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Natasha of Rottn’n Manor / May 13, 2003 – June 20, 2013

Tasha

It is with a heavy hearts that we said goodbye to our friend Tasha tonight.  On Monday evening when we got home from work, we found her in distress from bloat (for those not familiar with this: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/gastric-volvulus-bloat-dogs-life-threatening-emergency).   We took her immediately to our vet and surgery was performed, and then she was transferred to an emergency vet for overnight monitoring which our vet could not provide.  She fought valiantly and pulled through a rough few post-op days.  We thought that we might have dodged the bullet when the emergency vet released her, but within hours of coming home troubling changes were seen.  And the downward spiral began.  It was just too much to ask.

When we adopted Tasha 8 years ago, she was a troubled girl with behavior issues.  We turned her around into a dog that those who met her, even the vet staff, became quite fond of her.  She was even been invited to neighborhood parties!

We have fond memories now.  I’d like to share a few.

One I have of Tasha’s gentle side that, at the time I couldn’t believe that I was witnessing.  A 10/11 year old autistic child approached her (this was in the early days of ownership, when we were still working some of those behavior issues) and I was quite cautious when “strangers” approached.  Tasha was the most relaxed (almost tranquilized look to her face) that I had seen her up to that point in a strange public place with strangers…when the child hugged her, she gently leaned into the embraced and closed her eyes.  That day I started to see her differently.  She had a soft spot for children.

But she wasn’t all mush; she was a Rottweiler, a warrior, a working dog at heart.  There was this day that always brings a smile to my face.  We joined the Schutzhund dogs, mostly German Shepherds, for an outing to a sheep herding test.  She was already 7 ½ years old, not a youngster by Rottie standards. That day, she showed the GSD’s a thing or two about moving sheep around a pen.  I would like to thank my friend Scott for the video, here is Tasha herding sheep:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGw05-NKkWA

Hope there are plenty of sheep, an abundance of cookies (that don’t go to your waist), maybe even a squirrel or two, and no more aches & pains anymore!

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