Guardian Rottweilers T Litter
Sire: Libero of Nicola’s Lion
(Staklar of Nicola’s Lion x Kia of Nicola’s Lion)
Dam: Ema of Nicola’s Lion
(Codex of Nicola’s Lion x Gromada vom Grossen Tal)
Pups born on June 5th!
Sorry, no pups available in Ema’s litter
Ema’s beautiful gent:
Expecting a whole lot of just absolutely incredible with this breeding! Emma, on top of being one of the most substantial females we have ever worked with, is full sister to Edison, who has already proven himself to be a producer to take note of. She is paired with young Libero who promises to easily become one of Nikola’s most exceptional males (which is also saying something considering the plethora of world renowned top producing males Nikola has produced!) This litter will be a linebreed on Masuer of Nicola’s Lion- my second most favorite dark night of all time (second only to the late, great Crom, one of the loves of my life). I am so very excited to see what Emma gives me and am expecting extreme bone and substance, large, strong, pronounced head types, and that character, temperament and drive that Nikola has become world famous for.
Guardian Tiara von Gottschalk
I hope you’re having a good morning! I just wanted to give you an update on how Tiara’s first night went.
Absolutely in love! She’s the sweetest thing. She follows me around everywhere and is so gentle. I was worried about puppy bites, but so far she hasn’t tried to chew on anyone. In fact, she’s been really good about chewing in general! So far, we haven’t had any issues. I know that’s subject to change as she gets comfortable, and as she starts teething especially, but so far it’s all good signs. 🙂
I’ve tried to keep people away for the most part so she can settle in, but of course everyone I live with, and my little nephews who live very close were dying to meet her. She was so good with everyone! A little on the shy side, but absolutely ready to kiss and cuddle. Lol. My dad is definitely on the gruff side, “I don’t want the dog to lick me!” And it’s like she knew. She just looked at him and laid on his big stomach. Lol. How can anyone not love that?
Our biggest priorities right now are potty training and crate training. We’ve been pretty good about getting her outside… pretty obsessively actually and she hasn’t had many accidents. She’s had a couple, to be expected of course, but I’m happy to say the majority of her potties have happened outside. So far she has not had a pooping incident inside, so fingers crossed for continuing that trend. Her poop does seem normal though, and she’s gone three times since she’s been home. She has been eating well too.
First night in the crate was… a bit of a struggle. Lol I can tell she’s been spoiled! She cried a lot at first, which was absolutely heartbreaking to hear. I couldn’t stand it for long, so I moved her to my bedroom (had her in the kitchen) and she did much better there. I think she just didn’t know what to do all by herself. She calmed down when I brought her to my room though, and I put my hand in the crate with her and she liked that a lot. She fell asleep as peacefully as can be expected. I think she’s adjusting. I took her out to go potty a few times during the night and each time I put her back in, she’d fuss a little less.
I decided it was “morning” for us today around 8:30 am, since she had a late bedtime. I took her potty and fed her and then she whined and I brought her outside and she pooped! Maybe that’s a coincidence… but I like to think she’s already getting the hang of this. 🙂 I can tell she’s a smartie.
That’s about all the info I have right now! Her first vet appointment is Thursday. So I’ll let you know how that goes. Thanks again for my new best friend. <3
I wanted to give you another update on Tiara! I’ve had her almost a week now. We named her Luna and she’s doing well. I think she’s starting to recognize her name. I went ahead and registered her microchip to me. She’s done really well with crate training. She hardly fusses at all.
I had some friends over for a couple hours last night, and they played with her when they first got here but then it was bedtime for miss Luna since I’m trying to keep her on a schedule. She was a very good girl and all my friends were impressed with how well she did. She was content to sit quietly in her crate and watch us talk and play music and eat pizza. She had very good manners.
I tried to move the crate into the living room, with the intent of gradually moving it to the kitchen, where I ultimately intended for the crate to be, but she would have none of it lol. She likes my room, which I find interesting. I know she likes to be around people, and it makes sense that she’d want to be there for bedtime when I’m sleeping there as well, but she seems to prefer my bedroom regardless. She’s pretty good even if she’s alone in there, like if I leave to take a shower or run a couple errands she doesn’t fuss much. Put her in the living room for 5 minutes though… lol. I think maybe my room is a little darker, and maybe the carpet makes it quieter for her than the kitchen or living room which has tile. Or maybe my room smells like me and brings her comfort. 🙂 who knows, maybe she’s just used to it. In any case, I’m happy to let her stay there for awhile longer.
All things considered she’s settling in well! Potty training is still a work in progress, but I think she’s making strides. She knows that when we go outside I want her to potty, and once she’s done she’s started to head back inside like, “okay, done here. Let’s go back to the AC please.” So all good signs. I think she also knows that I don’t particularly like it when she potties inside, because she’s started to be sneaky about it. I know when she wanders away from me to be on alert.
Kind of in line with that, I think she’s becoming more comfortable here. The first few days she really stuck by my side which was sweet, but lately she’s been more confident and walking around and exploring. She’s more okay with me walking away without wanting to follow immediately, or with leaving me to go drink water or get into mischief… pros and cons.
She’s a smart girl. Sometimes I talk to her or tell her something, like “no” when she’s chewing something she’s not supposed to, and she kind of looks at me and tilts her head and it’s like I can see the gears in her head turning.
She’s still a really sweet pup. She gives lots of cuddles and kisses 🙂 she has started to chew more though, I feel like maybe that’s related to her feeling more comfortable now too? We’re working on it. She’s been particularly naughty today. I try to redirect with a toy, and the bitter apple spray works as well as advertised. Lol she hates that stuff. If it’s me she’s chewing, and she doesn’t want to stop, I usually sit on a couch of chair or something where she can’t reach and ignore her for a bit. I’m trying to send the message that if she can’t play nice then she can’t play at all… I’ll let you know if it works.
