Non-GSD: Diesel, Rottweiler b. 2002 - 2009
I am posting this for a friend of mine because I know we have Rottie lovers on the board.
Don had always had Rottweilers and Mastiffs in his life, and, after his last one passed away in the 90s, he said "never again."
In 2003, one of his friends went to the local animal shelter to pick up some dogs for her rescue when she saw Diesel.
"Don, they have a 10 mths old male purebred Rottie down here. If you don't come get him, they'll put him to sleep."
Don drove down to the shelter, spent time with the Rottie, and he went home. He had to "think about it." As Don describes it.....I thought about it for 3 minutes, made a U-turn and adopted him.
He named him "Diesel."
For years Diesel lived the high life with Don: fenced yard, knowledgeable owner, etc. He'd steal Don's work gloves when Don was out in the yard and play keep away. When Don would mow his yard, Diesel was in the house bounding from window to window looking for his pal and that "loud machine." He'd accompany Don to photo shoots for sportbike magazines and to races.
A few months ago, Don told me that Diesel wasn't doing well: cancer. They were going to try chemo and other treatments for him.
Last week, I received an e-mail with the subject line, "Diesel." I knew what had happened before even opening it.
Sure enough, the cancer was too aggressive, and Don couldn't put Diesel through any more treatment. The decision was made to euthanize him and end his suffering.
He's not a Sheppie, but he still deserves a little memory. Saved from Death Row to live a happy and full life with an owner who truly loved him.
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