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This article was updated on April 6th, 2018

by Sue

My beautiful Bonnie!

My beautiful Bonnie!

To get the ball rolling, here’s a photo of my 13 year old Rottweiler, Bonnie 🙂

She’s a sweetheart who loves to be petted, adores peanut butter and can still run, jump and act like a goof-ball despite having out-lived the average Rottie by about four years!

She was a beauty in her prime, and her great-granddad is a World Champion. Even now she’s pretty darned good looking considering she’s the equivalent of a century old in human years.

With just a few gray hairs and a rheumy eye to show for all those years, she’s a star in my book… and I love her to pieces.

~ Sue (owner & webmaster of


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  1. the name bonnie is shared by many angels – one was ours who passed april 1, 2016 – she was 16 yrs and 2 months.

    that name will carry your baby through rough times but it’s got nothing but good definitions – from girlfriend to beautiful to good – whomever you blesswith that name – will bless you throughout your entire lifetime.

    love them with every ounce of your being…they deserve that and more.

    lou and dale

  2. Hi Brenna,
    Bonnie is still going strong, and apart from a little stiffness in her legs in the morning you’d never know that she was an elderly dog!

    To answer your question, yes she does get all her recommended vaccinations annually. Over-vaccinating can indeed be an issue and I’m not a fan of over-vaccination, but as we have several dogs and live in the country I feel it’s safer to make sure they’re all up to date. It doesn’t seem to have had any detrimental effect on Bonnie, but she has no real health issues and every dog is different.

    Thanks for commenting and wishing my old girl the best, wishing the same for you and yours.

  3. Look at that cute mug!!! Bonnie is indeed an incredible pooch to make it 13 years as a larger breed. I wish her many more. I’m interested to know if she gets all the vaccines the vets recommend? I stopped giving them several years ago to our older girl because I feel they might be detrimental to an elderly dog. Just my intuition. Any thoughts?

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