Our Owner

General Inquiries

Yes, Rocky was a real dog. In fact, there were 2 dogs named Rocky. The first one was a Golden Retriever, and he belonged to the original owner and founder of Rocky’s Retreat, Sherri Cappabianca. Sherri and her business partner, Toby, decided to retire and sell the business in early 2017, so they started searching for the perfect fit to take over their baby (their business, not their dogs).  

About April

At the same time, April Cox was researching her 5-year plan to get out of “cubicle nation” and follow her dream of dedicating her time to working with dogs. She stumbled across the opportunity of Rocky’s Retreat being for sale and instantly knew it was meant to be.  

How could she be so sure?  

Her father passed away earlier in the year, and his dog’s name was Rocky. April wholeheartedly believes that her father had a hand from up above in bringing Rocky’s Retreat to her.  

After 4 months of research, inspections, and paperwork, April became the new owner of Rocky’s Retreat in late October 2017. Her commitment to clients is to provide the best care possible, to always do what is right for your pups, and have some fun while doing it! She has very high standards for the care of her puppy children and will offer the same to yours.  

Prior to the previous owners’ retirement and move out of state, April spent extensive amounts of time learning as much as she could about the building, the business, and the customers so that their transition could be as seamless as possible for the Rocky’s Retreat family – both furry and human. April was certified by the Canine Fitness Institute in hydrotherapy for dogs and is one of the 3 certified therapists on staff at Rocky’s Retreat.


April is from Pittsburgh, PA originally but spent her high school years in Orlando and has always considered it home. She now lives in College Park with her pups.


We have an amazing staff of dog lovers at Rocky’s that are dedicated to giving your pups the best time during their stay and visit!