Magnum - The friendly Rottweiler
by Liesl Schultz
(East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa)
I know when most of you will read the title you will wonder how can a Rottweiler be friendly. Rottweilers are considered the most aggressive dogs in the world. My mom also believed it..... until she met Magnum.
A few years ago we had a break in and we didn't have a dog. The decision came and we needed a dog. My dad and I begged for a Rottweiler puppy, but my mom's words were, and I quote, "I do not want one of those aggressive dogs." Later that week we went to the SPCA and all the dogs we wanted were already adopted. We went again and walked through the rows and rows of cages full of dogs barking. In the one cage we saw a scared, skinny, quiet black and tan dog. We called it over and ,hesitating the first time,it came towards us and licked our hands. At that moment we knew that was the dog for us. The irony of everything is that he is a Rottweiler. We signed the adoption forms and the manager of the SPCA told us that he was 2 years old, weighed 33,8kg and he would have been put to sleep if we didn't adopt him. We had to fetch him a week later due to the neutering. We decided to call him Magnum,meaning big. A week later my dad and I went to fetch him and as the SPCA worker put him on to the back of our bakkie, Magnum wet himself and at that moment we thought we had made the biggest mistake of our lives. We came home and he jumped off the bakkie and ran to a corner with his tail tucked between his legs. We put him on our stoep, because we had builders and we didn't want to frighten him more than he was. He didn't trust anybody and months later he trusted me enough to walk him. The first few walks were a disaster, if the wind blew some leaves across the road, Magnum would bolt dragging me with him. Later that year we saw that he was lonely and we adopted a Labrador from the SPCA. That night it sounded like a herd of cattle running around our house as they were playing. Because of Magnum's size we decided to do a DNA test on him to see which other dog breeds he has in him. The results came and he obviously had Rottweiler in him, but also Boxer, German Shepherd Dog, Keeshond and Ridgeback. Today Magnum is 6 years old and weighs 60kg. If I were to describe Magnum the day we got him, the words pathetic, hopeless and useless come to mind. If I were to describe him today, the words courage's, loyal, loving, protective, confident and caring come to mind. If I think back to the day we saw him and that all the dogs we wanted that were already adopted, I think it was a sign that we needed him and he needed us.