Ever go to a sale
And the prices are so good
You can’t buy just one?
I just returned from a road trip
In which I helped transport
A severely abused Rottweiler in Kansas City,
To his new loving home in Cleveland, Ohio.
I love Happy Endings;
They are so rare these days,
Especially for some types of dogs.
Unfortunately, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Bull Terriers, and several other large powerful breeds of dogs are being vilified in our country today. Many municipalities now want to ban them; many animal shelters refuse to adopt them out; many insurance companies refuse to insure their owners; and, even worse, many police officers, in true fear for their lives, now shoot them on sight.
No dog is born inherently vicious, evil, or mean. Vicious evil people make them so. These large powerful dogs are the preferred choice of drug dealers, gang members, and property owners across America who often beat, starve, and abuse them mercilessly in an effort to make them vicious; and in an effort to protect their drugs, turf, or property. They also often make these dogs engage in extremely cruel and bloody dog fights to the death for cash.
Yet, Rottweilers regularly rack up high scores in obedience trials. They are often used as service dogs for handicapped people confined to wheelchairs. They also do stellar work for many police departments; and these same dogs that are trained to attack ‘bad guys’ gently meet and greet schoolchildren in ‘Officer Friendly’ programs across the country.
And they are loving, devoted, affectionate pets for many families with young children.
Rottweilers are good at these things because they are smart, versatile, highly trainable, loyal, loving, brave, and oh-so-willing to please the people who are kind to them.
But in the hands of the wrong people, a Rottweiler, or any large powerful dog, of any breed, can become a terrifying menace.
Please don't join in current efforts to blame, or ban, an entire breed of dog for the actions of a few that were turned mean; blame the vicious human beings abusing these dogs.
Laws need to be changed to severely punish these animal abusers; not their innocent canine victims.
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|Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz
|Your heart is showing again, Eddie, and it is a kind one!|
|Reviewed by Hooves Of Fire
|I think it is a universal truth not to judge a whole breed by the behavior of a few. Hope you opened a few eyes here, Ed. Well Done!
|Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger
|El Captain, you have penned an extremely important piece, which clearly illustrates that if any dog is treated right, they are wonderful pets for any family. I have always been around dogs and have loved them all. My reward has been to have faithful, obedient pets, and great companionship in the absence of any decent human-being, being around. Any pet if it’s mistreated will become vicious and attack for no reason. However, if they are treated well and loved, they can be one of the best friends a human can have around. Great picture and write, my friend. I wish I knew you were going to be so close. I only live about an hour away from Cleveland. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to have a cup of Java with you before you went back home. Well, maybe next time. Take care and be well.|
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Not when it has your ex pinned to a wall...|
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Awwwwwwww...there is nothing like Puppy Love!!
Guess what? I made it here...to read and review...lol!!
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
i love rotties--my neighbor, when i lived in louisiana, had a rottweiler named greaseball...i loved that big ole dog :) too bad a gator got him :(
just big babies is all they are. thank you for speaking up for these noble breeds (pits scare me, but they deserve love, too--continuing your education will lesson the fear)
you are so right--it's not that they are bad dogs, the owners make them so
excellent write! and that pic AWWWWWWWWWWWw if i could have pets, i'd buy all of them :)
(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
|Happy endings are definitely the best Ed...
|Reviewed by Katy Walsvik
|I always wonder if the dogs are having half the fun and twice the stress as the owners in dog shows. My sister, Gretchen, shows her young Weimereiner (sp?) who wins a lot but is the worst behaved dog at home. LOL. She's a riot but I'm always told not to giggle at her, encourage her, you know. (hehe) To me, she's hilarious. She sleeps with Gretchen and Al, which is not Al's favorite thing in the relationship. (poor thing.. hehe).
I bow and will always do so, to the huge education you've brought to the public through your AD site... and elsewhere. You ARE making a difference... every time you post, you are the consummate "resident" here for wonderful poetry, hilarious laughter, and all the information you bring to these masses. Bless you, dear heart... katy xox.
