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The Saga of Chewie


Jim and I got a call one day from our local shelter.  They had a young male Rottweiler that was being returned to them after almost a year.  Chewie had come to the shelter as a result of a seizure of animals.  Him and mother had been beaten and abused and abandoned.  Chewie was a cute puppy and he got adopted right away.   But the people that adopted him never put any care or training into him.  When they returned Chewie he was a handful and to top it all off, he needed to have a front leg amputated.  The shelter wanted to know if we would foster Chewie until he had recovered from the amputation and could be declared adoptable.

They wanted the dog to be comfortable in his foster home before the surgery.  Jim and I brought this ball of energy home and if the shelter had been open late at night I would have returned him.  He literally bounced off walls and furniture. He had no training and was full of energy from being in the shelter so long.  For 2 days I thought we had made a huge mistake.  He barked and nipped, jumped and humped, dug and ran everywhere.  But after a couple of days he did settle down. 

A week after coming to us Chewie had his front left leg amputated.  He was groggy for a day or so, but he was up and walking and eating and being himself.   Chewie taught us that dogs often don’t really notice stuff like this.  They just shake it off and move forward.  The hardest part for us was keeping him from running up and down the stairs while he still had stitches. 

Before long Chewie  was back to being himself.  But Jim and I made the mistake of feeling sorry for him.  Who would want a 3 legged Rottweiler?  If we sent him back to the shelter would he find a home or would he be there for months.  We really thought that owning a 3 legged dog would be easier.  And so we adopted Chewie into our home and our hearts. 

But here are the facts.  It doesn’t matter if they have 3 legs or 4.  Young active dogs need lots of work,   Chewie never let the loss of that leg impair him at all.  He ran and dug and play and swam.  And he showed us what owning a Rottweiler really entailed.  We went thru obedience class after obedience class.  Exercise, exercise, exercise.   It was a ton of work.  Chewie taught us so much about the Rottweiler Breed.   He taught us that they are loyal and protective.  They are fun loving and clowns.  They are a breed that demands respect and offers undying love.  And he taught us that shelter dogs are not broken dogs and that those large breed dogs sitting in shelters deserve that second chance.  It is because of Chewie and the Rottweilers that followed him that we were inspired to open West Coast Rottweiler Rescue.


Dumped when she became inconvenient.  But finally found her place in the sun with those that loved her right to the end.


Bear………….  Another old homeless rottweiler.  Loved and cared for at the end.


At 13 yrs of age Kysha found herself homeless when her owners decided to move and not take her.  Kysha was loved and cared for for the short time she had left.


Brew found himself homeless and senior.   We pulled him out of the shelter and moved him into permanant foster care.   Brew’s favorite pastime was watching television.  He will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart.


Bella found herself homeless when her family lost everything in a fire.  She ended up at a local shelter afraid and alone.  Bella was so afraid that she growled when people came near.  A very special young lady stepped forward to foster and then adopt Bella.  She moved to the country with her new owner and lived a full and happy life.  Bella passed in her sleep in 2012


This wonderful old boy was found tied to a post in the heat of the summer.  We tried to find his owners but no one came forward.  After a visit to the vet, we learned that Clyde had bowel cancer and it looked like it had spread to his lungs.  Rather then let him go right away we choose to keep him happy for as long as we could.  The vet gave him only 2 months to live.  Clyde proved him wrong and lived a wonderful 19 months before he succumbed to his disease


Cola was a loved dog all her life.  Her owner fell ill and she was turned into a local pound when he had to go into the hospital.  Cola found her 2nd home in Powell River.  She was loved in her last days and passed away in the arms of her new mom


Rhonda came to us in 2009.  She has spent her life on a rental farm in the Cariboo.   Sometimes the tenants loved her, sometimes they ignored her.  She was turned over to the spca and they asked us to take her.
Rhonda found a home with a family that loved her.  She passed in 2012


Carson was a dog that made us cry.  He was a gentle soul that was found in a school yard living under a trailer.  Carson only lived a short time with us but we loved having him with us.


Buddy came into our care in Aug/12.   He was pulled from a shelter in Surrey.   This old boy didn’t have the best life and really needed a place to go with people that were aware that he was not an easy dog.  Joanne and Jill stepped forward….  I wasn’t sure that Buddy would make it.  He had a bit of a bite history but Joanne wanted to give him one last chance.   Buddy proved her right.  Joanne gave Buddy everything he needed.   They took him into their hearts and their home.  Buddy was renamed Taz.   He passed in the arms of those that loved him
t is with the saddest of hearts that we have let Rosie pass. She was put to sleep in the arms of her foster mom.  Rosie fought the good fight but she was tired and it was time to release her.  Fly free sweet baby.
Ready to have your heart broken? Rosie is the one to do that.
We were contacted by a shelter in the southern interior about a pup that was not adoptable in their system. They really weren’t sure we would help but special needs dogs is what we do best. And Rosie certainly is special needs. Rosie has a fairly rare disease called polycystic disease. It attacks the dog’s kidneys. There is no known cause nor any cure. It is basically a death sentence for the dog.
We have taken Rosie to all the specialists and they all say the same thing. Keep her happy and let her live whatever life she has. We have put her on supplements, a low protein diet and some meds to support her kidney function but all of this is really means very little. Rosie is about 7 months old as I write this and the specialists don’t think she will make a year.
But no one has told Rosie this. She is in love with life, shows no real signs of slowing down, has a good appetite and other then a little peeing in the house, acts like any normal puppy.Rosie1
Rosie is in a forever foster home. They will love her and care for her and be there for her for the balance of that life.
This is what rescue is. We can take in healthy dogs and find them homes and we do that often. But our hearts are pulled by those dogs that have no other options. The dogs like Rosie that would have been put down right away rather than allowing her to live life to the fullest for whatever time she has. Rosie is what rescue is about.
If you would like to help with her (or any of the other dogs we have in care) needs please donate using the CanadaHelps button.