October 27th 2012 4:25 am
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As I told you last time Fizz liked to play with the fishes in the pond, she would put her head in the water and all the fish would come swimming up to the surface. They would nibble around her mouth as she drank water and she would blow bubbles at them and the fish seemed to love her. They have never come to the surface to talk to any other animal, that has drank from the pond before or since. So I can only assume they loved her and enjoyed the game as much as Fizz did !!
What I didn't tell you ( Much to Emma's disgust ) was that the fishes where not the only thing that Fizz liked to play water game's with ?? When we got Fizz in the beginning both Ben and Emma were very young, while Ben has always been enormous, Emma has always been a MIDGET !!! and as I have said Fizz grew like a weed. This mean't that Emma has always been an easy TARGET and a first point of attack when it come's to a FIZZLY PUPPY and it was her idea of FUN !!!
Especially when all lil girls like to scream and run around to get away from a Bounding Puppy !! The only thing is that when you have a lil bounding puppy this is just fun for both parties ! but when you have a Rottweiler or any other big breed ....... it may seem like fun for the puppy ?? But it's not so much fun for a lil girl who is being jumped on and nibbled on by a GIGANTIC Rottweiler Puppy !!
So as I wanted Fizz to know her boundaries and who she was allowed to play rough with and who she had to be gentle with ? Now this is a good tip for anyone who has Children and also a Big Breed such as a Rottweiler. Firstly if you have small children then the MAIN point is NEVER allow the child to be in a LOWER position that the DOG. Anything smaller that a dog, or a child sitting or lying lower than a BIG DOG .......... that child is thought of as weaker by the dog, so in turn the dog will pounce on that child maybe not with malice but by play ?? but it still means that the child is the one being hurt by the dog.
That was the first thing that Fizz learn't was not to play rough with the " BABY " Emma and any other child that came around Fizz. They always stood or sat HIGHER than Fizz, its a simple tool and one that works instantly. So Fizz knew that she could be rough with Ben and but she had to be gentle with Emma, and even in the end, Even when Emma was big enough to play rough, Fizz would never play any games with the BABY ( Emma ) she would sit by Emma and her whole demeanour would change instantly because she had to be CAREFUL with the BABY !!!
When Emma got bigger she hated the fact that Fizz would never play games or Tug and Pull Games, in fact if Emma held the tug toy by Fizz's mouth to get her to play she would take hold of the other end .......... and just hold it and not even move away. When we ever were playing with Fizz and she started to get too rough or carried away, if we said BE CAREFUL WITH THE BABY She would stop playing on the spot and calm down.
BUT there was one game that Fizz would play with Emma and one that she took great delight in !! When Fizz would finish giving the fish in the pond Kisses ..... she would literally hold water in her mouth and in her jowls and she would look for Emma ( No-one Else ) Fizz would get Emma in a sights and if you can smile while holding water then Fizz was smiling !!! They would then look across the deck at each other , like a couple of Cowboy's waiting for the shoot out !!
Emma would yell out NO FIZZ DON'T !!! by the time she got the NO out Fizz was off ........ and no matter how fast Emma would run ( Even when Fizz had 3 Leg's ) Fizz would catch Emma and then just soak her completely. Fizz only did this with Emma and in my heart I know that Fizz did this with Emma because she knew she couldn't play rough with her .......but this was her special way of playing with the BABY safely.
Fizz had another GAME that she enjoyed doing this was in the garden as well ! She used to jump onto a wooden bench that was in the garden, she would bounce from stand still like a demented frog !!! She would do this so that she could give anyone kisses, so they wouldn't have to bend down ?
Well that was her excuse anyway ......... it was another one of her games that she liked playing when she wasn't kissing Fish or Soaking Emma !!
It was one of these bouncing leaps that she first hurt her leg, though to this day I don't know how she managed to get her fat leg stuck in between the slats of the bench ?? But she managed it and I think this is where she started her limping from. The specialist who operated on her said he didn't think it would have done the amount of damage from that ? Even though he said that I still think that this played a part in the leg becoming a problem.
Whether it was or wasn't Fizz's leg started causing her problems and she was only 15 months old and in my eye's she had just got over the twisted Bowel, and I was not ready for my Fizzles to be ill again. So she twisted her leg on the bench and she went to the vet, she was given some Anti~ Inflammatory's and her leg got better !! For a few weeks only ............. then she started Limping more and more. She had more pills and rest, but the limping continued and she would wince if you touched it around the joint ( elbow ) It was also hot to the touch and all of a sudden she stopped using that leg completely.
