By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
It’s embarrassing to admit, but I was afraid of Rottweilers. When I lived in an apartment in New York City right across the hall from my apartment was a couple with a Rottweiler. This dog wasn’t friendly. Some days she was pleasant, and other days she would growl and show her pearly whites.
I was afraid.
As a kid, I went up to every dog without asking if I could pet him or her. I know that isn’t smart, but I never got bit or even snarled at. This dog, however, didn’t like me. I really felt bad about it too, and tried to pet her. That is when she went for me. Fortunately, I pulled my hand back in time.
Still, I was determined to get over this fear.
A few months ago, I accompanied a friend on a rescue. When I heard he was rescuing a large Rottweiler, I almost had a change of heart. Then I saw Buddy, and he happened to be one of the sweetest and goofiest dogs I’ve ever met. Buddy was a bit skittish. He was lost and wound up at the city pound, which was not a good place for anyone. He seemed happy to see us.
We had to put him in the car to take him to a foster home. He let me push him up into the car. As we drove, he sat in the back. As I turned to look at him, I saw this gigantic grin on his face. Now, whenever I see a Rottweiler, I see that goofy grin.
The other day, a Rottweiler and a couple were walking by my house. This time I asked if I could pet the dog. They both said yes, and that they wanted to socialize their dog, but because of his large size a lot of people would cross the street when they saw him coming.
While I was petting him, his stubby tail wagged, actually his whole butt jiggled.
If you want to learn more about Rottweilers, check out this site that I found. It is filled with helpful information about Rottweilers and other breeds.