Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Roloff Family Dog Rocky Passes Away
Arguably the most popular 'Roloff' has died. Rocky, the Roloff family dog passed away today.
Matt Roloff made the following Facebook post:
"My best ole' friend slipped away from our heaven on Earth today. Rocky died peacefully right around noon.. outside on the grass right after making his morning rounds. He laid down on this patch of lawn (his favorite hang out) between the house and barn right in the middle of all the activity.. Jeremy went to pet him and realized he had passed away in this very spot.. Sadness has descended on Roloff Farm today. The entire family just happened to be home.. My old friend will be greatly missed. We Love you Rock."
Rocky the dog was featured in hundreds of episodes of Little People, Big World and was the central story line in several of the shows.
Pumpkin season guests always remarked on how friendly Rocky was, often climbing aboard the wagons for tours of the farm.
A couple of years ago Matt generated some controversy and outrage among some when the plot of one episode was Matt explaining how he wanted Rocky to have a dignified or a "manly" death -- detailing how his wish was for Jeremy to take Rocky to the barn and shoot him like they did in "the old days" on farms.
Matt often posted about Rocky on his Facebook page. Those "Rocky" posts often garnered the most attention and positive comments from fans.
While Matt spread the news of Rocky's death on Facebook, Jacob posted a picture of rocky with the caption "Just an old friend". Jacob then went onto tweet about video games and the TV Show "Family Guy".
Jeremy instagrammed a picture of a person with a leaf over his face and captioned it "Facial Recognition". Jeremy made no mention of Rocky.
Amy posted on twitter - at first she was trying to keep it secret because they are filming the event, but said because Matt told everyone, yes Rocky died this morning.
Amy Roloff CF @amyroloffCF
Kind of a sad day at Roloff Farm. More info Later date
Since we are filming we usually aren't suppose to post details. Since Matt has - yes our good ole dog friend Ricky died this morning. Sad
sorry Rocky dies this morning Since Matt has posted this already - our family sad day was Rocky our good ole dog died today. He was a good ole sport will miss him
Amy also posted on her Facebook Fan Page much later:
"We were filming today and normally we are not supposed to post something when a filming moment happened. Since Matt already did hopefully it'll be ok. This part is always difficult for me. Rocky has been such a part of our lives and on our show. So you kind of know him too. It was a sad day today at Roloff Farms. Our beloved good ole dog Rocky suddenly passed away at the Farm. He's been with us for about 13 years. He loved being with people, even with all of the people who came during pumpkin season. He died his way - on the farm in the grass between our house and first barn. Jeremy found him this morning and came in shockingly to tell us 'He's gone'! We are glad he was a part of our family and sad he's gone. He's happy now running around without pain. Sure will miss him! Thank you everyone."
Later in the day, Molly tweeted
"buried the old friend today."
Spiritswander sends our deepest condolences.