Mabel's Fables - Samson Blog 1
Welcome to Mabel's Fables, our new blog series following puppy owners who have been inspired by our journey with Mabel. We'll follow them as they bring home their new puppy and throughout their training journey.
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In my early childhood, I had a bad experience with a Boxer. I was a child and it came running from behind, leaping up on my shoulders. I remained stuck in terror and I just heard the voice of its owner: The dog only wants to play, don’t be afraid. That encounter had a very strong effect on my further reactions to dogs: Whenever I heard a barking, I just cringed; I couldn’t help it. Although it was a one-minute-episode in my life, I never forgot that incident up to now.
Then, in my twenties, during my studies, I was invited to my professor’s house. He owned a Great Dane, which I didn’t know. I entered his garden, followed the overgrown and trackless path to his house, when – after a slight turn to the left – I saw a huge head of the Great Dane watching me. I was deeply shocked, but the dog neither moved nor barked, nor anything. He just stood there and watched me, saying, here I am, I’ve already seen you, watch out, don’t make a mistake. I was amazed. Such a giant, but well-mannered dog!
Later, I met my future wife. She had larger experience with dogs: She owned three at the same time: Two Polish Tatra Sheepdogs and one St. Bernard Dog. One of the Tatra dogs was very affected to her and accepted her a its leader. The other two dogs were led by other members of the commune.
Our two children always were as children are: They definitely wanted a dog. No discussions. As long as both of us were working and we lived in a rental apartment, we were absolutely against it, for the dog’s sake. Nobody could care for him and he would stay abandoned for quite some time in a rather small flat.
As we bought our house in Germany, we first were fascinated by the huge backyard that was part of the plot. We planted some trees and bushes, made a kitchen garden – still there was a lot of land left over. So, we bought some chickens. We thought, that would satisfy our children’s wish to have pets. They insisted on a dog continuously. My wife, the best of all, was in favour of the children’s claim.
So, I started to point out a list. Our dog would need to be:
- It has to be friendly, or at least neutral, to all mankind. We always have a lot of children in our house, our own, neighbour’s, small toddlers, youth, … So, I firmly exclude any dog, that is highly aggressive or hard to handle. It will have to accept a high children traffic through our house (street ↔ house ↔ garden) during the daytime.
- It has to be docile, willing to learn, with a highly developed will to please, absolutely loyal to me as its leader and to our family members.
- I want to be its chief leader as I’m at home the most time. I do want to have such a well-bred dog as my former professor.
- It should be a rather an unhurried, leisurely dog that also prefers to snuggle at home, if the weather is really bad outside. I always was terrified by those questionnaires in the internet where they ask how many hours you want to spend with your dog daily. As we got a house, a job, children, a garden, we’re just unable to spend more than two hours daily on our dog.
- I do want a dog that takes its guarding task seriously. Our children sometimes leave a door open and we forget to close. We don’t want our chickens to be eaten by foxes or hawks. I like the idea, that my family is protected, wherever we go. I appreciate my two children or my wife to take the dog along for protective reasons when they have to go to a rather shady place. Our daughter has the tendency to leave home without notice, wherefore I like the idea of letting the dog seek her.
When I saw that list and I started to look for dogs fulfilling my demands, I clearly had to state, that the molosser-type-breeds were on top always. At first, from the aesthetical point of view, I personally was deeply fascinated by the Doberman, but in my eyes, he would be far too demanding as far as activity is concerned.
Then, later, I was in favour of the Cane Corso, but as Jason Corey puts it, for first-time owners, that breed may be difficult. Even Will didn’t put the Cane Corso in first place for first-time owners and/or family-dogs.
So finally, I thought a crossbreed would be best, a clever mixture of molosser-type-breeds which combines all the positives of the prior breeds. That’s when we discovered the German Saupacker which is an old Catch dog and likely is best translated into English by “Limedog”. They usually have a better health as they are a crossbreed. We were looking for a healthy, family-oriented, protective, willing to learn dog. And within that breed, we wanted a rather relaxed, calm and low-energy, male individual.
We discovered that the breeders don’t live too far away (a two-hours-ride by car from where we live), so we went there and found there our puppy Samson. We’re very happy up to now.
Dominique, Yvonee, Tristan & Clarissa