Wednesday, 18 September 2013
An old Fella
Other than his touch of osteoarthritis, Mack got told he was in excellent health for his age.
Our vet is rather fond of Mack and has known him since a puppy- he even knows Mack nearly caused a divorce when he was a puppy - he was such a strong willed dog who ate my laundry walls yes tunnelled through and left great big mastiff size holes! With my temper, I mixed up a chilli hot paste and painted the brew on the walls. Mack looked me in the eye and began working on the opposite wall. Talk about steam coming out of my ears! Brent and our vet were always Mack's advocates.Often the vet would greet me with a twinkle in his eye "Now hows your dog going" always looking forward to hearing the latest update.
Mack was a very naughty puppy - he stole two precious dolls out of our daughters bedroom window, by leaning in taking them, then quickly destroying them. Being an old villa meant we had to change the way we opened windows - I.E. the sash windows had to be pushed down from the top instead of lifting the bottom one up. All to stop the Mastiff jumping in.
Mack is a predator of the highest order he is extremely intelligent and calculating to go with it - he watched our daughter's routine of cleaning out her guinea pigs - and he calculated the exact moment when he could slip his collar during his bath to get the guinea pig. It ended in heartbreak. Geese, pukekos, possums, sheep and any thing with fur or feathers that moved were all fair game. It took much effort to be able to train him not to do this. Now Brent and Mack can walk past the goose with a simple "leave it " - "OK dad"
Mack is now well behaved and even has 3 dog obedience ribbons to prove his status - but he is still never totally trusted around other animals - with other dogs he is fine, he will never start a fight and is quite happy to casually cock his leg right next to another dog to prove he's in control of the situation.
Farm Stay Guests...
Now I do hope you are not reading this while eating breakfast - but Indigo's family thought she has a constipation problem.. Being confined and having to use a litter tray not the home garden I can verify this, she is pooping out concrete. We will be working on this problem while she is here.
I'm a big fan of looking at animals poop it is a great way to measure health (it's a good way to measure your own health too)
Fred was far roo bashful to have a photo ...