Rottweiler saved from mud as high tide floods creek

by Vivien Richardson on January 15, 2014

Last Saturday, January 12, an eight-year-old Rottweiler named Buddy was faced with a scary sea situation at Langstone Harbour in Hampshire.

Buddy was frolicking on the beach throughout the afternoon, but soon found himself in a spot of difficulty when the tide began to rise. As the water inched closer, mud on the beach became soggier, resulting in the dog getting trapped. When a passer-by noticed that the mud was covering the dog’s chest, a 999 call was made to the Solent Coastguard. Despite the owner’s attempts to rescue the dog, assistance from a coastguard rescue team was necessary.

The team arrived in the nick of time, as the creek began swelling with the rising tide. A group of rescuers pulled the uninjured dog from the water, placed him on a stretcher and brought him onto dry land. Although exhausted and cold, the animal was unharmed and reunited with his owner immediately.

Speaking about the frightening incident, Portsmouth coastguard sector manager Steve Duff said:

“The owner was obviously very upset to see her dog’s predicament. We managed to get Buddy extracted just as the water was starting to lap at our boots.”

Langstone Harbour is snuggled into the heart of a dynamic urban area, and is a popular tourist destination. This seaside area is part of Hayling Island, features a number of walking routes and appeals to dog walkers from the local area. Fierce tidal rips entice boating and jet ski enthusiasts but, as this scare shows, it is always strongly recommended to check the tides before taking to the water.

Rottweiler on the mend after manhole rescue

by Vivien Richardson on July 31, 2013

The UK has been hit by scorching temperatures in recent weeks, with highs of 32C experienced in south-east England. While most people were (more…)

Dog and owner saved from Fife harbour

by Vivien Richardson on April 3, 2013

They say a dog is a man’s best friend and this was proven to be true over the Easter weekend when a man and his pet dog were (more…)

Which dog breeds make good guard dogs?

by Mark James on September 9, 2010

There’s no getting away from the fact that dogs are cute. Even the gruffest of people would be hard pressed not to elicit a coo in the presence of a fluffy young puppy, and the pleas to provide a good home to a sad-eyed hound that feature in adverts by the Dogs Trust would melt even the blackest of hearts. Even the most repulsive of dogs can find a place in our affections – when presented with even the world’s ugliest dog, the lizard-brained, primordial instinct to burn it with fire is overruled by the urge to scratch it behind the ear and give it a treat.

However, it’s important to remember that dogs aren’t just here to tug at our heart strings and impair rational thought. Many dogs earn their keep by working; in fact, it’s a necessity to give your dog something to do to fulfil his natural instincts and prevent boredom setting in. One instinct that all dogs possess is to act as a guardian to their owner, but even so some are better than others. Let’s take a look at which breeds make a fine guard dog, but bear in mind the difference between a pet that will bark at the postman, and a slavering hell-hound trained to go for the throat on sight. That’s an attack dog, and Dream Dogs recommends that such animals are best left to (more…)

Top 5 singers who have dogs

by Mark James on August 19, 2010

Continuing our week long list of lists, today we turn the spotlight on singers.

It’s funny old life being a rock star or a member of a band. When you’re not holed up in a studio, recording your 152nd take on a backing vocal because you still can’t get it right, filming a reality TV series about your dysfunctional kerr-azy family or twitching in a gutter outside a nightclub after overdoing the Columbian marching powder, you’re more than likely you’re on tour, spending months away from your home and family.

This hardly seems like the behaviour of a conscientious dog owner. We all know that your pet needs love and attention, not to mention feeding, watering and exercise. Luckily for the average rock multi millionaire, he’ll have hired help on hand to assist with the day to day care of his pet, whether it’s an elderly English retainer or a young Filipino manservant. This leaves you free to pose with your pooch for photographs for Hello’s exclusive 8 page spread of your brand new Hampshire mansion.

Of course, this is a sweeping generalisation. In a profession where image is everything, sycophancy abounds, teen idols have a shelf life measurable in weeks and talented people never seem to get the success you think they deserve; the unquestioning loyalty and friendship that your dog will give you can be beyond compare. Let’s have a gander at some of the more famous warblers who have a pet dog.

