Hurricane Katrina Rottweiler Saves Her Family

(by Lew Olson; reprinted from American Rottwieler Club website)

Hurricane Katrina resulted in many tragedies, including thousands of homeless dogs. Sometimes though, good things can result from even the worst misfortune. One of these dogs, Zoey, a Rottweiler, made her way from a shelter to the Friends of the American Rottweiler Club on September 26th. Zoey is approximately 18 months old and had recently lost a litter of puppies through a miscarriage. Both of her eyes were severely infected and she appeared to have damage to her face from being struck on the head. She was transported to a foster home with

Helen Garcia and nursed back to health and spayed. On November 19th, Zoey's luck turned around and she was adopted by Traci Colvin and her two children, in Seguin, Texas.

On the evening of December 10th, Traci's son Cory was ill with a respiratory infection. She had spent many hours trying to keep him comfortable and finally at 3 AM he fell into a restful sleep. Traci was grateful to finally be able to crawl into bed herself. At 5AM, Zoey began barking at Traci's bedside and would not stop when commanded. Traci wearily got up and assumed Zoey needed to go outside. When Zoey was let out, she just stood there and stared at Traci. Traci was more than annoyed and scolded Zoey and let her back into the house. Zoey ran barking down the hall and stood by the wall and continued to bark. When Traci went to see what was going on, she found the breaker box was smoking, and the cord running to the wall was smoldering and starting to melt. Traci quickly called for help and when help arrived was told that her mobile home could have quickly gone up into flames in a few more minutes.

Sometimes a good turn deserves payback, and good luck was brought to both Zoey and Traci Colvin's family. Traci reports Zoey has a home with her for life and she is very grateful that they found each other. The Friends of the American Rottweiler Club thank Traci for adopting this wonderful dog, and they also thank Zoey for being so persistent in awakening Traci to alert her to the danger.

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