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  ........FOR DOGS!

As many followers of the site will know, we hold a regular Sunday training class. It was originally started for our own rescue dogs who had been rehomed, but whose owners were struggling to find a class to go to with their dog. It very quickly developed from there. We now have people and dogs from other rescues coming to join our free class. We have the dogs that are actually in our care in the class. Everyone enjoys themselves, as do the dogs and we have just realised that our little class is not so little any more! Pictured below are only about half the dogs that regularly come to our class.....and all of the dogs are improving rapidly!








Duncan and Bud                                                                    Erin and Katy                      

                                                Flo and Scampi







Gareth and Hugo                                                                       Jackie and Flo

                                                   Jean and Lily







 Lyn, Nikki and Penny                                                 Mus, Margaret and Timmy

                                               Norman and Lottie








Sarah and Big Maxx                                                   Sarah and Samson

Our classes are always very well attended and we also sometimes get the agility equipment out to give the dogs different experiences. Now and again we add in the odd couple of small dogs just to keep the dogs in the class on their toes! The coffee is always welcome at the end of the session, which gives everyone time to talk to our trainers about any problems the owner may be having with their dog, or just to sit and "talk dog" with other fools! So, although it is the Sunday School, there is not much praying going on!

Our thanks to Barry from Rescue Remedies for taking the photos.



Starting on ITV2 on Wednesday 5th September at 8pm is a show called "Top Dog Model". Featured in this show is Anthony and his three year old rott bitch Scarlett. Let's all have a watch and see how far she gets - it is a six part series......wouldn't it be nice for our breed to be shown in a really positive light? Lets all cheer for Scarlett, who will be joining us on the sponsored walk (if her stardom doesn't turn her into a diva!).

Well, our own special girl made it through - lets watch next week and see if she can make it to the next level! Well done Scarlett!


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and details of the walk by email. Several

email addresses are out of date. If you

have not received one, please email or

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I was looking at a rott forum the other day. A breeder had been asked to take a bitch he bred back as the people he had rehomed it to were being evicted.Without hesitation he went and picked his bitch up and took it back. Whilst there, the owner of his dog asked if he could also take a dog that they had bought from another breeder. He took the dog too, to keep it safe. He contacted the other breeder about the bitch, who said her husband would pick the dog up the next day but then was  told by text message the next day

 "after careful consideration we have decided that we will not be collecting the dog as we have puppies and as you have collected him you have taken responsibility.'

I am so pleased that the breeder of the bitch got his priorities right and picked up his own bitch. I am even more pleased that he had kindness and concern for a dog not of his breeding and took him to keep him safe. I am absolutely disgusted (but yet again not surprised)by the actions of this so called breeder.



This poem has been sent to me by someone who recently lost their dog. The lady has already contacted us about taking on a rescue makes so much sense.



The Legacy


When humans die, they make a will
To leave their homes and all they have
To those they love.
I, too, would make a will if I could write.

To some poor wistful, lonely stray
I leave my happy home.
My dish, my cosy bed, my cushioned chair, my toy.
The well loved lap, the gentle stroking hand,
The loving voice.

The place I made in someone's heart.
The love that at last could help me to
A peaceful, painless end,
Held in loving arms.

If I should die, Oh do not say,
"No more a pet I'll have,
To grieve me by it's loss"

Seek out some lonely, unloved dog
And give my place to him.
This is the legacy I leave behind -
Tis all I have to give.


