The Belgium Shepherd

Found by a Belgium Shepherd

I first saw the big black dog a couple of days after a big thunder storm, my husband said that the dog had been hanging around the small urbanization (ten houses) where we lived for a couple of days.

We tried to approach the dog but it appeared terrified, so much so that when I got him to come to me he rolled over on his back and wet him self. It was obvious that he was only a young dog as he was still squatting like a bitch when he urinated. It was really sad to see such a lovely dog so afraid of people.

The dog had on a leather collar to which was attached a small piece of chain. It looked like he had snapped his chain and run off and from his behaviour it seemed that he was an outside dog and one that had been badly treated at some point.

In this sad and sorry state this wonderful large black puppy had ended up on our doorstep. We didn't know it then but we had been found by a Belgium Shepherd.in his hour of need and we had found a friend.

Paddy
Paddy

Paddy

Over the next few days we put dog food and water outside our door and little by little the dog began to trust us and let us get near to him.

The dog looked very much like a black German shepherd and he looked painfully thin. Anything that we put out for him he ate right away and after a few days he started to look a lot better.

This dog reminded me very much of a dog that I knew as a child whose name was Paddy so we gave this dog the name Paddy which I think suits him well.


Zac

Our dog Zac
Our dog Zac
My husband and my friend out with Paddy annd Zac
My husband and my friend out with Paddy annd Zac

Our Zac

My husband and my friend take our own dog Zac, a Hamiltonstovare, out for a walk at least twice a day.

Before long Paddy was tagging along with them walking a few paces behind and it was obvious that he enjoyed going on the walk.

Soon Paddy was a part of every walk taken, no matter where he was he would come running when he heard my husband and Zac come out of the house.

We got a proper collar and lead for Paddy so that he wasn’t a nuisance or a danger when he went on the walk.

We live out in the country so large parts of the walk the dogs can be off their leads, Paddy being a much younger dog than Zac would run backwards and forwards along the paths about ten times to Zac’s one.

Paddy was such a young dog with lots of energy to spare, all he wanted to do was play and no matter how long the walks were or how much you played with him you just couldn’t tire him out.

My husband with both dogs on his morning walk
My husband with both dogs on his morning walk

So Trainable

Paddy turned out to be a Belgium Shepherd and we found out very quickly that he was a highly intelligent dog who picked up things very quickly indeed. Paddy soon became a one man dog, he loved my husband and my husband loved him.

In addition to Zac’s walk Paddy got to go out twice more each day on his own with my husband and during this time my husband would teach him simple commands such as sit stay etc.

Paddy loved this time alone with my husband and he loved being trained by him. Paddy was a very enthusiastic learner, he thrived on learning something new each day and the bond between my husband and Paddy grew stronger.

My husband and the two dogs

All Three Dogs

Zac, Paddy and Rocky giving my husband their full attention
Zac, Paddy and Rocky giving my husband their full attention

An Outside Dog

For a long time Paddy stayed outside the house sleeping outside our front on the welcome mat.

The two dogs got on well most of the time as Paddy was a very social dog getting along with both people and other animals.

How ever next door’s dog Rocky was also an outside dog and although there was no problem there Paddy’s presence upset the pecking order.

Rocky was very tolerant of Paddy and he didn’t even seem to mind when Paddy would eat his food as well as his own. Several times a day you would see Paddy trotting off behind Rocky as Rocky patrolled the houses.

Paddy would run up to Rocky and hit him hard with his nose and then he would bounce around wanting Rocky to chase him which could be very annoying for the older dog.

Rocky however, was very patient with Paddy and even when Paddy was behaving like an annoying child Rocky still did not get irritated or snappy with him.

Trip to the Vets

Paddy became more confident around us and after a week we took him to the local vets to check to see if he had a microchip or if anyone had reported losing a dog like him.

The answer was no on both counts, so we had him chipped and started with his injections, which all dogs must have in Spain.

It was quite a while before Paddy came into the house and stayed for more than a few minutes he was definitely more at home outside.

Inseparable

The bond between my husband and Paddy grew and they became inseparable Paddy wanted to be where ever my husband was.

They thrived in each others company, and my husband got great pleasure from training Paddy.

Inseparable

What a dog like Paddy needs

One of the drawbacks to living in Spain in a rural area is that the locals often put down poison so you really have to keep a sharp eye on the dogs so they don’t pick something harmful up when they are out on a walk.

Another is that in the summer the temperature can get up as high as 40 degrees Celsius which can be very uncomfortable for a big heavy coated dog like Paddy.

Being the kind of dog that Paddy is, it is not just that he liked to have plenty of exercise and stimulation, but that he needed to have it for his wellbeing.

In order for him to have the type and amount of exercise he needed to have areas where he could run around freely with out being in danger.

Unfortunately in the long run we could not give the amounts of exercise and stimulation that Paddy required or the individual attention. What happens to Paddy well that’s another hub, but I can tell you that it ends very happily for Paddy.