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Most instructional write, Ed; and the photo is delightful. Love and peace. Regis|
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Rotties can be vicious, but it also depends on how well people treat them (not to mention, Pit Bulls, German Shephards, Dobies, and Bulls). I know two Rotties named Elijah and Enoch (they belong to customers who are regulars at our restaurant, sometimes I see them in their van), and they are both sweet! I also see a Rottie on my evening walk, and he barks, but he is only defending his territory! I am not scared of him! (The same people also have a Labrador and two Huskies, and they bark more than the Rottie! The people also have a loving, adorable Maine Coon cat who is always happy to see us whenever we go by! We have to stop and say hi! They live a few blocks from us.) Great message in this thought provoking write, and that picture is too cute! AWWWWW!!!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Sherry Heim
|I agree with you, Ed and the picture couldn't be cuter. I think that part of the problem with the Rotti is that people buy them, then realize that the dog is massive when grown. If the dog has not been trained properly, it can be overwhelming to the owner. The two best large dogs I have ever had were a big Bull Mastiff and a American Staffordshire Terrier (large pit bull). Both were the most loving and protective dogs I ever had and also very people friendly. They were smart and perfect pets. I will never go along with the breed tagging that is often done. I do know, that here where I live, a landlord cannot get insurance on his property if a tennent has one of these type of dogs on the property unless it is fenced in a fashion that the dog cannot escape. How sad is that??? Excellent write, Ed...you did get my dander up with this piece though.
|Reviewed by Nordette Adams
|Yes, I know. One of my best friends has a Rottweiller named DeeDee. Everytime I'd go over to her house I'd have to contend with DeeDee, a giant dog, trying to climb onto my lap and slobber all over me. LOL They also had to put DeeDee on a diet and bolt the refrigerator because DeeDee had figured out how to open it and raid it at night. Hmmmm. Heehehehe. What a sweetie. However, she had trouble getting insurance on her house because she owned a Rottweiler.
I grew up with dogs, one of which was a pure Doberman that my brother named Sula after a character out of one of Tony Morrison's novels. My dad had no trouble when he walked her down Paris Avenue. Full grown men would cross to the other side of the street when they saw him coming with Sula, but she was one of the most gentle dogs we'd ever had.
It's mean people who make mean dogs.
Love that picture, Ed. Thank you for posting.
|Reviewed by A PAX
|Your a good soul......thru and thru!!!!!!!!!
I have a Rotweiller story for you.......
I worked on the last census.....so of course I had to go house to house. Normally I would park as close to the house as possible, and I live in the mountains (sorta) and some properties have very long driveways.......well once.....just once I parked at the end of a long driveway....and hoofed it.....get to the house.......who comes around the corner (they had the invisible fence I didn't see the sign!) but a snarling Rotweiller....Now I have had dogs most of my life, and I panicked for a second.........then I started baby talking to the dog!!!
ohhhhhhhh poor little thing......ohhhhhhhh they left you all alone......such a good boy.......blah blah blah.......in the sweetest, most comforting voice I had.......this dog was crying when I left.......followed me to the car......he wanted love....he turned to total mush.......
When I went back to the house, to interview the owners.......they dog was so happy to see me.....(we were old friends lol) and the owners were shocked!!!
They say music soothes the savage beast.......well so does alittle TLC! lol.........pax A
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|wonderful that you have found a new home for the dog. I agree with you 100%! Its not the dog its the owner. Another area of laws that need changing. People need to be made accountabble for animal abuse. Not just a slap on the hand.|
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|I have friends with Rotties, one of them must have weighed in at 100 pounds, and she was the biggest baby & the heaviest lap dog I ever knew...LOL! My neighbors now have two Dobies, both red ones I think, anyway the female loves to play with Rufuz and is a baby as well an so is the male, although he and Rufuz don't get along...all dogs are inherently loving and loyal, it is the way they are treated during their growth that makes them mean...An excellent statement here in Ed, and while you were in Cleveland you should have gone to the Rock n' Roll hall of fame, and you could have come and seen me, I would have traveled half the distance to meet ya...Peace bro, glad to see ya back...Ed & rufuz|
|Reviewed by George Carroll
|Unfortunately the press is too quick to point out how these dogs attack people. And always show them in there worst light. This is why so many people, including myself, feel uneasy around them. They need a good agent to change the publics view of them and I elect you. Well done Ed.|
|Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
|Ed, My sister has a Rot named Herculese and he came by his name honestly.
He's so large he can close his mouth around the top of my leg. He'd not hurt a fly intentionally but when he wants to play...he doesn't take no for an answer.
He's baled through the plateglass window more than once to get inside to play with her grandkids. Luckily he's never been hurt doing so..nor the kids either.
He's a big old brute but a great pet!
Hope your plea for these animals works!