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Guardian Ursa Von Gottschalk

Guardian Ursa Von Gottschalk

Her name is latin for “bear”.  Probably the 2 most easily recognized constellations are the big dipper and the little dipper- also know as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.  I found the behind the constellations very interesting.  There are several variations of the story, but here is one that I liked:

“To the ancient Greeks, Ursa Major represented Callisto, a follower of Artemis, virgin huntress and goddess of the crescent moon. Zeus, king of the gods, fell in love with Callisto and she gave birth to his child named Arcas. Some say Hera, wife of Zeus and queen of the gods, became intensely jealous and changed Callisto into a bear left to roam the forest. One day Arcas came upon the bear. Callisto stood on her hind legs to welcome her son. Thinking himself attacked, Arcas readied his bow. Zeus, who saw what was about to happen, turned Arcas into a small bear. Grabbing both bears by their tails, Zeus hurled them into the safety of the sky, where they still roam close together as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. This action might explain why the ancient view of the Great Bear has an unusually long tail.”
(excerpt taken from SouledOut.org   http://www.souledout.org/nightsky/ursamandm/ursamajorandminor.html

Our Ursa was given her name within moments of her birth.  She had to fight to stay alive even before she was born.  Mom had to have an emergency c-section and Ursa and her brother Ulan were the only survivors.  From the moment little Ursa emerged, she was a strong, vigorous fighter!  She should have been lethargic from the anesthesia, but she never received that memo!!  She was rooting to nurse as soon as the doctor handed her to me!  She was already crawling around, determined to locate mom (who was still in surgery).  We decided right then and there that this strong, courageous little bear must be named accordingly!  

Ursa has continued to impress us!  She is just as big and strong as her brother with very heavy bone and tons of substance.  Ursa has excellent lines and angles and a very heavy, broad frame.  She has a very typey head with a very short muzzle and deep stop.  Ursa has a correct scissor bite and dark mouth pigment.  Her ears are correctly set and carried and her markings are well defined and a very rich mahogany.  Ursa truly is a little bear in every sense of the word, character included!!  He is confident and outgoing with excellent drive.  She is eager to work and eager to please and just as eager to give kisses.  She will excel in any and everything and will come with FULL REGISTRATION.

This was quite possibly one of the cutest things ever.  Ursa was laying so calm and still for the ducklings that she fell asleep.  They started out snuggled up next to her, but decided that was not close enough- they wanted to be up on top of her.  One by one, 2 of the little ducklings hopped up on top of her.  But the third one was struggling.  Instead of hopping, it was trying to climb, and ducks, especially baby ducks, are not the best Rott-wall climbers (see what I did there… rock wall… 😉 )  After litte Mango struggled for a bit, Paco’s curiosity was piqued and he came over to see what was going on.  He started chirping to Ursa, but she was passed out, so then he hopped up on top of her and then started talking to little Mango.  I swear he was encouraging her (or him… not sure on a baby duck…)!  A few more attempts and one giant leap for duckling kind, and Mango made it to the top of the mountain!!  I am super glad I got pics of it, but wished I would have gotten video as it was really just too cute!

We needed Ursa to wake up for the rest of her photo shoot, so the boys brought out Jaeger, one of their ferrets.  Jaeger LOVES to play with the Rotties and the kitties and we thought if anyone could coax Ursa awake it would be this little slinky party!  Jaeger started out hopping around making his little play noises trying to get Ursa to play tag.  When that did not work, he started a game of leap-Rottie 😉 Love this little guy <3
When Ursa finally started playing with him, she was so gentle <3  Such a great little puppy <3  Everything that I love about her mama and daddy <3

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