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Chevy's Rottweiler adoption story

by Jennifer Nowland
(Pacific Northwest)

Chevy 4 months after adoption

Chevy 4 months after adoption

Chevy 4 months after adoption
Chevy's toe with broken tendon
My favorite picture of my handsome fella
Chevy, my big clown who makes me laugh every day

My husband and I were suckered into rescuing Chevy by some friends in 2003. We had lost our baby girl Savannah when she was only 7 years old. We were heartbroken and not really ready for another dog. . .but fate had other plans.


Chevy’s story is kind of a long one, and so this is my shortened version of it – So here’s how we came to adopt him.

A friends wife worked for a local vet clinic, and one day a former employee brought in a sad looking dog that had apparently been chained up outside and abandoned near her home, hoping that her former employee status might mean the vet clinic would consider treating him for her at a discount rate.

I got a call at work from our friend explaining how this dog, which he thought was a Doberman needed a home, and did we want him. I politely declined as a Doberman was not the kind of dog I wanted and we really weren’t ready for another dog emotionally. I did however offer to help find the dog a home.

The next day, my husband called me at work and asked me to come by our friends house at lunch because there was a fella that wanted to meet me. I knew exactly what was going on when I asked my husband for the name of the fella that wanted to meet me, and his reply was "well, he really doesn’t have a name."

Hmmm, well I went to meet this fella with no name, and he turned out to be a really pathetic looking Rottweiler, not a Doberman. Of course my heart melted the second he licked my face with the biggest tongue I’d ever seen, and I told my husband to bring him home.

The poor boy was extremely under weight, had clearly been abused and he had demodectic mange, which had caused almost all the hair on his face to fall out. He had also never been trained, and was basically a complete basket case.

His only saving grace was that he was an absolute sweetheart and didn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. His sweetness was a very good thing, because he didn’t have any manners at all, and didn’t even know what the word "sit" meant.

We didn’t know very much at all about his background except that he belonged to a woman who had a boyfriend, and according to neighbors, the boyfriend was not nice to either of them. Apparently the woman left the boyfriend and left her dog there too :0(

Someone (assuming the boyfriend) chained the poor dog up outside without any access to food or water. He clearly had something wrong with one of his toes, which is what the former vet employee noticed and why she took him to the vet clinic.

Turned out that one of the tendons was broken in his foot and so his one toe does not bend or move at all the way his other toes do. It causes a callous to build up on the bottom of his foot as that area is never supposed to touch the ground.

We also discerned that the boyfriend must have ridden a Harley Davidson motorcycle. A few months after we brought Chevy home and had started to bond with him, my husband took the Harley for a ride.

When he came home that night, Chevy was scared to death of him. Even after he took off all his motorcycle gear, got down on his knee’s and called Chevy to him. I have never seen a dog that scared in my life, which both scared me and made me so angry.

We confirmed that the Harley was the issue by having my husband leave in his truck briefly, and then leave on the Harley briefly. Chevy’s reaction to the two different modes of transportation were night and day.

We started asking friends to bring their Harley’s over so that Chevy could start to understand that not everyone who rides one is a bad person. I would literally have to go up to the bike and pet it in order to show him that it wasn’t going to hurt him and neither was the person that rode it.

It took a few months, but he has no problem with Harley’s or those that ride them anymore.

Although it took us a good year of consistent training, love and lot's of patience, Chevy is now 8 1/2 years old and turned into a really great dog. He actually still has some issues, but nothing that we can’t deal with.

His story has a super happy ending, but so many don’t. I hope that his story inspires you to consider Rottweiler adoption. Even just helping at a rescue or fostering a dog will make a world of difference for more Rottweilers than you know.

Thanks for reading Chevy's Rottweiler adoption story

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Feb 07, 2018
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2 rottweilers with addison's disease NEW
by: Anonymous

I have 3 rottweilers. Two are 2 1/2 years old and female. The 3rd is male and 9 months old. My two females were diagnosed with Addison's disease, which if not treated properly with medication, will kill them. I spend over $300 a month to treat them. The expense is making me go into debt. They must have a monthly shot done at the vet's office. They are on daily pregnisone. I love them a lot and would never get rid of them. I will only get rottweilers in the future. I'm trying to find a website dedicated to Addison's disease and can get more information on how to take care of my dogs

Does anyone have any advice or information?

Feb 09, 2017
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Loved this is I need to rescue a rotted so I can be rescued NEW
by: Candy Christ

The rottweilers is the most brilliant intelligent fierce gentle giants ever. I had one she died of cancer at the age of 8 and I never will find another dog like a rottie, never. So I must rescue a rottie so I can continue living life to the fullest .

