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October 4, 1998

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Rocky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rocky
Age: Nine years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Raccoon
Home: Texas, USA
   My family has a business where they trap and relocate wild animals in Texas. You know the ones, the pesky little creatures that break into your house like squirrels, skunks, armadillos, possums, and of course raccoons.

    Rocky was trapped in a wall and rescued by my step dad Trapper George. He was crippled as a result of falling down in the wall and he couldn't walk. His right elbow is fused and his left wrist is damaged. I had two choices: Keep him or kill him. I couldn't destroy him because he was too sweet so I rehabilitated him and he's been with the family ever since. He has lived in Texas, California, and Massachusetts so he is a well traveled coon!

    He's very gentle and gives big hugs. He plays with anybody or any dog or cat that can stand him. He has no problem taking on large St. Bernards in a wrestling match. He's a great foot-warmer on the bed in the winter months. He's the funniest dog anyone has ever seen sticking his head out the window. and... he's a chick magnet! Rocky gets all the girls.

    A funny thing that happened was that he found a fortune cookie that I was saving on the kitchen counter. I thought I had it pushed back far enough that he couldn't get it. When I got home I found an empty wrapper and the fortune on the floor and it read "Your Lovers Will Never Leave You." Can you believe it? Even my pet gets better fortunes than I do!

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