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Please meet, Rocco the Rockstar!


For those of you who *don’t* know, I am Rocco and I live with Bella now!  See, she wanted a pup just like me for quite a while, but she was only home for 2 hrs at a time because she was always out working. NOW, she only leaves for 2 hrs at a time because of all my Auntie’s who help out (Kelly, Christina, Allison, and Desiree) thus it was the perfect time for us to meet.

The story goes like this -Bella has been seriously looking for a new member of her family for about two months. One Sunday she came home to read a note from my God Mother (Tasha) who SAVED me and my brothers and sisters from a cave in the desert. CRAZY!?!?! I know! Here is the story…..

To all our special friends, We have an amazing story to share with you….. This past Thursday, Tasha stopped off at a gas station in her territory out in the middle of the desert with not much around…. she saw a stray dog and soon found out from the gas station attendant that someone dropped her off about 8 months ago and she has been there every day since begging for food and water… what Tasha noticed right away is that she was nursing puppies, but the puppies were no where to be seen or found. On Saturday of this last weekend, Tasha and I went back to this area and fed and watered the mom a few times, hoping that she would eventually lead us to her puppies.  No luck, until we tried one last time!  We fed the Mom and she got full, we started to drive away and saw her go over a hill into the desert.  Tasha jumped out and tried to follow her, but she lost her…I joined in helping and we searched for about 45 minutes and found ourselves 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile into the desert with NOTHING around but sand, trees, cactus, and thick bushes.  All of a sudden, we came around a corner and saw this hole/cave (see picture), and the Mom’s head popped out!  We quickly saw a bunch of little tails, which of course were the puppies!  5 of them to be exact! We walked up to the puppies and the Mom ran off, she is very very scared.  The puppies quickly scurried into the hole/cave and sat at the mouth of the hole/cave and barked at me (Tasha had ran back to the car to get a kennel to put the puppies in). Tasha had to “army crawl” into the cave as it was very small to capture the puppies, which she eventually did….there is more to this story but I am keeping it short. I am attaching some pictures of the puppies….they are the cutest little things and are starting to warm up to Tasha very quickly. They are a shepard mix and will be medium sized dogs….there is one that actually crys until Tasha brings him into bed with her and he immediately falls asleep.  We were definately the first humans that these puppies have seen! If anyone knows of anyone that would give one of these little miracles a good home, please let us know!  We know it is a lot to ask.  We have a vet appointment for them this Friday to get them checked out and for their first round of shots so we will keep you posted. Please pass this email along to anyone that you know and TRUST would take GOOD care of a puppy! Love, Kevin and Tasha UPDATE May 30th, 2010:  The puppies had their first vet appt on Friday and they are in good health… The vet was very surprised that they were as fat and healthy for being found in the desert!  They got their first round of shots and are really coming into their own now….running, playing, eating, drinking, etc.  We have found a great home for 2 of them so far.

Well, Bella read this email and was over to see us in less than an hour. She came over to meet us – and even though I was already promised to someone else I did everything in my power to communicate with the humans that I WANTED HER. Gotta admit – it was sorta love at first sight for the both of us….  Ru-rooo!!!!

Anyways, I am doing sooo good in my new home. I have been here for three weeks, and am now 11wks old. She takes me on meetings with people (you can see my picture all over FB I sleep though out the night, go potty outside, know the word “no” (although sometimes I back talk…) and she gives me lots of love! I couldn’t be happier. I even got to see my brother and sister last week because Bella knows how important family is!

More to come – but I applied to be the new Office Manager…We will see how it goes. My paws are really hurting now from all this typing so I am going to go… (how do you humans do this?)

Ruff Ruff,
Rocco the Rockstar, Bella’s owner.

This information has been provided to you from Bella Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House and Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. For more information please call 480.330.4552 or go to

Let’s change Arizona’s dog legislation.

This video can be found here

In response to 3Tv’s excellent continued coverage of the story below (/announcments/dog-attack-at-chaparrel-park-517/) and after many of you have expressed your interest in trying to get the laws changed and start a petition – I am offering up this blog and my ability to cross post over various networks as a place to begin.

Dogs who have a history of aggressive behavior (which I think can be stopped with a RESPONSIBLE owner) need to be prohibited from contact with the public.

We need to give the state the power to do something about dog attacks on each other.

Who is with me?
Who can step up and figure out the who, what, when, where, why?
Who can be committed and help support this?

With proper organization – this can happen.  We can figure out the steps as we go.

This, all in memory of all the dogs (including Sydney) that have been victim of these horrible attacks. Special thanks to Elite Pet Care, Doggie Step Dog Training, 3TV, the VCA Emergency Vet Hospital in Mesa (who has been helping Syd), and all those who have posted comments, emailed the media, re-posted this story, and helped make this cause HEARD.

