Enocia Joseph: Who said Rottweilers are violent?    
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2 Feb 2007 @ 05:45, by Enocia Joseph

The following article is about a Rottweiler that is as gentle as a lamb.

EJ

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Rottweiler - as cuddly as a new born lamb Feb 1 2007

icWales

They are known for their fearsome reputation, but one Rottweiler is proving there is a softer side to the breed by helping to rear a couple of newborn lambs.

Molly has been using her maternal instincts to help her owner, farmer Maria Foster, rear two lambs called Lucky and Charm after they were born needing special care.

Ms Foster, a 38-year-old mother of two from Forden, Welshpool, Mid Wales, said drastic action was needed to improve the circulation of the two lambs following a traumatic birth last Friday.

"We had to put them in the Aga to warm them up, and as soon as we did so, Molly was all over them, licking their faces," said Ms Foster.

"When we got them out of the Aga, Molly was just licking them and doing exactly what a ewe would be doing.

"The first 12 to 24 hours for a lamb are absolutely crucial and if Molly hadn’t been doing what she was doing, I would have had to have been there rubbing the lambs through most of the night to keep their circulation going.

"She could have ignored them but she didn’t and it is quite comical to see."

Now the 11-month-old dog is like a mother to the two lambs, who stick closely to their unlikely guardian.

Ms Foster said: "The cat came into the kitchen the other day and walked over to the bucket where the lambs were sleeping, but Molly pushed her away as if to say ‘They are mine’.

"She will let the sheepdog have a look, but only for so long before she pushes him away as well."

Lucky and Charm will spend the next week to 10 days sleeping with Molly in the kitchen before they are strong enough to be put out into the fields.

Ms Foster said they cannot be returned to their mother in the meantime as they would more than likely be rejected by her after so long apart.

Ms Foster added: "I’ve never heard of a Rottweiler looking after lambs before. They get such a bad press, but my argument is that it is not the dogs but the owners that are the problem.

"I think if they are brought up carefully and properly, then they are fine."

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2 Feb 2007 @ 09:39 by jmarc : Rotties are smart
maybe the rotty was just doing it's part to ensure that Easter dinner came out ok.  


2 Feb 2007 @ 13:14 by jmarc : it brings
a whole new meaning to the phrase "licking his chops".  


3 Feb 2007 @ 05:30 by vector8 : LOL
But seriously, that rottie was proving once and for all that it's humans that make them vicious.

Here's another take by K9 Magazine.

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Sick Lambs Find Unusual Mother In Rottweiler

When K9 Magazine spoke to PR guru Max Clifford in K9 Magazine, we asked him how he would generate some good PR for the Rottweiler, a breed that has recieved some negative press over the years. He told us he would publish a story involving a Rottweiler saving the life of a child. It seems though, that the Rottweiler has gone one better and doesn't need the help of the UK's most prominent publicist, as one loving Rottweiler seems to have pulled off a PR masterstroke without even realising it.

Molly, an eleven month old Rottweiler belonging to Maria Forster of Powys has 'adopted' two young lambs and is taking rather good care of the delicate little creatures.

The lambs needed special attention after they were born due to poor circulation. They were placed near an oven to heat them up and it was then that Molly took an instinctive, nurturing approach to them, licking them as their mother would have. Molly's owner explained that she has a protective desire to sleep with them and keep them away from harm.

Ms Foster told local press "The cat came into the kitchen the other day and walked over to the bucket where the lambs were sleeping, but Molly pushed her away as if to say: 'They are mine.'

"She will let the sheepdog have a look, but only for so long before she pushes him away as well."

Ms Foster said they cannot be returned to their mother because they would be rejected by her after so long apart.

A spokesman for the Kennel Club, said "in the right hands Rottweilers should not pose a problem."

He added: "Rottweilers were originally bred as guard dogs in Germany, but in the right hands they should not pose of problem. They are not born aggressive, they learn it from us.

"Nonetheless, it's certainly the first time I've ever heard of a Rottweiler caring for lambs." http://www.k9magazine.com/viewarticle.php?sid=15&aid=1800&vid=0&npage=

 



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