By Jessica Brody
How You Can Give Your Senior Pet a New “Leash” on Life
We all wish our fur babies could stay young and healthy forever, but of course, ageing is a part of life. Sometimes there are obvious signs our dogs are showing their age, while other signs may not even be noticeable at all. To help your senior dog live his best life, pet parents need to know which issues to look out for and what they can do to address them.
Know What to Expect
When you first welcomed a furry family member into your home, you probably spent some time learning everything you could, from how to house train a puppy to socialisation and teaching tricks. Unfortunately, you don’t really get an instruction manual for what to expect in your dog’s senior years. When your dog gets to be around 6 or 7 years old, start looking for common signs of ageing. The Spruce Pet explains that these signs may include decreased activity, greying fur around their face, and indications of hearing loss.
These signs of ageing are entirely normal for senior dogs, but don’t assume any issues your dog has are from old age alone. There could be a medical problem going on, and many times these issues can be treated and your dog can resume a perfectly happy life.
Helping Your Senior Dog Thrive
Once you’ve ruled out or treated medical concerns, you can explore different ways to help your dog feel his best. Senior dogs have different needs than when they were younger, which is why changing up your pup’s care and routine can make all the difference.
You know your dog best, so always use your own judgement, along with the advice of your vet, before making any big changes. This is a crucial stage in your dog’s life - and one that requires special care. The right solutions can make all the difference in helping your pup live his best life for years to come.
The Rotttweiler Club hopes all their members are enjoying the start of 2019. Just in case anyone missed it the Top Rottweiler for 2018 was Liz and Michaella’s Dunhill’s “Elmo” CH Cammcastle’s Quarterback Fantasa (IMP USA) (Big Beach’s Rhumba Man x Cammcastle’s Darling Greta) and Top Puppy was Baillie & Shaw’s “Cooper” Stairvale Frazer (Stairvale Black Allusion x Hanbar Ulrika at Stairvale).
During February many of you will be having a lovely Valentine’s Day with your nearest and dearest. Here are a few helpful tips for your dogs during the celebrations.
The Annual General Meeting of the Rottweiler Club is to be held on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at the Horton Kirby & South Darenth Village Hall, South Darenth, Kent, DA4 9AX.
Your Committee’s nominations for the following officers are: Patron: The Hon. Mrs Jane Clark, President: Miss E Harrap, Hon Treasurer: Mrs J Summers.
Your present serving Committee Members are: Mrs J Banham, Mrs K Coates, Mr L Cocks, Mrs C Cocks, Mrs K Holliday, Mrs R Mullan, Mrs D Russell, Mrs J Summers, Miss L Wheaton, Mrs J Williams.
Members are invited to submit nominations for candidates to the offices of President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee for the coming year. Existing Committee Members need not be re-nominated. Another member subject to the consent of the nominee can nominate any member who has been in membership of the club for at least one year. The proposer and seconder must both have been in membership of the club for at least one year. The Secretary must receive these nominations together with the names of the proposer and seconder by 25th January 2019 at the latest, in a sealed envelope marked NOMINATION and containing no other matter. It is important that the nominee’s consent be obtained before submitting a nomination.
Members are also invited to submit items for inclusion on the Agenda; and must be received by the Secretary by 25th January 2019 at the latest. No business shall be transacted at the Annual General Meeting unless notice thereof appears on the Agenda with the exception of routine matters or those in the opinion of the chairperson of the meeting are urgent.
Hon Secretary: Mrs Donna Russell, 26 Latimer, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK11 1HY Tel: 01908 560230 Email: email@example.com
Only fully paid-up members by 1st March 2019 will be allowed to attend the meeting and take part in a postal ballot should one be necessary.
Membership fees: £12.00 Single / Joint (same address) due 1st January and should be sent to Mrs. Ruth Mullan, 94 Nortons Way, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 6TF – e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, if you want to contribute to the Blog please contact myself (Lauran Wheaton) using the email email@example.com
The Rottweiler Club wishes our members a very Merry Christmas and the Best of Luck for the New Year.
We have a guest blog this month, Jessica Brody from http://www.ourbestfriends.pet/ Jessica has written a piece on how to choose a dog to suit your lifestyle and how to prepare for a new dog to join your family. Enjoy!
Preparing for Your First Dog
For many people, a family doesn’t feel whole without a dog. But if you’re itching to add a dog to your household, you shouldn’t drive to the shelter just yet. By preparing before you bring your dog home, you can create a more pleasant transition for everyone.
