Good thing I wasn't a burglar or something.
I was just outside taking some pictures and saw this welcoming when I open the storm door. Ruff's first reaction always is, Wanna play with me?
Ruff gives great kisses.
A few days ago we took Ruff and Axl to the Animal Control facility to renew Ruff's dog license. This has become an annual event that Ruffin always enjoys. He enjoys it because he gets to meet people. All of our Rotts have been micro-chipped which used to exempt them from annual renewals but they changed the law and now within the last 7 years micro-chipped dogs still need an annual renewal. Anyway, the animal control office is staffed with women and when Ruff walks in he becomes the center of attention. The other day was no exception and he got hugged and kissed by 5 ladies. I just wish someone would take a picture of Ruff when he jumps up and hangs over a counter to see who is there. One of the volunteer workers pointed out his picture on our Rottweiler Christmas Card that was still tacked to their bulletin board. Yep, that's him in the Santa hat and he is still spreading good cheer everywhere he goes.
So on the return trip home we stopped at the pharmacy to pick up some medicine. I took Ruff on a leash to the outside walk-up window and he got hugged and kissed by two more women. I think that may have been his all-time best day with 7 hugs and 7 kisses.
This morning I was in the kitchen making coffee and noticed out the window that Ruff was very interested in a little critter running around on the top of the solar cover on the pool. I quickly grabbed the camera and switched to the 200mm lens and got these two pictures.
It turned out to be a little shrew that had fallen in the pool and was looking for a way out. After Ruff lost interest in the little critter I went out and scooped it up with a net and dropped it in the grass. Glad Ruff didn't see that part or he would have dug up the lawn looking for it.
I need to make a slight departure from my own personal stories about our Living With Rottweilers and report about a remarkable lady named Jan Cooper, who happens to be my personal friend. I have known Jan for over 15 years and she has been a guest in my home on more than one occasion. You will see the link to her web site Rottweilers Reign Supreme in my list of Favorite Rottweiler Web Sites in the left margin of this blog. On her site she tells the story of her first visit to my home where she slept with each of my three original Rottweilers. Since she is the only non-family member who has ever stayed overnight in my home, I can only guess that that is the way our Rottweilers treat strangers. Here are two photos taken from her last visits, with Jan in the middle in the first and on the left in the second.
Yesterday I read in the news that Jan warded off a burglar in home in Anaheim, California with her .357 Magnum revolver. Jan is a 72-year old Grandmother who lives with her husband Bob, a WWII vet who has Alzheimer's and their Rottweiler Cappo. While on the phone with the 911 Police Dispatcher she is heard cursing at the intruder and firing her gun. The burglar was not hit but he was arrested by the police who also heard the shot.
Jan's story was picked up by several news outlets and today is all over the country. ABC News did an interview with her and the video has been posted on YouTube. Here it is.
Grandma, 72, shoots at home intruder in California, defends actions
UPDATE: Received this email from Jan Cooper last night.
I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. It is impossible to answer each on individual...my mailbox is innundated from folks I don't even know.
Needless to say, the past 2 days have been one interview after another. The PR department from the sheriff's department is handling all of the scheduling for me.
I found out today that they have had calls from as far away as U.K. and Australia go figure.
For instance: Today I spent almost 3 hours with Inside Edition...great folks, lot of fun...it will air tomorrow afternoon. I also did 2 live radio talk shows and another show via another live phone interview on KIRO-TV in Seattle. Apparently there are more being scheduled tomorrow and possibly Friday. The support has been phenomenal from everyone.
Thanks again to all of you!!! Oh Capo will be seen tomorrow and it is embarrassing because of his creased ear, but he is my boy and he did GOOD!!
I will try to get back to all of those have called me, but it might take a couple more days.
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"The Lord will never give us anything greater than He knows we can bear."
I bought some plastic chairs to leave outside by the end of the fenced area around the pool. Now when we take our after-dinner walks we can sit for awhile and enjoy the scenery while to Rottweilers run around and play. Except that they seem to always want to be with us and don't go too far away. Especially Axl. He never leaves his Mom's side.
We have seen deer tracks in the back but I have only seen one deer in the past few years. Guess they are hiding in the tree line watching us. It would be nice to see more wildlife. They are probably afraid of the Rottweilers, even though the last time we spooked one it easily outran Ruffin.