Meet Hero, a Rottweiler. A member of the working group, Rottweilers are descended from hardworking herding dogs of ancient Roman times, and they retain a strong need for responsibility and purpose. Overall, the Rottweiler is basically a calm, confident, courageous dog. He has a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment and an inherent desire to protect home and family. Rottweilers are intelligent, and properly loved and cared for and trained, they are especially suited as a companion, guardian, and general all-purpose dog.
Hero absolutely loves his job.
Because Rottweiler are often portrayed in a negative light by the media, Hero and his pals are working to educate the public on the many positive things Rottweilers accomplish. In fact, Hero recently won an award for his work with people ages 3 to 93.
Eye contact and body language
show he's one happy dog.
Click here to read a story about Hero, the Therapy Dog, and see more pictures of this special Rottweiler at work and play.
Hero is happiest surrounded by
children and books.
Hero, with his gentle and intuitive nature, calmly listened to the stories read to him by children of all ages. Here he was visiting Rose Brooks Center, where his presence, and sometimes goofy little smile, helped provide comfort to women and children victims of domestic violence.
Spending one-on-one time with children helps them build confidence and self-esteem.
After 18 months participating in a comparative onology study, dear Hero
lost his battle with Lymphosarcoma in the summer of 2011.
Halo is Hero’s daughter, and she is following in his huge paw prints. She earned her CGC at just six months and passed the Delta Society® therapy dog evaluation when she was just one year old. Although Halo has shown promise in and apparently loves tracking, herding, agility, and obedience, her favorite activity is therapy work. She was bottle-raised and completely bonded to humans. Perhaps she thinks she is human!
Halo is a a trained search and rescue dog
as well as a working therapy dog.
Both Halo and Hero have been involved in several kinds of therapy work. When they know it’s visiting day, they jump around and dance to the car. They cannot wait to go. When it is time to end the visit and leave the facility, they will drag behind, not wanting to go away. There have been times when they will just sit by a patient and not want to move. It is obvious by their body language that they totally enjoy the interactions, and do not want to stop. People are always amazed that “Rotties” are such nice dogs.
Halo read with over 500 children
in one week
at summer camp in 2011.
Like Hero in the previous five years, Halo helps teach children about safety around dogs in bite prevention programs as a DogGoneSafe presenter. She's truly in her element with the young Girl Scouts above. Which smile is the largest?