Choosing the Right Dog for You
Not all dogs are the same — far from it! Dogs vary widely in their personalities, energy levels and grooming needs. It’s important to understand why you want a dog as well as your ability to care for one. That way, you can choose one that suits your wants and your lifestyle.
Dogs bred as working animals tend to be independent and energetic. They’re good fits for active families who don’t prioritise a snuggle buddy. Dogs bred for companionship, on the other hand, are happy to lounge on the couch as long as they get a little exercise each day. Meeting the dog you’re interested in is the best way to get a feel for its personality, but be aware that a dog that appears fearful in a shelter environment may be happy-go-lucky in a home.
Some people want a dog for therapeutic reasons. Dogs make excellent emotional support issues for people dealing with mental health issues. They’re increasingly popular with people in addiction recovery, as dogs provide non-judgemental support, healthy distraction and a sense of purpose through the recovery process. Before getting a dog to help cope with a mental health issue, make sure you’re able to care for your pet long-term.
Preparing Your Home for a Dog
To help your dog be comfortable in his new home, set up all the gear your dog needs before bringing him home. For the first week or two, keep your dog in a quiet, secluded area to reduce anxiety and misbehaviour related to being in a new environment. Create a puppy-proofed nook with a dog bed, food and water dishes, treats and toys. If you’re adopting an older pup, you may need to make a few changes around the house, such as building a ramp at your entrance or adding non-slip treads on stairs.
As tempting as it is, avoid overwhelming your dog with attention at first. Instead, start with brief but positive interactions and increase your dog’s integration into the family as he grows comfortable. This also gives you an opportunity to identify problem behaviours like chewing before giving the dog access to your entire home. Of course accidents will happen occasionally, so make sure you have the right cleaning supplies to remove odours and stains.
Finding a Veterinarian
Dogs can’t communicate health problems to humans, so it’s important for owners to develop a relationship with a veterinarian. When the same vet sees your dog repeatedly, they understand his normal disposition and can recognise when something is wrong. Having a relationship with a veterinarian also helps you avoid high emergency vet fees if your pet suddenly falls ill.
Once you’ve found a vet you’re comfortable with, schedule an appointment for a check-up and any needed booster vaccinations. If your pet isn’t yet spayed or neutered, schedule the surgery at this time.
Training Your New Dog
Whether adopting a puppy or an adult dog, expect to spend time training your new pet. Even a dog with previous training will need guidance to learn how to behave in his new home. If possible, take a few days off work so you can work on house training and basic obedience commands like sit, come, and stay. If you find that your dog has bad habits you’re unable to break, or he’s not picking up on commands as quickly as you’d like, turn to professional training. Professional dog trainers understand canine behaviour and have the experience to turn your new pet into a well-behaved family member.
There’s a reason dogs are known as man’s best friend. Dogs are loyal companions, enthusiastic playmates, and nonjudgmental listeners all in one furry package. But if you head into pet ownership without a plan, you could be setting yourself up for a struggle. For a better adoption experience, give thought to these four items before taking the plunge into pet ownership.
Happy Howloween to all our members. I hope you’ve had a lovely month. First up, just the one result for our members from this month’s Championship shows; Tina Gibson’s “Joe Essex” CH Rottsworth Giorgio Diester (CH Dominatus James Dean Diester x CH Vorzeigen Hot Gossip At Rottsworth) won the Dog CC and Best of Breed under Andrea Maltas (Virlees) at South Wales Kennel Association. He also then went on to take Working Group 3 under Robin Searle. Congratulations to them.
As the firework season is fast approaching, I thought I would take this time to pass on some advice, from the Kennel Club, for dealing with your dogs during what can be a difficult period for them. Loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks can be frightening for them and make them stressed and unpredictable which can potentially put their safety at risk. Around 40% of UK dogs are scared of fireworks, therefore many owners need to plan ahead to keep their dog calm and safe in the weeks before Bonfire night.
In the time leading up to fireworks season you can help your dog become used to loud noises; there are many noise CDs or downloadable content available which can give you the opportunity to introduce your dog to these noises in a controlled manner. However, if your pet is severely scared of these noises then the sound CDs may make the situation worse and it may be a good idea to speak to an experienced animal behaviourist.