Back to the vet's and she's X~rayed and the vet rings to tell me that her Cruciate Ligament had completely snapped, these are the tendons that hold her back knee in place. Once again my Fizzly had to have an operation and this one was a big one and could cost her, her leg ?? ( thinking about it now , I think she may still be alive had the leg been removed back then ?? )
This time my vet would not be able to do the surgery ......... this time she needed a specialist and she needed him now, but it was also the specialist that would have decide if the surgery could be done. Otherwise My Fizz would be either crippled and in pain for all of her life, or have the leg removed or in worst case she would have to be put to sleep and I would lose her at 15 months old. So it was sorted we would see the specialist the next day and see whether the operation was viable and whether he could help her at all ???
The thought that I may have to put her to sleep was something I could not even think about, let alone do ???
October 22nd 2012 10:46 am
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After Fizz had recovered from her Twisted Bowel, she continued to blossom upward, outwards, widthward's and any other Ward's you could possibly imagine !!
By the time she was 15 month's she was enormous and absolutely stunning with a lovable personality that made everybody love her ! My savage Rottweiler spent her life watching over my children Ben and Emma like a hawk and God help anyone who upset them ??
She became their Guardian Angel and when we went on walks she would walk beside me, but her head and eye's would constantly change direction's. As she would watch where they were and you could see her thought process " OK mum's next to me ,Ben's over there and Emma's there " , this would be how she spent her entire walk !! Just watching and if someone came close to her Protection Detail then her whole demeanour would change, her chest would come out and if looks could kill, then anybody that was looking at her babies had better close their eye's ??
NB. I knew that this Blog would bring back memories and would sometimes be hard ?? But when you write things down they suddenly become clearer !! and paragraphs like the one above remind me how much I really miss her and well its just very very hard, as those who knew her would acknowledge My Fizz was a very special girl and a definite one off .......
Some dog's need to be taught to protect people or guard people ......... and some are Naturally Protective and its these one's who would not think twice of dying for anyone they loved ~ My Fizzly was from the latter category and in her mind she would do anything to protect her ward's. In Fizz's case it was not just her immediate family that she would protect, she would have defended any child, person or animal that she decided she liked !!!
When Fizz was about 5 months old she fell into one of our pond's which looks from the outside to be about 18 inches deep ? but it actually goes into the ground for about 6 foot !! So anyone who falls into it get's a bit of a shock !!! Which is what happened to My Fizzly, when she jumped in and suddenly found herself in a lot deeper water ( no pun intended !! ) than she had intended to paddle in !! I of course pulled her out though I must admit that I was laughing at the same time ? So maybe that's why she was so offended by the pond after that .......
After she has gone for her lil swim !! Fizz made it her life's ambition to become our Pond's Life Guard minus the Trunk's or Baywatch Music ! All joke's aside Fizz would go " ON GUARD " when ever she was outside and anyone or anything would even go near the pond !! Fizz started to show her Swimming Guard duties when we first got Mitzi , Fizz was over a year old when we got Mitzi and so she was a lot bigger than she had been when she was 5 months old and had fallen in the pond !!
Though it seemed that she had not forgotten her close call ??? Fizz would drink from the big pond and would actually put her whole head under the water and would blow bubbles to the fish !! The Fish would see her coming and would wait by the surface of the water, until she had her head in and they would surround her head and nibble all around her mouth as she blew bubbles or drank !!! For Fizz this was perfectly normal and in her mind safe and fun to do !!
But when we got Mitzi, puppies always copy any bigger Dog's in the home, so it was perfectly normal that Mitzi would then try to copy her big friend's drinking from the pond !! Fizz on the other hand would not allow this lil puppy to do such a dangerous STUNT !! So as soon as Mitzi would try to drink from the big pond, Fizz would run up and push Mitzi away from the deep pond using her huge head. She would then push Mitzi down the garden and then allow her to drink from the Baby Paddling Pool which is another pond, but one that is only a few inches deep !!! Fizz continued this tactic's with any other Dog that ever came to live, stay or play !
It was not just Dog's Fizz would protect from the Most Scary of Pond's, I used to look after a friend's little boy called Jake. Fizz and Jake had an amazing bond, and it was a seriously strange vision watching these two together !!! Jake was about 2 and Fizz was this gigantic Rottweiler who when stood up was taller than Jake and she must have outweighed him by around 7 stone or over 100 lbs ......... Fizz would either follow behind or lie next too or just watch with total devotion this lil man Jake.
Now with regards to the Pond Fizz would feel totally safe if Jake was by me ??? But if Jake dared get more than an arms reach away from me !! Fizz would run over and again with her huge head, she would put her head gently onto his tummy and then she would guide him away from the water and onto safer ground !!! It was an amazing thing to see and I only wish I had filmed it, as the Rottweiler get's such a bad rep when it come's to children ? Fizz would have been a great ambassador for the Rottweiler Breed , her patience and love of children was a credit for all dog breeds let alone a Rottweiler's.
