Monday, January 11, 2010
A bit about the South African Boerboel
If you were to look up the history of this breed you would find that it started in Syria and Albania called the "Bullenbijter." The Boerboel today is found mainly in South Africa. It would be difficult to find a farm there without a Boerboel . They have various jobs on the farm, but the main job is to protect the family when the farmer is away. This brings me to the point of this post:
Thank goodness for their desire to hang out and protect! I discovered a bit of spilled dog food around Africa's container and thought it would be a treat for both of us to have her clean it up instead of me. So I brought her outside to the garage and didn't have to tell her twice what to do. I then heard the baby cry and ran inside leaving her to munch away. Who knows how much later (30 minutes maybe?) I remembered what I did with the dog. My little heart fell into my toes as I remembered I left the garage door open to the outside. I ran out the garage and found it to be without Africa and spilled dog food.
Luckily she is a Boerboel (or call it personality), but she didn't take off down the street like I see some critters do every day. I ran out to the garage screaming her name and she came trotting up from the front of the house. Hallelujah! I have never been so thrilled to see my dog. I would also be really thrilled if you, dearest reader, didn't tell Africa's lover (a.k.a my husband). Crisis averted yet again.