March 30, 2012 -
How does one describe Brady? Phil laughed when I called her a "party on four legs" because that description hit the nail on the head. Brady was the first of her litter of twelve to put her little feet up on the side of the whelping box and peer over the edge to see what was going on outside of her four walls. From the beginning, Brady was one of our two favorites.
Now that the litter is almost five years old and "grown", it's amazing to see how all twelve look so much alike, however, Brady is the one that took after her father the most. She is taller than she looks because she is a thick, typey bitch with a ground eating gait and an endearing head bob when she makes up her mind she's going somewhere. She has lots of loose skin, and no matter how much or how little we feed her, she weighs in right at 200 lbs. (Very large for anyone not familiar with average weights in mastiffs.) I've been asked, more times than I care to count, if I want her that heavy or if she should "go on a salad diet." I chuckle and go on, the same way I do when people ask me where her saddle is. Brady was predetermined to be a big, thick, typey mastiff bitch and she's not going to do anything to let me change that.
Brady is a bundle of energy if left to her own devices. Don't get me wrong, she can settle down on the cool tile as well as any mastiff, but it doesn't take much to get Brady up and moving. When she does, she quickly sees to it that everyone around her is invited to be part of her fun. Sometimes I think all four of her feet hover six inches off the ground and she has a perpetual smile on her face. She will "talk" when she has something to say, but like two of her three sisters, she isn't much of a barker. She is perfectly happy to let the rest of the clan alert us to any interesting occurence while she stays where she is and watches the happenings from her observation point.
Brady is like the girl in school that the other girls would have liked to hate but just couldn't - she's beautiful, but she's also cheerful, good natured, kind, and very fun to be around. Too bad she has figured out how to get by on her looks because underneath that party personality is a girl with a brain.