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.


  1. And had that been ME, I would have been states away!

    Tank woo fur sharing!


  2. Oh nooooo...we won't tell your dad about your adventure Africa! So do tell what was it like to be free and on your own?? Glad mom remembered you out there and you were safe and sound. Now go and give mom a kiss and say thanks for finding me.

    AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

  3. As Khyra said, us Sibes would have been several states away. We are NOT the hang out and protect breed.

  4. Hope you had fun explorin before mom got you. And you are safe thank goodness
    Benny & Lily

  5. A very frightening experience, your heart is in your mouth and you just don't know what to think. We are so glad this had a happy ending. Please give Africa a great big hug and a snooter kiss too.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

  6. Dont tell your lover what?

    good girl Africa! That's the way to stay on your home turf.

    wags, wiggles & slobbers

  7. Good girl, Africa!
    Kisses and hugs

  8. WHEW!!!!! Thank goodness you didn't run off!
    Any one of us certainly would have. It's who we are.
    Tail wags,

  9. What a good puppy. There would have been no such luck with us. Once we see an opportunity- we take it!

  10. My Beagle would have been off hunting rabbits, but my Poodles would have been knocking at the door indignantly.

  11. What a good dog you are, Africa!! You know where your home is and who loves you :)

  12. That was a close shave!! I wouldn't want to be in your shoes if you had to tell Africa's lover that his beloved had ran away!! **whew**

    I bet you my very last dollar that if it was Hershey, I'd have the pleasure of telling her lover that his darling had gone missing.. That girl CANNOT be trusted!!

    WELL DONE, Africa!

  13. what a good girl africa! i dont know if darwin would've hung around or not. so glad africa didnt!

  14. Oh boy... Good thing you came home Africa

    ~ Bae

  15. Africa is such a good dog!

    So glad all ended well for you both!!

  16. Good job, Africa! We would have been in the next county within a matter of minutes!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  17. I have let my dogs outside and forgotten about them once or twice but they always bark indignantly for me to let them back in to the comforts of their home. They know a good situation when they see it!!! THanks God Africa feels so loved as well.

  18. Our lips are sealed! :) What a good girl Africa is and yes, such a protector! The fact that she didn't take off also shows how much she loves her home and family!

    Amber & Nala

  19. So is it that you've trained her that well, or is it the bread? NONE...and I do mean NONE of the dogs in my neighborhood would still be there. They'd be barking and running wildly everywhere.

    Traveling Suitcase

  20. Hi Africa! Teal'c from Sydney here! Thanks for stopping by at my blog and sorry that it took me so long to respond - your comment ended up in the spambox :( It's great to meet you. My dad is South African and he loves your breed! I guess it is still on his list of things to get :) But we haven't done any research if you can get Boerboels in Australia and my mom would rather get another rescue dog...
    Anyway - the whole family, especially me, thinks you are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!
    Slobbers Teal'c

  21. Good job Africa! You didn't want to leave your house!!



  22. That made my heart stopped for a moment! What a scare! I would have turned pale. I am glad Africa is safe. Phew. Give the gal a hug from me! Love, Dino