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These two calls have to be the best for a long time.....

The first was from a lady of 90 - yes, 90 whose son has given her a 3 year old male rottweiler and expects her to cope with it!

The second was from a man who bought his daughter a male rottweiler. It is now 4, and she has had a baby and doesn't want the dog any more as it is boisterous. Peter asked if she had ever taken it training. ONCE was the reply!



On Saturday 13th June, Christine Smith, who has the lovely Fletcher, an RRT dog, held a fun agility and tracking day in aid of Rottweiler Rescue Trust.The reports I have had from some of those who attended, suggest that great fun was had by all, both four legged and two! The weather held for them, and they managed a barbeque without getting soaked! Several people travelled a long way to support the day, our thanks to Christine and everyone who attended for their continued support. The photos certainly look as though they all enjoyed themselves.





We are especially grateful to Christine for holding this event, as at present her other rottie lad, Flint, is extremely unwell and both Christine and Andrew are very worried about him. Everyone at RRT is thinking of Flint, and offering up many prayers for this super young dog. All in all, this little group managed to raise





Our thanks to Zoe and Spencer Godden, who ran a half marathon back in March in aid of RRT. They raised the princely sum of







We are becoming concerned by the amount of elderly dogs we are being asked to take. We have eight dogs over 8 years old on our waiting list from just the last six weeks. None of these dogs have done anything wrong. Most are in fairly good health, with perhaps only a touch of arthritis. All are happy to be left, require only two twenty minute walks a day and are happy to settle down for a sleep after. None are problematic or destructive. The excuses are getting weaker and weaker for people wanting to dispose of these dogs. We are told the owners are "downsizing", working long hours, having a baby, or just no longer want the dog. I hope these people do not treat their children as badly as they treat their dogs. I repeat, we only take dogs whose owners really need our help, not those too selfish to be bothered.




Having had my homecheck in the morning, I went straight to the kennels to see a dog Peter felt would suit me. I was introduced to a huge dog called Brucie baby, who totally ignored me as he was besotted with Peter who he had known for years. Peter was convinced this was the chap for me, so it was arranged for me to collect him two days later, taking my two girls with me to be introduced to him. He still ignored me. My twelve year old staffie curled her lip over her non existent teeth and advised him she would not stand for any nonsense, and my fifteen year old whippet pretended she was in the next county. It wasn't until he was in my car that we first had eye contact and I felt things would be okay.

I knew my lifestyle was going to be quite a challenge for him, so after a walk in the woods and time spent exploring his new home, I took him down to the stables to meet the rest of the extended family. Once the horses were in the stables, Bruce was allowed out of the car and I took him to meet Rosie. She popped her head out of what he thought was a kennel and the look on Bruce's face made me smile. It was horror and revulsion.  He slowly backed away and when he felt safe started to bark. Rosie is a pot belly pig. Then, as if things weren@t bad enough, I introduced him to the horses over the stable doors. I don't think he had been that close to horses before.

Next morning at 7am he needed to be up to go back down to the yard - he wasn't keen but I put it down to being tired from the challenges of the previous day. Over the next few days I realised he doesn't do early, or rain! Twice a day we have to go to the yard whatever the weather is, so I've had to buy the big wuss a raincoat. Over time he has been nose to nose with the 12 hand pony, the 15 hand mare is too stuck pu to "talk" to anyone so he is okay with her, however he is very intimidated by the 17 hand black gelding, and is sure I need protecting especially when the horse comes over for a cuddle. Bruce must have been very impressed when he saw me riding him for the first time. The dogs are not allowed on the yard when the horses are loose. Bruce is so confident he doesn't need to bark at them any more. He has devised some jobs to do when we are on the yard. He helps with the mucking out, umm yummy, when he is fed up with that he keeps an eye out to let me know if the horses start to wander back to the stables, and he has to keep the pigeons away from the chicken food (He ignores the chickens).

Bruce is wonderful, but I would say that, wouldn't I? He has given my whippet a new lease of life, she is besotted with him and enjoying their walks. Bruce has plenty of variety in his life, lots of dog company, lots of walks and lots of love. I do hope he is enjoying his new life.



 22 March

Zoe(2h.04m) and Spencer(1h.54m) both completed the run yesterday.

