Meet Rockstar

Meet Rockstar 2018-03-16T10:56:30+00:00

Rockstar is a fun and friendly Sharpei/German Shepherd mix. His loving and sweet personality makes you fall in love with him the moment you meet him. This handsome canine joined the Animal League’s life-saving Sponsor Program in 2008.

Rockstar was originally adopted as a puppy and later returned to the Animal League in 2007 after the previous owners reported that Rockstar had a seizure.

He had a comprehensive physical examination, blood work and urine testing. The results of these tests indicated that Rockstar had a disorder of his liver called a Porto Systemic Shunt (PSS). A PSS is caused by abnormal blood flow through the liver. The abnormal blood flow caused toxin buildup in his body that resulted in seizures. At the time of his initial workup, Rockstar was also found to have bladder stones, which is also a common occurrence in dogs with PSS. Rockstar was also found to have an ocular condition called entropion where the eyelid margins roll inward causing irritation to his corneas. Left untreated, entropion can result in corneal scarring and even blindness.

Rockstar was evaluated by a team of veterinarians that specialize in internal medicine, ophthalmology and surgery and the good news was that Rockstar’s conditions of a PSS, bladder stones and entropion would carry a good prognosis if surgery was performed.

Rocky underwent four separate surgeries between May 2008 – August 2008 to fix his liver, bladder and eye conditions and he has recovered fantastically! He was a trooper during his recovery period, always wagging and willing to take his many medications. He is on a special diet and liver supplement for his liver condition and will need to stay on this special diet for his entire life. This combination of a special diet and liver supplements will help his liver remain healthy and prevent any worsening of hepatic microvascular dysplasia, which is a common consequence to PSS. We anticipate that with proper veterinary care and follow-up, Rockstar will live a full and happy life.

March 2018

Rockstar seems to be the happiest big guy on this planet — snoozingon his bed, cuddling on the couch, or taking a leisurely stroll with his canine brother, Harley. The funniest thing about Rockstar, which also happens to the cutest according to his human mom, Devera, is that when he gets hugs and love, he sounds like a little old man groaning with happiness. “We are blessed to have him as a part of our family,” she says. Thanks to the support of his sponsors, this loveable boy has everything he’ll ever need to live his happiest, healthiest life!

December 2017

Rockstar was officially adopted by his new family and this dapper Shephard mix is loving life in his new home alongside
his canine brother- especially when they are playing outside, laying in the grass
at the park, or lounging on their big comfortable beds together. Otherwise, you can find Rockstar snuggling up with mom, who calls him “the sweetest, most loving boy.” She said Rockstar’s love for cuddling will certainly come in handy during the cold winter months. Thanks to all of his amazing sponsors, Rockstar will live out his life with his new adoring family, enjoying his favorite sweet potato snacks and being showered with love. What more can a dog ask for?

September 2017

The last time we provided an update on Rockstar, he was back at Animal League America’s campus after his human family was forced to move out of the state without him. Although he was displaced for a short time, he quickly became a favorite among the staff here. Rockstar had his own plush bed set up in the kennel managers’ office, his very own stash of toys, which kept him busy for hours, and an endless supply of treats and belly rubs. Although it was an unexpected surprise to enjoy his company again, we are thrilled to report that our big, loveable Shepherd mix with the heart of gold has found another responsible, loving home to call his own. Today Rockstar is spending his days with his new mom and his canine sibling Harley, who is also a big Shepherd mix. The two of them enjoy playing with toys, running around outside, going for walks on the beach and around the neighborhood, and spending quality time with mom. When he’s not playing with his brother, Rockstar can be found lounging near the big window in the front of the house while munching on sweet potato snacks, which have quickly become his favorite. It seems as though this handsome boy has found a place to call home and a family to call his own, and everyone here couldn’t be happier! Thank you to everyone who has donated to ensure that Rockstar has everything he needs to live a happy, healthy life.

June 2017

Due to a dire emergency that sent them to Florida, Rockstar’s family had to bring this loveable Shepherd mix back to our Port Washington, N.Y. campus. Although we were very sad to see him separated from the family he loved, through the support of his loyal sponsors we were able to shower him with compassion and provide the medical care he needs – plus toys, playtime and belly rubs. But it didn’t take very long before we found this sweet gentleman a loving foster home. And yes, he’s currently being quite spoiled – as he deserves to be – along with a furry foster brother who looks a bit like Rockstar! Everyone here at North Shore Animal League America would like to thank Rockstar’s sponsors for providing him with the gift of life!