Your microchip details should be kept up to date and your dogs should be wearing a collar with an ID tag. Dogs can react very badly to the sounds of fireworks and statistics show that, last year, there was an increase in calls to Petlog’s lost pet line at the end of October and beginning of November. Approximately 53% of microchips have the incorrect owner details, meaning that if a pet goes missing around bonfire night, many dogs may not be returned to their owners. For more information on microchipping and Petlog go to www.petlog.org.uk.
Find out where and when firework displays are being held in your area so that you know when to expect them. Also ask your neighbours to let you know if they are planning any unofficial displays to help you prepare.
Before the fireworks begin top up your dog’s water bowl; anxious dogs pant more and get thirsty.
Feed your dog before you expect any disturbances as, once the fireworks start, your dog may be too stressed to eat. Walk your dog before dusk as it might be some time before it’s safe to take them outside to go to the toilet. Always make sure that your garden is completely secure, just in case a firework goes off unexpectedly. Make sure you shut all doors and windows in your home and draw the curtains. This will block out any scary flashes of light and reduce the noise level of fireworks. Block off dog doors and cat flaps to stop dogs (and cats) escaping. Make a safe den for your dog to retreat to if they feel scared, fill it with their favourite blankets, toys, or an item of your unwashed clothing, as these can comfort them.
During the fireworks distract your dog from the noise by having the TV or the radio switched on.
Try to act and behave as normal, if you act oddly that will put them on edge. Try to stay calm, happy and cheerful as this will send positive signals to your dog. If your dog hides under the bed or behind furniture, let them; if they come to you for comfort, make sure that you give it to them! You cannot reinforce a fear by comforting your dog and ignoring them would only make things worse as they wouldn’t understand your withdrawal from them. Always reward calm behaviour with treats or play.
Don’t try to tempt them out if they do retreat, as this may cause more stress. Don’t tell your dog off, this will make them more distressed. It is important to remember that it is natural for a dog to be scared of loud noises and unfamiliar sights and sounds. If you need to open the front door, shut your dog safely inside a room first.
Never take your dog to a firework display, even if your dog does not bark or whimper, don’t assume they are ok with it. Excessive yawning and panting can be an indication that your dog is stressed. Never ever tie your dog up outside while fireworks are being let off.
If you’ve tried everything and your dog is still stressed then consult your vet. If you are considering giving your dog any remedies or medications to help them cope with stress during fireworks, always speak to your vet if your dog has any health problems, or if they are taking any medication. Also you can speak to a behaviourist in your area about potential behavioural issues that may arise around this time of year, they are experts and can offer invaluable advice to help safeguard the health and happiness of your dog and make sure their dog’s experience of Bonfire Night is as positive as possible.
Don’t forget to enter our Open Show on the 1st of December at Ditton Community Centre in Kent. Online entries are available until the 17th of November on www.ejcprint.co.uk. Our judge is Lewis Cartwright (Steigen). We are also running Heart Testing, please contact Julia Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Temperament Testing, please contact Kelly Holliday.
I hope you have a lovely November and please let me know if there is anything you want included in next month’s blog xxx
Welcome to the Blog for August and September.
Show results for our members are as follows; at Paignton Liz and Michaella’s Dunhill’s “Violet” CH Fantasa Smirnoff Blu Violet (CH Minaelea’s Black Mambo x CH Fantasa Smirnoff Ice) won the Bitch CC and Best of Breed under Mr S. Watson. They also took the Dog CC with “Elmo” CH Cammcastle’s Quarterback Fantasa (IMP USA) (Big Beach’s Rhumba Man x Cammcastle’s Darling Greta). The RBCC went to the Allen’s “Mable” Jodipas Time JW ShCM (CH Ronmal Diesel's Destiny x CH Jodipas Time Square).
On to Bournemouth where Heather Watkins was the judge, she awarded the Bitch CC and Best of Breed to Mable, which was her third and crowning ticket. So congratulations to them. Mable then also took Working Group 4 under Richard Kinsey.
No results for our members from the Welsh Kennel Club or Scottish Kennel Club shows.
At City of Birmingham Elmo was triumphant again winning the Dog ticket and Best of Breed under Mr T. Simmons, then Working Group 1 under Ben Reynolds-Frost. The Dunhill’s Violet also took the RBCC. Mr G. Mulhal’s “Mason” Magglynn Mason (Nemo Vom Charco (IMP DEU) x Lea Haus of Lazic (IMP SRB)) won Best Puppy in Breed and Denise Coleman’s “Cedric” Jezeve Gigolo JW ShCM (Jezeve Gob Stopper JW x Jezeve Dollybird JW) took Best Veteran in Breed.
