There is a reason dogs are known as loyal creatures. Stories of their steadfast and unconditional love can be found in cultures around the world.
Some have proven their dedication to their humans through acts of courage in the face of great danger, while others have returned to their companion’s side, even after death.
For one family in Maryland, their dog Rocky showed his loyalty not by protecting them from danger, but through holding on to his own life until he could meet the newest member of his family.
Before Beth and Michael Clark adopted Rocky from Anne Arundel County Animal Control (AACAC), he was already 17 years old, with a history few other canines would envy. Roy’s former owner kept him outside, where he often escaped, only to be picked up by the AACAC.
“He just looked so sad,” Beth Clark told the Dodo.