by Chris Dolley
Well, only the one, but it feels like more:)
Yes, we have succumbed. After Gypsy’s passing this spring, at the incredibly ripe old age for an enormous dog of 16½, we decided to wait a while before once more committing puppy. My ankles needed a rest (they’re puppy magnets) and we had a couple of trips to England to get out of the way. Last Sunday all that waiting came to an end.
Meet Asta. He’s 11 weeks old and growing fast. Xena, our cat, is far from amused. There has been spitting, and a fair amount of chasing. Luckily it’s playful chasing and, being a puppy with ADD, they don’t last long, as he can’t concentrate on anything for more than a few seconds. So a quick lollopy chase across the lawn soon ends in with a lurch towards another target or a collapse onto the ground for a yawn and a good scratch. He has also discovered the joys of tail chasing.
House training … not so much. At first, we thought he might be house trained. Which amazed us, as he’d been raised in a stable with eight or so siblings. Then, after two days of exemplary conduct, his perfect score came to a spectacular end. Several times. At night. All over our bedroom floor. Puppies, diarrhoea and a good night’s sleep do not go together.
For those wondering about his breed, take a look at those enormous paws. And the fact that he has six toes on his back feet – with six claws as the skin on my arms can attest:) Yes, he’s a Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
As for the name – I’m sure a few of you might have heard of another famous white-haired dog renowned for helping his crime-fighting humans.
This Asta may be somewhat larger but I suspect he’s going to be the same handful that his namesake was.
Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .