Available Rottweilers

This 5 yr old rottie boy who was surrendered when his terminally-ill owner went into the hospital. Rocco is the life of the party. This 100 lb boy runs and plays and loves the other dogs - male, female, big, little - He just wants to have a great time. Rocco has lived with older kids, cats & small dogs. He has appropriate house manners and rides well in the car. New Hampshire More...

Thomas  Thomas is an 18 mo old rottie boy. This very sweet boy was found stray and is in need of a little fattening up. Very sweet dog.  Just needs about 10 - 15 lbs. Thomas will come to New England from New Orleans in late February. More

Zoey is a 2 -3 yr old beautiful, docked, spayed female Rottweiler. She is good with children 10 years old and older. Zoey likes to run and play & chase balls,. She is crate trained and house-broken. More ... New York

This 6 yr young rottie mix boy will easily complete your family. Teddy is wonderful with people, appropriate with other dogs, and not even interested in the cat~! Don't miss this laid back boy who doesn't need to be taught manners! New York state more

Please check with these rescue groups for their current listings!

Cathy's Rottie Rescue Rehab

For the Love of Dog - Rottweiler Rescue of NH
Hillsboro, NH

Hot Water Rescue
Collinsville, CT

Majesty Rottweiler Rescue
Darlington, MD

MCM Rottweiler Rescue
Long Island, NY

Mountain Rottie Rescue of New York
Monticello, NY

North East Rottweiler Rescue
Portsmouth, RI

NoVa Rottweiler Rescue
Kensington, MD

Odd Dog North
Southern Maine

Odd Dog Rescue

Pet Paws for Love
Garfield, NJ

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 24, 2007
Pet Adoption Day
First Congregational Church in Pelham, NH
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, 2007
Pet Adoption Day
First Congregational Church in Pelham, NH
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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February 2007
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Pack Leader in a Human/Canine Pack

Written by Katie Rourke for the Canine Human Interface Course run by the John Fisher at the Animal Care College, United Kingdom on the 27th October 1992

Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs" - M. Scott

There are some dog-owners who strongly support the idea that having dogs creates a "pack" environment, and others who do not. I found this introduction to the idea of a pack-structure to be very informative.

Introduction - Pack Structure
Any group of people and dogs residing in a house will result in the formation of a pack. A pecking order will naturally establish itself, the bossiest and most persistent usually ending up as a pack leader. The dogs see their position simply as "we are one pack united", humans tend to think "we are one family and a few dogs". This difference of opinion causes confusion and sometimes disharmony. Many humans cannot see that the dogs' pecking order is closely integrated with their own. The highest ranking dog or human is granted the most privileges by the rest of the pack and becomes the pack leader, the less persistent less dominant individuals slide down the ranks in order of ability to be persistent and/or dominant and have either fewer privileges or none at all.

Although pack status is usually decided through play, fights may ensue when two dogs see themselves as being the same (or very similar) rank within the pack. This does not necessarily mean they are both vying for pack leadership, indeed, they may be vying for the 'next up from bottom' position.

From observation of our own set-up (seven dogs and a family of four - plus a few 'rent-a-kids' which are near-permanent pack-members) plus the frequent borders we have in, I have witnessed pack hierarchy first-hand. With the arrival of each new border comes a subtle struggle within the pack, the border eventually finding a place within it. Prime spots such as the kitchen gate, the back door and individual crates are guarded from borders so that regulars do not loose rank. Interestingly, two of our bitches seem to hold the same rank (No. 5). Chess is a 'daily' border and each morning there is a 'battle' where Daisy, the permanent resident, will try to force the her to submit with a paw or chin over the shoulder. Some days she wins and is No. 5 (though only just) for the rest of the day, other times she is resisted and ends up being pinned to the floor by Chess and ends up being No. 6 (though only just) for the rest of the day.

From watching the interaction between our 'pack' I have concluded that the pack leader is the human or dog which holds the greatest respect from each and every member of the pack, carries the weight of responsibility for the entire pack and has the largest 'Bill-of-Rights'.

How I would set about achieving the position
If we define this 'Bill-of-Rights' first, then it becomes very obvious how to achieve the position of Pack Leader.

Pack Leader 'Bill of Rights'

  • To eat first, gorge themselves, and have any pickings left over

  • To stand, sit, or lie-down or have access to the 'prime' spots within the household

  • To control entry to, or exit from any room in the house

  • To proceed through all narrow openings first

  • To initiate the hunt and dictate where to hunt

  • To make the 'kill' at the end of the hunt

  • To demand 'care-giving' behavior from subordinate pack members

  • To ignore or actively discourage unwanted attention

  • To restrict the movements of lesser ranking dogs

  • To win all tug of war games

By examining all the above points and using our natural advantage (superior brain power) becoming Pack Leader becomes a piece of cake. Theoretically!

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Since 1998, I have been taking dogs from the Center for Animal Care & Control in New York City. In 2005, we moved 25 dogs into permanent homes from the city. In 2006, we moved 52 dogs into permanent homes from the city.

The NYCACC takes in all stray and city impound dogs as well as owner turn ins and averages 3000 animals a month. Owners are allowed 72 hours to reclaim their dog, or the dog becomes available for adoption or may be euthanized. To get these dogs to safety, we need to move them to boarding space. DISCOUNTED boarding space in New York is $25/day. That gets expensive quickly and we need HELP  with it.

Since the creation of Manhattan Mutts in August 2006, we have been able to bring in an additional ten deserving dogs, with more to come. Because of your generosity, Kodiak, Marley, Sparky, Brianna, Lola, Shadow & Lady are safe.

More Information & Dogs Needing Help NOW.
~We take several dogs every week. Your continued support is needed. ~

Author makes no representations as to the temperament and health of these animals and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of their information. Communications should be addressed to the designated rescue organization relative to each animal.
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