Pet Based Hubs

If you enjoyed this Hub you may enjoy my other pet based Hubs

  • How We Introduced a New Dog into our Home - It all started innocently enough in the bar that we own with this question ‘Can you do us a favour?…. The favour was 'Can you look after Scraggy until his documentation comes through?'
  • Found by a Belgium Shepherd Dog - The dog had on a leather collar to which was attached a small piece of chain. It looked like he had snapped his chain and run off and from his behaviour it seemed that he was an outside dog and one that had been badly treated at some point.
  • A Dog Lost and Alone Somewhere in France - .....Malcolm warned the man that he had to be extra careful with Scraggy. Given the slightest opportunity Scraggy would do a runner. We warned him not to let Scraggy out anywhere unless he had his lead on… but the Pet Carrier telling us that Scraggy had got free and was lost somewhere in France.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Maggs, there's your beautiful face!! Yeah!! Ah when we are adopted by our pets, tis an amazing thing.. I've lots of stories of friends getting adopted and what a remarkable bond there is.. one dog trained himself to recognize epilepsy..my friend Tim had never had a seizure before, and this aussie shep pup went nuts 5 min before the first one hit. We are blessed to have these critters, indeed. thanks for sharing yours!


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Another well done hub. =) Good job putting stuff on YouTube, for us, too. =D Unfortuantely, my quantum encryption generally has issues doing this...not to mention G|M has a face for radio and the voice for marconi. ;)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Gosh Ixxy, you never stop cracking me up.. I have a singing voice for the shower, and my cat.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I am glad to hear it ends well for Paddy. What beautiful dogs he, Zac and Rocky are. I love the picture of all three looking up at Malcolm. Thanks for the story!


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Candie and lxxy I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to post my appreciation of your comments. You are both such a blessing and an encouragement and I really value your comments. As you can see from the hub count on my profile I was not up to the hubchallenge.


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi k@ri yes they look like three real good boys sitting all attentive and looking at Malc oh wait a minute look a little more closely and I think you will find they are looking at his hand where the treats are. lol


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

So happy that you helped rescue Paddy and nice to know that it all ends up well.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Peggy thank you so much for your comments Paddy has a new home in Holland and has a lot of outside space and people who love him very much.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Oh Maggs, what a beautiful story. All three dogs are gorgeous. Glad Paddy found you so you could find him a proper home for his needs.

Great hub! MM


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi MM thanks for your comments, Paddy stayed with us just over six months and he was adopted by a Dutch couple who had lost their own dog and Paddy looked very much like him so they were used to large dogs. Paddy now lives just outside Amsterdam the focus of family attention and the house has a lot of land around it so Paddy can roam and run about at will. We have had emails from his new family and they say he is a very happy dog and that they are very happy to have him as part of their family.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

A sweet story. Some information which you might find useful:

If you want to see working class people of the 30s and 50s visit Worksop in the Midlands.. :-)

If one must have a hairy dog in a hot climate, it is essential to shear it like a sheep at the beginning of the summer. By the time September arrives, the hair will grow back .. :-)


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you for your kind comments and for the useful information.


Susan Kaul 6 years ago

What a great group you have here. You are right, I can tell why Paddy reminded you of my paralyzed dog Isabel. Thanks for bringing me here.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Susan, I am glad that you can see the likeness, the Belgium shepherds are really intelligent dogs so athletic (even on wheels) and of course so good looking. Thanks for coming to see, and for leaving a comment.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

This is a lovely story about man's best friend.

I push all the buttons on this one.

I now look forward maggs to reading much more of your work.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Eiddwen I can almost hear the Welsh lilt as I read your kind words :)

I have just read your wonderful tribute to you precious daughter it touched and moved me so much.

Thanks for leaving your comments I appreciate it :)


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Maggs,

awww...Paddy seems awesome and so are you and your husband for saving that happy boy! I love it when older dogs make allowances for the younger guys...that's so sweet! Question...why are people putting down poison?

Thanks for sharing this great story,

Thomas


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Where we lived was out in the countryside Thomas and some dogs that were let run wild would make a nuisance of themselves by killing the chickens and attacking other peoples pets.

The Spanish out in the country are not so soft about their pets, and most of the dogs live out side.

We Brits tend to treat our pets like actual members of the family and of course they tend to live inside the house with us :)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

This is such a heart warming story Maggs. I think it's so beautiful that Paddy found you and your husband. Why on earth do people in Spain put out poison? I had never heard of this before. On my way to read part two. I sure hope Paddy and your husband don't get separated.


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Linda,

We lived in the countryside, and some dogs that were let run wild would make a nuisance of themselves by killing the chickens and attacking other peoples pets. So to stop that happening they would put down poison, Unfortunately, poison cannot discriminate, between a well behaved dog on a lead and a nuisance dog. Not that I would put down poison anyway.

Paddy stayed with us just over six months, after that he was adopted by a Dutch couple who had lost their own dog. They sent us a photo of their old dog, and Paddy looked very much like him, so they were used to looking after a large dog.

Paddy now lives just outside Amsterdam, he is the focus of family attention, and the house has a lot of land around it, so Paddy can roam and run about at will. We have had emails from his new family and they say he is a very happy dog, and that they are very happy to have him as part of their family.

It was hard for my husband to see Paddy go, but it was the right thing for Paddy, and we are both very happy to know that Paddy has a new home where he is happy, contented and well loved.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

I'm glad Paddy has a good home but I bet that was so tough for your husband. I'm sure Paddy has been very healing for the new owners. Thanks for filling me in on what happened.


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

My pleasure Linda :D

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