After looking after the house in Cairns and the delightful Rim and Ginger Cat we moved south to Gympie for the next house sitting assignment.
This was a totally different type of dog to look after. Manky Dan is a Maremma. The Maremma Sheepdog is a massive, noble, distinctive-looking dog and is said to be aloof, independent and protective of its family and territory. The breed was developed to protect herds of sheep and most will bond quickly with the designated flock.
He is a majestic dog, but aloof and wary of strangers. We arrived a week in advance of the owners leaving so that they could introduce us to Dan and let him know that we were going to be part of his family. I had to always be on my guard around him and let him know that I was the boss. This was not a dog to be cuddled and played with. He was a challenge but I came to respect and enjoy his company.
Dan lived outside and spent most of his day under the house catching the cool breeze. His hair was silky and very thick with a dense undercoat as the breed came from the Italian Alps area.
The other member of the house-hold was Jeanie, an old cross-bred grey hound. She had just had a major operation to remove a tumour on her shoulder and needed lots of care and attention. She lived inside all the time. Being nervous and shy her temperament was totally opposite to Dan’s. She did make a full recovery.
House sitting is becoming a very interesting way of life for us. I never know what will be next.
Thanks Michelle for hosting this challenge, it gives me an opportunity to revisit the assorted pets I have looked after.
Visit Michelle’s blog to meet many other delightful pets