At Richmond Mrs W. Hillier took charge and awarded Elmo the Dog CC and Best of Breed, and Mable the Bitch CC. Elmo then took Working Group 4 under Kari Jarvinen.
Darlington was judged by Irene Rushfirth who awarded Best Veteran to Tina Gibson’s “Joey Essex” CH Rottsworth Giorgio Diester (CH Dominatus James Dean Diester x CH Vorzeigen Hot Gossip at Rottsworth).
Huge congratulations to all our members on their success over the past couple of months.
Coming up next we have Belfast being judged by Mrs M. Harris and the Northern Ireland Rottweiler Club show being judged by Arne Foss. South Wales will be judged by Andrea Maltas, South Western Rottweiler Association where Dogs are being judged by Jenny Banham and Bitches by Marie Ward, and Midland Counties being judged by Louise Cox.
Also don’t forget that we are collecting adverts for The Rottweiler Club, the cost is £25 for a full page ad. Please contact Julia Williams (Juliaboliarotts@gmail.com) with your ads or for any extra information. Pages are limited to please get in touch as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out. Heart testing and Temperament testing will be happening at our open show in December so please contact Julia for the Heart test or Kelly Holliday for the Temperament test, for more information.
If anyone has anything they want included in the Blog next month, please let me (Lauran Wheaton) know. Have a great month everyone xxx
Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a great month, welcome to the Blog this month!
Firstly I’ll go through our member’s results for the last month, starting with Windsor where several of our members had good results under Kay Brawn; Liz and Michaella Dunhill’s “Violet” CH Fantasa Smirnoff Blu Violet AJW’15 (CH Minaelea’s Black Mambo x CH Fantasa Smirnoff Ice) won the Bitch CC with Best of Breed, the Allen family’s “Carter” Upend Zakeri at Jodipas JW ShCM (Darkarmar Curved Air JW x Upend Valcadash) took the Reserve Dog CC, and Lauran Wheaton’s “Indi” Vancannon’s Indigo Moon at Acinonyx (Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me at Vancanon x Pepsi Von Hause Sommer at Vancannon (IMP HUN)) won Best Special Beginners in Breed. Violet then went on to take Working Group 3 under Bridgette Bodle.
At East of England Liz and Michaella’s “Elmo” CH Cammcastle’s Quarterback Fantasa (IMP USA) (Big Beach’s Rhumba Man x Cammcastle’s Darling Greta) took the DCC with Best of Breed under Nan Keenan. Lydia Watts and Rebecca Gibbard’s “Lara” Jezeve Back to Black JW (CH Jezeve God Stopper x Jezeve Lovebird) won the BCC and the Dunhill’s Violet took the RBCC. Elmo then went on to win the Working Group under Rodney Oldham, his third time winning the group.
Joe Smith took charge of the breed at the National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society, where Liz and Michaella’s “Elmo” CH Cammcastle’s Quarterback Fantasa (IMP USA) (Big Beach’s Rhumba Man x Cammcastle’s Darling Greta) took the RDCC and the Allen’s “Mable” Jodipas Time JW ShCM (CH Ronmal Diesel's Destiny x CH Jodipas Time Square) was awarded the RBCC.
No top awards for our members from the BRA champ show, judged by Norma Window. On to Leeds which was judged by Ernie Patterson where Elmo, once again, took the DCC with Best of Breed. That’s all the results for this month. Well done to everyone.
August brings us six more Championship shows; LASER on Saturday the 4th where Peter Rademacher and June Wall are judging Dogs and Bitches respectively, ECRC on the 5th judged by Mrs I Feely (Dogs) and Mrs L Ledger (Bitches), Paignton on the 6th judged by Mr J Watson, Bournemouth on the 13th where the judge is Heather Watkins, Welsh KC on the 18th judged by Mrs G. C. Chapman and Scottish KC on the 26th under Gareth Lewthwaite. Best of luck to all our members who have entered.
The Rottweiler Club open show will be happening in December, I know that sounds a long way away but we all know it will come around really quickly. The show is held at Ditton Community Centre in Aylesford, Kent. Schedules will be out later on in the year. We will be running Heart Testing sessions at our show. Heart testing is a quick and painless test done by a qualified cardiologist vet. Electrodes are attached to the dog’s skin and a paper read-out is produced. A certificate is given to the owner stating whether the heart was Normal or Abnormal and only those animals who receive a Normal reading should be bred from. This year the test will be carried out by John Sauvage and the charge is £35 for members or £40 for non-members. Testing is available to book now, you can contact Julia Williams (Juliaboliarotts@gmail.com) to secure your place.
