Welcome to Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue! We are located in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and try to help in Colorado, North and South Dakota. All of our adoptable dogs are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. If you see a dog that you are interested in having as a member of your family, please fill out an on-line application which can be found in the website features menu under Forms/Applications.
Yes! We do adopt to qualified applicants in Canada!
The Sad, Sad Tale of Bruiser, the Meth Lab Dog
(with the Happiest of Endings)
Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue entered Bruiser’s life when one of our fosters was contacted by her vet, informing her that the animal shelter had just brought in a ten year old male Rottweiler and they were asking if we could take him. They thought he might have had a stroke as one side of his face drooped; however, after evaluation, this was deemed not to be the case.
The vet went on to say that Bruiser had been swept up in a raid on a meth lab, which is quite possibly the best thing to have happened to him in a very long time, and that he was possessed of an extremely sweet temperament. Our member met him the next day and an agreement was struck that we would take him but unfortunately, due to the police involvement, there was a thirty seven day hold on him and he could not be released into our care immediately. Sadly, this legal ruling would be the cause of serious repercussions in the near future.
A few weeks elapsed and the vet called again and asked if we could take him immediately as he had just been attacked at the shelter by another shelter dog who had broken through the center divider. His injuries around the head, throat, ears and under the front legs were extensive and it was obvious that the other dog had Bruiser pinned and that his intent was to kill. It was late in the day and fortunately, the staff was still there to hear the commotion and break up the fight but by now, Bruiser was in shock and it looked as if his life might end right there on the shelter floor.
He was rushed to the vet and it was feared that he would not make it through the surgery but thankfully, good veterinary care and Rottweiler resilience carried the day; Bruiser survived. Bruiser required over two hundred and fifty stitches, lost one of his canine teeth, and needed three drain tubes to help combat the infection. Some days afterward, his foster took him home to continue the lengthy and arduous treatments necessary to help him heal.
For two weeks, five times per day, he required hot packs on his wounds and he had to be taken to the vet each week for a check up until the tubes were finally removed; the hot packs had to be continued to encourage the infection to drain from the wounds.
Because he had lived in a house where meth was being manufactured, he had three rotten teeth that had to be pulled and the rest of his teeth cleaned. His face drooped on one side and it will never be known whether this was from the toxic fumes he breathed or if the degenerates living there actually fed it to him. He was very thin and his coat was in poor condition. He also required neutering, vaccinations, testing for heart worm and a microchip; we spent over a thousand dollars on his medical bills, mostly for dentistry as the shelter was responsible for the cost of the veterinary care due to the attack.
As Bruiser was in such disarray, shaved from surgeries, sporting multiple half healed wounds, and very underweight, we kept him for several months to bulk him up and make sure there were no further complications. Some might wonder why all this effort and expense was poured into a senior dog, a dog with a drooping face and missing teeth, whose chance of getting adopted one would think would be slim to none. However, from our point of view, this old dog had lived in hell and survived it, and he did it with a sweetness of temper and a good will toward mankind that is matchless; he deserved no less than the best effort possible.
Owing to the happy fact that there are angels that walk the earth disguised as humans, today Bruiser lives in a wonderful home where he is well loved, well fed, and in the company of one of our other special needs dogs, Kali. He has been re-named Brewster and is spending his last years living the good life and giving joy to all who know him. From meth lab dog to cherished companion, if Brewster could talk he might say, "Remember me and don’t give up on special needs animals—with love and devotion, we will repay your efforts tenfold".
We who do rescue work recognize that some people find it difficult to adopt older or infirm animals but in most cases, these dogs have so much to give and can be a genuine inspiration. It is true that they will not be with you for as long as a younger dog but while they are, you will benefit from their adoration and a quiet wisdom which can only be acquired with the accumulation of years.
Bruiser just before his adoption, healthy and happy once more
Four month old Hanna and Hans were confiscated from a man because his adult dog continually escaped from his yard and ran free. When animal control captured the dog, the owner could not pay the fine, resulting in the animal control officer confiscating the pups too. They were brought to the local shelter where they were deemed to be vicious because, being frightened, they barked and growled at anyone who approached them. The shelter staff was so intimidated by them that they exacerbated the pup's fear by moving them around with a catch pole, something which will cause apprehension in almost any dog and most especially in a young dog that has had little favorable interaction with humans.
Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue was contacted and asked if we would take both dogs; otherwise, the shelter had every intention of resorting to euthanasia rather than working with them until they overcame their fear.
Not willing to believe that these pups could conceivably be vicious at such a young age and unwilling to see their lives snuffed out at four months old, we agreed to take them and find them good homes. Shortly thereafter they arrived, much to the excited anticipation of the foster parent. As expected, the puppies were completely lacking in socialization and frightened due to being kept in an outdoor pen in the owner’s backyard and given scant attention other than at feeding time; fearful yes, but vicious they most certainly were not.
At first, both Hans and Hanna were very wary of people and Hans would position himself between his sister and any human, protecting her, but very soon both of them became eager for attention (and treats!) from anyone that came near them. They were ready for adoption and were given their own pages on our web site where they instantly attracted a large number of admirers; both were very handsome young dogs.
Hanna was quickly adopted by a wonderful couple with small children where she has grown and prospered and become the loving animal that any dog will be if it is treated with affection and respect. We recently received this picture of her and we would like to share it with you—she is yet another happy ending that the contributions of a compassionate public made possible.
Hanna and friends
To read more about the dogs featured here, please go to their individual web pages
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If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an on-line application. This can be found in the website features menu under Forms/Applications.
Almost daily, Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue is approached by shelters or private owners who have Rottweilers needing our assistance. Though we do everything we can, due to limited foster space, we can't help them all. We are always looking for volunteers to help save this amazing breed. We are especially in need of knowledgable foster homes. If you are interested, apply to adopt, volunteer, of foster by clicking ...
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