Rumor the therapy dog
Rumor, a therapy dog at a hospital in California, is credited with helping 15-year-old Helen Richardson recover from devastating injuries after she was struck by a car at a crosswalk in 2013.
Richardson had been in a coma in the days following her accident, until her mother brought Rumor into the hospital room. The girl hadn't moved on her own yet, but reached her hand toward the rottweiler to pet her.
Despite positive stories like these, Ruiz says that rottweilers are one of the most euthanized breeds at shelters. Negative stereotypes persist, even though rottweilers score higher with the American Temperament Test Society than beagles, collies and Yorkies.
Ruiz hopes that by telling these stories, she'll be able to paint a new picture of the breed she loves. "Yes, they have a guarding instinct like most dogs, but they were originally bred to work and they are very intelligent," she said. "This is why they make incredible search and rescue dogs, and therapy dogs."
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