Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How many is too much?

How many is too much? If you are thinking of Rottweilers, and that is all this blog is about, then the answer is simple: How big is your house and how big is your heart. I have met a lady named Grace Acosta from Florida who loves Rottweilers as much as I do and the only difference is her house is larger than mine. Grace owns 6 adult Rotties and she is a breeder and travels around the country to Rottweiler dog shows. Grace lets her Rottweilers live in her house. Grace once had a photo on her web site showing 6 adult Rotts lounging in her living room, just like I always wanted. You may have seen the famous photo that was copied off her web page showing 6 Rottweiler puppies in the trunk of her car. Grace has a very big heart when it comes to this magnificent breed.

If I had a larger house I would want more Rotties because they are so much fun and so entertaining to be around. The most we have ever had were three at one time. So let me show you what our life is like with our three Rottweilers. First there are times when you want to watch television and your best friends want to be with you. Yes, they also like to watch television, too.

There is actually room for one more human on the couch. Ruff and Sassy are sharing the couch while the lone Rottweiler, Axl, lays on the couch between me and my wife. It is too cruel to expect them to lay on the hard floor.

Then there are the sleeping arrangements to be considered. It isn't always like these two photos suggest but I will show them just to give you an idea what it is like sometimes.

See? Everything worked out fine. Of course I don't know how we would handle this if we had more of them. Rottweilers always want to be as close to their humans as possible. They will follow you around the house like a parade. If there is more than one human in the house then each will have their own protector. That was one of the first Rottie Rules I learned when we lived in a two story house with The Three Bears. When I was upstairs getting ready for work I had a Rottie with me and the other two remained downstairs with my wife. Here is an old photo of Nikko and Felony on the couch with my wife. The two Rottweilers were having a discussion across her lap all the time each was trying to get all of her attention.

Where was the third Rottweiler? Here is Mocha laying on the carpet at my wife's feet.

If you have a cat living in your house along with your Rottweilers that isn't a problem because cats don't take up very much room on the bed.

Hope this has cleared up the question. Pound for pound my Rottweilers have more love in their hearts than any other animal.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Rottweiler Christmas story, December 24th, 2009

We had an incident today that looked pretty serious but it turned out to be OK and everything is now back to normal. (for Christmas, that is)

A Bengal Tiger snuck into our house and frightened one of our Rotties. It is fortunate that I walk around the house all day carrying my trusty camera because now I can show you what happened.

The tiger went after Axl first and Axl didn't know what was going on. Poor Axl, look at the expression on his face.
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But all of a sudden the tiger's purpose became clear. He was one of Santa's helpers and he was helping spread Santa's Good Cheer.
And as soon as the ferocious tiger put on his famous Santa hat Axl knew he was not going to be harmed so went right to sleep laying his head on the Santa Tiger's paws.

While Axl was sleeping, Santa's Tiger Helper told Axl how he needed all the volunteers he could get so he asked Axl to become a Santa Rott.
And Axl said, "Yes", he would help as soon as he finished his nap.

"Maybe you are getting too old, my friend", said the Santa Tiger. "I will ask some of the other Rotties in this house if they will help."

So he asked the youngest Rottweiler in the house, Ruff, but Ruff only wanted to play. Ruff kept saying he wanted to stay up all night and see the real Santa.

So the Santa Tiger asked the little lady Rott, Sassy, if she would like to be one of Santa's helpers. And Sassy said, "Yes, I like to work." and she would be proud to be a Santa Rott. So Santa Tiger gave her his Santa hat to wear, and here she is.

Sassy only had one question for the Santa Tiger, she wanted to know if this job was all year long. The Santa Tiger told her it was. Rottweilers must always spread good cheer, every day, wherever they go.
Merry Christmas, from all of the Rott-n-kids and their humans, too.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

We have adopted another Rottweiler. His name is Axl.

Last July I received an email from a friend named Carey telling me about a 7 year old male Rottweiler named Axl that needed a home. This dog had been a service dog living with a handicapped woman in Akron, Ohio who's house burned down a few weeks earlier. The woman was placed in a home where she could no longer take this dog with her. The friend who sent me the email use to be a Rottweiler breeder and we met when we belonged to the same Rottweiler club. Carey had purchased Axl almost 8 years ago but later she sold the dog to the handicapped woman who trained him to become a service dog.

I informed Carey that I have a large home with a big piece of property and would love to adopt Axl. My request was approved and we arranged to meet at her home in Dayton, Ohio to make the pickup. The woman who worked for the rescue group drove Axl down from Akron and when she arrived it was the first time Carey had seen Axl in almost 7 years. The meeting was a joyous event and after awhile we drove back home to Kentucky with the newest member of our family.
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Axl says goodby to his rescue mom while my wife and Carey look on.
Axl arrives at his new home.
Ruff and Axl explore part of the back yard inside the fence.

In the 14 years I have owned Rottweilers I have never before met one with the degree of gentleness of Axl. He is so sweet and lovable while at the same time so calm and easy going that we started calling him Dreamy. Axl very quickly attached himself to my wife Jackie and most likely he saw something familiar with the elderly woman he had lived with for 7 years. Axl follows my wife around like a shadow and when she sits on the couch to watch television he lays next to her with his big head in her lap. All the while when I sit on the opposite couch I get to look at the Dreamy expression on his face and his half-opened eyes, it is so peaceful.

Axl has only been in his new home for five months now but he acts like he has lived here all his life. At first Axl became my wife's dog almost exclusively because he was not used to living in a house with a man but now he and I are also best friends.

Axl brought another unexpected benefit to our home. He has become a constant playmate and companion to our other male Ruff. Ruff never had anyone to run around and play with before. Sassy had both ACL's torn when she was young and even after extensive surgery she does not do much running or playing.  I am still amazed at the physical condition Axl is in in spite of the fact he turned 8 years old in October. Axl runs like a Greyhound. When he is out playing with Ruff they start running in huge 100 foot circles around the trees and Ruff has never been able to catch up to Axl.
Axl is living a pampered life and he deserves every moment of it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ruff grows up to become the world's most handsome Rottweiler.

I am biased towards Rottweilers. I am sorry if you happen to like or own other breeds of dogs. I have owned other dogs but nothing compares with their sense of nobility or stature or devotion or strength of character or intelligence or loyalty than a Rottweiler. When I got my first Rottweiler I learned an expression from some other die-hard Rottie fans: There are only two breeds of dogs, Rottweilers and Notweilers.

That's enough. Now let me tell you about the world's most handsome Rottweiler. His name is Ruff.

If one picture is worth a thousand words then what follows is worth an entire book.

Can you guess what Ruff is doing?

Watching television from his favorite chair.