I can’t be mad at her though. She’s a lot of fun. I heard her bark for the first time a couple days ago, so that was funny. She has such a deep voice for such a little pup. I feel like when my lab started barking she was a lot more yippy. Luna is definitely getting bigger though. I wish I would have weighed her when I first brought her home because I can already tell she’s growing. My dad said she’s doubled in size, and while I do thinks that’s an exaggeration, I definitely think she’s bigger.
She had her first vet visit yesterday, I took her to Bridgeview Animal Hospital to see Dr. Bailey. He’s the same vet that took care of my lab and was really good with her. Luna weighed 8 1/2 pounds. My vet said it’s a good weight for a puppy her size. She’s got a parasite – Giardia. Dr. Bailey gave me meds for it to give over the next 5 days but he didn’t seem overly concerned about it. He said it’s common in puppies… which I’m sure you know. Do you see it a lot? I will give her her meds, and then when we go back in three weeks for her boosters they will do another stool sample fo make sure it’s gone.
Everything else was good though. She got her next round of vaccines. I don’t know what all they were off the top of my head, but I’m sure you know what’s she’s due for. There were some optional ones like for ticks or still water, and I just said to give her everything. I don’t want her to get prodded unnecessarily, but I thought it was better to err on the side of caution where vaccines are concerned.
He checked her ears and heart and all that stuff and said she’s a very healthy pup. I talked over her schedule with him and what I’ve been doing with her regarding food, sleep, potty training, and crate training and he said I’m doing everything right, which was a relief. I really want to be a good pet parent to Luna. It’s overwhelming sometimes and I’ve never really had a responsibility like this that’s solely mine, so I was happy to hear that she’s doing good. Everyone loved her at the vet’s office, and she did really well. She didn’t even flinch when they pinched her with the shots.
I gave her her first pill today for the parasite, and she was so funny with it. I bought pill pockets specifically for this purpose and I was kind of worried about giving it to her. My lab, Sandy, was always so finnicky about pills and it was always a pain to try and get her to take them. We usually had to resort to sticking them down her throat, because she would spit it out of any food we tried to hide it in. I gave Luna the pill in the pill pocket and she ate around it, like I was afraid of. Afterwards though, the pill was just sitting there on the floor and she gobbled it up. Lol, I hope it stays this easy. Note to self though – don’t leave pills laying around, because it’s all free game.
My next plans for Luna are to enroll her in puppy training. I want to put her in Alpha K9 U. They have a session starting end of September. She’ll be almost 4 months old and not quite fully vaccinated, but I think it’s okay. They require all their students to be up to date with shots, and I’d prefer for her to get socialized young if I can. Let me know if you disagree. I also want to get her into a dog groomer’s soon, so she can get used to it now and not be scared and a pain for someone else when she’s bigger. Let me know if you think that’s a good idea. 🙂
Quick question for you – do you have any recommendations for pet health insurance? I think it would be worthwhile in the long run, and I’m trying to check out different options. I’m leaning towards healthy paws, but I’m not confident about it. Do you have experience with them, or any other health insurance recommendations?
All right, I’ll wrap it up. Sorry this email is so long. Your announcement emails tended to be a little long, so I figured you’d be cool with it. I know you’ve probably heard all this stuff before though, so if you prefer I can give you the spark notes version next time. 🙂 I can’t think of anything else to add so I just want to say thanks again! I’m attaching more photos, because I know you miss her. You can even see my grumpy dad that I mentioned in my last email.
I appreciate all your help and guidance and look forward to hearing back from you!
Lori (and Luna)
I adopted Luna (Tiara) from you a few months back. I just wanted to check in and say hi! Luna is doing great, she’s so sweet and still fluffy! I’ll attach some photos so you can see her now and her festive gear.
I also wanted to let you know that I have been following your Facebook posts and updates regarding your husband, and your own health scares. I wanted you to know I have been thinking about you and my family is praying for yours
. I hope you have been well and his recovery is going smoothly!
I hope all is well with you. I was just looking at your website and I saw your K litter. Such beautiful babies! I bet they keep you busy.
I wanted to give you an update. I’m not sure if you saw my previous two emails – I know you’re busy with all the dogs and that things get lost sometimes, but I would appreciate your advice if you have any to offer.
Luna tore her ACL and is scheduled for surgery August 9th. Do you have any experience with this? The ortho vet already told us more or less what to expect, but if you or your dogs have had this procedure I’d like to hear your experience. It seems like a majorish procedure, and it’s definitely very expensive. I’ve heard this is a common injury for large breed dogs, so I thought maybe you’ve run into this before. Do you think I’m making the right decision with the surgery? I don’t want to subject her to unnecessary procedures and I know it will there be a painful adjustment period, but the vet recommended she get it, given her young age.
Also, side note, she is having her surgery done by Dr. Stauffer in Indianapolis. Everyone there loved Luna and said she was the most beautiful puppy. No one there had seen a long-haired rott and people are always asking me what she’s mixed with lol. I told them she was a purebred and where I got her, and they had heard of you! Apparently they did an ACL repair surgery on another pup from you, but I can’t remember the name. They said they love your program though, and that you produce the sweetest rotties they’ve ever seen… I know I can second that lol.
Anyway, I hope everything is going well with you and your fam! Last time we spoke, I asked to be added to your pupdate email threads, but I don’t think I have been yet so when you get a chance can you put me on there? I like to be in the loop with your program and family and hear all about your puppies 🙂 I liked the info you would include with your emails too, I always found them very educational.
Thanks so much,
Lori (and Luna)