He sleeps until something interesting starts to happen, and when it does he is ‘instant on’.
Everything is interesting.
A game is only an old toilet roll or a sock away.
He comes when he is called without the need for reward.
He would love to take over, but he doesn’t because he knows that I’m leading the way, but if I falter he is ready to assume command.
He may look like he is asleep, but he’s always on alert, as that black and white sheep dog next door could attack at any moment; the bloke who delivers stuff could come to the front door, or another dog in the neighbourhood could give the alarm.
He knows that waiters and waitresses are wonderful people who bring food to our table, some of which might come his way, but all other humans are potentially evil. Once he gets to know you and decides that you are worthy of inclusion into the pack he is always happy to see you, even if you have been away for a long time.
He knows that small children and little old ladies are going to cause trouble, but he deals with them in different ways. Small children get frequent warnings ‘to stay away’. Mostly they are smart enough to get the message, but little old ladies don’t listen and believe that they can tame anything, so they keep on coming even though the humans tell them not to. Zed lets them pat him, but as they withdraw they get a sharp reminder that you don’t approach a dog, you let him/her approach you.
Zed knows that lying in sunlight is one of life’s best things and that when your sister says the game is over, it’s over!
He also knows when one of the humans in his house is feeling low he does the only thing he is capable of, he stays very close.
He loves riding in cars and going for walks especially with the big dogs across the road. He would love to sort out the naughty one, and he has tried a couple of times, but his big heart is outmatched by her considerable size. Even though they are uneasy friends, Zed does enjoy a ‘pack walk’ and particularly with big dogs.
Generally speaking, if he were a little bit calmer he would have the perfect outlook on life but then again, if he were a bit calmer he would not be Zed, and that would be sad.