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Roadside Encounters: Rocky

Name: Rocky

Age: 6

Breed: Rottweiler-beagle mix

Encountered: At a Motel 6 across from the Richmond airport

Backstory: Rocky has been a guest at this Motel 6 — for two years. He lives in a second floor room with his owners, a painter named Dave and his daughter Jessie. At $33 a night, and an even lower rate when you pay by the week, it works out about the same as rent, Dave says. Besides, he adds, “I like motels.”

Rocky can be seen wandering various parts of the property on his own, and every morning when he’s let out of the room, he goes directly to the motel office for a treat.

We encountered him a few times during our stay, and he got along great with Ace. Both times we saw him, Rocky went into a play stance, leading Ace to chase him around the parking lot.

Dave, a lifelong resident of Richmond, says Rocky has bitten a couple of people, but only when provoked. He’s a sweet and friendly dog — “unless you try to get in my van.”

(Roadside Encounters is a regular feature of “Dog’s Country,” the continuing account of one man and one dog spending six months criss-crossing the country.)


Comment from debbie
Time August 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

Rocky is adorable.( of course ,so is Ace )

Comment from selkie
Time August 27, 2010 at 11:45 am

sighs. really cute dog. it will be shame if he gets run over on his travels – which considering it is in a MOTEL is entirely plausible; on the other hand, he also runs the risk of being picked up by animal control – because biting even when “provoked” is a problem in most places. Of course a responsible owner would avoid that by actualy CARING for his dog!

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