Saturday, 15 November 2014

The Dogs of the Hacienda de La Vega


So much of the human condition is represented by the amount of self-imposed slavery a person is willing to endure that it is necessary at times to remember our four-footed masters and mistresses who require so much and give so little

     Here, to the right, one can see the Rhodisian Lion Hound mommy-dog, hiding out in plain sight at the Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre.  She is taking a respite from attending to her six pups who live over at the Hacienda de La Vega, about 200 yards away.  She is a frequent visitor to the Quinta and really likes doggy treats.

     In this photo, we find Rafael feeding his pups, along with his overseer, Ciro.  The Quinta's dog, Bebe the Labrador is busy posturing against one of Guera's brothers.  She has two huge brothers who look viscous, but are actually quite even-tempered.
   These six-week old male pups are also quite even-tempered.    They eat and sleep.  The closer one is called a "white" Rhodisian because of his very light tannish hue.  Both already exhibit the characteristic cross-growth along the spine that is a characteristic of these hounds.  They were bred for home defence against the great cats of the interior African jungles, and while genuinely mild mannered, they are vicious defenders of the home.   Their size  is a bit less than a Great Dane, but larger than a German Shepherd, for instance.

   This is just a bit of a departure from the normal fare for the OROG, to show that other loose cannons and bats wander around inside my little grey cells than my concern for the American Republic.

All and each to his/her weekend.

El Gringo Viejo