Coffs Harbour’s Jan and Michael Holding with Rocksy, the boxer who couldn’t find a home in Sydney.
Coffs Harbour’s Jan and Michael Holding with Rocksy, the boxer who couldn’t find a home in Sydney. TREVOR VEALE

Dog rescued by caring couple

TO HER proud Coffs Harbour owners, she is known as the princess – proof that beauty really is only skin deep.

The adopted 11-month-old boxer, now known as Rocksy, has found a home with local couple Jan and Michael Holding.

But just three months ago, she was the mangy pup who was unwanted in Sydney.

The Holdings read about the dog’s desperate situation in a Sydney newspaper and how she had lost large chunks of her coat to a skin mite infestation.

Taking an instant shine to the pup, the Holdings immediately contacted the RSPCA.

“After being pet free for six years and never wanting another one, Michael said ‘I want that dog’,” Mrs Holding explained.

“We rang the RSPCA in Sydney and spoke to David O’Shannessy, the chief inspector, to express our interest in having her.

“Unfortunately she was in a very bad way, he didn’t hold much chance of her surviving but he promised to ring us if she became available for adoption.”

A month later they got the call to say she’d been cured of the skin disease.

The RSPCA then went above and beyond the call of duty to have her dropped off in Coffs Harbour.

“After seeing her on Sunday, she was immediately in our car and on her way home to our place,” Mrs Holding said.

“It’s not until you get involved with the RSPCA that you see what goes on behind the scenes and what caring and compassionate people work there.”



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