Oct 06, 2015
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Good post NEW
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Jun 13, 2015
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Jun 12, 2015
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Dec 14, 2013
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Beautiful ending for Chevy
by: Anonymous

It was so sweet to read about you giving him the chance after the heartbreak of losing a dog.

After having to put down our 10 year old lab due to cancer I was sad. The house was so empty but I was never going to get another dog. A week later I saw a pup with the saddest face on our local shelter website but I couldn't get over there until the weekend. Being listed as a rottie mix, I figured he would be long gone by then.

Surprisingly that Saturday he was not only still there, but was so shy they had to move him into an area where the small/toy/puppy dogs were because he was picked on by the bigger breeds in the big dog aisle. He loved me right away and it was evident he was attached to the ladies at the shelter. He interestingly came in stray the same day I put my dog down. I wanted him so bad he was the sweetest dog!

Unfortunately I had to go around and round with the apartment I lived in due to their breed restrictions. Luckily, I noticed another rottie on our property and reported it only to find out the manager knew that owner well and let it slide. Threatening to go to corporate, my "coonhound" came home. :) Theodore was his name. It means gift from God and he has been my Godsend, we are inseparable.

Theo is slow to warm up to guys, but he loves his dad and human brothers. The only bark we ever hear from him is his "mama's home" song and he now has a rescued pack of 2 sisters - a lab and a mastiff, and 2 brothers a GSD mix and a Doberman mix and a huge yard for all of them. Even with his yard he chooses to be by my side.

I love my Theodore so much it saddens me to know there are people out there who want this breed for the wrong reasons. God Bless you for giving Chevy the life he deserves!

Nov 05, 2013
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Rescue
by: Anonymous

I have rescued several rotts in the past 20 years. I have junk yard rotts with scars on the neck, starving rotts and a 4 week old puppy that fell out of a balconey and was starved and dehydrated. I would not rescue anything but a rott. Oh yes I currently have one that pulled out of his collar and the people did not want to pay anymore to get him out of the shelter. When I first got him (IROC) he pulled out of his collar and ran off. I had a hard time getting him the neighbors would help. Now after a year he does not pull out of his collar and loves people someone was mean to him to want to escape. these are not cute and lovable dogs unless you treat them that way. They are strong minded and will take advantage if they can (my husband found out the hard way) None of mine have been aggressive but I know that they are out there. Please think long and hard and do a lot of research before rescuing a rott they are lovable but are a handful due to size and stubbornness.

Apr 23, 2013
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Mia
by: Anonymous

I loved your story about Chevy...Our Mia was adopted without us knowing any background history. She is my first large dog and I can say I will probably only own Rotty's from here out. Mia was so scared when we first got here. Her previous owners dumped her at the pound siting they couldn't afford her....she was so scared that she freaked out and deemed her unadoptable so an employee secretly called the rotty rescue and we got her a week later. He brings us so much love and happiness and can always make us laugh. We think she must have been kept outside only because the noises and the way she acts when we get home is unlike anything I've ever seen...lol She has an incontinence problem which is dealt with medication so she is allowed in whenever she wants!!! We also think she was in an abusive home because she is so skiddish and is spooked by really tall guys espcially in baseball hats and sunglasses. Something we just need to watch!! She brings us so much joy and is very spoiled getting 2 walks a day...which she never lets us forget about!!! Everything I've ever heard about Rottweilers is completely false....I love my Mia!!!

Apr 09, 2013
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you don't know love til you rescue a dog
by: Anonymous

If only more would take on rescues, I've had 4 rottie rescues, Boomer was a stray, Baron a junk yard dog for the first 4 yrs of his life, Mandy was tied to the door of the shelter during the night and poor Montana was a breeding dog from a puppy mill, we still have the rescued pit bull who's a clown and we ended up with 2 full grown st. bernards who needed a home together cuz one has "issues" lol all a happy family and thankfully we have a king size bed. Take in a rescue, you'll never know a love like that until you do. You'll also need a really good vacuum cleaner... Sadly, for the moment, I have no rotties, but not for long, an old fart will come along soon enough that needs a retirement home, I love the senior dogs and special needs just cuz their the ones that are hard to adopt out, it takes someone for everyone and even though you can't rescue them all you can rescue one and one and one.....

Mar 18, 2013
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from your Chevy to my Trapper
by: Ann

The story of Chevy sounds all but exactly how I came to adopt my Trapper! Trapper came to me through a rottie rescue in the Colorado area last October. Lots of separation anxiety. Lots of fear and attacking of anything that has a stick-like appearance - including snow throwers, blowers, rakes, shovels, brooms and vacuum cleaners (we're getting better on that one). He wants - beyond description - to be a good boy!!! Trapper even looks a lot like Chevy - kinda tall and lean (Trapper came to me 1/2 starved too and he's still on 3 meals a day). Reading the story of Chevy gives me real hope that Trapper will come around too. It's ok that it might take him a long time. He's trying to be the BEST dog I've ever had!! Thanks for Chevy's story!