Robbie and his dogsRobbie Williams

Not long back in the UK after his American UFO hunting jaunt, the one time Take That bad boy and now new Take That bad boy owns several dogs. Due to quarantine laws, he had to leave his pets in Los Angeles for six months when he moved back to Blighty, but this didn’t stop him from spending time with his Labrador/Pitbull cross, German Shepherd, Bull Mastiff, Rottweiler and a wolf called Sid. He shelled out £4,000 per month on first class, 11 hour flights to see his pets. The dogs were (more…)

Rottweiler breed profile

by Leanne Thompson on August 6, 2010

The Rottweiler started out its life as a cattle dog and hauler of carts before becoming a military and police dog, as well as a guard dog. The Rottweiler has never been a fighting dog as is sometimes suggested, but has proved to be a loyal companion who is highly intelligent and easy to train. Originating from Rottweil, in Germany, they are a medium to large breed of domestic dog and are known to be good natured with a placid disposition and a strong sense of adaptability and an eagerness to work. As with all powerful breeds the Rottweiler makes a perfect house pet as long as he receives the care and attention, particularly exercise, which he requires.

Typical Rottweiler facts

Height: 23-27 in (58-69 cm)
Weight: 90-110 lb (41-50 kg)
Average litter size: 8
Life expectancy: 9-12 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification: Working

Colour of a Rottweiler

A Rottweiler is mainly black on the body with tan markings on the face, chest and legs.

Grooming a Rottweiler

The Rottweiler has a short coat which doesn’t require large amounts of grooming, although some essential care and maintenance is needed to keep him happy. Rottweilers have a double coat which sheds heavily twice a year, which is when you will want to groom him using (more…)

Chicken adopts Rottweiler puppies

by Darren Jamieson on March 5, 2010

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A chicken named Mabel has taken its love of extreme sports to the max, and has adopted a litter of Rottweiler puppies. This it did after losing a fight with a horse that resulted in it injuring its foot, causing its owners to allow it to sleep inside the house – where it found the puppies.

Mabel, and her puppies, live on a farm in Shrewsbury. Mabel keeps her new charges warm by ‘sitting’ on them while they are asleep in her basket. Mabel is dicing with death because the puppies aren’t actually orphans; they have a mother named Nettle. Mable waits for Nettle to leave them before entering their basket and sitting on them.

The owners of the courageous chicken, and the Rottweiler puppies, are Ros and Edward Tate.

Edward Tate explains the bizarre situation:

Mabel was hatched here about a year ago. She would have gone onto someone’s dinner plate but we saved her and brought her into the house.

Unfortunately, she got into an accident with a horse, which accidentally trod on her foot. Because of that, she gets terribly cold during the winter so we decided to bring her into the house.

And then we had puppies about three weeks ago. Mabel observed Nettle’s behaviour and, as soon as there was a chance, she (more…)

Wonder dog escapes fire

by Darren Jamieson on September 25, 2009

In the Bolton News today, an 11 month old puppy called Ernie is being hailed as the ‘Wonder Puppy’ after his amazing escape from a fire in his home.

Ernie is an 11 month old Rottweiler and when a fire broke out in the cooker in his terraced home’s kitchen in Tonge Moor, the dog jumped over a child’s safety gate, nosed open the upstairs window and jumped 12 feet to the ground to escape the blaze.

Passers-by were astonished to see the puppy (more…)

Dog adopts wolf

by Leanne Thompson on June 14, 2009

dog_and_wolfA rottweiler has adopted his young pal, an eight week old wolf, since she was rejected by her parents at only a few days old.

Pictured here sharing a stick is the eighteen month old Rottweiler Ulrok and his companion Beldaran, a young female wolf.

Heather Grierson is (more…)

Police have to shoot dogs who were guarding their dying owner

by Darren Jamieson on March 16, 2009

The loyalty of dogs is second to none, and tales of dogs refusing to leave the side of their owners, even when they have died, are commonplace. However, for two dogs and their owner, the dogs’ loyalty proved a problem as they were preventing emergency services from reaching the stricken dog owner.

Sixty-two-year-old Gerald Mitchell had collapsed in an industrial estate in Workington, Cumbria. His two dogs, both Rottweilers, stayed by his side and protected him from any passersby, which included the police and emergency services.

Sadly the police had to (more…)