Fizz adored all children, but Jake had a special place in her heart, I will give you some more examples of her allowance of anything he did to her !! We had a cat flap in our kitchen back door and Fizz would be outside and Jake would be inside !! Fizz would push her massive head through the Cat flap in fact she must have broken 5 Cat flaps as she would break them as she shoved her head from out to in !! and then she would snap it off and then run around the garden with the Cat flap still stuck to her head !!!
It would be one of these Rottweiler through the Cat flap sessions, that Jake would stand on the inside waiting for his friend to come in and play !! Fizz would push her massive head through and Jake would laugh so much !! he would then stand by the side of her and put his arm around her neck. He would then take his other hand and play inside her mouth !! and then he'd poke her in the eye's and she would just stay there blinking and loving him no matter what he could ever do to her !!
When they were outside in the garden thinking that no-one was watching them ......... Jake would lie down virtually on top of her. Jake would then start collecting Stuff .............. leaves, twig's and grass ?? He would then lie on top of her like a piggy back !! and bend down so they were face to face and this is when the stuff came into play !! Jake would then feed this Rottweiler the collected things, and this Dog loved him so much that she would actually eat these leave's, Twig's and other present's just because he would giggle as she ate them ???
This is how Fizz continued her life and no matter what pain she was in or how bad thing's got. She always was amazing and continued to astound vet's,specialist's and anyone else she met. Her love of life and her willing to please made her an inspiration to all. I just hope I can tell her story well and that I do her life tale justice because it's the minimum that I could do for her.
Fizz showed everyone who she loved such absolute LOVE and total DEVOTION and I think this Picture below show's a Rottweiler's LOVE more than any word's I could hope to write ............
October 20th 2012 7:47 am
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Once Fizz came home and I had managed to catch my breath and relax ( took a while !! )
Fizz then had time to recover from her Twisted Bowel, though her main complaint was eating ridiculously small meals and having to eat RICE ......... RICE with CHICKEN ........ RICE with FISH ........ RICE with SCRAMBLED EGG for WEEKS and WEEKS !!!!!!
I must admit until the day she passed ........ if she ever saw a rice meal coming towards her ?? her face would react like a Child being given a spoonful of Cod Liver Oil or Medicine !!! I have never known a dog that could say so much with just a look than My Fizzly !!!
Even with these small meals and a totally fed up with RICE dog ?? Fizz managed to keep growing, growing and growing !!! By the time she was 1 year when she was sitting down she was taller than Emma and she was bigger than most male Rottweiler's and weighed over 7 stone !! Everyone who met her no matter where would fell in love with her instantly and totally, but then she was very easy to love.
Our vet Lowri started doing Karate in Ben's Karate Club and she and Jemma a very good friend of our's would actually hold Secret Conferences without my knowledge ?? So they could decide who would Win Fizz !! depending on who would come 1st in any Karate Tournament Competitions they entered !!!! though Dai would know about it and NOT only that,
He Would ALSO then try to Raffle off Mitzi for 2nd Place ....
We then got our Pugalier Mitzi and they soon became best buddies!!! Fizz would play with Mitzi and would actually put Mitzi's entire head inside her mouth and then run up and down Mitzi's Head with her teeth !!! Many a Child and some ADULT'S would quite often panic and claim
Oh My God !!! She's eating her !!
They would also play Tug and War and Fizz would actually swing her up in the air !! around and around flying like a Carousel which Fizz found highly entertaining !! though Mitzi never seemed to be able to return the favour ! Maybe she was just nasty as I don't think it could be because there was any size or weight difference ??
Fizz would not only make friends with any people she met or any dog's ........... She would also make friends with some not so normal things ??? In our back garden we have field's and farm's surrounding our garden as we live in the middle of nowhere !! The field behind was in Fizz's mind did not belong to the farmer, but was just another part or extension of our Garden !! and in turn any animal inside this extended Fizz Garden were in turn Fizz's and so when the farmer would come to check on his animals Fizz would greet him with complete disgust and Barking as How dare he be there, and why was he touching Her Animals !!!
Fizz always had this way of taking things under her wing, particularly Babies, Babies of every type human's, puppies, horses, pig's even bird's !! She would lie near any baby and would just love to be with them, near them or being poked or prodded by them !! No Matter what a child or baby did to her she would just want to be with them !!
She was like me and just LOVED BABIES !!!
Nothing would hurt Fizz more than her seeing a Child walking towards her and the Parent of that Child grabbing the child hand and taking the child to the other side of the road ............ She would look up at me asking Why did they take that baby away ? I didn't do anything wrong I just wanted to see that Baby ???
And in turn Nothing would make Fizz happier than a child coming up to her freely, She would have done anything to have more children around her and her way with children was a truly magical and touching thing to behold.