Archive for December 2011

Timsrand Christmas-Eve Tale

Saturday, 24. December 2011

Monique’s way of playing with Mungane is quite often teasing him. So no wonder he is trying to play with her like he plays with the pack, including nibbling. And sometimes this hurts.

Today she was pushing it to the next level.
She crouched down to the floor, making herself smaller than Mugane. Of course Mugane was starting to nibble on her hair, trying to nibble her neck, and getting on top of her to be in control. To prevent scratches from his canines she pulled the hood of her sweatshirt down over her face. Which let Mungani search for her face underneath her.

As if that didn’t buzz Mungane in exitement yet, Monique started whining. So the mock fight was on.

All of a sudden, like a bolt out of the blue, Cramby entered the scene. Snarling and growling she attacked Mungane. He didn’t know what hit him, but the second attack obviously was painful, and he backed off from Monique.

Monique was tongue-tied and deeply moved. Her baby – the smallest of our menagerie, that barely allows to be pet – came for her rescue, and did attack a dog (although a puppy) ten-time her size.

Growing fast, and slowly but surely becoming a watchdog

Saturday, 10. December 2011

The talk is about Mungani.

He is born around the 15th of August, and when we got him on Oct 12th his weight was 7.2 kg. By the end of the month he was of 39 cm shoulder height and 11 kg in weight.
11.11.2011: 12.5 kg – 45 cm
27.11.2011: 15.2 kg – 46.5 cm
11.12.2011: 18.1 kg – 51 cm

This week Mungani was starting barking, when he perceived there was something wrong; for instance last night: a bat at the garden fence.

Concerns brushed away

Saturday, 3. December 2011

We had agreed for a braai at friends’ place, and Mungani having with us. Our conern where due to Texas, our friends’ Labrador. Each time at their place the challenge is passing an overexcited Texas, and overcoming the time until he has calmed down.

So how would he react if an intruder was entering his territory?

Monique recommended that she and Mungani was meeting Eric and Texas outside, on the street – on neutral territory – so socialize.

Good plan, but execution failed. Monique was with Mungani on the lawn next to the street. And when I was entering the property by the car, off was Texas out on the street on his own. So Eric had to chase Texas, because he didn’t listen, and so he met Mungani first time in the yard.
There was excitement, but no aggression. It took a load of Monique’s mind.

But after five minutes there were other worries, worries about Texas.

Mungani had taken over the territory, and the 55 kg Texas was whining trying to escape into the house, or hiding under the table.