“I wanted to name her after a female superhero and Xena seemed to fit.”, Stefanie Alexander
Dog Name: Xena
Dog Age: 1 year & 10 Months, will be 2 in May
Dog Breed: Rottweiler
Siblings: 3 feline step sisters, and I live with my mom at Grandma and Grandpas house.
Classes attended/attending: Attended puppy kindergarten, currently attending Manners & Self Control
Sports I participate in: Running outside, chasing my sisters
Show Competitions I am in: Competing for the most attention in the house
Being named after a warrior princess is very fitting as the Rottweiler ancestors were the drover’s dogs accompanying the herds the Romans brought with them when invading Europe. The controllable herding and guarding instincts were recognized by the Germans, and dogs were selectively bred for these traits.
Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He must be medium in size and his coat is black with rust to mahogany markings. (AKC Rottweiler Page)
My favorite place to sleep is: In my mom’s bed
My favorite holiday is: The one where my mom goes to the pet store, she always comes home with a new treat or toy!
My best friend is: My old roommate Micki
My favorite treat: Peanut Butter
My favorite toy: Kong!
My favorite television show is: The Walking Dead, I love to bark at those things wandering around!
My favorite season of the year is: Winter, I love to chase snow balls!
My favorite playtime activity: Tug of war, chasing bubbles
XENA… Narnia’s Pet of the Week
- How I picked my family: I crawled into my mom’s lap and would not let any of my brothers or sisters up, then could not stop kissing her face.
- When I grow up I want to be: Grow up? Hah, I will always be a puppy at heart
- My nickname is: Z, Donkey, Dog Face, Z Girl… I have many nick names
- I look really cute when I: Want something from my mom
- The biggest mess I ever made was: I was just playing outside in the mud with my roommate, I was so proud of how dirty I got I wanted to go inside and show everyone in the house. My mom didn’t like that very much…
- The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: I didn’t know there were things I’m not supposed to eat! But I sure did enjoy my Grandma’s lasagna once, she even left it out on the table and everything for me before she walked away!
- The one time I was a hero was: When I picked my family
- The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I get to meet so many new people!!
- I am really good at: My Chewbacca impression
- I am sometimes afraid of: The hairdryer
- The one thing I can’t resist is: Getting a good belly rub
- I think my siblings are: My family is great, I love each and every one of them. I like my step sisters until they swat me in the face and run away..
- My toughest challenge so far has been: Learning to “drop it”
- If I spoke my voice would sound just like Milla Jovovich and the first thing I would say is: “Why do you have so many names for me?!”
Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.
I have re-learned the joys of owning a dog. We had a family dog when I was growing up, and after having to put him down due to old age, I was not sure about getting another dog for awhile. But then I realized how much I love them and along came Xena. She is not only my pet, but a companion as well.
What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia?
I learned that I just have to have patience with her, and that we make a pretty good team.
What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of?
One thing that I love about Rotties is their faces and the expressions that they can make. Also, I like how loving they are, and that they are sometimes a big klutz.
WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?
No one told him that he’s not a toy breed, so at some point he’s going to plop onto your lap for a cuddle. Because of his original job as a super-smart and confident guardian, though, you’ll need to put in the time to train him and teach him solid social skills and harness his natural territorial instincts in a positive way. He has to know that you’re in charge, even if he is twice your size. Your hard work will be rewarded with a loyal, loving best friend. (AKC WOOFipedia)
Thank you to Xena and Stephanie for their participation in this weeks interview, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.