Zammie was 5 and had spent the last 2½ years in retirement at the racing kennels. Then, for whatever reason, the kennel owner wanted him out.
Zammie was reportedly a bit gobby with other dogs (as opposed to bitches), so the introduction to The Beastly Beasts was carefully managed with Zammie and potential gobshites muzzled and we did the usual just walk with us until the interest dies doen then let him walk with The Beasts. But everyone was on best behaviour when they met, and while of course there was some interest from everyone they soon settled and within 10 – 15 minutes Zammie was walking in among The Beasts as though he'd been part to the team for ages.
The first thing you notice about Zammie is that he is big. He is tall and everything is in proportion. Monty and Dennis are not small greyhounds, but they looked it up against Zammie; even Rosie didn't look big alongside him.
The second thing yo norice about Zammie is that he is extremely handsome. He has his size and stature and he stands proud.
You don't notice the third thing about Zammie unitl you have lived with him. The third thing about Zammie is that he is an idiot. Being an idiot is not the same as not being intelligent; he is. Why is Zammie an idiot? Well, becouse of his size and power he can do things that many other dogs can't. Two cases:
- Counter surfing.
Most dogs either counter surf by sniffing at the worktop and perhaps licking the edge; this is kind of like belly boarding in surfing terms.
Then there are those who will go for front paws on the worktop to get more vision and access to what is there; equivalent to getting into a crouch on a surf board.
Zammie stands up and rides the rollers; we are talking all four paws up on the worktop giving full access to all areas.
- Jumping out of windows.
I had never seen a dog do this before, but Zammie went over my desk to get out of the window – upstaris window. The window he went out of goes onto a flat roof that has railing around it. I was in the garden and heard him bark, looked up and there he is looking like he is going to clear the railings. Thankfully he didn't and mad dash upstairs stopped him from doing something stupid. I am still not sure if he was a genius for knowing there was a flat roof there or a total idiot for jumping out a first floor window.
Zammie went to a long term foster home – possibly a permanent home. From what I have heard it sounds as though he is with people that can give him what he needs and I hope they keep him.