This information has been provided to you from Bella Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House and Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. For more information please call 480.330.4552 or go to

Dog Attack at Chaparral Park

UPDATE #1 – First the dog trainer called me.

The below is a note from the dog trainer that Bella’s House & Pet Sitting works with. Our relationship with Mark has allowed us to help spread the word to many pet owners to help get this very troublesome story out. Please share and cross post with all….


As I mentioned to you today, one of my customers dogs, was attacked by 2 pitbulls last night in Chaparral Park off of Hayden, in Scottsdale.  The pitbulls were OFF leash and have a prior history of dog/dog attacks at this SAME park!  Unfortunately, AZ state law does NOT require a dog to be quarantined after attacking another dog.  ONLY if that dog bites a human, must it be quarantined.

A police report was filed and the case # is:  1012309.  I’m unsure if the dogs were even obtained and returned to the owners so they are STILL AROUND THE PARK!!  My customer will be contacting Maricopa Animal Control today to file a report as well.

Sadly enough, my customer has a $6000.00 vet bill from this attack and still does not know if her dog will survive today.   While the pits who attacked her dog could be BACK at the owners home with NO responsibility?

The concern of course now is for LOCAL SCOTTSDALE residents to BE AWARE of these 2 pits who will more than likely ATTACK again.  Please let your media contacts know of this pit attack pattern at Chaparral park.

NOTE: One lady at the park warned my customer “Get outa the park. The same dogs are who attacked last week are here.”  Before she could react – the fight happened.

Here is what my client wrote me: (warning it is graphic and hard to read)

As we walked around the lake a woman approached us carrying her dog and suggested that we not continue because there were 2 pitbulls loose, owner not present, a little way away. I could see them off in the distance.  She said she knew the owner and that one of the dogs has killed a dog before.  So I turn around and we were headed north to return to my car.  The woman had the police on the phone and was reporting the dogs.  Next think I knew the dogs ran up behind us and grabbed Sydney.  One of the dogs held her down with a tight bite over her back.  A lot of people ran to our aid but we could not get the dog to release Syd.  A couple pulled up on Hayden next to the path and brought a crowbar.  Someone used it to get the dog to release Syd. I scooped her up and this wonderful couple pulled me into their car and whisked us off to emergency as I held her side to keep her insides in.  She had to be in so much pain but never made a peep.  They took xrays of her back and her spine looks good.  She is in surgery at the moment.  She has some really bad puncture wounds, so they are opening her up and exploring everything to be sure her insides are okay.  A police report has been filed and I’m also suppose to contact Animal Control tomorrow.  This is so horrible – she was doing so well on the walked today – she will never get over this.

Thanks for helping spread the word!

Mark Siebel, Owner
“A Good Dog = A Trained Owner”


UPDATED #2  2:30 Tuesday May 18th – Update from Syd’s Mom…..

From Sidney’s Mom to Mark, from Doggie Steps Dog Training

Thank you Mark.  This was a horrible tragedy to see happen to your beloved pet.
I just picked up a copy of the police report and it is a frightening account of last nights attack.  The owner lives in a townhouse that opens to Chaparral Park on the southern end of the lake.  He has “Vicious Dog” signs on his front door and rear gate. He was under court order from the July 2009 attack that nearly killed a dog in the park to keep “Dopey” on a leash and muzzled.  Dopey killed a poodle in December 2009 while on leash.  Unfortunately the poodle was not leashed and got too near Dopey and the muzzle came off.  And yet, the owner still left his front door open yesterday evening for Dopey to escape the house and attack Sydney . Sydney ’s estimated vet bill has now reached a little over $11,000.00.  Dopey got to go home and my dog is suffering at the vet and may not survive.  I cannot afford this expense but I have to try to give her a chance, and I feel pretty certain that Dopey’s owner will not be held accountable for it.  Animal Control and the Scottsdale Police Department have been wonderful and are working hard to right this wrong.  Because of Sydney ’s attack, Animal Control obtained a court date on May 25th to deal with Dopey; the court was unwilling to deal with the issue after the poodle’s death – if they had, Sydney would still be her   active, silly self today.   Thanks again Mark.  I’ll keep you posted on Sydney . – Pamela


UPDATE #3  MAY 19TH-3TV and Az Republic Pick up the story

If you are interested in learning how to help prevent dog fights or protect your dog if it happens, ex Animal Control Officer and Owner of Elite Pet Care, Sarah Gorman explains how to do this on her blog here:

Here is the video update:

Arizona Republic Article –

3TV link to article and videos-

UPDATE #4 – Elaborate with the Scottsdale PD (FACTS of the case)

UNCUT Interview by 3TV with Scottsdale PD:

Press the COMMENTS link to read updates from eye witnesses and Sydney’s Mom’s updates each day.

This information has been provided to you from Bella Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House and Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. For more information please call 480.330.4552 or go to

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