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Introducing Jasper the Maremma!

Oh Dog! I am so excited! Today’s guest hails from New Zealand. That’s the opposite of us. They have daytime when I have nighttime. They are in the middle of summer when I’m in the middle of (I guess you call this) winter! I wonder what we have in common? Gather close and let’s find out from Jasper from Jasper’s Doggy World!

Say hello to Jasper!

Say hello to Jasper!

Rumpy:  Thanks for being my guests today. How about you first tell us about your breed.

Jasper:  Me and Nellie are Italian sheepdog. In Italy we are called “cane da pastore Maremmano-Alruzzese”, but mostly we are refered to as Maremmas. Physically we are large, white dogs and males can weigh up to 100 pounds (45 kgs) and females about 88 pounds (40 kgs).

Rumpy:  Wow! You guys are about the same size as me!

Jasper:  Maremmas are working dogs and are still used in the Italian Alps to protect sheep flocks from predators.  Nowadays, maremmas are found in North American, Australia and New Zealand, protecting livestock.
Hi Nellie!

Hi Nellie!

Rumpy:  So your breed is similar to the Pyrenean Mountain Dog! Do you work Jasper?

Jasper:  Me and Nellie are not working dogs.  We are too busy protecting our flock of one.  One being our mummy.  We must protect her at all times, therefore, We must be with her at all times.  Sometimes mummy gets annoyed with Me and Nellie wanting to be with her at all times, but Me and Nellie do not care.  Our job is to be with her and that is what We do.

Rumpy:  You’d think she’d be more grateful! How did you come to live with your mummy?

Jasper:  When family moved from the city to the countryside in December 2009, mummy promised brother and sister that they could have a dog.  Mummy wanted at Yorkshire terrier, but sister found me on Trademe (our version of Ebay).  I was such a little, cute puppy, but I was a bit naughty because I liked to chew anything and everything.  No sooner had I come to live with my family, mummy wanted another one of Me.  It took her a while to persuade daddy that it would be a good idea to get another dog, but there are very happy that they got Nellie.
Nellie and Jasper

Nellie and Jasper

Rumpy: And what’s your home like?

Jasper: Me and Nellie live with our family.  Mummy and daddy and brother and sister, three maine coon cats, two silly rabbits called Bella and Quincy, seven peasky chickens, eight sheep with one lamb,  and two cows.  There is also the worm farm, next to the rabbit hutch. I like to put my head in the rabbit hutch and in the worm farm to see if there are any tasty treats but for some reason mummy does not seem to appreciate my assistance.  She says tthinks like “get out you great furry git”.

Rumpy:  Wow! What a big family! How do you and Nellie get along?

Jasper:  Me and Nellie get along like a “house on fire”.  I was so excited when mummy told Me that another me was coming to live with us and when she arrived I was so pleased to see her that I broke my heavy duty lead.  I follow mummy around and Nellie follows Me around the garden.  We love to play bitey face and zoomies.

Maremmas on the move!

Maremmas on the move!

Rumpy: Sounds like a great life ya got there! What are your favorite treats?

Jasper: Food is my favourite treat, especially anything left on the table, kitchen bench or floor.  I am a greedy dog and will eat anything I can.  Mummy once  had to ring the National Poison centre because I had eaten some Crystal Rain, water storing crystal,  but thankfully I was Ok.

Rumpy: Oh Dog!!!

Jasper: Nellie is a good dog and is not so greedy, but she is still a little portly and is on an anti whale diet.  So far it has been very successful and Nellie has is getting her figure back.

Rumpy: One more question Jasper, if you and Nellie were dinosaurs, what kind would you be?

Jasper: If me and Nellie were going to be a dinosaur, we would be big, white graceful one.  Mummy says she doesn’t think that a dinosaur like this exists, but Me and Nellie don’t care, that is what We want to be, so that is what We will be.

Jasper is pooped!

Jasper is pooped!

Rumpy:  On my blog you can be any kinda dinosaur you want Jasper. Thanks again for being my guest!

Don’t forget to connect with Jasper and Nellie at Jasper’s Doggy World!

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Discussion

27 thoughts on “Introducing Jasper the Maremma!

  1. Jasper and Nellie are gorgeous xxx

    Posted by mythreemoggies | December 27, 2012, 4:09 AM
  2. I’d already been a fan of Jasper & Nellie & enjoyed learning more about their lives. Thanks

    Posted by Gizmo | December 27, 2012, 4:30 AM
  3. Nice to se our buddies here!