March 2017

Recently Rockstar’s family noticed he was having trouble walking so they took him to the doctor’s office where it was found that he had elevated liver enzymes. A medication was prescribed to return his liver enzymes to a normal level. Now two months later, his family can already see his walking has improved and Rockstar seems to be more like himself again. His doggy brother, Loyal, always true to his name, was with Rockstar every step of the way.

December 2016

Rockstar’s family recently “doggy-sat,” Star, who is such a sweet girl. Rockstar and doggy brother Loyal gave her a warm welcome and they all had a great time together! Rockstar is one smart dog. His family has an indoor security camera, including a speaker, in their living room to keep an eye on things and to make sure the dogs are fine. When their mom speaks to them through the speaker, Rockstar looks around for her and barks as if to say, “Where are you, mommy?!”

September 2016

Rockstar received a clean bill of health from his doctor recently. He loves to play Frisbee — catching and bringing it back for as long as anyone will throw it! His mom is amazed by how smart and incredible Rockstar is and the family so loves him, especially the grandchildren. Rockstar and his family are so thankful for all of his sponsors.

June 2016

Rockstar is doing well. He has been to both the North Shore Animal League America Grooming Department and Medical Center recently. When he and his canine brother, Loyal, came back from grooming they both had bandanas around their necks and looked very dashing. His annual checkup found slightly elevated liver enzymes, but all else was fi ne. He and Loyal love going for their daily walk with dad who knows they are ready when they scratch on the door, as if to say, “Hey, are you ready?!” Rockstar is extremely smart and very protective of his family, including his parents’ 7 month old grandson. His family feels fortunate to have Rockstar in their lives, and thank all his sponsors.

March 2016

Poor Rockstar can’t help himself from relaxing on the sofa even though he knows that it is not allowed. When his family found his golden hair on the sofa and showed him, he knew he was caught. Rockstar immediately went to the corner, bowed his head and would not look up at all. Mom Ramona can’t stay mad at her sweet boy and ran right over to let him know it’s ok. His family is so glad his liver enzymes are under control and couldn’t love Rockstar and his canine brother Loyal more than they do! Without your monthly gift of life Rockstar most likely wouldn’t be here today. Thank you.

December 2015

Rockstar and his canine brother Loyal are the heart of the house according to his family. The house can get loud with their playing around and barking, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Rockstar is well trained and is a very good guard dog. There is a new baby boy in the house, and Rockstar is very protective and gentle around him. Rockstar’s family feel truly blessed with having him in their lives.

September 2015

Rockstar’s family is happy to report he is doing well. He is such an incredible dog that they feel he is almost half human! Rockstar and Loyal, his canine brother, have their own room and have to sleep close together. Both were unable to sleep when their blanket was in the laundry. So, their mom came to the rescue with a substitute comforter in the meantime! They also love to romp in the yard and go for walks. Rockstar is able to have such a happy life with a family that loves him thanks to his wonderful sponsors.

June 2015

Rockstar continues to be an amazing dog. His family says he loves to take it easy and relax – and play with the grandchildren when they visit. He and his brother, Loyal, have their own room – but when they hear someone outside they come running and barking like crazy. They love to play in the grass and run around. His family feels truly blessed to have Rockstar in their lives, and thank all his sponsors for making that a reality.

March 2015

Rockstar has been in good health. As usual, he receives a ton of love from his family – he’s a big mush that brings everyone joy. He and his brother Loyal are inseparable; they love to follow each other around the house and sleep snuggly together. We are so glad Rockstar is feeling well and, as always, happy.

December 2014

Big Rocky is doing really well.  As usual, he loves to relax and take it easy – except when he hears a commotion going on outside of his home.  He gets very excited when he hears his neighbors making noise, he just wants to get in on the action!  He and his canine brother, Loyal, spend a lot of quality time together.  They love to run around in the yard until they are completely exhausted.  Ramona feels blessed to have him in her family and thanks his sponsors for their support.

