Sammie is the brindle, Sydney
is the fawn
Beloved Mickey (
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009
I am writing you to let you know that Sammie is
doing very well. (Dixie is her mother) She is almost as tall as
Sydney, our other female mastiff ...will be 3 years old this
July. As I told you before we have a nearly blind/almost deaf/ and
slightly crippled German shepherd. who is 12 years old. Our German
shepherd (Grizzly) fell into our in ground pool and was drowning.
(we now have the fence completely up).
We were unaware that he had fallen in, Sydney
barked and barked until my daughter came out. of the house. She
realized that Sydney was staring directly into the pool, she then
pulled out the dog and he survived. Sydney does not bark unless
there is something around or we have company. I don't think I
could have taken it if the dog would have drowned in our pool.
That happened on last Sunday. The Thursday before that a coyote
killed my 11 pound male Peke-a-poo. I am devastated beyond
belief. Sadly, the mastiff was not around when this happened. I
will never own another small dog where we live, I can barely get
over this loss. I still have another 9 pound female who is the
sister to Mickey, my dog that was killed. That Thursday night,
Sydney was lying on the deck looking out into the field, I know
she was wondering where Mickey was. We could tell she was sad, and
she moped around for a while. She knew something was wrong I am
sure. In the spring she had chased a coyote out of our yard, We
have 6 acres but we are surrounded by 100 acres of pasture
/cornfields /cows. My little male always thought he was a
Rottweiller and was always taking off, and I had to find him. On
my way to work at 3:30 in the morning, I let all the dogs out and
put them in before I left.
Mickey took off for the fields ( we assumed
later). He would hide from us any time he decided he didn't want
to come in. I cant tell you the tremendous guilt I have for the
loss of my little dog. One of the great things about our Mastiffs,
is they rarely stray very far at all from the house. Every morning
when I left for work Sydney would run towards the barn with her
tail and hair up, growling. I would call all the dogs in, thinking
it was just a raccoon. Now, I know that coyote had been stalking
out our little dogs and had been waiting along. I did not know
much about coyote behaviors until recently. I have only lived out
in the country for 2 years now.
On a lighter note, Sammie makes us laugh all the
time. She has not yet grown into her "hoofs" (as our vet calls her
paws.) She runs flat footed across the wood floors and it is the
funniest thing you have ever seen. She still tags along with
Sydney, like she is her mother. Sydney is gentle and tolerant of
her, then like most mothers she will tire of the play and give her
the warning.. Sammie just trots off and will flop down on the
floor to pout!! Then it will start all over again, later. She is
so funny and has a lot of personality. We love them both very
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Subject: Re: Sammi/Syndey
We wanted you to know how much we love our two mastiffs. Sammi is
our Brindle Mastiff who is 1 year old, she presently weighs 110.
Syndey is our fawn mastiff who weighs 175, she is 4 years old this
Syndey the older Mastiff is very protective of us and the other
dogs. Last year we put an inground pool in, before the fence was
put up our blind 12 1/2 year old German Shepherd fell into the
deep end of the pool. Syndey started barking and looking toward
our back door. My daughter who is 15 went out to see what she was
barking at and jumped in and pulled the shepherd out, he is ok.
The fence is entirely up.. so no more mishaps with the pool.
Last summer, I lost my little white male dog to a coyote. It has
been a heart wrenching experience for us. Two months ago, Syndey
and Sammie were out playing (we are very rural), once again a
coyote attacked this time our fawn Mastiff, she only had a little
chunk taken out of her back hind quarters. She fought the coyote,
and Sammie ran back to the house. So, I believe once again she
saved yet another dog.
I am trying to let everyone know so they don't have to go through
what I did with my little beloved dog, Mickey ( 1999-2009)
Crenah, Mark, Katie