From my blog dated August 12, 2007 — Lola will turn up a lot in this blog and website from now on! We acquired her two days ago, from a woman who was fostering her till a good home was found. We’ve known several wonderful Rottweilers, but weren’t focusing on the breed.
We wanted a dog that would be a good guard dog, as there have been a lot of thefts in the region of Mexico we’re living in, by Lake Chapala not far from Guadalajara. Our quarter-acre yard is completely walled and fenced, so any dog would be safe in it.
A friend emailed me the information that Lola was available, and we went to see her. On the way over, Kelly commented that what would really be essential– besides all the practical matters — would be the bond we felt with the dog.
Keep scrolling down for photos that give an idea of that bond! We took her home with us within an hour!
I got there first, as Kelly had a dental appointment. Lola was a total love, but what really surprised me was how mellow and laid-back she was, not at all like the two Dobermans I mentioned in a recent blog post. They are several months older than her but intrinsically much more high energy. Lola was more my style, with all the hours I spend on the computer.
She let me touch her all over — adored it, as you can see.
She wasn’t mouthy.
She’s quite beautiful and has lots of soul in those big brown eyes…
We don’t know a lot about her history but she is purebred, though without papers. She’s been at several homes recently but hasn’t worked out for one reason or another. (She isn’t housebroken, we were told, but we’re being vigilant and there have been no accidents.) She’s been spayed and had her shots.
When Kelly arrived, they hit it off just great too.
Once home, we crated her for a while, and after a while she and LarryDog got acquainted. We couldn’t believe how well that went. The cats are still wary of her but Lola is showing great self-control.
Last night our friend Linda, who had been the “go between” came over to dinner with her husband Bill. They gave Lola very high marks and commented that she will be an excellent guardian. Lola demonstrated her agreement by soon producing the first two barks she has done here. She has a deep voice already!
A Rottweiler means lots and lots of training, and she and I are at it already. She already knew some things, thanks to a local trainer who had already worked with her. She’s very biddable and very smart.
We are very lucky.
Here’s a family portrait Linda took last night, in our yard: