Jun 4 2008
This heartwarming story is from JODELLE GREINER, Lifestyles Editor at the Gainsville Daily Register (TX)………….
“When most people think of a therapy dog, they think of a small breed dog, something that will fit on your lap. They don’t think of a Rottweiler.
They don’t think of Turbo.
It may take a little getting used to, seeing this big Rottweiler trotting down the halls of Valley View Elementary with his owner, Pat Crawford by his side.
Kids get all excited, “Hi, Turbo!” “Turbo’s here!” and they change course to pet the dog’s head or wrap their arms around his neck for a long hug.
Turbo takes it all in stride. He doesn’t mind the kids crowding around, petting him or draping themselves across his back. The only one he really seems to take note of is Crawford herself. After she’s told Turbo to sit or lay down amongst the children and walks a few feet away to sit down, Turbo’s eyes stay glued to her, oblivious to the children vying for his attention.
Turbo and his friend Max, a black flat-coated retriever owned by Marli Vieira, visited Valley View Elementary on Tuesday for the last time until September. Turbo and Max, along with Honey, a Labrador retriever owned by Joe Seale, have been visiting the school since March and Susan Smith, principal of pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, is thrilled”.
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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.)
May 28 2007
Wow! Another Rottweiler Hero makes the news!
The Salisbury Post in North Carolina reports that one of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office beloved deputies retired earlier this month after nearly 80 years on the force.
This retiree will enjoy his time chasing squirrels and playing with the house cat.
Vito, a black-and-chocolate Rottweiler who is one of three K-9s in the department, officially retired May 1.
He’s been by handler Lt. Neal Goodman’s side for 11 years; that’s about 84 years if he were a man. Vito will be 13 years old in August.
“He’s been a good partner. He’s got some big paw prints to fill,” Goodman said.
North American Police Work Dog Association in obedience, article search, area search and aggression control. He’s also certified as a narcotics detector, patrol and tracking.
In Vito’s career, he’s accomplished 75 narcotic searches, 50 school searches, found three lost children, performed 98 public demonstrations, just to name a few.
“He’s been a good ambassador for the sheriff’s office and the Rottweiler breed,” he said.
The most memorable of those captures for Goodman were the suspects Vito found hiding in a tree and the lost children who were found.
Vito was not without parting gifts. Many in the administrative staff gave him toys and tennis balls, which he promptly chewed to bits.
To Vito and Lt. Goodman - The American Rottweiler Club salutes you both! Well done, well done, indeed!