Palm Springs, CA â€” Rocky the guide dog was back home Monday, after going missing over the weekend.
“We’re very excited to have him back,” said Kim Laidlaw, a spokeswoman for the Guide Dogs of the Desert
The 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever had gotten loose while out for his last walk of the day at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Laidlaw. Rocky had somehow freed himself from his collar and took off running away from the volunteer who was with him, she said.
Animal control picked the dog up just four hours later, at about 4:30 a.m., but since the shelter is closed on Sundays, the organization couldn’t check to see if he was there until early Monday. He was found just two blocks from where he got loose.
Someone from Guide Dogs saw Rocky’s picture on the Palm Springs shelter’s website Monday morning, and they went and picked him up at 9:30 a.m.
Rocky has been slated to be a breeder for the organization, which Laidlaw says is “just as important as a guide dog itself!”
Guide Dogs of the Desert is a local non-profit that provides and trains dogs for the visually impaired.