Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Wishing all of our Rottweiler friends, wherever you are, a very Happy New Year.

Nelson, Jackie, Axl, Sassy and Ruff.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Now this is better. 5 more inches of snow breaks our drought.

Overnight we had the largest snowfall in three years. 5 more inches on top of the 1 inch we got the day after Christmas. Our Winter Wonderland looks wonderful and the Rottweilers seem to agree. At least with the deeper snow. Here are some photos taken this afternoon with Ruff and Axl. And, yes, if you happened to ask, Ruff does take his red rubber ball everywhere, even when he goes to bed.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day after Christmas and we finally get some snow.

OK, it was only an inch of snow but it was the most significant snowstorm we've had in the last two years. Too bad the timing was off by a day and we didn't have a White Christmas. But the Rottweilers didn't seem to mind except the day it was snowing and they didn't want to out until it stopped.

Today we took a look at the beautiful scenery with our snow-capped trees in the back yard.

And, of course, Ruff had to bring along his red ball so he would have something to play with.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Always on duty - even in his sleep.

Here is our old man Rott Axl, 11 1/2 years old, taking another of his many daily naps. But wait, is he just napping or is something else going on?
Above is the closeup. Here is the long shot. He was babysitting his Mom all along. And he always takes naps with his eyes open. Don't they all? Axl is his Mom's shadow during the day and her bedwarmer at night.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Making another perfect Rottweiler family Christmas card.

Well, its that time of year again. After Thanksgiving everyone knows that Christmas is only a month away, especially when the newspapers get filled with sales ads. If you read last year's post on my first attempt to make a perfect Rottweiler family Christmas card you recall that I was forced to use a photo of a Santa Claus hat on the two boys, Axl and Ruff, because the hats I bought them were too small for their large heads. This year I was determined to do it right so I bought three large size hats for them to wear and once again I sewed elastic chin straps to hold them on. Well, it sort of worked but not the way I had expected. Along the way I also purchased a new Nikon D3200 DSLR camera and one new feature with the timer was it shot three consecutive photos each time I used it and the timer gave me a 20-second delay. Since I had to walk across the room, sit down and get one of the Rottweilers to sit in front of me, the 20-second delay was very helpful. Then I found I also had to get the Santa hat on two of the Rotts because they didn't care to have it on their heads for too long. Then we had to put leashes on them to keep them by the couch and not wander off. Anyway, I got it all right after several attempts and here is the final result. The only digital retouching was to remove the white chin straps and the leather leashes from the picture.
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And here are the out takes showing the trials and tribulations of making the perfect Rottweiler family Christmas card. These pictures are posted in chronological order beginning with the first effort. One unexpected problem I had was to keep the three Rotts from turning their heads and looking at us instead of facing the camera. And Sassy, the one in the middle kept laying down.
It doesn't help when you accidentally bump the camera and tilt it while pushing the shutter button.

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.