Also our year book is well underway, so if you would like an advert for your kennel or dogs, the cost is £25 for a full page ad. Please contact Julia with your ads or for any extra information. Pages are limited to please get in touch as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out.
During the hot summer months, ice lollies are a great way to keep your dog entertained whilst cooling them down. They are really easy to make, here are some sweet and savoury recipes to suit any dog;
To make this, all you need to do is blend some fruit into a pulp and place in the freezer. You can use anything from ice cube trays to ice lolly moulds. It is important to check what foods are safe for your dog as well as choosing ingredients that aren’t too sugary and fattening. Some fruits that are safe for dogs include apples, bananas and blueberries, these are a source of vitamins and fibre. Some fruits that aren’t suitable for dogs are cherries and grapes, these are both toxic and can cause fatal health problems e.g. kidney failure.
Vegetables are a healthy alternative, there are plenty of vegetables suitable for dogs. Celery, cucumber, green beans and peas are some examples. However, asparagus, avocado, mushrooms and onions are toxic and are potentially fatal to all breeds.
This is a cheap and easy recipe that can be made from your dog’s everyday food. All you need to do is put a spoonful of dog food with some stock into an ice cube tray and freeze. This is a good alternative if your dog is a little overweight and you need to avoid treats.
Low-fat yoghurt can be purchased in any supermarket and is inexpensive. To make frozen treat, you can simply coat some dog treats in the yoghurt and freeze.
For those pampered dogs, here is a recipe that combines multiple ingredients. To make these you will need to mix together and freeze the following:
– 2 bananas
– 2 tablespoons peanut butter
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 4 tablespoons pumpkin
– 24 oz fat free yoghurt
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
That’s all for this month, if you have anything you’d like me to include in the next blog, please get in touch. Have a great month everyone xxx
Hi everyone, my name is Lauran and I’ll be taking over the Rottweiler Club Blog, so if you are a member of the Club and there is anything you want included please feel free to contact me by email email@example.com or add me to Facebook.
I’ll start by telling you a little about myself; I have owned Rottweilers for over 10 years now, which is pretty much my entire adult life. I have had both dogs and bitches, personally I prefer the boys… much less hassle. You might not recognise me because I don’t show very often, just a couple of shows a year with my bitch, Indi. I also have Dalmatians, who I show much more regularly, so you may see me about the shows being towed around by a manic spotted creature. I’ve been on the Rottweiler Club committee for around two years now. I do judge the breed as well and I am on the Breed Council Breed Specialist C List. I also judge several other breeds in the Working, Pastoral and Utility Groups, I am on some B lists as well as C lists for various breed clubs. I am a registered Canine Hydrotherapist and I have treated well over one hundred Rottweilers for various health issues as well as fitness.
So enough about me and onto the news for June. There have been four general Champ shows this month; Southern Counties, Three Counties, Border Union and Blackpool. Obviously Windsor is just squeezing into June but I’ll discuss that next time. Our members have done very well at these shows. At Southern Counties the breed was judged by Dr Annukka Paloheimo from Finland. Best of Breed went to “Tate” CH Fantasa Smirnoff Cosmo (CH Minaelea’s Black Mambo JW AW13 x CH Fantasa Smirnoff Ice) who is bred and co-owned by our Vice President, Liz Dunhill. Three Counties saw more success for Liz and her daughter, Michaela, this time with their American import “Elmo” CH Cammcastle’s Quarterback Fantasa (IMP USA) (Big Beach’s Rhumba Man x Cammcastle’s Darling Greta) who won Best of Breed under Peter Jolley and then took the Working Group under Robin Newhouse. This makes Elmo the very first American Rottweiler to ever win a Group at Championship level. There was further success, at this show, for our members with Mr and Mrs Allen’s “Mable” Jodipas Time JW ShCM (CH Ronmal Diesel's Destiny x CH Jodipas Time Square) taking the Bitch ticket opposite Elmo. No major wins for our members at Border Union which was judged by Alistair Baillie (Stairvale). Finally, at Blackpool, Elmo was back in action winning Best of Breed under Keith Nathan and then again taking the Group, this time under Frank Kane. The Bitch ticket went to Glynn Mulhall with “Gala” Just Ask Grace O’Shea (IMP SWE) (Neeco Von Der Alten Festung x Just Ask Carla) who also happens to be our DOTY representative for 2018. Congratulations to all our members for their fantastic results.
