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Join Date: May 2009
Dogs Name: Griffin and Viking (GSD)
Dogs Age: 11 and 1
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Thinking back on that Rottie, I really missed an opportunity there. I had the option to take her on, but had my heart set on a Doberman. Although that was probably a good thing, because if I'd taken her, I wouldn't have had Logan. I credit him with teaching me more about serious dog issues and aggression, and working with a dog who'd go so far off the handle that he would blow off his handler in favor of going after something he really wanted. Other dogs, in his case.
That rottie, once I had her respect, had no issue with doing what I asked of her. It's really hard to describe her personality, but there was no give in that dog at all. She had all the courage, intensity, and confidence you could ever want. Plenty of drive to work, a bit hard-headed, had to have a job, intense, graceful, SMART. Wow, was she smart. She's my go-to example whenever anyone starts talking about Rotties being dumb, because she sure as heck wasn't. She was a joy to train, once you figured out what really made her tick.
Griffin comes close as far as drive to work, and his focus is incredible, but she just had an edge that he doesn't (you know I love you no matter what, Griffdog). Someday, when I have the time and space, I'd love to find myself another dog like Trinity. Not a Rottweiler, but that combination of traits she had. My dream dog, absolutely, and I'll be going in with a good breeder, a plan in place, and not as a newbie dog owner. Just not happening this year, I think. It's worth waiting for, and not something that you should go into if you're not prepared.