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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