ZEUS

by Dave
(Brisbane Australia)

8 weeks old

8 weeks old

8 weeks old
after a hard day at the beach
playing with friends

This is our little boy Zeus.

At almost 7 months old and 35kg he has heaps of excess energy. We take him walking at least once a day sometimes twice but only reasonably short distances so as not to over stress his rapidly growing body. He loves to play tug of war or chase a ball.

He is a very friendly puppy,loves all people and other dogs and is now starting to get protective of his home and family.He has also completed puppy school and advanced puppy school which we started with him at 9 weeks old. We also try to socialise him at least weekly with other dogs by taking him to organised play groups through our dog trainers or by visiting friends with dogs and letting them play together.

We unfortunately lost our 8yr old male Charlie earlier this year due to joint problems and arthritis, he was an amazing dog,so when it was time to add another member to the family.

I would not consider getting any other breed of dog, they are truly amazing animals, he is our best friend.

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Jan 31, 2013
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tugboat NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey thats good news,hope he continues to improve:)

Jan 29, 2013
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tugboat is better NEW
by: Captain Nancy

Had to take Tugboat back to the surgeon, he developed some complications. Now he seems to be on the road to recovery. He has had three good days in a row. This is a good thing. :-)

Jan 29, 2013
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by: Captain Nancy

Had to take Tugboat back to the surgeon, he developed some complications. Now he seems to be on the road to recovery. He has had three good days in a row. This is a good thing. :-)

Jan 29, 2013
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by: Dave

Wow, thats tough,and still so young.. I really do wish for the best of luck for you and tugboat.

Jan 24, 2013
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tugboat's surgery NEW
by: Captain Nancy

The surgeon found large bone fragments in each of Tugboat's elbows. We operated and removed those but he has to stay quiet for 8 weeks. My local Vet phoned in sedatives for him. Tough surgery = tough recovery. Re-evaluated Feb 5 and I find out where we go from here. It was definitely osteocondrosis and both parents had approved OFA certificates for elbows. He aso has double hip dysplacia. Again, parents had approved OFA certificates for hips but this disease can only be inherited. Poor Tugboat.

Dec 27, 2012
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by: debbie

Precious precious puppy. They may get big but they never really outgrow their puppiness. I love rottweilers, and miss my boy terribly. I wish you a long happy life with Zeus. They are amazing dogs those rotties.

Dec 26, 2012
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by: Captain Nancy

Thanks for your comments, well wishes and comments.

Dec 26, 2012
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Tugboat NEW
by: Dave

So sorry to hear about your tugboats condition,i can fully understand how you wouldnt have expected this and how worried you must be feeling.I really hope you get a positive outcome from his surgery and treatment.Would love to hear how he progresses.Good luck.

Dec 26, 2012
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by: Captain Nancy

Glad you told me the story. Tugboat has the results of osteocondrosis in his two front elbows also showing the arthritis. Surgery to see what is going on in both in January. :-(
His parents had OFA elbow clearances but he still has this inherited disease. Its going to be a long hard road for him, I'm so worried.
He is a show dog from show dogs parents....this is not expected.

Dec 26, 2012
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Charlies joint problems NEW
by: Dave

Hi,Charlie was a large really active dog,he loved to run and chase a ball.At around 5 yrs old he started to get a slight limp in his back left leg,we thought he may have pulled a muscle while chasing the ball so we left it till the next day to see if it got any worse or better.We then noticed a slight clicking sound when he walked so took him straight to our vet.
he had torn the cruciate ligament and he had surgery to fix it. After the operation he was still very active but we substituted the chasing the ball games for just walking because we feared he might hurt it again.At the begining of 2012 we noticed it was taking him a little longer to stand up after a sleep and he would walk quite stiff on his 4 legs, he just seemed to be getting slower.We took him to our vet,had xrays done and she found he had arthritis in his joints. medication was given and we waited for a week to see if any improvement.At the end of that week he showed no improvement and now was walking quite lame in all 4 legs but he still seemed to be happy.Took him back to vets, change of medication and several sessions of accupuncture during the next week seemed to show a very slight improvement so we were still praying hard for him to get better.Over the next couple of days he went downhill very quickly to the point where he could not even stand and all the happiness he used to show in his face had dissapeared.My wife and i had to carry him into our vets. We all knew it was time for him to go.We stayed by his side until the very end.It was so sad and incredibly hard to do but it was the right decision for him.Sorry for the long winded reply.Still makes me sad today thinking about him.An amazing friend.Hope this helps.

Dec 25, 2012
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by: Captain Nancy

You say that you lost Charlie to joint problems. My Tugboat is only 2.5 yrs old and he is now having joint problems. Can you tell me what joint issues Charlie had? Just trying to get information from all sources with these joint diseases.

Zeus is very cute! Looks like he will be a lot of fun.

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