September 2014

Rockstar and his brother, Loyal, are really enjoying the summer. Even though they like to run outside in the yard, their favorite play area is in the living room – causing quite a ruckus. The two of them love to be together and patiently wait for their mom and dad to get home from work. Rockstar, in particular, will start to cry and pace in front of the door for their arrival – grandpa notices how Rockstar always knows what time it is! His mom and dad couldn’t be more elated with this adored dog.

June 2014

After Rockstar had his physical, a lump was discovered on his side. Thankfully after some tests were done everything was okay. Rockstar’s family is blessed to have him, and his human mom says that he is the smartest dog she has ever seen. He is extremely well behaved around her grandchildren and listens when told to stay or sit. Rockstar loves being around his canine brother, Loyal. They are like two peas in a pod; they love to sleep next to each other and run around together. When Rockstar leaves for his veterinarian visits, Loyal paces back and forth awaiting his return. Rockstar is a marvelous dog and is much loved by everyone in his family.

March 2014

Romona, Rockstar’s human Mom, couldn’t be happier that his liver issues are under control and his hip hasn’t given him anymore trouble. She thinks it’s all the playing with his canine and human brothers that keeps him young and in great shape. After all he’s been through including four separate surgeries for bladder stones, a life-threatening Porto Systemic Shunt (PSS) liver disorder and eye problems, it warms her heart to see him having so much fun and altogether loving life in general. Romona can’t thank you enough for all that you do and will continue to do for her beloved Rockstar and all the sponsor pets.

September 2013

Poor Rockstar has been suffering from hip troubles. Thankfully, he is responding well to his medication and limping much less. Since his 2008 surgeries to correct his Porto Systemic Shunt (PSS) liver disorder, he is such a good boy following his special diet and taking his supplements to help his liver remain healthy. Rockstar just loves playing with Loyal, his doggy brother, and their toys. He takes his guard dog job seriously as he barks for every noise or any person that passes by the property. He is a great dog no complaints about him. Ramona his adoptive mother feels he has completed their family and are so lucky to have adopted him.

June 2013

Rocket loves to play around, especially with his doggy brother, Loyal. They are inseparable and the best of friends. Lately he does not have much of an appetite, and we noticed that he is having a tough time getting up from a doggy nap. His family knew of his hip problems when they took him home from the League, so he is scheduled for a visit to the Lewyt Medical Center for some x-rays soon. The grandchildren say Rocket is the “BOMB,” or the best.

March 2013

Rockstar is doing well. He is up-to-date with all his vaccines, and he will be coming in for a scheduled appointment to be groomed. His adopted mother, Romona, is amazed at how human Rockstar seems to be. Rockstar and their other dog, Loyal, like to sit at the window to see what’s happening outside, and they love to play together. With Rocket now home for three years, the kids and grandkids love him very much and say they are blessed to have him as part of their family. Romona’s father says, “Everyday Loyal and Rocket wait at the door around 6 PM and whimper until they see Romona coming. When she walks into the house, they jump up to greet her! We love them—our babies—so much.”

December 2012

Rockstar is doing fine. He is up to date with all his shots and he takes his medication every day without a fuss. His human brother came home from Florida and was so happy to see how well he looks. He put on 20 pounds from when the family first adopted him. He loves to be around the grandchildren. He plays with them and they just love playing with him. He has taught Loyal, the other dog in the family, some good habits, like not pulling on the leash. They are both very good watch dogs, and Ramona has to admit they can make her crazy from time to time with their barking at people passing the house on the sidewalk, or at a squirrel in the tree.

September 2012

Rockstar is doing great. He recently had his annual physical, and he got a clean bill of health and received the yearly vaccinations that are needed to keep him healthy. When his family first got Rockstar he was only 60 pounds; he is now 82 pounds. There are some mornings when he doesn’t want to eat, but he’s not rushed and will eventually eat up during the day. They believe he is truly is a Rockstar; he acts like a rich dog from the Hamptons. He eats very slowly and watches everything around him; when you call him, he gets up slowly and then just looks at you. When his adopters brought home a playmate for him not long ago, his adopted mother was nervous that Rockstar would not be happy about the new addition, but they are inseparable! They sleep together, lying side by side. They even play hide-and-seek in the yard with each other. He is very good with the grandchildren and everyone loves him. Their friends say that Rockstar is the Lord of the Manor. They feel truly blessed to have Rockstar in their family.