--author unknown



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Once upon a time there were two dogs, Mick the Mastiff and Derek the rottweiler. They lived in a back garden in Essex. They were bought for a 14 year old boy who thought he wanted them. The two dogs lived in the garden for 3 - 4 years. They did not go out for walks. They met nobody. They had only a plastic corrugated piece of sheeting for shelter from both rain and sun. They were never allowed to step over the patio doors into the house. After 3 years, the boy left home. His mother did not like Mick, so she did not feed him, but she did feed Derek. Mick got thinner and thinner. They looked out through the gate at the big wide world that they had not been a part of. They were very sad dogs.
One day, they broke out of the garden. They went into a neighbouring garden and trampled the flowers. The police were called. Mick and Derek were taken back to their "home".A police officer who saw them felt very sorry for them and phoned the rescue. The owner's father brought the two dogs to the rescue.The rescue cried when they saw the terrible state of the dogs, and agreed to take them to give them a better life.The rescue fed Mick three times a day to ensure that he put on some weight and was no longer starving. The rescue worked hard with the dogs, and very quickly, they were rehomed into kind, loving pet homes......THAT IS THE END OF THE FAIRY STORY.....this is what actually happened....
Peter and Mus worked very hard with the two dogs. Derek was very difficult to walk, being very strong and hard to control. He had not been on a lead for years and was quite aloof. He has now been taught basic commands, other volunteers have joined in working with Derek, and he continues to improve. He likes everyone he meets. Mick too had his issues. Mick was inherently fearful. On the first day he went out he went for Shelley. We discussed this, and decided that he was stressed, frightened and deserved a chance to settle. As this had happened, we asked the advice of several mastiff people. They all gave us the same advice.....take things slowly. Mastiffs tend to be very much one person dogs, and take a long time to build up trust with someone new. So, we took our time.In the next couple of weeks Pete and Mus did most of the initial work - getting him out of the kennel, walking him, teaching him to take titbits gently from their hand. Mus loved him, calling him "Mickey". Then Shelley joined in, meeting Mick in the field, giving him high value titbits, taking the lead when walking round etc. We never pushed him to do anything he did not feel comfortable with. A couple of weeks later and we really felt we were starting to get somewhere. Shelley had been getting him in and out of kennels, so had Mus and Pete - no problems. He had met many of our volunteers, and had become a firm favourite. We had got him interacting with a couple of bitches (Noo-Noo and our own girl, Duchess). He was off lead around the field and seemed to be a happy, nice to know dog.Then, one day we had Mick off lead in the field. He had been round the field with Duchess, had been his usual self. The walk was almost over. Shelley went to clip his lead back on, as she had done so many times before. With no warning he bit her, going from wrist to shoulder. Peter shouted at him and managed to get Mick to stop - but he then wanted to bite Peter, and also Duchess. He was eventually slip leaded back into the kennel. We were both very shocked.We came home and phoned Mus, to let him know what had happened. We all thought and re-thought out what could have caused this to happen. No decisions were made that day.
The next day, Peter and Mus went to the kennels and got Mick out. He appeared to have gone backwards, and was once again a very frightened, anxious dog. They took him round the field, off lead. But when they got to the gate, he once again, "freaked out". They walked round again, and, with difficulty, managed to get him back on the lead and into the kennel. The next day, Mick was so anxious that they were unable to get him out of the kennel at all.
We all talked long and hard about Mick's future. He was obviously not rehomeable. We toyed with keeping him in kennels and continuing to work with him. but felt that if Mick had to spend the rest of his life in a kennel, then we would be no better than the owners of this poor, unhappy dog. With a lot of heart searching, and much sadness, we had Mick put to sleep a week later. It has made us even more determined to help Derek - and he continues to go from strength to strength - improving daily. This is real rescue - not the fairy story "everything is lovely and we win every time" rescue. We tried very hard. But we failed this poor dog.
Hi Shelley,Peter and all of the people that cared for Mick. You stated at the end of your write up that you had failed this dog.
The people that failed this dog were the idiots that bred him and his previous owners.(and they allow these people to have kids)All of you involved with this dog gave him things he had never had.
Love,kindness,food,warm and dry shelter,exercise.
You did not fail this dog.


Re the article titled "Size Does Matter" further down this page.....


Dear Peter & Shelley,

I regularly browse your web site and this article caught my eye.

