I Own a Rottweiler and the Stigma Behind them Needs to Ends

Arent Dogs the best? They are the loyalist of friends and are the best listeners in the world. They’ll stand back while you ramble on about whatever crap has come your way and then just rub their nose on you and want a cuddle. The least judgemental being in the world and yet we can be the most judgemental to anyone who owns a certain dog.

I have a Rottweiler, One of the most judged and frowned upon dogs in the world, for decades these dogs have been vilified by the court of public opinion. The world thinks that they are vicious and always aggressive wanting nothing more than to attack anything that moves.

To the typical person, Seeing a young person with a Rottweiler walking alongside is the ultimate sign of fear, that this person will let the dog off the lead and the dog will attack you. Leading to you crossing the road and walking the other way to avoid it.

This has happened on a near daily basis when I walk my rottweiler, Venus, On one occasion a man was that fearful of Venus that he walked in the middle of a busy road to avoid us. Just let that sink in, He Hated a Rottweiler so much he was willing to kill himself and his dog by walking into traffic.

I’ve had people go out there way to scold Venus and I, with one owner telling me to have my dog put down simply because of the head collar Venus was wearing and in one case when Venus had a little moment with another dog two people threaten to call the RSPCA.

Yet in the vast majority of cases, a Rottweiler is harmless and won’t attack. They are not bred to be monsters, but rather companions who’ll keep their friend safe. By Breed, a Rottweiler is natural strong-willed and stubborn, they also have a strong bite. This comes from their original uses from herding cattle and being a German police dog.

They’re loyal and hardworking, always wanting to please their friend and will learn quickly. They Love cuddles and are extremely affectionate.

Yet My venus embodies everything I’ve just written, while A loving and cuddly dog Venus won’t back down if someone was to attack me. She won’t randomly attack any dog that walks by, She’ll Try to make friends just like any normal dog.

Venus the Rottweiler

Most Rottweilers are like Venus, as most owners are sensible and will always make sure their Rottweiler is behaving correctly, Yes occasionally there are some people who won’t train there Rottweiler and will make it attack everything. Why Punish a Majority on the actions of a minority.

Treat Rottweilers exactly like a Labrador, or a Springer Spaniel or even a German Shepard.

If you do see a Rottweiler in the streets, just walk past and go about your business as normal and if you want to stroke or make a fuss of the dog, just ask! As all Rottweiler owners won’t mind at all. In fact my Venus won’t let you move as she’ll want to be friends forever.

I Took Pre-Workout Supplements For A Month: What I Learnt

I am a massive gym goer, I spend more time in a gym weights room than actually sat down watching television or even actually being a social person. As the world has sort of adapted to the fitness craze, more and more supplements and products have flooded the market.

Pre-workout, post workout and In between workout supplements, supplements for weight gain loss and fancy named green tea leaves and supplements to make you sleep better. We’re surrounded by supplements.

As I’ve been working in a physically demanding factory job, my energy levels have been a little low when going through the turnstile to heaven, I’ve found energy through coffee but I needed something else, so I turned to a pre-workout formula. 

In my mind, I’m thinking “this will hopefully give me a kick in the backside” so I stumbled to a supplement shop in my local shopping centre and picked up a packet of “NO-XPLODE pre-workout igniter”.

looking at the nutritional profile I discovered the contents of caffeine, B vitamins and other assorted stimulants, this surely would kick my ass and push me further. Considering a serving contained 300mg of caffeine it would and it surely did.

After drinking a half scoop. ( I don’t want to murder my heart) I felt a kick, such a kick I felt I’d never come down. Pulsing and shaking while lifting weights, My mind was fixated and wired. I’d Tuned out from the background tunes of the gym TV and the chatter around the Olympic station.

Later into my session, I experienced a comedown, my body became suddenly tried and heavy, my once buzzing focus was gone and in place was a mind covered in fog, I couldn’t string together a thought without losing concentration.

This would be the normality for sessions to come, after a decent weights sesh and a run around the park, Id usually have the energy to walk home from the gym ( a good 20 minute uphill walk) but I just couldn’t.

It also had an effect on my mood, I was happy that I had a good workout but felt deflated after the comedown, and on days when I didn’t have Pre-workout, I had zero drive for anything.

This made me question whether the pre-workout formula was necessary, As do I need to spend £10 on a drink mix that gives me a boost when my diet is incredibly healthy and my body is in great shape.

I sat down and researched Pre-workout, and I didn’t realise how much was going into the formula. In the formula I took, there were all the amino acids found in my usual Post workout Protein Powder (Myprotien) Taurine, 300MG of Caffeine (equal to 3 single espressos) and loads of other unreadable ingredients.

Scientific studys have shown caffine gives you a buzz, its a stimulant and gives you the drive to focus more, wereas the likes of the taurine and the Amino acids didnt. They were added in for marketing.

Not to mention the formula was an American import and There is no regulation on pre-workout supplements in the USA. I was spending money on a product which was making expensive urine.

I was pumping stuff into my body which was just getting wasted and checked away, Overdoing it on the amino acids, Pumping caffeine on top of my average three cups of coffee a day and throwing in B Vitamins that were never used in my body.

From doing this little experiment, my biggest takeaway is that supplements are a money grab. A way to get money for something unnecessary when I can just have a delightful coffee before my workout and enjoy a little social time.

 

For Journaling Thoughts I’m Jordan Dodds