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Old 06-25-2006, 12:05 PM
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Winning Best in Veteran Sweepstakes at a Regional Specialty.

She was 11 1/2 in this photo, and very ill altho I did not know it at the time.
I lost her to Osteosarcoma just 8 weeks after this photo was taken.

RIP dear girl, I mourn you still, and can't wait to greet you at the Bridge...

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Old 06-25-2006, 04:07 PM
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Oh, Red, they are gorgeous!

I'm very sorry about Roxy, it looks like you gave her a great life though!
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:21 PM
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roxy was beautiful red and obviously very happy with you. i love that shot of her jumping in the water she looks like she was in amazing shape
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Old 06-26-2006, 12:51 AM
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I had a rottie/dobe mix (75% rottie), and I only had 2 problems with her. She LOVED to chew on everything. She had a doggie door, and I would go out to the yard and find chewed up shoes, clothing, plastic soda bottles, grocery bags, books from the library, and a pillow with the stuffing pulled out.

The second problem was potty training. She struggled with that.

She had lots of energy so I took her for a mile walk in the morning and a mile walk in the evening. On the weekend she went to the dog park.

She never had a problem with dog aggression, but when she turned 7 months old, she wouldnt back down from a fight, if another dog started it. Thank god she never got into a serious fight. She enjoyed playing with other females and males, but she played a little too hard at times. She loved people and she was very confident.
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:24 AM
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My dad has a Rottie/Hound mix. I swear he's like 95% Rot and 5% hound. The ONLY thing "houndish" about him is that his legs are about 2 inches longer than a purebred Rottie and he's got a slightly (very slightly) smaller chest - width wise. He was docked before he was given to my dad as a birthday present almost 13 years ago. He weighed 90 lbs (last I heard) and was definitely getting up in years. He's old and slow now and has some arthritis (I think).

The only thing Harley (yes, my dad named him Harley Davidson...aka Harley D.) ever did was bark at strangers and...ummm...anyone that wasn't caucasian. It was NOT something he was taught, but he did catch the "vibes" from my dad whenever someone unwanted would come by, regardless of color. He's very loving and get's along great with Buster (male mastiff/mix) and Coco (pit/mix). Buster is pushing 15 and Coco is about a year old.
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Old 06-26-2006, 08:58 AM
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Rottiegirl, what happened to your Rottie Mix?
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Old 06-26-2006, 09:24 AM
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Rottweilers are such good-looking dogs.

I'm curious, to those of you that own them or are familiar with Rottweilers (that have been well trained by responsible owners) -- What is their typical reaction to strangers in a friendly situation? Guests in the house, someone wanting to pet them in a store, etc. I keep telling myself that I am a magnet for poorly bred/poorly trained Rottweilers, because nearly every one I meet has regarded me (not my dogs, but me) with a belligerent attitude, some were downright aggressive and a couple of them in petsmart scared me by lunging to the end of their leads and barking like lunatics.

An online friend of mine is really encouraging me to look into getting a Rottie, she has two show bitches that sound lovely although I've never met them... I couldn't own one of them if most are as unstable as the ones I've met - I don't want a dog that will be beyond my control, freaking out at a random stranger in petsmart. Since I can't seem to meet any decent examples of the breed that have been raised by responsible owners, I figured I'd ask those of you who own them.
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Old 06-26-2006, 01:35 PM
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Red your Roxy was gorgeous!!
filarotten you Roxie is also "princess like".

I think "roxy" is a name that should be reserved for intelligent rotts.. LOL

RD I have to admit that before Roxy went to school she lunged at people a lot. Anyone that came near me or spoke to me actually. My trainer said it was because we spent SOO much time alone together. (I got her at 6 weeks, and up until about 6 months we were together 24/7, I also had been physically abused by my bf at the time.) She was EXTREMELY protective. Not good at all.

Most rotts that I've met that haven't had formal training though, seem to be big teddy bears. In my town as I mentioned there are A LOT of rotts. Most of them are horribly overweight, but happy animals.

As, I mentioned in another thread, since her lessons Roxy has improved greatly with strangers. She doesn't lunge anymore (unless provoked; a drunken man approached me awhile back, arms waving, hollering, so she lunged to scare him, snarling etc), but with the general public, people I stop to talk to, she just sits at my side. She's not exactly friendly, like she wouldn't run up to you, but she definitely would not attack/lunge anymore. (Of course this was Roxy's specific problem with strangers being near me because of our unnaturally close bond since she was a pup)

In most situations though, after speaking to a lady with a Rott, I think it's because their such large dogs, that people are afraid to socialize them when their young. And then when they get bigger, it's just a huge mess. A lady with a Rott told me that her puppy was "bad" with other puppies, so she stopped taking him around other dogs. When he's older he won't be as bad... DUH! Of course he got worse when he was 120lbs and hadn't seen or been close to other dogs for years!!!

Yes, that's my stance on it, socialization. Not enough of it!
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by RedyreRottweilers
Rottiegirl, what happened to your Rottie Mix?
I will start from the beggining... longish story...

I had just moved out of my parents house a few months before getting Kahlua, my rottie mix. I came over to visit my parents one day and there were two little puppies playing in the street. I called them over to me and fed them, because they were very skinny. To cut the story short... I ended up taking one because they were being neglected at 7 weeks of age. I planned on taking both, but my boyfriend said no.

I had kahlua for 7 months when I had to move into an appartment. About a month later the appartment rules had been changed. Only dogs under 20 pounds were alowed in the park. I tried hidding her, but the appartment owner found out and knocked on my door telling me to get kahlua out ASAP. I didnt know what to do, and I didnt have enough money to pack up and move again. I asked my family and friends what I should do, and they told me to find her a new home. So, being 17 and DUMB, I found her the best home possible.

I should have faught harder to keep her... no question about that. They shouldnt have been able to change the rules like that. Another reason that made me want to find her another home was because a couple who lived next to me threatened to turn me in to the appartment owner if I didnt get rid of kahlua. I wasnt going to be forced to drop her off at some pound.

I made a mistake. When the new owners showed up and drove off with her, I immediatly started saying... "oh my god, oh my god, what did I just do?". I still think about kahlua and what I should have done....
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:54 PM
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Rd, we have company come over quite a bit. Roxie pretty much has the same reaction to company as Brutus. Some she adores, others she prefers to stay away from.

She will bark when a stranger comes in the yard, no lunging though. I can take her to Pet smart and she behaves quite well. It all depends on how much you socialize and work with them.

I can't say that she likes everyone she meets, she doesn't. But, she knows when she is told ok, that means it is ok, and to chill. She will go lie down. Sometimes she will talk back to me if she really senses something is wrong with them, but she doesn't react on that feeling... unless someone would truly threaten us.

With any dog that has protective instincts. It is imperative that they know the difference between a threatening and a non threatening situation.

Red, your girls are beautiful.
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