Saturday, September 20, 2014

What goes around, comes around.

Last night it was Deja Vu all over again. Baby Bess just taken a long nap in my den when I picked her up and carried her into the living room to watch the 11 o'clock news on TV. I had just finished watching Godzilla. How appropriate was the title of that movie. Ruff had also woken up and came over to lay on the other couch. Bessie was full of vim and vigor from her nap and wanted to play with Ruff and it was like suddenly being transported back 7 1/2 years ago in time. This was the same place where it all started when Sassy was teaching discipline to baby Ruff.
Exact time and date 1/22/2007 9:03:02 PM 
And this is what happened last night.
Then they paused for some big wet kisses.
And continued, half on and half off the couch.
No puppy was injured during the taking of these pictures.
I think they're in love.
Maybe not yet.

Friday, September 19, 2014

This story is just so sweet.

I received a new movie from today and stayed in the living room tonight to watch it. At first I had Ruff and Bessie with me and Ruff went right to sleep on the floor. Bessie had ants in her pants and didn't want to stay with me on the couch and when I put her on the floor she kept getting into things. This is the room where I have my home entertainment center and a bookcase full of nicknacks so it is normally off-limits for the little mischief maker. That's why there are gates at both ends to keep her out. I paused the movie and put Bess back in the family room with Mom and Axl. I didn't hear any barking so I knew she wasn't bothering the old man.
After the movie was finished I went looking for her to take her out and at first I couldn't find her. She wasn't in the family room or the hallway or the bathroom. Then I looked in my den and found her sleeping curled up around the base of my chair, just like she does when I'm working on the computer. This room must be her safe place where she knows I always go and she was waiting for me. I picked her up and carried her back into the living room and she was so sound asleep that it took a few minutes to wake her up. Then all I got was yawns and face kisses. Tomorrow I'll show you the pictures I took afterwards. It was Deja Vu all over again.

After dinner tonight they all took a nap ..... together.

I feed the Rottweilers before my wife and I sit down for our dinner. Tonight I wanted Bessie to be in the kitchen with us so I could keep an eye on her. I walked through the house and didn't see her, the I found her sleeping in a pile of Rottweilers. Looks like the war is over and everyone made peace.
Finally - Some Peace.
Earlier today Mom and Bessie and Axl posed for a picture on the couch. 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Persistent Bessie Has Won and I got the pictures.

I said a few days ago that Bessie was turning her attention on old man Axl, otherwise known as Grumpy Grandpa. Well tonight Bessie won him over and it literally happened right under my feet and the camera was only inches from my hand. Bessie has been hanging out with me in the den, curled up at the base of my chair while I surf the Internet. I have gotten in the habit of looking down to see if she is in the way when I roll the chair back. I took this picture a few days ago.
Well tonight when I looked down this is what I saw. At first I thought that she was laying next to Ruffin but then I noticed the blue collar and realized it was the old man Axl and he wasn't complaining. And she was touching his feet!
The little sweetheart couldn't understand why the big old Rottweiler didn't like her and that made her try even harder to win him over. And she did.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A little angel or a little beastie or both?

I took more photos today of our little beastie wrestling with Ruffin. Aside from Bessie getting bigger and stronger, Ruff is still as gentle with her as can be even if it doesn't look that way. At no time in the last three weeks has she ever cried out so I know he isn't hurting her. Then I put Bessie in my wife's lap. The smile that came over Jackie’s face says it all. And on a few occasions I have heard Jackie talking to Bessie while she was holding her. Bessie has some remarkable traits for an almost 3-month old puppy. She can be either an angel or a little devil, but I prefer to call her a beastie since it rhymes with Bessie.
This looks like face slap or a boxing match. I wonder where she learned this.

Daddy's Girl.

The den has always been a favorite place for the Rottweilers to hang out. At times it has become very crowded when Ruff and Axl come in to keep me company. Now we have a new addition and Bessie has picked two favorites, me and Ruff. For the past few days I have found little Bessie curled up at the base of my office chair taking a nap while I work on the computer. Sometimes she even wants to lay in my lap. This morning while I was checking my email, she kept jumping up to see what I was doing so I picked her up and sat her on the desk chair.
And in a rare, quiet moment Bessie even laid down in the den next to her big hero, Ruff.
And, by the way, she has almost doubled her size since we brought her home on August 28th. Bessie now weighs 22 lbs., a gain of 9 lbs in 17 days, and her feet are getting big, too. And she has gotten to be a very brave little girl. Since she learned how to bark a week ago she now barks at people out on our street. OK, its a little bark but the way she stands, legs apart and ears cocked, she looks to be a very promising protector. But there are limits to her courage. The other morning I took her out around 8 AM before Ruff even woke up and the school bus came down the street and scared her. It was the largest vehicle she has seen and it was very loud. Bessie stood her ground while it approached our house but when it went past she ran right for the front door.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bessie has turned her attention to Axl in a good way.