Well done from all at the RRT


Zoe & Spencer Godden are running the Hastings Half Marathon

in aid of the Rottweiler Rescue Trust

The date for the event is Sunday 21st March 2010

If you would like to sponsor Spencer, please use this link


Zoe and Spencer with Missy





14.02.10. When someone contacts us needing/wanting to get rid of their dog, they are often very surprised that we do not have a waiting list of good homes. Only those people really into rescue and dogs comprehend the vast numbers of dogs, some problematic, some not, that need help. So many do not get that help. We are only scratching the surface... 



                            GUARD DOGS                                  

Over the last few years, we have been offered guard dogs, and for various reasons, seen guard dogs and the conditions they are kept in.



I recently had to get two new tyres fitted, so popped into a local tyre fitting garage. The guy saw the Rottweiler Rescue Trust sticker on my car and started asking me about what we do. I explained that we are a rescue looking for pet homes for unfortunate rottweilers. He said he owned two and asked if I would like to see them. He took me to the rear of the garage where there was a roughly made “bodged” enclosure. In it was an old wooden crate, turned on its side, filled with straw, and two of the largest rotts I have ever seen.

As we approached, the male roared and leapt at the wire. The bitch barked but stayed back from the wire. Both dogs were not only large, but also grossly overweight. The male looked as though it had entropion. The area in which they were kept was kept clean, in that there was not dog mess to be seen, but both dogs looked dirty.

I asked why he had the dogs there. He explained that they suffered with a lot of “dodgy people” in the area, and that he wanted to ensure that his garage was not broken into. This was his third pair of rotts.

I approached the wire and gave the bitch a titbit. She wagged her tail and was quite prepared to be friends. Not so the male, who continued growling and snarling.

He then explained that he had got these two dogs from a lady who lives locally and does some rescue work. She felt that these dogs were not rehomeable due to their temperaments, so she decided to put them in with him.



A gentleman we know has a very rural property. He is a tree surgeon, and has lots of equipment stored in sheds at the back of his property, and he was broken into and lots of equipment was stolen. So he bought a rottweiler and a German Shepherd. They were chained up outside at night, but allowed to run about in the garden during the day. As the property is so rural, there are lots of badgers in the area, and the badgers dug a hole under the fence.

After a long day, the gentleman and his wife fell asleep and forgot to put the dogs on the chains as they usually did. The next morning, they discovered that the dogs had got out. They had killed the neighbouring farmer’s two rams. One dog was shot by the farmer, the other brought back to the guy. He had to pay the farmer £1,000 in compensation. The owner’s wife was distraught as she loved the dogs.



When we were looking for a home for Kai, we were asked to consider a guy who already had a rottie bitch, and wanted a companion for her in his yard.

He stored cars that had been clamped, and there was someone with the dogs all day.

When we got there, the dog he already had ran up to the gate and wagged her stump at us. She was seven and looked 14. She was dirty and riddled with arthritis. She had an old car to sleep in with a blanket in it. The owner could not see that this dog was ill, in pain and very unhappy. The guy was amazed that we would not consider putting any other dog in his care.

We left and I cried for that poor old bitch. (One of the employees phoned us a couple of weeks later and said she had died) After Peter had spoken to the guy he did accept that he did not need a guard dog, he already had 24 hour CCTV and an alarm.



We have been trying to help a man who works in a transport yard. In an enclosure in the yard are two rotts, both males. One of the dogs is so weak it can only walk a few steps. The owner of the yard is such a nasty man that he will not let his employee even take the dog to the vet.



Robbie and Roy, our two special boys from 2007. Both were in a scrap yard and their owner was going to throw them onto the street when his land was bought by compulsory purchase. One of the men who went into the yard regularly contacted us and brought them over to us to assess before we agreed to take them. They were thin, dirty and institutionalised. They knew nothing of affection, or of a normal dog’s life, but they showed absolutely no sign of aggression. They were so resigned to their fate it was pitiful. It took us months to get the slightest bit further forward with them.

They are now very happy in a home with Ann and Danny, who love the boys to bits and have had to work very hard to reintegrate them into a normal life.



Is there ever any good reason for a dog to be used as a guard for property.?

A good alarm system costs about £600 to install, and then another £300 to £500 for maintenance and “Red Care” which connects directly to the police.

A rottweiler can be got very cheaply, but will need feeding, some veterinary treatment, and bedding, plus taking time to feed and clean out.

My other point would be that most insurance companies will not pay out if one of these dogs bites someone, whether an intruder or not.



Should a rescue or person involved with rescue ever put a dog into a guard dog home even if it means that a dog has to be euthanaesed as it is not rehomeable into a pet home?


