A Donkey Called Max

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here Used To Be A Lady Down In Devon Called Elisabeth Svendsen Who Rescued Donkeys && Ran A Donkey Sanctuary.. She Died A Few Years Ago But The Sanctuary Carries On Rescuin && Lookin After Donkeys.. Over The Years They Hve Rescued Over 10,000 Donkeys In Loads Of Different Countries But This Story Isnt About Elisabeth Or The Sanctuary, This Is The Story Of Max.. Max Is A 24 Year Old Male Donkey Who Was Left Sad && Lonely When His Friend, Rosie, Who He Had Lived With For Yonks, Passed Away With Colic.. When One Of The Donkey Welfare Advisers Found Out About Max, She Knew She Had To Act Quick To Find Him A New Friend, Cos Max Was Pinin Badly..

Killer Cows

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teacher was killed this week while out walking his dog. The deputy head teacher was walking in fields in Yorkshire when he was trampled to death by a herd of cows. In May, an 82-year-old man died from injuries while walking his dog in the Yorkshire Dales. Does make you wonder just how common these incidents are and how they happen. According to the Health & Safety Executive, members of the public are rarely killed by cows. They investigate incidents involving farmers and farm workers. Between 2015/16 and 2019/20 they investigated 142 incidents of which 22 resulted in a death. Members of the public resulted in only four of these deaths. They also investigated 65 non-fatal incidents involving cattle and members of the public. Luckily, they didn’t need to investigate my brush with a herd of cows.

Jammy Toast Dogs #18

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ast time I said I would tell you the tale of Duke and his training classes. We had always had it easy with Max because he was a natural and always wanted to please us. The easiest dogs to train are dogs who love to please their owners. Everything we tried to train Max he got in no time because he was so eager to please. He loved to be praised and the attention that brought him. Duke was the complete opposite. He couldn’t give a darn about anything and was that laid back he was almost horizontal. I think I have told you before that he is the only German Shepherd in the history of dogs to be chased by two Miniature Yorkshire Terriers. The sight of him running for his life being chased by two dogs who hardly came up to his knees entertained the whole of New Brighton Beach and had the whole place in uproar laughing at him. That just sums up Duke’s personality.

Jammy Toast Dogs #17

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think I mentioned in passing once before that Max went to see an animal behaviourist who tried to show him who was boss and he just took a chunk out of her finger showing her who was boss. Today, I thought I would tell you the full story because that really doesn’t do Elaine justice. As I have said before, we got Max as a puppy but just at the age when you are meant to socialise a dog with strangers and other dogs he broke a leg and spent six weeks staying in the house while his broken bone set. By this time Max was at an age where he had grown beyond puppyhood and because he hadn’t socialised was now quite intimidated by people and dogs he didn’t know. He was basically scared of everyone but quickly learnt that if he barked at people they were more scared of him than he was of them. So he barked and showed aggression to everyone he met so they would stay away from him.

Jammy Toast Dogs #14

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think I have mentioned before how Max loved training like no other dog we have ever known. He wasn’t really a dog who liked doggie things but instead loved any chance to interact with his human. One of his favourite pastimes was playing scent. He first learnt how to scent in training classes. Davidd would be given a sterile cloth which he would rub between his hands to get it smelling of his scent. The dog trainer would then hide the cloth somewhere within the hall we used for training and Davidd would get Max to smell his hands to give him the scent and then send him to find where the cloth was hidden. He would have made an excellent police tracker dog because it never took him long to find the cloth no matter how ingenious our dog trainer was at hiding it.

Jammy Toast Dogs #10

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ll the German Shepherds we have owned went to training classes as puppies. Some of them really enjoyed it and so went for longer than those who didn’t really like the experience. For example, Max loved every type of training class he went to – obedience and agility. I think he loved them because it was a chance to work with his humans and he loved his humans like no other dog I have ever known. Max even entered some competitions – just small, local events nothing too grandiose – and enjoyed the experience. On the other hand, Major hated being told what to do and any form of fun that didn’t involve his football was not for him.

Jammy Toast Dogs #9

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oday I am going to continue with our series of posts telling you all about the doggies we have had the fortune to have known over the years. We really love German Shepherds, or Alsatians, here at Jammy Toast – mostly because they are so loving and intelligent. They make great guard dogs but are also friendly towards the rest of their pack – human, bear or otherwise. The first German Shepherd we ever had was a character by the name of Max. Just like his owner, Max was a little special and had a few social problems. These problems usually manifested themselves in his desire to kill anyone he met. Other dogs we have known have been a little more sociable