Bessie has a new interest. Her seemingly non-stop hand-to-hand combat lessons with Ruffin have really slacked-off and now they have a sweet little friendship going on between them. She nuzzles Ruff a lot and follows him around (like a puppy dog) when we are outside. Watching the two of them going for a walk together is very funny. Ruffin has a huge gate because of his size and Bessie has to continuously run after him to keep up. And when she runs her ears go flapping up and down. 

Now Bessie seems to be fixated with turning Grumpy Grandpa Axl into another big buddy. And Axl doesn't seem to mind when Bessie lays down on the floor next to him as long as she doesn't bite his feet. It hasn't been completely quiet today, she had a few rounds with Axl and Axl made her back off with a few loud barks. But it was very sweet to see her taking a nap next to the old man when she got tired from all the exercise.

I had to work outdoors today and take advantage to the mid-70s temperature. The grass needed cutting real bad. We had almost 5 inches of rain in a week's time followed by some hot, humid mid 90s temp and the grass was soaking it all up. When I get a chance I'm going to catch Bessie getting close to Axl and get some pictures.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

The games at home are better than what's on TV.

Hard to say if Bessie's training is getting anywhere but she is giving Ruffin a good workout. She is fearless, as any puppy is, especially when it is all pretend, at least it is for Ruff. Bessie's bites are real and they must hurt sometimes. There have also been some cute examples outside when she heard another dog barking she ran to Ruffin for protection because she was frightened. And then she stands behind him like little girl. And she likes to be with him and follows him around the house both indoors and out. The indoor games tonight ended at bedtime and she must have gotten worn out as much as Ruff. She fell asleep as soon as I put her in her cage and Ruff went off to bed at the same time. So I have snoring coming from three rooms now, Axl was already sleeping in his Mom's room.
Who has the biggest tongue?
Funny how quiet she gets when Ruff pins her down.

I think Bessie is in love.

Breakfast at the Big Dog feeder.

This is a slight improvement over leaving Bessie's food dish on the floor. At least it stays in one place. But Ruffin eats so fast I hardly had time to get back and pick up the camera.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wanna play with me?

No words necessary.

Seems like the whole world loves Rottweilers.

I love reading the comments that visitors to this blog take the time to write. Even those who don't sign their names and post as Anonymous. I also love to see the flag counter statistics that show where the visitors come from and they seem to come from everywhere. A friend in California once suggested I take a look at Google Images and do a search with the text "Rottweiler watching TV". I did and I was amazed that more than half of the pictures that came up were from this blog. WOW! 

Well, this morning I was looking at the traffic on my counter and decided to pay some humble recognition to the people who come here more than once. My return visitors. And especially to someone whom I do not know who lives in Santa Clara, California who has been to this blog 533 times.

Here is the traffic report for the last 6 days from just September 1st of this year. The number after the city location is the total number of visits since the counter was started. I did not include those who only came here one time.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 65
Narrabeen, New South Wales, Australia 2
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand 5
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 4
Athens, Attiki, Greece 2
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 2
Seattle, Washington, United States 76
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 9
Hollywood, Florida, United States 2
Strand, Western Cape, South Africa 55
Texas, United States 2
Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada 21
Jamaica, New York, United States 2
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 8
East Lansing, Michigan, United States 2
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States 5
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States 11
Ithaca, New York, United States 19
Arlington, Massachusetts, United States 7
Middletown, New Jersey, United States 5
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia 3
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States 4
Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom 2
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 20
Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States 4
Axbridge, Somerset, United Kingdom 14
Vanda, Southern Finland, Finland 2
Rome, New York, United States 15
Santa Clara, California, United States 533
Fort Worth, Texas, United States 100
Piketon, Ohio, United States 2
Chicago, Illinois, United States 6
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States 5
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States 12
Amsterdam, New York, United States 8

I would love to ask you a special favor. Even if you post a comment as Anonymous, would you mind adding the name of the city, state and country you are from. Thanks.

