There’s no dog like Rocky. He speaks three languages, he’s a natural with kids and, best of all, he’s a regular reader of the South London Press
Now there is a children’s book out about his exploits and it’s destined to be a bestseller, writes Calum Fraser.
Written by owner and author Seniha Slowinski, Rocky Rocks and the Colourful Socks is a picture book in full colour and written in rhyming couplets.
She said: “I always wanted to write my own book but I lacked the self-confidence to bring my dream to life.
“Seeing how intelligent my own dog is inspired me to go above my self-doubts.
“I thought to myself, ‘if Rocky can learn so well, I can use him to teach others.’”
Rocky, a Cavachon, bounded into Mrs Slowinski’s life in Mottingham in 2013 and she quickly realised he is no ordinary dog.
Receiving commands in English, Turkish and Polish, he learned sit, rollover and high five in no time.
Soon enough he was able to bring Mrs Slowinski’s phone to her, collect the mail and, true to his name, he is now a mean boxer.
At this time Mrs Slowinski was teaching dance and fitness classes to pre-school children when she was invited to hold a storytelling session.
She realised that children needed an interactive book and that animals and rhymes were a great way to do this.
Seniha said: “I always sing myself little rhyming songs while either cooking or in a shower.
“On one of these occasions I got my pad and pen out and just started writing.
“Within half an hour I had the first draft of Rocky Rocks written. I looked over to Rocky and he was lying on his back exhausted. It was like he had written it himself.
“It was a beautiful moment because my little bundle of canine joy gave me the self-belief to create our books.”
The book is the first in a series of seven and they are based on real adventures. Mrs Slowinski has been documenting these on social media for the past four years which you see on Rocky’s Instagram account, itsrockyrocks.
She said: “I love that children will be able to see Rocky is a real life dog and hopefully it will inspire them to think big from a small age.”
The book, priced £4.99, is available on Amazon.