We feel that these dogs are suffering a dreadful life, and giving our breed and the people that own them a terrible name.

I will not use the garage again, as I do not want the owner to profit from me while he has two dogs that are having a terrible life.





The kennels we board the dogs at is also a quarantine kennels. At present it is housing three dogs belonging to David "The Haymaker" Haye, the British World heavyweight boxer. He has kindly given us this signed photo, and also signed three tee shirts for us to auction or raffle.The tee shirts will be going on the shop page in the next few days ----any offers?


















We met up at the kennels to give the dogs a walk, some turkey and roast potatoes, and some presents. Peter Reynolds brought Kaiser and Rob (Rob is the one with two legs!).Debbie and Mark brought Lady, Baloo and the kids! Judith brought Taz, Amber and Jocelyn (also called The Queen Mother) and Lorraine brought Dennis. All the dogs enjoyed their dinner, but only Jack was clever enough to open presents - but they all enjoyed playing once the presents were out of the paper. Their dessert was liver cake made by Debbie - in fact the dogs loved it so much we are trying to get her to make it every day for them! All the dogs behaved very well, as did the kids. Thank you to all those who sent money or toys and treats.....everyone enjoyed themselves so much.
















































































































































18.12.09. It snowed last night down in deepest darkest Kent, and it took us two hours to get to the kennels to walk the dogs - BUT - they really enjoyed themselves in the strange white stuff. Here are a few of them out and about, enjoying their walk.


















Perhaps I am becoming cynical .........

When we go to do a home check we are greeted by happy families/couples, who don't work long hours, who are financially secure, not depressed and well able to take care of a dog. It is only when dogs are not wanted any more that all these problems surface and we are expected to take the dog that they bought/rescued. Of course we always take our dogs back, and are very willing to do so, but if only we got the whole truth from the people we speak to. I am tired of "reading between the lines - whether the dog was originally a RRT dog or not.



Pet Insurance - one reader's experience..........and this is a very well respected company, not one of the cheaper options.

Riley’s Story

I drove all the way to Devon to buy you, the lady told me she had 2 dogs and 2 bitches left in the litter, and mum and dad can be seen she said to me! Your dad was a big boy, huge in fact, both looked very healthy.

There you were in a cage with your brother and sisters, the cage was no bigger than 3ft by 2ft by 3ft, I fell in love with all four of you, and if I had, had the money I would have taken you all on, I hated the fact you were all squashed in this cage! But I had set my mind on getting a rotti, and I wanted a boy! She let the both of you out and you were both so pleased to see me, you were the bigger of the 2 and you promptly sat on my lap, that was it, sold! Great big brown eyes looking at me begging me to take you away from where you were, I handed the money over, and away we went, I had a friend with me and you slept most of the 3 hour journey home, we were about 8 miles from home, and you decided to be sick, it went everywhere, then the other end started and you had a bad belly as well.  We got you home cleaned you up and gave you food which you bolted so fast, that you made yourself sick again!!!!

We needed a name for you, I didn’t want the usual rotti names, like Tyson, Samson, or Satan I wanted something softer and gentler for you, so  I went for Riley, although the nick names started as soon as you were home, and for some reason most of the time you are fondly known as PANTS! Really not sure how you got this name, but it has stuck.

Life for me had changed, I had a baby to look after, the first night I went to bed, you howled the house down......

So down stairs I came to comfort you, you soon cottoned on to that!!!!!! 

So I then had to be hard on you so with pillow over my head I let you howl, I was shattered when I got up in the morning, but I was never angry with you, one look at you and I melted, I couldn’t help it.

We soon got into a routine, you wanted something I got it for you, you wanted a walk we went out, your wish was my command, and I was your master. And your slave, you had “the life of Riley” quite literally!

We started Puppy classes, you did well, but we had to stop them when I injured my knee and couldn’t drive, to take you anymore, but we continued with the obedience at home, so you did have a few manners.

I had taken you to the vets, got your first injections done, sorted out the insurance, and the micro chip and away we went.

We settled down just the 2 of us, then one day you had a limp this was May 2008 the vet Bob said you had probably pulled a muscle or it may just be growing pains, and said not to worry.

And so life went on............. 

Then I met Terry and in time we moved in with him, you had so much more room to run around, bigger house and a huge garden, nearly an acre. You also gained to more fans Terry’s Daughters Jess and Jem.


