updated 3/3/2006 12:23:53 PM ET 2006-03-03T17:23:53

Perhaps Rocky has a nose for real estate. The dog is credited with sealing a home sale in Missouri.

Jared and Whittnie Essner met Rocky while house-hunting in Scott City, Mo., and knew they'd found their home -- and their new dog.

It turns out the seller couldn't keep Rocky, so as part of the deal, the little guy went with the house.

The realtor says she's never seen a contract like it: "Rocky was in black and white under personal property to stay."

The former owner has visitation rights whenever he wants to see the pooch.

And Jared Essner says he thinks the seller "had a better feeling" about the transaction after seeing the couple with the dog.

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