Soldier: An Adoptober Success Story

You might recognize Soldier. He was the first dog featured in our “Pet of the Week” adoption feature during our Adoptober partnership with the Animal Protective Association.

And—wait, hang on. This just in: he was almost immediately adopted and now his name is Rocco.

In case you missed him, here’s a photo of Rocco.

The Watering Bowl Rescue Dog Soldier profile

But we knew him way back when he was still Soldier, looking for a home.

He came to the APA at eight weeks old and was adopted right away. But that’s not the end of the story.

He came back to the APA at nine months old. He hadn’t been trained, but that didn’t take long. “After a few short training sessions, he was catching on. He was a great student, and we could tell he wanted to learn,” according to Kayla Hurley, communications and events manager of the APA.

From there, he made his appearance as our first Pet of the Week. And when Eric and Stephanie found him, the stars aligned. Eric and Stephanie recently settled in St. Louis and were looking to adopt a dog. Then, in walks Soldier, and the rest is happily ever after.

The Watering Bowl Rescue Dog Soldier

Nowadays, Rocco is loving life, honing his obedience skills and planning his next trip back to The Watering Bowl for just regular old cage-free doggy daycare with a bunch of familiar faces and new best friends.

We’re lucky because we got to play a small part in this union. And we’ve been doing it throughout Adoptober with our friends from the APA.

Adoption is a great option, not just for dogs but also for owners. It’s a unique bond between dog and owner full of mutual appreciation.

The Watering Bowl Rescue Dog Soldier with friends

But if adoption isn’t in the cards for you right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t help. We have a toy drive going on all month and a costume contest that’s just as fun as it is beneficial.

Thanks to everyone in our cage-free canine community for making all of this possible and for letting us bear witness to stories like Rocco’s on a daily basis