Then in May 2009 we decided that it was time you lost your man hood, we suspected that you may have bad hips, and due to all the bad breeding that was about, we didn’t want you producing off spring that may suffer. So off to the vets you went..............

While you were there we asked the vets to check your hips, as you were asleep, when we went to pick you up they gave us the devastating news that you had hip dysplasia. Your left hip was worse. So the vet made a referral to an orthopaedic vet in Devizes, so we started our journey with you to see what the outcome was going to be for you.

We got to the vets practice and in we went, you were true to form, with no manners at all decided to wee everywhere! They took you off for x-rays and we were told to come back at 6pm to pick you up and find out what the diagnosis was.

When we got back we were taken into the vets office and he had more bad news for us, he had suspected that you may have elbow dysplasia as well, so while you were under aesthetic, he checked this out, and to our utter shock, we were told that your front legs were bad and that you did have elbow dysplasia as well. You needed to have an operation on them, as without it they would get worse and  the hip operation would not be worth doing.

So you were booked in for the following week to have this done, what a sorry sight you were when we went to pick you up both your front legs had been shaved from hock to shoulder, and you had bandages on and you could hardly walk, we had to pick you up to put you in the car, (45KG is a lot to lift!) we got you home, I cooked you up a treat of chicken and rice which didn’t touch the sides as it went down. A week later we were back having a check up, everything had gone well and the vet was pleased with the results, you haven’t limped once on your front legs since you had the operation.

The bill was submitted to out pet insurers, and within the week we had a letter saying that they were going to pay for the operation on your front legs, but were NOT paying for the hip x-rays or anything to do with them! I rang them, they told me that because I had taken you to the vets in May 2008 with a limp this was the onset of hip dysplasia so they won’t pay. (although we have since found out Hip dysplasia cannot be diagnosed until a full set of x-rays have been taken) I told them that without this operation you would within the year have to be put to sleep, you were 18 months old! They didn’t seem to care, quite happy to take my monthly payment, but they were not going to budge. So I was left with 2 vet bills one for just over £200 for my local vet, and £700 from the specialist  for x-rays etc, we are slowly paying these off every month.

We have written to the pet insurer’s following their complaints procedure, and are still waiting for an answer from them, your back legs are getting worse, you have trouble getting up now and sometimes we have to lift you to help you get up, you are such a good boy, and if you’re in pain, which I am sure you are, it never bothers you, you show no sign of pain, and are still so soppy, it breaks my heart.  You now have Previcox painkillers every other day, but I am sure it won’t be long before you are on these daily. You now drag you feet and walk very stiff legged, and to watch you sometimes is hard, I question myself daily, as to whether I am doing the right thing for you, I come up with the same answer, YES because you are worth it, everyone who meets you falls in love with you, you are everything I wanted in a dog and more, you are loyal, loving, intelligent and most of all my best friend. I will try my best for you that is all I can promise, I am not prepared to lose you just yet, as you have not been able to enjoy life like a lot of other puppies, we can’t throw a ball for you to chase, as your legs just go from under you.

I hate seeing you like this, and am at the moment helpless, the hip operation is £3,500 each hip, ideally you need to have them both done, but the vet has said that you definitely need your left one done and they can do an operation where they take the ball joint of you hip out of the socket and cut it off, they then sit this on the outside of the hip, and the muscles and tendons hold it in place. Ideally having both done would be better for you. The vets seem confident that having this done will be the making of you.

Because the pet insurers  will not at the moment pay for this, we are facing the agonising decision that within the next 6-8 months of having you put to sleep, as you will get to the point where you will not be able to stand, Or have any quality of life.

I don’t want to lose you yet, and am doing all I can to raise the money for this life saving operation for you; the vets have said that if you have the full hip replacement you will live all being well, for a good number of years without any pain.Although you have trouble getting up sometimes, you still manage to chase the cast around the house and steal their food when we are not looking and when you are in the garden running around you are like a puppy again.



We are still looking for volunteers to help to walk the dogs during the week. Weekends are very well covered but if we could get some extra help on weekdays it would mean that we could do more training and spend more time with each, anyone who needs to lose a few pounds, please consider giving the dogs a couple of hours of your time. It may be cold and wet, but it is very rewarding and keeps you fit at the same time! We also need some fundraisers or fundraising ideas. We do not want to do a dog show as lots of rescues do dog shows. We would like to be a bit different, so if anyone has any good ideas, please let us know.