June 2012

We are happy to report that Rockstar is doing well. His foster mother says that he is an exceptional dog and refers to him as her baby since all her children are grown up. He knows when it is time for his foster parents to come home from work. Around 5:30 PM every day, he starts to look out the window. One day they came home at 6 PM and Rockstar was pacing back and forth from the window to the door. When he sees them coming, he starts to bark loud. Rockstar loves playing with his toys and the grandchildren. His foster mother recently commented that her family made a great decision when they came to the Animal League’s shelter and chose Rockstar. She says that when she walked by Rockstar, she looked at him and said, “Do you want to come home with me?” He just wagged his tail in that special way and she knew they were meant for each other.

March 2012

We are happy to report that Rockstar is doing fine. He loves to play with his toys and the grandchildren in the family. He is exceptionally friendly towards young people. There is another dog within Rockstar’s extended family and he is a small, Pit-bull Mutt-i-gree® (mixed-breed dog). His family thought that Rockstar would not play with him, but they both love to play with each other. Rockstar received a new, extra-large bed and he loves to lay in it in the middle of the living room. His family showers him with love and they think he is just the greatest dog ever. We couldn’t be happier for him and his family!

December 2011

We are happy to report that Rockstar is doing well. He is a spoiled dog and he knows it! Each day at around five o’clock in the evening, he senses that his parents will be coming home soon and he stays next to the window to look out and wait for them. When he sees that they are parking their car, he starts to whine for them. Rockstar has become such a special part of his family and they love him very much. He enjoys playing with their children and grandchildren. He loves his toys and plays with them all the time. At night, he will not go to sleep unless he has a blanket on the floor. He does not like dog beds, but adores a warm and cozy blanket.

September 2011

Rockstar has to be the most lovable dog in the Animal League’s Sponsor Program. His adopted mother can’t say enough wonderful things about him. Seems he loves his life and is thankful for the second chance he’s been given. Recently, Rocket had his teeth cleaned and he looks incredible with bright, white teeth! An Animal League veterinarian decided he also had to have a nose biopsy done because he has an allergy that hasn’t gotten any better. Rockstar continues to be a good dog. He loves his toys, the family’s grandchildren and of course, he barks like crazy when someone knocks on the door. His family took him on a trip to Pennsylvania to visit other family members and they too all fell in love with Rockstar and didn’t want him to leave.

June 2011

We are happy to report that Rockstar is doing well. His foster mother says that he is an exceptional dog and refers to him as her baby since all her children are grown up. He knows when it’s time for his foster parents to come home from work. Around 5:30 PM every day he starts to look out the window. One day they came home at 6:00 PM and Rockstar was pacing back and forth from the window to the door. When he sees them coming, he starts to bark really loud. Rockstar loves playing with the grandchildren and his toys. His foster mother recently commented that her family made a great decision when they came to the Animal League’s shelter and settled on Rockstar. She says that when she passed by Rockstar, she looked at him and said, “Do you want to come home with me?” He just wiggled his tail in that special way and she knew they were meant for each other.

December 2010

We are happy to report that Rockstar is feeling well! His foster mother has absolutely no problems with him. She says he is a wonderful and affectionate dog and she couldn’t be happier that she is taking care of him and his special needs. Even her grandchildren adore Rockstar. Rockstar has become a fun-loving playmate for them whenever they come to visit. The best part of all is that Grandma is getting a lot more visits from her grandchildren thanks to Rockstar being a member of the family!

September 2010

Rockstar’s foster mother reports that he couldn’t be doing better! Relatives visiting his New York family from Puerto Rico have taken a genuine liking to Rockstar. While spending time with him, they have observed that Rockstar seems to have “the mind of a human”. They were surprised how much they enjoy being around him and can truly relate to his behavior and mannerisms. After a recent first-rate medical report from the Animal League’s veterinarians, Rockstar seems well on his way to enjoying his life again. We couldn’t be more pleased with his progress.

