It’s hard to believe that two years ago today we lost our beloved Zeus, one of the best Rottie boys ever, to bone cancer.
We fought hard for a year before that. In honor of Zeus, I’m sharing a story that I originally shared in the North East Rottweiler Rescue email groups.
A lot of people found it entertaining back then, and I hope you do, too.
Zeus and Rock, a love story
Zeus met Rock last week. He got him out of the stream with his own paws and with some difficulty. It was love at first sight. This isn’t his first Rock, but they seemed to have a special attachment. I know he was hoping this would be a long term relationship.
They played and played for days. Zeus knows to keep Rock away from his teeth.
Rock is the only playmate who doesn’t get upset when Zeus opens his mouth as wide as he can and barks at him.
While Zeus’ sisters can’t handle his rough play, Rock could take all Zeus could dish out.
Sadly, their relationship came to an abrupt end this morning when Zeus rolled Rock 10 feet to the edge of the pond and Rock fell in and sunk to the bottom. Zeus looked for him for quite awhile, and again this afternoon. We’re trying to take his mind off it.
He’ll probably find a rebound Rock tomorrow.
Dakota is a sweet Husky mix girl with a lot of personality. Let’s share Dakota to get her a foreverhome of her very own. She’s currently at Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine. Dakota LOVES toys and is very playful. She also is very communicative. When I was holding a toy that (she thought she) wanted, she kept talking to me in a variety of noises to let me know she wanted it. It was very cute. Here she is letting me know that the toy should be hers. Then when I did give it to her, she sniffed it and walked away. I guess it wasn’t as good as she thought it was going to be. Dakota may be 5-1/2 years old, but she’s very active. She loves to chase balls and just plain run around. She does know sit, but didn’t want to sit still much during her photo session. Who can blame her, she sits around in her kennel most of the day so when she got to be outside she just wanted to play. She has been at the shelter for over 2 months.
You’ll see her frequently doing the play pose. Did I mention she has a lot of personality? Dakota is a smart, fun, active girl who loves people, including kids. And on top of it all she is beautiful!
She was very food motivated during our time together, and very toy motivated. The shelter says she should be an only pet. Contact Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick for more info about Dakota. You’ll have to meet her in a play yard to fully appreciate her fun personality. The shelter’s number is 207-725-5051.
When I walked into the dog area at Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick, Maine, last week, the first dog I saw in the kennels was Jinx. His soulful eyes and fantastic ears jumped right out at me. He was quiet and calm in his kennel, hanging back a little bit but when I went up to him he put his head right next to the kennel door and was happy to get some head rubs. He had a very soft demeanor and my heart just melted. A little later it was his turn for photos. Natalie from the shelter was helping me and she went in to get Jinx but came out with another dog. She said Jinx was too scared to come out of his kennel. He was shaking and didn’t want to come out. So we photographed the other dog and then she tried to get Jinx again. This time he came out and once he was in the fenced outdoor area he was fine, he didn’t really seem nervous at all. He seemed happy to be out and happy to be getting attention. He’s a polite boy with a soft demeanor and he was very affectionate. He’s playful, too. And very food motivated. And those ears! Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up every day and see those ears and this face next to your bed? Jinx almost always is biting his lip. Sometimes one side, sometimes the other side, sometimes both sides. You’ll often see him looking like this. It’s very endearing. In most of these photos where he’s not biting his lip, it’s because I stuck my hand out and fluffed his lips with my fingers before I took the photo. Over and over. He was quite agreeable to me doing that. He seems like a very easygoing, loveable guy with people. The shelter says Jinx is a terrier/pointer mix. I say he’s 1/2 Adorable and 3/4 Awesome, topped with some very cool spots. He’s a little over 2 years old. He loves people and other dogs. When we were doing photos, he was being his awesome self and then all of a sudden he froze. I thought he was looking at something I was doing, then I realized there was a cat walking next to the trees outside the fence. He stood perfectly still and stared at it intently until it disappeared. I don’t know if they’ve tested him with cats at the shelter. Jinx is a little afraid of new things and needs someone understanding who can help build his confidence and show him that new things don’t have to be scary. He just needs a little bit of help and encouragement. He let me put this foolish hat on him, though, and he wasn’t scared a bit. Embarrassed maybe, but not scared. I apologize, Jinx, it was a poor fashion statement. You deserve better. Like a cow bandana. When it was time to go back in, Jinx didn’t want to go back in. I didn’t want him to go, either. I would have been happy hanging out all day with Jinx. If he was your dog, YOU could hang out all day with Jinx. He’d like that a lot. And so would you. Contact Coastal Humane Society at 207-725-5051 to learn more about Jinx.
Go hang out with him for a bit and you’ll be smitten, too.
This is Ted. Ted is an athlete. He could be a superstar. He just needs a coach.
Full disclosure: I’m in love with Ted. I’ve been thinking about him since I met him 5 days ago. This is surprising, since I’m usually especially drawn to older and probably larger dogs. I see so much potential in Ted. Ted is just over 2 years old and he’s not very big. What he lacks in size he makes up for in attitude, drive and fun. The shelter lists him as a Miniature Pinscher mix. I think he’s got to have some Jack Russell in him. He’s the size of a Jack Russell and to me he acts like a Jack Russell.Once out of his kennel and into the fenced play yard, Ted was a wild man for a few minutes. Playing tug with his leash (even when it wasn’t attached to him), running around playing with balls and toys, jumping through the air. He jumped on a squeaky ball and got the zoomies, running laps around the perimeter of the fence.
Ted has speed, energy and a ton of toy drive. I can totally see agility or flyball — here he is showing how much he likes tennis balls — in his future. I can also see how he was probably too much for his previous family, if they didn’t give him an outlet for his energy.
He also gets bonus points for letting me put a foolish cape on him that was way too big. He let me do some nice pictures of him in between bursts of energy, though Natalie, my helper from the shelter had her hands full. He was affectionate when he’d take a break from mayhem, too. And after 15 minutes or so you could see he had run a lot of his energy off and he was noticeably calmer. The shelter says Ted likes other dogs, though he can be bossy at times. He may be too much for small children. If you are looking for your next dog sport superstar, or if you love to play and be active with your dog, give Ted a chance. He’s packed and ready to go. Contact Coastal Humane Society at 207-725-5051 for more information about Ted!