Goodbye to Rocky the fetching king |

Goodbye to Rocky the fetching king

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Yogi, an adorable one-year-old Dachshund mix, is a sweetheart! She is a bit shy but warms up quickly. Yogi gets along with everyone: men, women, children and dogs. She is so cute, and her puppy dog eyes will captivate you. Oh please come out and meet her.

The Fallon dog park is an excellent place to meet dog people, and I have had the good fortune to meet Wayne and BeBe who are the pet parents of Inca, Lily and Rocky. Rocky was the greatest ball fetcher ever! He loved to tease, too, because he would put the ball down beside you and then quickly grab it back. He was an expert at keep away.

To everyone’s dismay, Rocky has succumbed to lymphoma. It was so unexpected and the disease spread like wildfire. In the period of less than a month, Rocky, who was only 7 years old, went from healthy to deathly ill.

Lymphoma is a common cancer in people and dogs. Canine lymphoma is similar to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in people. Lymphoma is a term used by doctors to describe a group of cancers that stem from the lymphocytes.

Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that helps the immune system fight off infection.

They are concentrated in organs that play a part in the immune system, like the lymph nodes, spleen and bone marrow. Lymphoma can affect any organ in the body but is typically found in immune system organs.

There are 30 different types of known canine lymphomas. The most common is multicentric lymphoma. This type affects the lymph nodes and is characterized by their rapid enlargement. This is what happened to Rocky; his lymph nodes grew so much that he couldn’t breathe.

Scientists are working on a cure for cancer, but until they do it is wise to be vigilant about checking lumps that your dog may develop and seek medical attention immediately. We miss Rocky, but I’m sure he’s the fetch king in heaven.


We still have puppies. Policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under five years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal. Call 775-423-7500 for details.


Garage sale items. We need gently used appliances, furniture, treadmills and miscellaneous items. We don’t need clothing. Call us at 755-423-7500 and we will pick it up.

Folks to check out Chewy’s food delivery program. See the details below.

Walking buddies for our fabulous canine guests. Call 755-423-7500 for details.

Aluminum cans; if you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500), and we will come get them.


Judy Carlson for donating balls for our guests play time. All tails are wagging for you!

Mike and Sally Van Curen for the big bag of cans. A Four Paw salute to you!

Ari Atkinson, Noelle Cumo, Paisley Cumo and Victoria Molatore, the Girl Scouts who made toys for our dogs. A pooch smooch to you!


CAPS will be at Walmart Aug. 3 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by and smooch our pooch. We have hoodies, shirts and hats. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you’ve hugged our pup.


July Pet Holiday: All American Pet Photo Day

You can open an account with Chewy and referencing CAPS in the order. CAPS will receive $20 directly into the operating account with your first $50 order. Chewy offers quality food and free two-day delivery on orders over $50. Check our Facebook page, Churchill Animal Protection Society, for details.

To call CAPS to pick up items for the garage sale. Keep us in mind when you are cleaning out your garage.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me,