Jan 28, 2013
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Oscar
by: Anonymous

He is my exboyfriends dog..I remember the day he showed him to me as a cute teddy bear puppy - I knew he would be my responsililty some day. /we break up 2.5 years later- hey can you watch my dog I have to travel for my job for the next few weeks....suprize! its been 6 months... he has no manners jumps on people, knocks them over, aggressive to other dogs...barks excessively....I could go on...I'm trying to " FIX" HIM...and its hard because he had no socialization, manners, bad play..tug of war, hugs, biting arms in play etc...its a process and its frustrating... I know if he goes to spca or the like he could end up dog fight bait or put down since he has no manner... its hard :(

Jul 31, 2012
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Tully our Rottie
by: Winnifred Campbell

What a sad beginning, but a great end for Chevy.

Our Tully was a rescue as well. We got her from the Brampton Shelter in February. She had been owned by drug dealers who kept her caged 24/7, took her out of her cage to beat her, fed her scraps and back in the cage.

The shelter got her at 8 months and we adopted her at 9 months. We also have a Staffie (Shaq), 8 years young and the two of them get along so well!! Tully is thriving both emotionally and physically now.

She is so sweet, but of course she does have some issues, but our whole family is working with her. We've never given up on an animal and certainly won't on Tully. She looks a lot like your Chevy. Thank you for sharing Chevy's story with us.

Jul 23, 2012
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new to being a rottie owner
by: james plummer

i read the story about chevy, and found it hard to read in some parts because it breaks my heart to see something like that happen due to the ignorance of others. me and my wife will be new owners to a rottweiler puppy in aug. i know my wife have viewed your website as have i and we have learnd alot from your site. we have named him logan. i believe without a that from this point on we will always be rottweiler owners. my wife has mention the rescue of other rottweilers in the future. thanks for the info

james plummer
email: dragonlord2776@yahoo.com

Jul 14, 2012
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Chevy's New Life
by: ken streb

Being a dog lover , I wish to thank you for your devotion to Chevy. I don't know where you folks are located, but I live outside Baltimore MD.

With the housing market in total shambles now, more and more animals are finding themselves homeless. My wife and I have rescued dogs from shelters for over the past 14 years.

We just rescued a Rottie that was literally en route to the Humane Society, and I feel I need help . If you have the time, please contact me via e-mail.

I don't know how secure this site is but. . .I can be reached on FaceBook as well. You might be the help I need to make my situation a successful Rottweiler Rescue.

Thanks, Ken Streb

Feb 08, 2012
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Inspiration
by: Anonymous

I am very inspired by Jenn and Chevy's story. I will be posting my story on this site.

I was close to my breaking point when out of desperation I stumbled across this site and now reading Chevy's story, I know these people have been in my shoes before and know exactly how I'm feeling.

Chevy was a lucky dude (which I'm sure Jenn would say it's the other way around), but just knowing there is someone out there that faced many of the same issues I'm having and stuck it out gives me the confidence I was lacking, to know I can do this....

Some how this is going to work...more on my story later but just like to say a heart felt "thanks" for sharing.

Jan 29, 2012
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Awesome!!!
by: Jenny Johnson

Amazing story that brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you two gave this dog the chance he (and every other animal) deserves.

Jan 26, 2012
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Cute story
by: Anonymous

That's an awesome and super sweet story I'm looking for a Rottweiler to get ,as a puppy though to train and get to know it better!!!

Dec 24, 2011
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Goof ball... .
by: LillyPie

What a sweet story. I broke out in a huge smile when I saw the picture of your "big clown" - one of my nicknames for Jennica is "goof ball" - and I can't tell you how many pictures I have of her exactly in that same upside-down look in the midst of a play session. Brought a huge smile to my face. :)

Sep 08, 2011
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words cant express
by: Anonymous

that's a great story and i hope to read more like that. I would love to own a rottweiler some day when i have the place and money to care for him or her properly and yes the do have a bad and boggus rap considering they have children books written on them haha so god bless and wish u the best

Jul 29, 2011
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Lucky Chevy
by: Anonymous

Chevy is a very lucky dog to have been adopted by these two lovable people.

He had a rocky start with me, as his antics in the beginning were less (much less) than endearing to me.

In fact my advice (unsolicited of course) was to return this 4 legged juvenile delinquent pronto! But it was too late, these two were already smitten & determined they would be able to save this animal & integrate him into their lives & even into my heart.

Well that didn't happen, at least not right away, but it did happen. I now affectionately refer to Chevy as my 'granddog'.

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