Jordan’s Take Five: Five Things You’ll Only Know If You Own A Rottwiler

This Artlce was written as a peice of coursework for My BA- Hons In Journalism, Please enjoy.

It’s the day every person in the world wants to experience when a cute and small bundle comes into your world. No, I am not talking about a child.

A Skinny Rottwieler holding a yellow and balck rope toy
This Was Taken The Day Venus Joined Us

I’m talking about becoming a paw parent! And for the past eight years, I’ve been the adoptive paw parent to a rottweiler like no other, my loving Companion Venus who has developed quite quirky habits and ways of showing her love.

 

 

 1. Her Special Attack Mode

When you think of a Rottweiler attacking, you think of images of aggressive teeth showing killing machines with the bark that could send a ship backwards in time. Not Venus, her form of attack is to turn you into her snot rag.

You’ll be getting dolled up to the nines, ready for the big event with the organisation that has helped you come so far with your autism and Venus will be like “My nose is itchy, let me wipe it on these formal black trousers!”. Ten seconds later you’re covered in rottie snot, try and explain that one to Terry Deary.

2. Her Special Defence Mode

A rottweiler llying down on a black bed
Waiting for that pesky tablet to come back…

The Main characteristic of a Rottweiler is that they are fearless defenders, prepared to go to the end of the earth to make sure there home and owner are safe. However, My Venus takes a different approach, The Bodyguard style duck and cover. Even when you are sat working on the critical deadline for that article, you promised a charity months ago. She’ll come crashing down on you like a Jenga tower and send the tablet to the ground.

 

 3. The front door greeting

When you own a dog, there is a certain level of obedience you expect from your four-legged friends. Typically you hope that they’ll be waiting patiently at the front door for you after a long day of not trying to kill your classmates in school. My loyal companion will give me a look of disgust, the look of “oh, so you went out without me. For the fifth time this week”

She’ll happily greet every DPD driver that came to the address with my order from MyProtien, but won’t even acknowledge when I came back from the hell that was school. Gee Thanks, Venus.

 4. Making Friends

Dogs are the most extroverted animal in the kingdom; no other animal including humans can match their power to be incredibly social. The standard Rottweiler will always be wary of new people for fear they’ll attack there best friend. As for Venus, It’s way different.

It’s a Friday night and its takeaway night in the Dodds Household, We’ve placed our order and wait eagerly for the knock at the door. The delivery driver walks up the path to the back door and knocks, Venus in her wisdom decided to jump up at the handle and pulls it down. In effect opening the door to a complete stranger. The look on the face of the delivery driver says it all.

5.  Going out and about

When you do decide to take to dog out, its usually for a walk or even a trip to a relatives house. You get the dog bags and pack some treats to reward your Rottweiler for good behaviour; You know the drill. You stop by a big park so your faithful buddy can mingle with other dogs and make do with the business. Maybe swing by a dog-friendly pub for a drink afterwards. Can you tell where I’m going with this one?

rottweiler watching people in the local pub
venus watching her human friends in our local pub

Venus is a pub dog, Happy to mingle with the patrons of any public house in the land, charmer of all bartenders and quick to catch the eye of the chef. Venus is so obsessed with pubs that shell plonk the brakes on outside any pub and not move a muscle until you go in. But Venus, I went to the pub last night, I can’t afford another trip!

With all that said, I Still love her with all the heart in the world. Being a paw parent isn’t easy, and I wonder if being a human parnet is any different?

 

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.