Coming up next month is; Windsor on the 30th June being judged by Kay Brawn; East of England on the 8th July where the judge is Nan Keenan; National Working and Pastoral on the 14th judged by Joe Smith; The British Rottweiler Association on the 21st where the judge is Norma Window; and Leeds on the 29th under Ernie Paterson. Good luck to all our members.
As we are in the middle of a heat wave I would just like to draw attention to health of your dogs during the hot weather. Being large, black and double coated, Rottweilers are susceptible to heat stroke. It only takes an increase of 2 degrees for dogs to start to suffer the effects as they cannot sweat like us, at 43 degree centigrade a dog’s organs begin to fail. The symptoms of heat stroke are; high body temperature, glassy eyes, heavy panting, excessive drooling, red or purple tongue and gums, vomiting, collapsing, racing heart and seizures. The best way to protect your dogs against heat stroke is to restrict exercise, never ever leave them in a car or hot room like a conservatory, always provide drinking water and shady spots, walk early in the morning or late in the evening and spray (don’t douse) them with cool water. If you are concerned your dog has heat stroke contact your vet immediately, move them somewhere cool, offer them tepid water in small amounts, use wet towels but do not pour cold water directly onto the dog and place them in the breeze of a fan. Also if your dog is very young, old or unwell or overweight, they are more at risk. Remember only half of dogs that are diagnosed with heat stroke survive, it’s just not worth it.
Don’t forget if you want me to add anything into this blog, please let me know using my email above or my Facebook, I’m very friendly so don’t be scared! Have a lovely month everyone xxx
Lauran Wheaton, The Rottweiler Club Committee
It's been a long task as The Rottweiler Club has a lot of history and as such its website had, over the years, collected a lot of information. There was so much great stuff that I didn't want us to lose as it is a part of who we are! So, I hope I've done a good job in keeping everything and re-organising it into our brand new website.
I've tried to include all the good stuff from the old site plus some great new tools and information and to arrange it in a way that makes it easier to find things you want quickly. It is and always will be a work in progress and the beauty of the digital world means it can easily be updated and adapted as we get feedback and discover the best way to do things as we go...
So, dig in, have a look around, click buttons, download forms and information, take a trip down memory lane with old news and event coverage and if you find anything wrong, let us know. If you have any news, information, photos, or anything great to add to the site then please do send that over (you can see my contact just off to the right of this page!). Your feedback is welcome! We have some really useful links under the news & info section and some great product offers for our members so please do take a look at those and take advantage of them if they are something you are interested in.
Also, if you are budding writer and feel passionate about something Rottweiler related we would LOVE to post your guest blog here so please do send those over to us. THANK YOU!
Donna Russell, Hon. Secretary, The Rottweiler Club
When my old school friend phoned me and asked if I would like to be Secretary for the Rottweiler Club I remember saying, "hmm, sounds interesting, what does that entail?!"... Her response was "a little bit of administration here and there, a few letters and attending a couple of shows or meetings a year". She is my oldest and best school friend and we go back years, we may not talk sometimes or even see each other for months on end but we have one of those friendships where it just doesn't matter and we can pick up where we left off, so of course, with this history I said "yes, sure"...
And so it began... I don't have a Rottweiler myself, I have Boxer Dogs but I have learned so much already and I am still learning. I am honoured to be a part of such a prestigious and long-standing Club, the very first breed club in fact and I am learning so many fascinating and interesting facts about the history of the Club itself, the Breed and show world. There is a lot of legislation involved in a Kennel Club approved Breed Club and there is so much that each Committee Member gives in each area to make things run smoothly. I have been so impressed with the Committee Members in the Club, their dedication, the time they give, their professionalism, their friendliness and willingness to support in any way they can, everyone truly does help each other out and all for the breed and the Club.
It is certainly not an easy job, but it is rewarding and I would encourage anyone involved in any breed club to look into joining the Club Committee and to get more involved with the workings behind the scenes, it really is a great and welcoming environment to learn new things!
Thank you for all the support from the Committee and the members and I look forward to supporting the Club for many years to come.
Donna Russell, Hon. Secretary, The Rottweiler Club