Meet the Rock, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog 

the rock-kristin facinelli-400x400This week’s adoptable running dog is big, strong and sweet, much like the guy he’s named after. (Um, have you SEEN the real Rock’s Instagram? He is the king of — way too long — super-sweet captions.) And his size doesn’t keep him from trotting alongside his pals on runs. Long story short: He’s a keeper. Learn more about this cuddle bug below.

Name: The Rock

Age: 3 years

Breed: Mastiff mix

Size: 80 pounds

Background: The Rock came to Street Tails Animal Rescue from Camden County Animal Shelter, where he was surrendered by his family.

Running style: At first it seemed as though the Rock was going to be more of a hiking buddy than a running buddy, but it turns out that running was just unfamiliar to him. Once his friends showed him what it was like, he was eager to trot right along. He is a stocky guy though, so he would best be suited for someone who wants to take him shorter distances at a nice slow pace.

Why the Rock could be the right dog for you: The Rock is much like his namesake; he looks like a tough guy but he really is just a sweet cuddle monster. He is a little anxious in his kennel, but once he’s out of it he’s all kisses and cuddles. He has a good bit of energy but he is really easy to handle on leash when he’s out and about. It’s clear that whoever had the Rock in the past did not teach him anything, but he is treat-motivated and eager to please, so training him should be a breeze. Bonus: adopting him this winter is a surefire way to stay in shape.

If you’re interested in adopting the Rock, you can find out more about him from Street Tails Animal Rescue in Northern Liberties. You can fill out an adoption application here, or contact them by phone (267-761-9434) or email. And for more awww-worthy photos, check out our previous adoptable running dogs here.


We work with The Monster Milers each and every week to profile local running dogs waiting to be adopted. The Monster Milers are a group of runners who help shelter dogs burn off energy and get much-needed exercise by taking them on runs around the city, and they also just launched their first-of-it’s-kind Adopt a Running Buddy foster program. If you’re not in the market for a pup right now, but would still love to help out homeless dogs, you can always become a Monster Miler volunteer or foster parent. Find out more about how to get started with those processes here

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