Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Very Gentle Alsation

 
Just like Fred - google image

We are down on the farm again. This time the story is about, Fred, the gentle Alsation who has a fascination for small, baby creatures.  He gets very worried if he finds a stray lamb out of its hock: these are usually young and weak orphans who are being hand-reared. Fred picks them up tenderly (in his view) and returns them to the place of safety. Unfortunately, this does not always end well as he carries them by the head in his large jaws and sometimes their necks don't make it (cf. "Of Mice and Men"}.  Recently, he was found transfixed,  staring at a tiny duckling which lay on its back, webbed feet frantically bicycling in the air, their wings helplessly held down by Fred's large paws.  At one point, Fred was seen to yawn widely, let go of the little creature which flipped over and hopped straight into his mouth - just before it closed. Luckily, children were watching and Fred was persuaded shortly to open his mouth again.  The duckling hopped out and scurried off, completely unharmed. Fred wondered what all the fuss was about. My niece says he has been specially bred to be a mild-mannered family dog. Unfortunately, he welcomes all-comers with great affection. During the night, the garage door into the house having been left open because of a swallows' nest,  Fred took advantage, opened a further three doors and found his way into my bedroom whereupon I was woken at 3.00 a.m. with large, wet dog-kisses up my arm.  We will be home soon....

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  1. We are getting a puppy soon, just need to find the right one. We've had English Mastiffs until recently and now have an Anatolian Shepherd Livestock Guardian Dog but I need another mastiff in my life. To grow big, to lean on me, to slobber and drool.

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    1. No, no, not the slobber and drool!

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  2. The slobber and drool thing is the main reason I do not have a dog.

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    1. Our main reason is we go away too much - and that they don't live long enough. Too much heartache.

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  3. Fred sounds nice, but the problem with dogs for me is that they often smell bad, the slobber and drool, barking, and they are 5 to 1 perpetual motion machines that defy physics. Put one pound of food in and you get 5 pounds of crap out. Amazing.

    I am a cat person, and they have none of those problems and seem to work on a 1 to 1 ratio.

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    1. Good for you. I have never had dogs that smell though but they do deserve a long walk every day. Only certain breeds slobber and drool. I heard the Russians have invented a dog food whereby they only crap once a week. Sounds a bit unhealthy though.

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