June 2010

We are so proud of Rockstar. He has adjusted to life with a new family and new surroundings. That’s not easy for any human or animal, let alone an animal with a medical condition. Rockstar’s liver disorder and seizures will keep him on a life-long special diet and liver supplements. It takes a patient family to take care of a Sponsor Program pet and we hope that Rockstar has found the family that will take care of him for the rest of his life. His adopted mother, Ramona, says that he is a joy and they are very happy to have him in their care. Rockstar loves when the grandchildren come to play with him. He’s careful to play with them very gently. He also loves playing with his toys and looking out the window. We anticipate that with proper veterinary care and follow-up, Rockstar will live a full and happy life.

March 2010

Thankfully, Rockstar has been adopted! He will remain in the Animal League’s Sponsor Program due to his life-long medical condition. His new family consists of an older couple who have the time to meet all of Rockstar’s special needs. They are enjoying every minute of getting to know him. And Rockstar has been on his best behavior trying to impress his new loving owners in the hopes that this could be the home where he spends the rest of his days. Our best wishes go out to Rockstar and his new family!

December 2009

Rocket is doing well after a brief scare. He ate some dark chocolate. Knowing how toxic chocolate is for dogs, his family was very worried. They took him to the Animal League to have him checked and the diagnosis was that he would be fine. He’s a big dog and despite all his health issues, he’s got a real survivor’s spirit. The good news is that Rocket is all better now. He threw up a few times, but after administering some Famotidine he is back to his normal self. He’s been enjoying early walks on the beach boardwalk so he can get some much needed fresh air. This season, he’ll also enjoy many wood burning fires at home. He loves nothing more than sitting in front of a roaring fireplace with his adopted human sister lying on his tummy. As we often see with our special-needs pets, they are quick to bond with people as if they are real family members, how divine!

September 2009

Rockstar (aka Rocket) seems to be fully adjusted to his new home. One sunny Saturday, Rockstar’s new family took him out with them for some “doggy errands”. The first stop was to a do-it-yourself dog grooming place to give Rockstar a thorough bath and brushing. Then, it was off to the North Shore Animal League for his check-up and to buy four months worth of dog food. Since Rocket’s dog food is prescription, they must order two weeks in advance. The order includes ten cases of wet dog food and four bags of dry dog food for a grand total of over $800!

June 2009

Rocket is doing well and has already become an integral part of his new family. He loves going for long walks, playing fetch in the park and playing with the kids. He’s learned so much – he knows how to play tag, hide-and-go-seek (the kids taught him both) and he sits and lies down upon command. He’s gotten much better at taking his pill in the morning for his liver, which needs to be given with no food 1 hour before eating. At first it was hard to get him to swallow, but now he’s really got it down (or maybe his new owner, David, has just gotten better at giving it!). All things considered, Rocket’s health is good. He’s thrown up a few times, usually after eating grass in the backyard, but it doesn’t seem to be anything abnormal. He takes his medicine and his prescription food every day and his hip dysplasia seems less apparent. His family likes to think Rocket is wise beyond his years having suffered through so much at such a young age, and that he really appreciates it all. They do think he’s happy now and feels safe and loved and they’re very proud and grateful they have the chance to share time with such a wonderful animal, and we certainly are too!

March 2009

Sadly, Rockstar was returned to the Animal League by his new foster care family due to the unfortunate foreclosure of their home. Upon return, Rockstar’s hind legs seemed stiff when he was walked. He was x-rayed and diagnosed with dysplasia in his right hip. He is not a candidate for surgery at this time, so he was started on Cosequin and cage rest. The lameness was immediately relieved, so the Cosequin was prescribed to continue. Everyone who knows Rockstar says he’s a great dog. It is our goal to find him the perfect foster family. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

December 2008

New to Program! Rockstar is a friendly Sharpei/German Shepherd mix. Rockstar was originally adopted as a puppy and later returned to the Animal League in 2007 after the previous owners reported that Rockstar had a seizure. He had a comprehensive physical examination, blood work and urine testing. The results of these tests indicated that Rockstar had a disorder of his liver called a Porto Systemic Shunt (PSS). A PSS is caused by abnormal blood flow through the liver. The abnormal blood flow caused toxin buildup in his body that resulted in seizures. Rockstar was also found to have bladder stones and an ocular condition called entropion where the eyelid margins roll inward causing irritation to his corneas. He underwent 4 separate successful surgeries between 5/08-8/08. He is on a special diet and liver supplement and will need to stay on this special diet for his entire life.