I am the proud owner of a fully grown two (and a bit) year old, 24 inch tall male Rottweiler. He is one inch below UK height standard. He is the minimum height for where was born and bred (Ireland). He weighs around 35.5 kg. He is a large(ish) dog, but a small Rottweiler. He is slim and fit, with a waist and you can see his muscles, but he is not particularly muscled up. He will happily go for a 8-10 mile walk and then still have energy to play with his toy when he gets home (before crashing out on the sofa!). As far as I am concerned he is a “fit for purpose” dog, as a dog should be.

However, I get comments on how small he is, asked whether he is a cross breed, told consoling that he might grow a bit yet or fill out. People seem to think I must be disappointed that he is smaller than some other Rottweilers. Not at all. I like my “pocket Rott” as he is and prefer him to be lean, fit and healthy, rather than overfed and overweight in an effort to make him appear bigger. I hope that his smaller size will protect him from the joint problems that are prevalent in the breed. He is so active and energetic that having to restrict his exercise for any reason could quite possibly be the end of us both!

There seems to be a public misconception that all Rotts should weigh 50+kg and be the size of a pony. It’s incorrect – they should be a large breed dog, not a giant breed. Having the dog fat, because Rotts should be “big dogs” doesn’t do it any favours in the health department.

I think there are two main reasons for a dog to be overweight:

1.        Owner ignorance. People genuinely don’t know what a fit dog should look like. They feed the wrong food, in the wrong amounts and don’t exercise their dogs enough.

2.       Owner “status”. People believe that having extra weight on them makes them look bigger and more intimidating. No – it just makes them look fat.

I have never asked (or been told) if my dog meets a vet’s weight / height chart figures. I was told when I was young that you should be able to easily feel a dog’s ribs, but not see them. This is a good rule of thumb. People don’t realise the harm that being overweight can do to their dogs or often even know that their dog is overweight in the first place. Vets should speak up if they see an overweight dog – it is for the dog’s benefit. They need to tell the owner to modify their dog’s diet and get up off the sofa and exercise it properly.

Anyway, hopefully you have made it to the end of my rant. Sorry if I went on a bit!


Ms Sheridan Cummings (Morrison)




We are again going to be selling RRT calendars. We are in the process of putting them together at the moment. They will be ready for the Sponsored Walk in October. This year, so that every penny can go to the dogs, we are asking if anyone would like to sponsor a page. We would put Sposored by...then your mane, company name, website address and phone number. This would be beside the name of the month. Please do contact us if you would be interested - we are going to need to know some numbers by the middle of August.



A lady phoned today (16.07.12) whose dog has bitten a teenager. The circumstances were these -

The boy (next door neighbour) has previously consistently teased the dog through the garden fence.

On this occassion the 3 year old male rott was in the house.

His owner's son was sitting on the front doorstep with a friend, chatting.

The boy who got bitten came into the front garden.

The rott pushed through the two lads sitting on the doorstep and bit the teenager on the leg.

The boy's father came round and took the boy back home. He then called the police. The police arrived, looked at the boy's bite.

They went to the owner of the dog and told her that she must either have it destroyed or rehome it.In the light of this, and as it is not the first time I have been told that the police have insisted that a dog be destroyed, I called a specialist solicitor who deals only with dog cases.

the facts....

As the dog has bitten, the police can take the dog away - BUT only a Judge can put a destruction order on the dog, and only after a full hearing at which the owner would be present. The police have no right at all to demand that the dog be destroyed. Even if a Judge were to decide to make a destruction order, the owner would still have right of appeal.

Obviously, the owner of the dog should have addressed the issue between the dog and the child before this incident. She should also have ensured that the dog could not get out into her front garden.

RE SIZE DOES MATTER (Further down this page)

A lady rang us today who has a bitch who is going to have a cruciate operation in a few days time. Her bitch is 64 kilos. I asked what food she is feeding - she mentioned a high quality food. I then told her to get the measuring cup, and to diet the dog from now on it should only have half a measuring cup of food twice a day. She was amazed. I asked her how much she feeds her dog. She replied that she simply keeps topping the food bowl up throughout the day.