Friday, September 5, 2014

One week later, a peaceful moment in the kitchen.

I had to take two days off from my progress reports for doctor's visits and shopping trips. A funny thing happened last night with baby Bessie. After 11 PM I always take the boys out for their last pee trip before bedtime and since we added Bessie to the family she has always joined them. I get a kick out of her proudly prancing through the grass, always staying not too far away from her giant protectors, especially Ruffin. But last night Bessie was sleeping in her cage when I took Ruff and Axl out. She only woke up after they came in the house so I hooked her up to her 20 foot long leash and took her out alone. Now it is pretty dark out at night and the only light is from the porch lights and the post light by the driveway. Bessie became aware that she was all alone except for me. Then she while she was out by the driveway she heard some dogs barking way off in the distance and for a few seconds she stood perfectly still listening to the sound. Then all of a sudden she ran as fast as could all the way from the edge of the driveway up to the front door looking for safety.

And this morning I detected a new kind of friendship between Bessie and Ruff. She seems to enjoy being very close to him when not trying to goad him into play. It almost looked like they were posing for a portrait. See -

And these closeups taken two nights ago while they were sitting next to me on the couch.

Bessie's ear is all wet from sticking her head in Ruffin's mouth during play.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On Tuesday Ruffin fell in love.

The new pictures tonight show a different side to the hand-to-hand combat sessions that have been going on here for the last four days. There are signs of affection between the big guy and the baby girl. It isn't hard to believe that baby Bessie would become infatuated with her new big friend but the look in Ruffin's eyes and the care he uses when playing with the little girl tell me that love is in the air. Take a look for yourself.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday morning quarterbacking. The rules of the game may have changed.

Last night something unusual happened. Friendly, loveable and laid back old man Axl turned into the Grumpy Grandpa from Hell. Baby Bessie had been rough housing with Ruffin all night long, stopping only long enough to catch their breath. But all of a sudden what had been up to now like a silent movie, Bessie learned how to bark and just added sound effects to her game. Then she turned her attention on Axl, who had been laying on the floor and pounced on him. Axl did not like her new noisy behavior disturbing his peace and quiet one bit. Axl went after Bessie and let out the loudest and harshest barking I ever heard. His bark was even louder than Ruffin's and even surprised me since he's never barked before. When that didn't stop Bessie Axl actually swiped her with his snout and sent her sliding 4 feet across the floor. And then there was complete silence. Bessie was stunned by the reaction and laid very quietly on the floor. Axl had shown her that he was the boss, he had the seniority and he would not tolerate her disrespect.

Now I know that Ruffin has just been playing with her and his games were only a low key form of teaching. But Axl was not playing the same game and I think Bessie realized this. Since last night she has not attacked Axl to goad him into a response like she has been doing to Ruff. Bessie has been laying down on the floor next to Axl once in awhile, but very quietly. But she is still playing with Ruff. I have a few more pictures that were taken after the confrontation with the Grumpy Grandpa.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Day three. Am I expecting faster progress or is something else going on here?

An interesting observation. Someone has sent me a comment via email and said it looks like you have a rather intense management training program going on. Well, I thought the make-believe combat was part of the discipline and respect that Ruffin was trying to teach the young puppy. He seems to have remembered it well enough. But I have overlooked a major flaw in my evaluation. Mocha was the dominant female when she taught Sassy discipline and Sassy was destined to be the ruler in this household by virtue of the fact that she was the only female. When Sassy began to teach Ruffin respect and discipline it may well have been she was teaching him obedience.  So now what is Ruffin teaching baby Bessie? Is he actually teaching her respect and discipline or leadership skills? Therefore, the observation about the intense management training is probably correct.

Before I write about today's events I need to make an update on last night.

By the end of the day old man Axl and Ruffin had retreated to the safety and security of my den. (excuse the messy desk)
And baby Bessie seems to have made a new friend in her new Mom. Or is she staking out alliances with the only other female in the house? I think she just loves her new Mom.
And now for the morning session of our gladiator school - or management training class, if you like.
It simply started when Bessie jumped on Ruffin's head and pinned him to the floor. She must have learned from Ruff how easy it is to hold someone down that way.
Then showing off her courage and determination, little Bessie stares into the Jaws of Death and doesn't even blink an eyelash. Who wouldn't be impressed with that?

 Stay tuned, I'm still trying to figure this out.