We adopted him from the dog shelter. Hubby named him "Tank." Although a common name for a rottweiler, we all fell in love with this guy. The day I stopped, I initially went to look at a female mix. I had some doubts, and looked at "Truman" who walked into the visiting room and put his head in my lap. He had been picked up by the dog warden the day before.
He's badly malnourished, needs a bath (which he got first thing and did not like), and nails trimmed (which got done next).
We did the "cat test" to see if was a cat chaser. He passed.
We did the "chicken test" to see if he was a chicken chaser. He passed.
We did the food test. He passed.
So far so good, but he does need some good training. He did the splits on the smooth kitchen floor, getting a few homemade treats for sitting on command. He went bananas for them.
He's getting a vet visit this week, and hopefully he will weigh enough to go through surgery to be neutered.
He's very well tempered, and hardly barks at all. So far, Jesse is the one a bit off put, but tolerating his new companion.
Tank has one new dog toy, and loves it. It's a rope toy. I didn't buy more, just in case he didn't like toys. We know now. Better to have one than none, as Jesse has his own favorites.
Tank has now experienced the love of the family, homemade dog food, homemade treats and the water bowl. He for some reason, the same as Alias, drinks and drinks and drinks (and way too fast), as if he was denied for a long time. He was definitely denied food and goes nuts when food is around, as any starving dog would.
He's already learning to shake in one day, so we are confident he'll learn the ways of the homestead, learn commands, and get free roam of the house (soon).
He'll soon learn, he won't be denied food, and learn to slow down. I hope the older kids will stop in and do a bit of their dog training too. That is one bonus of allowing all the kids to have animal of their own - they trained their dogs very well.
I am already covered in dog slobber, as this dog continues to thank me throughout the day.