In the last few months, several of our RRT dogs have passed away. Many people have phoned to let us know their sad news. We remember all these dogs very well, and are saddened by their passing. Some people have asked us to put something on the site that they would like to say about their dog, or a photo or poem. Peter is not keen on the idea of having a page for this. He feels that this is quite  sentimental and doesn't help the poor dogs needing help now. We have taken lots of dogs, many of them old. We have lost them sometimes very quickly, we have cried. We have never forgotten any of them. We have moved on and taken another dog that needs help. I am not against having a "Sadly Missed" page. Peter is against. Please let us know if you would like one - it is your choice.

Christine Henstock has emailed :

I'm with you regarding a 'sadly missed' page - we know that lost dogs are sadly missed, anyone who has loved a dog knows this - it breaks your heart - but it is selfish not to move on and think how you could honour the lost dog's memory by taking on another lost soul, no good weeping and wailing over something you cannot change.


Last Sunday (08.07.12) was probably the wettest, most miserable day of the year. The rain was torrential. the sky was black. It was time for walking the rescue dogs and training! We all arrived and within seconds were soaked. We carried on. We did our class, rain streaming down our faces (and other places too indelicate to mention!) At the end of the lesson we looked round - and what did we see? Happy people and smiling dogs - not a moan, not a grizzle from anyone. It made us very proud of all our volunteers, and all our owners.

The photo above shows how important socialisation and training is. All three rotts are rescue dogs. They are living with three cats and five cavaliers! They have not always lived with little dogs and cats. They have been worked with, kindly, so that they respect their owner and each other. if more people socialised their dogs properly, we would not get so many calls.




 I am often surprised and worried by the amount of people who own rottweilers and feel they should be either straight from shoulder to tail, with no waistline, grossly overweight (for example Noo Noo when she came in – see her photos on Kaiser’s Page) or at best, slightly too “tubby” because the chart in the veterinary surgery says a dog should be between x and y and their dog is between these two weights, therefore it cannot be overweight.I do not weigh my dogs. I use my eyes to check that they are not getting too heavy. I like to see a definite waistline. It is very easy to see if a dog is overweight. For example, Cleo, one of my bitches, is about 41 kilos. One of my other bitches, Duchess, is only 32 kilos. Both dogs would have problems if their weights were the other way round, Duchess being a much smaller framed dog than Cleo, would be obese and have severe leg problems. If Cleo only weighed in at 32 kilos she would be far too light, and have no reserves if she were to become unwell. Unfortunately, the owners of these “tubby” dogs get very upset and defensive when told that their dog is too heavy. They always say “well, the vet thinks it is fine”. The vets do not see as many rottweilers as we do, do not specialise in one breed, or see all the many problems that arise out of overweight rottweilers. The problems include – cruciate ligament ruptures, general lameness, the worsening of hip dysplacia, elbow dysplacia and also diabetes, plus a general tendency for the dog to be more lethargic and generally out of condition.In young dogs the problems are worsened as the dogs bones are soft and still growing and muscle tone is not strong enough to take the extra weight.Many people overfeed their dogs, not realising that the amount of food fed should be adjusted to take into account the dog’s age, sex, exercise regime, and most importantly, the dog’s own metabolism.With some vets referring to the chart on their own wall, and not using their own eyes, they are giving poor and often misleading advice to novice owners. Maybe this is because they know that owners get very defensive when told their dog is overweight, or so that they can get £2,000 plus when a young dog’s cruciate ligament ruptures – due in the most part to it being far to heavy for it’s actual size.

I really would be interested in your thoughts on this.Please respond to


01.07.12. Gail Green, who runs Fife Rottweiler Rescue has posted this on facebook and has very kindly allowed me to use it on this page.....see what you think...

