Wisdom in his genes!

Our Bouvier Belges de Flandres called Mauritz grew up in our family as a pet, and not as a working dog on a farm etc. We lived however in a little village in Holland with paddocks, and cows etc. where we regularly had our walks. The paddocks were separated with ditches full of water. (We moved to Australia in 1980)

End of autumn, it is sometimes very cold and there is already some snowfall, however the cows are not yet gone into the barns for the winter period. On our walks through the country our dog was off the lead but never went into these paddocks with the cows. On one day he suddenly stopped walking and looked at one of the cows, so we looked too and discovered she stood with her legs in one of the ditches and did not move. She must have gone into the ditch too far for may be some juicy grasses and her feet had started to sink into the mud. For how long she would have been in there we did not know.

When our dog Mauritz saw that we had noticed the cow too, he went into the paddock, which he never did, and walked up to the cow and stopped in front of her. Then all of a sudden his neck and hair went straight up, he raised and enlarged himself and began to bark ferociously, which he also had never done before... Because of this sudden terrifying behaviour of this "mean" dog the cow got a fright and pulled his legs out of the mud!! and run to the other cows back into the paddock.

For a whole week when we went for a walk our dog went into this paddock sought out this cow with the mud still stuck to her legs and made her running, obviously to warm up and loosen her muscles and after that he stopped doing this. We are still amazed about this. How on earth did our dog know what to do? Nobody had ever taught him something like this. It must have been in his genes from past generations!

Author: 
Astrid van den Akker-Luttmer
Age: 
70 plus
True Story?: 
yes
 

Very smart dog!!!!!

Very smart dog!!!!!

 What a smart dog!

 What a smart dog!