    Posted by Doggy's Style | December 27, 2012, 5:11 AM
  4. The anti-whale diet does not sound like fun at all. Once I weighed 23 pounds and Mom put me on treat restriction till i was back to 21. I love graceful dinosaurs!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | December 27, 2012, 5:11 AM
  5. Jasper and Nellie are beautiful doggies! Nice to meet new friends and hear about their life in New Zealand….! thanks for the intro Rumpy…..

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    Posted by onespoiledcat | December 27, 2012, 5:21 AM
  6. They are cool dogs, I have been following their blog for a while, they are similar to my Kuvasz sister. Great and informative interview – job well done!

    Posted by Emmadog | December 27, 2012, 6:19 AM
  7. Wow! Jasper and Nellie are pawgeous! I don’t think that we have met their breed on our walk. I’m glad his mom decided to take Nellie in their family for Jasper! 🙂
    Oh! Jasper please be careful what you eat!!

    Posted by eripanwkevin | December 27, 2012, 7:15 AM
  8. What a great interview!!! I love Nellie&Jasper ;o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | December 27, 2012, 7:23 AM
  9. You two are so beautiful! I imagine that your mommy has a heck of a time during shedding season. 🙂

    Posted by Dawn | December 27, 2012, 7:38 AM
  10. we have been following Jasper and Nellie for quite some time now and love them!

    Posted by catchatcaren | December 27, 2012, 7:43 AM
  11. Wow, Jasper and Nellie look like they could be my cousins! Thanks for the introduction Rumpy!

    Posted by JustI | December 27, 2012, 7:59 AM
  12. I love those giant woofies from down under. They are always getting into something. Thanks for highlighting them on your blog. Have a great New Year Rumpy and family.

    Posted by dogdaz | December 27, 2012, 8:21 AM
  13. Woinderful interview and educational too … thanks for expanding my knowledge xxx’s

    Posted by Jessie & Jane | December 27, 2012, 10:02 AM
  14. This was so cute! Thanks for introducing us to a new blog! We are always looking for new friends! 🙂

    Posted by All Things Collie | December 27, 2012, 11:08 AM
  15. Happy holidays xoxo

    Posted by Avalon | December 27, 2012, 12:16 PM
  16. Oh my dog! What pretty, pretty dogs! I love getting a glimpse into their lives. Thank you!

    Posted by FleaByte | December 27, 2012, 1:06 PM
  17. Rumpy – what gorgeous dogs!
    (And Jasper and Nellie, mummy secretly adores having you closely guarding her )
    Molly gives this interview a 4 paws up during an excited kangaroo leap. Thanks Rumpy

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | December 27, 2012, 4:41 PM
  18. Great interview, we loved it!

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

    Posted by katiebblogs | December 27, 2012, 8:19 PM
  19. Jasper and Nellie are beautiful. It’s a good thing they live down under in the countryside because they’re white. It NYC they would not be white for long.

    It was nice hearing your story.

    Posted by BJ (new name for Lynds Fisher | December 27, 2012, 8:37 PM
  20. Hi Jasper, wonderful interview you have given.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    Posted by fgassette | December 28, 2012, 12:48 PM
  21. i’m out driving thru’ and around ‘sheep country’ (in Colorado) and see A LOT of LARGE WHITE sheepdogs — perhaps they are this breed?

    Posted by betunada | December 28, 2012, 2:48 PM
  22. Bitey face… I guess I like that 🙂

    Posted by angelswhisper2011 | December 28, 2012, 3:10 PM
  23. So glad to hear that the big dogs, Jasper and Nellie, are doing well and protecting their family.
    I had to share this with you. My brother’s dog, a shelter dog, is a Boxer-German Shepherd mix. My brother was awakened with the past day by Lola barking. Turns out some guy broke into the house. My brother, adreneline pumping, threw the guy out. He is ever so grateful that Lola was there to alert him to the intruder who was hiding out by the back door.
    Dogs are great protectors and family members. Whoo-whoo!

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | December 28, 2012, 6:36 PM
  24. There is something mystical about Maremma dogs.
    But then, I think that about all dogs. 😉

    Posted by Genie | December 30, 2012, 6:49 PM
  25. Awesome interview Rumpy. I’ve followed Jasper & Nellie for some time and they’re very entertaining. I love they Mums garden too. Awesome to live in New Zealand I should think. Happy New Year!

    Posted by Boomdeeadda | December 30, 2012, 11:47 PM

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