Dear reputable Breeder,
I met your dog today,
you know the one you sold as a pup with high hopes of it doing well in the show ring?
the one that was then put on Scumtree for sale?, you were told then but chose to do nothing.
Rescues were asked to take your dog and again you were alerted, your response was to bemoan the fact that you had never been paid in full for that dog, that your health was ba
d, your son was no longer around to help you with the dogs and would need at least a few weeks to sort something out and you would get back in never did.
Well you might like to know your dog was put in with a lovely lady who does home boarding, his owners never returned from him......
this lovely lady phoned asking for advice as the dog in question had the most horrendous skin condition and the lady would like to keep him but couldn't afford the huge vet bills she was facing for his skin problems, advice duly given and all was well.
Sadly it would seem the "nice" lady turned out to be not so nice after all and used your dog to sire a litter of pups then got rid of him, but you told me that could not happen because the ownership details were all in your name??
I don't suppose you actually care but i would like you to know that at the grand age of 4 yrs old the dog you bred has finally got the home of his dreams, his skin problems are finally under control although he has a bit of a tubbiness about him due to the long term steroids he has to take, his ears have been operated on and his narrowed ear canals are much better, he still may need a further operation for his entropian in his eyes in the future but he is spoilt rotten and much loved, I hope we can say the same for the pups he sired and that they don't all have the same health problems as he does,sadly as there are no KC reg papers it will be assumed that their health problems are all caused by BYB breeding and no one will believe that the Sire is off top "show stock".
Perhaps dear "breeder" you may understand why it galls me to see you posing with your wonderful show winning dogs and see you prancing around the show ring with yet even more dogs when you couldn't help this one.

I totally agree with Gail. Most people will think this is a back yard breeder.Unfortunately, in this rescues experience it is the general attitude of the so called reputable breeders - who even with their contracts, breeding restrictions etc still find any excuse not to take back the dog they brought into the world for greed and selfishness. They make every excuse in the book - but it doesn't make them right.


We have just got these photos and email from Suzy, who took RRT dog Cookie from us. Cookie has been unwell, but is now recovered, and she has settled in well and gets on well with anothe r rottie bitch. However, getting Cookie to get on with Suzy's horse is a work in progress!











  Hi Pete & Shelley,
I hope you are both well.  I'm so sorry to have taken so long to email you as I wanted to let you know how Cookie was getting on sooner than this - things have been hectic and time just seems to have flown by.  Things are calming down now and Cookie is finally settling into a routine after a rather unfortunate start.  I think I last spoke to you as she was being treated for the giardia infection.  This cleared up with no problem but unfortunately on the last day of the panacur tretament she started with a urine infection and another trip to the vets!  Finally after a week of antibiotics, and with fingers crossed that nothing else was going to go wrong, we were able to start to get back to normal.  Unfortunately she lost over 3kg of weight so I tried to get some weight back on her.  She had no problem in putting the weight back on at all - infact she put too much weight back so is now on a bit of a diet (I'd rather she was slightly slim than slightly portly!).
Despite this rather unfortunate start she has been so trusting and an absolute star.  She is such a beautiful girl and it is so nice to come home from work and be greeted by a wagging tail and a slobbery kiss from a canine companion once again.  Although she has been much easier and a bit more laid back than my last bitch, she likes to remind us that she is still a typical rottie who is selectively deaf when she chooses!
We attended our first training class last week.  When we arrived she didn't know what to do with herself as there were so many dogs and so many smells, as well as a number of horses.  Once we finally calmed her down and got her to focus on the tasks in hand she did very well and hopefully we will eventually be able to build up to a reliable recall.  I have been wary of letting her off her lead as she tends to rush up to every dog she sees which I don't think is acceptable, so we've been practising on the long line and in my mum's garden - she's getting better but we still have a long way to go.  She is still fascinated by the horses and gets very excited when she sees them so hopefully the recall training will help with this too.

She has been brilliant with my sisters rottie and they play very nicely together.  Its great to see her having a good play off the lead.  I've attached some photos of them both.
Anyway I just wanted to let you know that she is very well and we both love her to bits - she's a beautiful, loving girl.  I'm so pleased that we have been able to give her a home - when I read your page of dogs needing homes I wish I could help them all!! (David says we don't have room for any more! - lol) - you both do such a fantastic job
I hope you enjoy the photos
take care

Suzy & David