We recently had a houseguest for a week, a tall handsome dude with a charming manner and sweet disposition. This handsome guy goes by the moniker of Fernhill’s Ardtalamcu Mojave Man.
Mojave (Mojo) was under a considerable amount of stress at home so we offered a respite for the poor blighter. He wasn’t eating, wasn’t sleeping, wailing all day long imagine our dismay! It was even worse for Mama & Papa Deerie, two girls in heat Mojo crying like a baby & little sleep for the whole house. Maybe I exaggerate but not much! We hoped that Cailean would provide a sufficient distraction and we might be able to coax the guy (who was so love-sick he was wasting away) to start eating again.
Mission #1 Distraction- Success! The first night my son & I took the two dogs to a nearby school playground with a soccer field. It was drizzly and dark unfamiliar territory for Mojo. We decided to drop the leash and see what he would do. Well! Surprise he stood as still as a statue, with Cailean gambolling around in circles, snickering and prancing like a Lipizzaner stallion beside herself with joy to have a playmate. Unable to galvanize Mojo into movement Cailean took matters into her own paws as it were, picked the leash up off the ground and started tugging on it, low and behold he moved. The next thing we know she’s got the leash firmly in her mouth and takes off running down the soccer field, she gets to the end & in trying to turn Mojie drops the leash. What did he do, he stopped and waited for her to pick it up and away they went again running towards us. One of those priceless moments you will never forget, that is just too funny, too amazing to be true and yet is. The rest of the week was quite nice, other than a little squeak now and then and lots and lots of cuddles for the slightly needy boy dog. Apart from discovering that he didn’t mind carpeted stairs (so he could come upstairs and kiss me awake 7 hours promptly after going to bed) the most fun Mojo had was making a platonic girlfriend at the leash free park. A grey and black spotted Great Dane named Cookie. After a little cautious play Cookie quickly decided she liked Mojo and started grooming his face very tenderly.
Mission #2 Eating -I can’t for sure claim total success with the food, we did manage to get him to eat about every 4 hours, although never in large quantities. Mojo had whole wheat bread with butter, Organic yogurt, cottage cheese, Sardines, raw ground beef. Mostly raw chicken frames with veggie soup, egg yolks, fish oil and kibble. Ground beef cooked with rice, sweet potatoes and romaine lettuce. Cheese, cheese and cheese. All in all I think we got him over the worst part and took him home maybe slightly heavier.
Conclusion: Cailean and Mojo are like chalk and cheese although they really like each other Cailean is too much too much for Mojo, finding a companion for my busy Mis Biz will take some careful doing.
One morning I came down stairs to sun streaming in the window and Cailean & Mojo on Cailean’s favourite perch, part of a sectional sofa in our living room. Careful not to disturb the very cute picture they made I snuck off for the camera. I hurriedly snapped a bunch of photos none of which turned out too well with the way too bright light coming in the window. I include them here because while not very good they are cute; more especially since they are not pack mates and deerhounds don’t usually lay together as adults.