Oct 27 2007
The Washington Post is reporting that a Rottweiler saved a woman’s life during an attack last March in Virginia.
Authorities in Culpeper charged Kevin C. Kline with malicious wounding, abduction and burglary for an episode on a farm in March in which he attacked a woman in her mid-50s with a Taser, Culpeper Sheriff Lee Hart said.
Hart said the woman was tending her horses on the morning of March 31 when a man wearing latex gloves assaulted her inside a barn and shot her with a Taser. The woman’s Rottweiler broke loose, however, and attacked and bit the man, causing him to run away, Hart said.
“We feel that dog probably helped avoid a more serious assault,” Hart said.
The homeowner was able to identify her assailant — his mother had lived on the property, Hart said — and police obtained warrants for Kline.
Kline, who turned 18 in March, was released on $15,000 bond, and went to trial Oct. 1. A jury convicted him of malicious wounding and abduction and recommended a five-year prison sentence.
Culpeper Circuit Court Judge John R. Cullen allowed him to remain free until his sentencing Dec. 19th, although prosecutors asked that Kline’s bond be revoked, the Culpeper Star Exponent reported.
While free pending his sentencing, Fairfax police have charged Kevin C. Kline with murder in the shooting of the woman in Huntley Meadows Park. Minutes after her body was discovered, police said, Kline jumped on a nearby commuter bus and, as police closed in, threatened to kill himself. He surrendered peacefully four hours later.
Had it not been for her Rottwieler, the woman Mr. Klein was convicted of assaulting in her barn back in March may have suffered a similiar fate.
This hero Rottweiler not only saved the day, he saved a life!
Oct 27 2007
By Emily Goodson
Dino was a dog who made it impossible not to love her.
Named for the famous cartoon dinosaur, Dino was a Rottweiler who belonged to my friends Rob and Nicholle, but she touched the lives of a much larger circle of people in Camden County - so much so that, when the difficult decision was made ……………..
on Sunday to put her down, many of those people dropped whatever they were doing in order to be there
Dino would have been 11 on Nov. 5. Over the last few weeks, she had been in and out of the vet’s office with health problems, from blindness to a bum leg. However, it was the vet’s discovery of a massive growth near her heart that prompted the decision to lay to her to rest.
Without a doubt, the hardest part about Dino’s death was that Rob, her devoted owner of more than 10 years, was unable to be there. You see, Rob is training in Mississippi with his Navy Seabee unit in preparation for a deployment to Iraq. All he could do was say goodbye to Dino through a cell phone, which Nicholle held to Dino’s ear at the vet’s office. Her eyes lit up when she heard the voice of her beloved “dad.”
Rob received Dino as a puppy from his ex-wife, Chris, and over the years Dino saw Rob through all of life’s ups and downs. Her favorite things to do were stick her head out the window on car rides and eat ice off the floor of the bay at the fire station, where Rob worked.
Dino quickly befriended the other firefighters, who always had a rolled up towel and a game of tug-of-war waiting when she came to the station. All the guys knew how much she meant to Rob.
Myself and the rest of Rob’s and Nicholle’s friends spent most of this week swapping stories about Dino; like the one about when she once accompanied Rob to the fire station.
One of Rob’s co-workers, Jason, had never met Dino until that day, and it just so happened that Rob and his partner got a call and had to leave Dino at the station just as Jason was arriving.
You really can’t blame Dino for “protecting” her fire station. She refused to let Jason into the building until he managed to crawl to the refrigerator and grab some bologna. She and Jason were good friends after that - as long as Jason kept feeding her bologna. Rob came back to the station to find Jason and Dino sitting on the couch, a steady stream of lunchmeat passing between them.
Other Dino stories were more poignant, like the one about how she got Nicholle over her childhood fear of big dogs. As a young girl, Nicholle attended Girl Scout meetings at a neighbor’s house. Each time she arrived, she was bowled over by the family’s four big dogs, and not surprisingly developed a fear of large canines.
Dino changed all that with her sweet personality. Nicholle said Dino always thought she was a lap dog, despite her 125-pound frame. Rottweilers often get a bad rap due to their fearsome look and natural protective instincts, but Dino was a walking PR campaign for the breed. She was smart, loyal and gentle, and got along well with Nicholle’s three cats, Moose, George and Misty.
They say all dogs go to Heaven. I am privileged to be able to say that I knew one of its newest angels.
(Emily Goodson is the assistant editor of the Tribune & Georgian and a regular Friday columnist.)
Oct 12 2007
The members of the American Rottweiler Club are so very pleased to congratulate Mid (Mildred) Rothrock as the recipient of the 2008 AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards for her outstanding contributions to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level.
Mildred (Mid) Rothrock, of Sebastopol, CA, acquired her first Rottweiler in 1953 and soon joined Marin County Dog Training Club (MCDTC).
Nine Rottweilers have followed to the present time, all titled, including a CH CDX bitch, a CH UDT dog, and a CDX, TDX dog. A Papillon also made his home with the Rottweilers for 16½ years, also earning a CDX and a TD.
A nine-year-old bitch took her into the world of Herding and she earned a title from the American Herding Breed Association (AHBA), which led to service on the American Rottweiler Club committee, which successfully petitioned the AKC to have Rottweilers admitted to Herding tests. Her current bitch has both an AHBA and AKC Herding title, as well as a TD.
Please visit the AKC for the fulls story.