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A Rottweiler Incognito

June 22, 2014  |  WAG Stories  |  No Comments

When we first adopted Yogi, we thought he was a Yellow Labrador Retriever mix. It didn’t take long for us to see that he lived up to the reputation of the sweet Yellowstone Park cartoon bear after whom he was named. He was friendly, gentle, goofy and affectionate. Yogi’s short-haired, orange-brown coat and goldish eyes were just extra factors on the adorable-ness meter.

We adopted Yogi through friends who run a local rescue league, Chesapeake Shepherd & K9 (CSK9). One of CSK9’s priorities as a rescue group is to find families and homes for dogs—particularly larger ones—for whom time is running out in shelters. As CSK9 tried to find a home for Yogi, he quickly befriended a young female Rottweiler named Mocha. She was among CSK9’s permanent family members. It wasn’t until we saw Yogi side-by-side with Mocha that we detected a striking resemblance in their head shapes and structures. If Yogi was part Rottweiler, it would also explain the black undercoat hiding beneath his orange-brown exterior. A Rottweiler incognito.

Yogi at Bark ‘n Bean

A canine DNA identification test later confirmed what we had suspected. Yogi was seventy five percent Rottie. I’ve always loved the breed, aware that these dogs frequently get a bad rap as being aggressive. Every Rottie I’ve ever met has been sweet as pie, Yogi included. Sadly, negative stereotypes about this breed persist.

Because of Yogi’s lumbering sweet demeanor, strangers often stop to greet him during our walks. They’re extra charmed when they find out he’s named after the famous bear. People are curious about his breed mix. When I mention that he’s mostly Rottie, my heart breaks a little when some folks stop petting his head or take a step back with a hesitant “Oh?” or “Really?” I want to say to them, “But he’s still the same exact adorable dog you just met 10 seconds ago! His love is like magic!”

Some of us have had the joy of having many wonderful dogs in our lives. We’re fortunate to know what it means to have had that “one special one” at some point, even more fortunate if we get to experience it more than once.

So to our Rottweiler Incognito I say, “Thank you, Yogi.” You are like magic.

–TLMutlu of Bark ‘n’ Bean