This naughty fellow is so excitable that he lives by the expression peeing in his pants! He is also loyal and forgiving. Brutus loves affection and attention and snacks won't go unnoticed under Brutus's hawk eyes. He has his way of getting his tummy full, even if he has just been fed! Brutus loves walks and showing off his strength to other dogs which proves to be his strong suit!
Name : Brutus
Breed : Rhodesian Ridgeback
Age : 3 years
Owner : Charith Dissanayake
What's the story behind the name you've given?
I got him through one of my friends. So I didn’t know about the breed at all when I went there. When I got to my friends place to pick the pup up, I met his mother and his other brothers and sisters. Then I got the youngest and the naughtiest pup out of 11. First time I looked at him I knew he was going to be a murderous dog. On the way, while I was thinking about a name the famous Brutus of William Shakespeare came to my mind and I immediately fell in love with it.
What are mealtimes and bathtimes like?
When I got him, I got Brutus used to water by bathing him regularly. This really helps and he also loved water from the early stage and as a result, he loves baths. Currently I give him a bath once every week. Although I try to give him a bath, most of the times I end up bathing with him! I give him two main meals per day but he manages to show his cute face and grab a bit of snacks or sweets from other family members when I am not watching.
Does he do anything out of the ordinary which fascinates you?
The most fascinating thing about Brutus is the affection he shows towards me. No matter how mad I get sometimes, he will always wag his tail and pretend like nothing happened.
What is his most favourite fun time activity?
One of his favourite things is the weekly walk. Every Sunday morning I take him on a journey which is more than 3 KM. He loves to show off that he is fearless to other dogs on the way. Whenever I put on my running shoes in the morning (even for a different reason) he is near the gate, looking excited waiting for me to come and take him on his walk.
What is the naughtiest thing he has done?
Peeing. Sometimes he gets too overjoyed and manages to end up watering indoors. Of course I don’t get mad for that but due to the pressure put on me by my family I am forced to punish him (I don’t hit him but yell) and clean up his mess.
How does he react when you return home?
Every time I get home after a tiring day, he manages to run to me and make me happy by welcoming me warmly, sometimes to an extent of annoying me. Whatever he does, he never forgets to leave a mark of his paw on my clothes.
What's the best thing about him?
It is difficult to pick one thing but one of the best is how he tries to come into the washroom with me every time I go. He also doesn’t forget to sit outside the washroom blocking the entrance.
What was the most unforgettable moment that you shared with him?
One unforgettable moment is the day of my birthday. Early in the morning he was in my room, sleeping next to my legs with his front paws on the bed and back paws on the ground. I woke up early in the morning to look at him before anyone else. That moment in my head up-to-date, is priceless.
By Eshani Seneviratne