Bonzo’s stressful few days


Sunday 01 May, 2016 by Uncle Spike


This is Bonzo. He’s our farm dog, security guard, alarm clock, waste disposal system, and all round entertainer of visitors (albeit some, not all). As a cross between an Anatolian Kangal and a German Shepherd, he’s a fairly tough old brute, who lives outside and only in the peak of summer or torrential rain will he bother napping in his dog house.

His domain includes the entire farm for each morning’s runabout session, but due to his partiality for the odd passing chicken from our free-range stock, a hefty five metre anchor chain (joke; but it does have to be ‘Bonzo proof’) gives him certain territorial rights over a set area.

However…. being ‘on duty’ all night, every night, he spends much of the day like Sid the Sloth, snoring upside down in the shade of the large olive tree under which he lives. As I said, rarely does he bother with his house; even opting for standing outside in the wind and rain – this tough dog loves a good storm 🙂




Over the years he has chomped his way through a few chickens; such as the day he broke through his 6mm thick leather collar, or the day a roosting chook flew out one morning from the wrong side of one of the large clementine trees – home delivery breakfast he called it. All that was left was two feet and a few feathers, seriously, lol.

This week though, was a challenge for Bonzo.

First off, it’s snake season here in southwestern Türkiye, although it’s a few weeks early due to some prolonged dry weather. We don’t get many nasty beasties, but we do have three or four large(ish) grass snakes that wander the land from May until September (vipers etc stick to the orchards I have found). These snakes grow up to two metres, and vary from a shiny jet black (like as below), to a bright green type, and a dark silvery green one.




Like all dogs, Bonzo has a range of barks that mean different things. I have become accustomed to them all over the years:

  • I spotted a stray dog on our property
  • Neighbour seen passing through to other fields
  • Visitors arrived (grrr…)
  • Fox sniffed or spotted
  • Mom’s home for the weekend!
  • I’m Hedgehog chomping
  • Neighbour’s chickens invaded
  • and, Snake time…


Upon hearing a certain rapid deep barking, I guessed it was time for his first snake of the year, having been practising on lizards this past month (he chomped a rather good-sized wide headed lizard last week). True to form, when I went out there, I saw Bonzo sat there barking like mad at a coiled-up hissing and rather pee’d-off 1.5 metre (est.) long dark green grass snake. Both refused to back down, and there is no way I could drag Bonzo away by his collar or chain, so I opted for chucking rocks at our visitor of the Serpentes order, which eventually worked as I persuaded it to slither off elsewhere, back into the long grass. Of course, no camera with me at the time.




Now this is Brian, our resident rooster on the block. Some of you may recall his ramblings through his letters to Aunty Gill on a fellow blogger’s site. Anyway, young Brian is now a full-on big rooster, complete with an attitude to match. After a recent spate of daytime fox visits which has dwindled our free-range numbers, Brian has become seriously protective of his stock – although I think his own personal survival tactics may also be about having learnt how to run faster than his ladies when the fox appears!

So a new type of bark was heard this week A rather loud, angry and some might say panicky type of bark. Hmm, had to go investigate that one, especially as it was accompanied by a heck of a lot of chook-squawking – but distinctly different to the ruckus of a fox-attack.

What I found was stranger than I had imagined…

I am guessing that one of the chooks had been wandering through the long grass (which I am slowly cutting back this week), and ‘popped out’ right into Bonzo’s large chain circle. Eyeing up a free lunch, he probably reckoned on a stealth attack, as is his right in his ‘zone’. However, it seems that Brian wasn’t gonna put up with that either, and went for Bonzo (!).

By the time I arrived, I found Bonzo, who is no small or timid pooch, not by a long shot, cowering down and barking furiously, as Brian the rooster was perched ON BONZO’S BACK pecking away at the back of his head (!!!). Well, that was a first, a rooster in a full-on defense attack on a big dog. A fair bit of telling off pursued, and I separated prey and poacher (whichever was which), and calm soon returned. Again, I didn’t have my camera with me at the time.

Oh, what a stressful week for Mr Bonzo.


25 thoughts on “Bonzo’s stressful few days

  1. 😂😂oh, I love your dog, and this story was a great lifter to my day! I hope those two either stay out of each other’s way or soon learn how to get along, because from the sounds of them both, I’m not so sure the outcome next time might be different! 😉


  2. janegundogan says:

    I’ve said it before these Turkish Roosters have some big old fellas hanging low. They are nasty little blighters who take no prisoners! Our boy has come across a few snakes over the past week or so. One left on our doorstep gave me a particularly big fright when I went outside the other evening.

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  3. Ladybuggz says:

    That’s absolutely hilarious!! Poor Bonzo!! Ho ray for Brian!!!:)

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  4. He’s a cool dog! He’ll probably want to play with our capricious poodle. Hehehe!

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  5. Ah I can just imagine Brian – laying down the law and telling Bonzo who is boss! Seems that handsome pooch has had a tough time lately

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  6. tarnegolita says:

    Love it!! Great rooster you have there, hang on to him!! 😀


  7. Love it! That rooster is brainy, indeed. It not only sussed that Bonzo is chained up, but that he’s not capable of getting his jaws around something attacking the top of his head.

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  8. Christina B says:

    Poor Bonzo! That might cure him of having chickens for a meal. Great read.

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  9. tippysmom2 says:

    I have plenty of snakes around here and Tippy is an expert at finding them, then barking her head off until I come out to see what she has found. I feel bad for Bonzo – think I told you once before about the horrible rooster we had when I was little that would chase me and peck at my heels every time I went outside. They can be vicious little critters.

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  10. mvaden1948 says:

    I am not a snake person so at the first mention of one I almost stopped reading. So glad I continued because the mental vision of the ending made me laugh out loud. That’s one very brave rooster you have there.

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  11. backtobodrum says:

    We had a dog of the same mixed breed – a Brian, a fantastic guard dog but a liability on a lead as he’d drag me off my feet. Everyone in the village loved him as he protected all the fields from wild boar and farmers could sleep in their beds.. Rather Han camp out with their veg.

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  12. dayphoto says:

    WHEW! I was for certain and sure you were going to tell us that you lost Bonzo to some sorta horrid accident. I had to restrain myself to read EVERY Word clear until the end —not jumping to the end to see if that beautiful dog was okay.

    I’m glad I did! Poor doggie! I, too, have been afraid of roosters in my lifetime. I’m just glad both are alright!


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  13. Thank you for transporting me into the world of Bonzo. I have to admit that I laughed at the end (just a little.) We all have nasty stories about roosters, but this one takes the cake (or dog biscuit.)
    Your dog is a beautiful beast, and your writing is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.


  14. I. Greenwald says:

    Oh my goodness! Poor Bonzo, I sure do hope this is not the beginning of bullying by Rooster. Many many years ago my family had chickens. They were penned and our dog Snoopy was free range, The penned area was about 20 X 20 feet so it was like they were semi free range. I let Snoopy follow me into the pen one day and he was instantly attacked.

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