Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bringing Home the Mastiff Puppy

The new puppy arrived at our house yesterday. What does this have to do with bold?

Well, Husband Bob is extremely bold to take on this dog. She--Aura--is a sweet soft, though rather large, mastiff puppy now. She'll become a 140 pound animal, a Boerboel, bred as a guard dog. Already, at about four months old, she's over sixty pounds and hyperalert.

Bob likes big, challenging dogs from faraway places. He already has a Kangal dog, Kaya, a Turkish mastiff-type, a strong-willed fellow who outweighs me.

Last night, little Aura met big Kaya for the first time. The puppy rushed up to the big guy. Kaya, on a leash, stayed cool but had a fiercely interested look in his eye. Aura (gutsy puppy) would back off a little but then dash forward again. I think we're all going to get along fine. In the meantime, it's quite a household adventure.

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Greta said...

Hey, Peggy, unless you have a neighbor with a Kangal, I had the pleasure of meeting Kaya on my way out.

She was big enough that I asked for permission before I petted her from my car window.

Peggy Payne said...

That neighbor was my husband, Greta, and the dog was Kaya. You can imagine what it would be like to confront such a dog if you were a puppy.

Debra W said...

I read about Aura a couple of days ago, but I didn't have time to leave you a comment! Congratulations! She is beautiful! We will need to exchange puppy training tips! Our little Micah is a bit strong willed, but really adorable. Our ten year old dog, Becca, really does not like him, but he loves her. He has no fear of her when she growls at him and show her teeth. We are going to talk to a trainer about teaching Micah boundaries. Sounds like a human! How are Aura and Kaya getting along?

Peggy Payne said...

I love the idea of teaching the puppy boundaries. I didn't know it could be done.

Kaya, the elder, seems fine with the puppy. But he has taken to retiring to his kennel some to get away from all that pep. And I think he's surprised to find himself in that role. With our dog Nikko who died some weeks ago, Kaya was the puppyish gadfly.