When he was born he was given the fancy dog name, Armani's Cold November Rain, but his first Mom was a young lady rocker who happened to love Guns 'N Roses so she named him after Axl Rose. As he grew up the only name anyone called him was just Axl. After spending seven years working as a service dog his second Mom's home had a bad fire and it was time for Axl to look for a new home and retire. Things didn't work out exactly as planned.
Axl's retirement only lasted about a month. Good service dogs never stop working and it turned out his third Mom, and my own sweetheart for the last 56 years, was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Did Axl also know this? Did he sense that he was needed again? Maybe he just liked Jacqueline better than me but he sure did stick by her side every day. And slept by her side every night. Literally.
If you have read this blog for a while you would know that over the years there has been some confusion over Axl's exact birth date. That confusion was cleared up last month when his first Mom, Carey, pulled up his AKC Registration Number and confirmed that Axl was born on October 28, 2001.Well, besides having an abbreviated retirement, two years ago Old Man Axl, (he has begun to acquire a few new names) was called into duty to help his best friend Ruffin raise a 7-week old female Rottie pup. I think the night the little fur ball walked over to him and tried to play with him, Axl firmly planted his paw down and declared for all the world, "Hell No!" And the little fur ball was swatted across the floor. So Mr. Ruffin had to do it all by himself and Old Man Axl acquired another new name, Grumpy Grandpa. But that's another story.Well, Rottweilers are a resilient breed and have a natural tendency to want to be loved and to give love, so the Grumpy Grandpa sort of faded away after a year or so and Mr. Axl and his new little girl Bess became good friends. Of course it helped a lot that she was also a very pretty girl, too.
So that brings us to today. And what do you give such a wonderful old Rottweiler? How about a special cake made with a medium-rare Filet Mignon steak covered with globs of mashed potatoes and a beautiful candle? Here it is in all its glory. Thanks to my great photography you can almost taste it.
And he didn't have to share this with any one.