Luther The Wolf Dog

Rottweiler/German Shepherd
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Age: 7 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Lex (short for "Lex Luther"), "the big guy," "big daddy," "sweetie," and "Klunk" (because I'm always banging my head into things)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-service dog
-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
June 26th 2010

January 1st 2009

Hunting animals (squirrels and smaller), rough-housing with other big dogs, running, jumping, and spending time with my human family

squirrels, BART, baths, and racists (especially immigrant-bashers)

Favorite Toy:
rope pull toy

Favorite Food:

Favorite Walk:
Mt. Diablo foothills

Best Tricks:
coming, staying, shaking, and jumping

Arrival Story:
I was rescued from the pound the very day I was scheduled to be euthanized, by an amazing foster mom that literally saved my life. She taught me to unlearn the negative behaviors I'd acquired after being locked in the same small cage for three months at the pound, where I was never even allowed to go out and run in the larger contained area that was available. After about 6 months with my foster mom, I was adopted this summer by a new family, who was looking for a service dog to be a companion for a family member who has a lower-back injury. Of course, they were also looking for a new, active member of their family as well -- so there is plenty of time when I am not working and I get to play and just have fun with family and friends. When I'm not busy as a service dog or guarding my family's apartment from threatening squirrels and neighborhood kids walking past on their way home from from school, I enjoy playing with my family (especially with my rope toy), going for hikes (where I run around off-leash and chase squirrels, groundhogs, and moles), rough housing with other big dogs, and most of all: cuddling.

I am 75 pounds and 27.5 inches tall (paw to shoulder). When adopted, my new family did a DNA test and learned that my ancestry is a mixture of Rottweiler, German Shepherd, and Mastiff. So, while my mixed background may disappoint the racial purists among us, my blend of three of world history's most renowned guard/service dog breeds has made me a rather unique dog. I am leaner than the average Rottweiler, taller than the average German Shepherd, and about half the size of your average Mastiff. The Rottweiler/Mastiff/Shepherd ancestry has blessed me with powerful muscles, but my "leaner than the average Rottweiller/Mastiff physique" has let me keep the speed and agility that I might have lost if I was bigger. So, fortunately I can still run and jump a lot with less stressful impact on my hips and other joints. But, physical traits aside, my breed mixture has above all, given me a unique strength of character. Like the best martial arts masters, who hope to never have a physical confrontation in real-life, I am not out looking for trouble. I admit that I am pretty silly for barking at children walking past our apartment, but when I'm out in the wilderness, off-leash on hikes, I never chase (or bark at) deer or horses, and if I see or smell a coyote or mountain lion then I avoid them and lead my human companion away. When small doggies try and bite my nose off, I calmly slip it Jet Li-style, and patiently teach them that I'm not a bully, so they have nothing to fear--and by the end of the day, they'll usually give me a good lick on the face. My favorite treats to munch on are various cow parts, including the ears, esophagus, and bully stick. My favorite parts of the pig are the ears and snout. Chicken flavored pig ears are savory as well! Occasionally, I pick up a rotting mole carcass, some old fecal matter, or something else rotten and stinky laying on the ground, but when I do this, my human companions tell me to "leave it" and I put it down. **(DISCLAIMER: Luther is not as arrogant as he may sound from the long-winded bio above. It's just his human companions that typed it for him are so head-over-heels in love with Luther that they have a lot to say)**

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October 13th 2010 More than 5 years!

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Tilden Park

Tilden Park

October 15th 2010 10:39 pm
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Today I went for a hike with my family at Tilden Park, a cool spot at the top of the East Bay Hills. We could see a long ways to both the west, where we gazed at Mt Tam in Marin County, and to the east, where we looked down at the San Pablo Reservoir and Mt Diablo in the distance.

Unfortunately, my forgetful human companions didn't bring a camera, but hopefully we'll get some photos when we hike there again.

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