Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After the excitement on Christmas Day, then came the big letdown.

Our friend Lucy had to go home and she took little Tinker with her. Ruff and Axl saw her leave but they continued to search the house following her scent wherever she had walked. Then after realizing Lucy and Tinker were really gone they seemed to suffer a big letdown. To our Rottweilers, a letdown is an excuse for a nap and so they did.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

A surprise visitor on Christmas Day brought her little dog for a visit.

Our good friend Lucy came for a visit on Christmas and she brought her little dog Tinker with her. This was the first time our Rottweilers had met Tinker and they didn't seem to be bothered by her tiny size. Matter of fact, this little girl was just as bossy with the big boys as our Rottweiler Sassy. Just goes to prove that size doesn't matter in the canine world, the girls are always in charge no matter how big or small they are.

Tinker settled in right away and I got some pictures to share with our fans.
Axl had to wait his turn when Tinker went to the water dish. Our boys were extremely polite and let tinker go first.
Axl stepped away from his food dish for a moment and Tinker went over to help herself, one kibble at a time. I thought she might have had some ideas about eating from the Big Dog dish.
Tinker even managed to trot around the house with the two boys following her everywhere. I think she was enjoying their attention. To see her walk underneath them was very funny but unfortunately I did not have the camera with me every moment.
We posed this picture by placing Tinker on the couch between Axl and Ruff because she couldn't get up there by herself. It sort of reminded me of this next picture I took seven years ago when we first got little Sassy when she was only eight weeks old. Sassy was sitting between her adopted mother Mocha and Mocha's father Nikko.
By the way, this is Tinker when she was only a year old. We had found a shoe scrapper that looked just like her and she was checking it out.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wishing all our Rottweiler fans a very Merry Christmas.

Here we are, Ruff, Jackie (best Rottie Mom in the world), Axl and me, all dressed up for Christmas wearing our Santa hats. So, from our house to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
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And we couldn't be complete without little Sassy who joined our family portrait at the last minute. Notice how Ruff and Axl have discovered the pom-poms on their hats. You wouldn't believe how long it took to get those hats to stay on just right.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Goats and Rottweilers love to eat everything.

For the canine species who were raised on meat our Rottweilers love fruits and vegetables just as much. And they each have particular tastes. Ruff and Axl seem to enjoy everything, apples, grapes, melon, oranges and every kind of vegetable. Sassy is a bit more picky. Last night my wife Jackie sat down in the living room with a cut up orange. While she was peeling it to eat Axl and Ruff sat in front of her and began mooching. When they lock their radar onto food they just stare at it and send out thought waves to tell you to share it.
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And, Yes, they did get to have some but I wonder if they would enjoy eating the orange peel, too?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our first serious snow fall. Guess who enjoys it most?

Last night we had another six inches of new snow on top of three inches that fell a few days ago. With temperatures staying between zero and 25 degrees, the old snow never melted. After what we saw last year, the deeper the snow the more the Rottweilers seem to enjoy it, especially Ruff and his 9-year old buddy Axl. Here are a few pictures taken a little while ago. The first picture was from the snow fall, three days ago. The sky got very bright and clear and Ruff looked like he was posing for a statue. I love the way he gazes off into the distance over the expanse of clear snow in our neighbors back yard where he does not go to explore.
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Then this afternoon Ruff and Axl went for a walk out back, or I should say a run out back because they seldom just walk around and they began chasing each other. Their favorite game was to run around one of the trees after each other. First they would run in one direction for a few turns then stop and reverse direction. 

All this has happened and Winter doesn't begin until December 21st. It looks like the boys are going to have a lot of fun this year.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hiberbnating through the Winter

Well, not really hibernating, just taking a lot of snoozes through the day. We have had our second snowfall for the season and it gives us all more reasons to stay cozy indoors. Our Rottie's love to take naps and it must be infectious just like when you see someone yawning. We all sat down the other night to watch a movie on television and when it was over I discovered that I was the only one still awake. This is our oldest Rottweiler, Axl, sleeping next to his Mom.
I have always wondered why anything that sleeps 12-14 hours a day could have such a short lifespan. God love 'em, you don't ever want them to suffer from any stress or tension. I just wish they wouldn't snore so loud.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Today we had the first snow of the season. Our Rottweilers are very happy.

The weatherman was wrong but the Rottweilers are happy in spite of it. Today we had our first snow and even though it was a little more than a dusting, Ruff and Axl had some fun checking it out.
After a terribly hot Summer with over 60 days of above 90 degrees temperature and a 5 month long drought, finally the seasons are getting back to normal. Just a few weeks before Thanksgiving we were more than 8 inches below normal rainfall. Then we had three soaking rains that delivered more than 5 inches of rain in two weeks. And following the last heavy rain we had some cold air move in to turn the last bit of rain into SNOW.
Of course, as soon as the boys came back in the house our old man Axl had to take a nap on his mom's lap.