Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. I thought you loyal readers would be interested in reading about what Me and Nellie do each day. It will give you a better understanding of Me and Nellie!!
4 – 5 am. We like indulge in a little moon barking (that means barking at the moon regardless of actually being able to see it) , just to focus our mind on the coming day’s activities. Sometimes this wakes my family up and they tell Us off. I do not understand why, after all it is good for Me and Nellie to get in touch with our inner doggy.
5 – 6 am. We like to have a rest after our moon barking. Neither Me and Nellie use a kennel. As a maremma I need to have a 360 degree view of my surroundings to see any potential threats looming. I need to watch all entrances to my property. I like to sit on the corner of the deck to do this. It is also close to the doors to the kitchen so I can see who is coming and going.
6 – 7 am. This is the time my Mummy gets up and gives Us our breakfast. Sometimes I do not eat my breakfast, but when those maundering chickens are let out, my attention is often focused on my uneaten breakfast. I do not like those chickens eating my food. My mummy goes out in the garden to get some food for them rabbits, We have to accompany her.
7 – 8 am. Time for our early morning nap. My Mummy likes to check her emails and see if anyone has read our blog. My Daddy sometimes comes out and plays with Me and Nellie. This is the time that Farmer Rae comes and drives down the right of way next to our paddock. Me and Nellie like to have a woof-a-thon with this dogs, to see who can bark the loudes. Needless to say Me and Nellie always win.
8 – 9 am. Time for morning patrol. We go around our property and make sure everything is as it should be. I like to run around the tennis court and see the cows. I am trying to get into the chicken run, so I might stop off there and have a little dig to try and get under the wire fencing. So far I have been unsuccessful, but time is on my side. Me and Nellie blame S.O.D, but it is really Us.
9 – 10 am. Time for our mid morning nap. If, my Daddy is home I like to rest under the kitchen table. My Daddy says I take up too much room and he cannot get his legs under the table, but it is comfortable there, so that is where I sleep. Nellie meanwhile, likes to sleep between daddy’s chair and the wall, thus giving daddy absolutely no room to move at all. At this time of the year Me and Nellie are moulting, so there is snowy, white fur all over the floor, furnishings and just about everything else in the house.
10 – 11 am. If my Mummy is out in the garden, I have to supervise her. She says that if she got rid of ME and Nellie!! (heaven forbid), the rabbits, and the chickens and spent a vast amount of money and took six months off work, she too could have a garden like those she sees in those gardening magazines. Those chickens are out so I have to keep an eye on them.
11 – 12 pm Time for a play with Brother. It is fun to run around the lawn. My Daddy says our play lawn is bigger than their section when they lived in the city. Imagine living is such a small area. It would be no good for Us to live in the city. We might have time to fit in another patrol before having our early afternoon nap.
12 – 1 pm After our early afternoon nap, We accompany my Daddy out to inspect the paddock to see the sheep and cows. My Daddy wants to get a pig. Why I do not know; pigs are strange creatures. My Mummy says we can get a pig, if we get a house cow. Her uncle says he will build my Mummy a portable milking machine plant. Daddy says he can move around the property so much easier if he did not have two white shadows.
Watch out for Part II soon. The weather here in the sunny Mangamahu valley is not good, so Me and Nellie are safe and warm, inside with Mummy in the com-pu-ter room. Love Nellie and Jasper.