to 28 beats per minute, which resulted in him receiving a Pacemaker.
Dawn is convinced Rocky saved Floyd’s life.
She said, “Had Rocky not stayed by his side, Floyd would have died in the woods and we would have never found him. Rocky’s our hero. He’s my hero.”
As a result of Rocky’s heroic efforts he has been nominated for the Human Society Pets of Valor award.
To vote for Rocky, go to
humanesociety.org/petsofvalor and follow the instructions.
Voting begins Friday, May 24th. You will have until Friday, May 31 to cast your vote.
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