We thought we would like our Ratonero Bodeguero Andaluz, Daisy, to have a litter of puppies. She is a fine dog, very intelligent, playful and a good example of her breed. Unfortunately we have not seen any suitable machos locally. Enquiries at the vets, to the breed society and internet searches proved fruitless. As she was coming season we cast our net wider and found a likely dog in Lanjaron in La Alpujarra de Granada. Though smaller than Daisy and with a docked tale he still looked a handsome dog from the photos.
On Tuesday I drove Daisy up to Lanjaron, a long but easy drive now the coastal autovia to Motril has been completed. I met Rafa, the owner of Daisy’s suitor, at the edge of the town and followed him up a track through the woods above Lanjaron and stopped at his friend’s cortijo where the dogs could run loose.
Daisy and El Cojon, the dog, hit it off immediately. They ran off together into the woods, chasing each other and playing together as only Bodegueros know how. There was plenty of foreplay but no positive action.
Rafa, a friend of his and I sat on the terrace of the little, rustic cortijo observing the action, or lack of it. Rafa’s friend suggested that Daisy was too big, being taller than El Cojon. Rafa enquired whether she was quite ready. I asked if El Cojon had ever done the act before. Rafa said no, it will be his first time. I replied that it was Daisy’s too.
Finally, after almost an hour of fooling around, El Cajon worked out his technique and the act was accomplished. I will not embarrass the dogs by publishing photos of copulation but it was very pleasant sitting in the dappled sunlight underneath the vines of the terrace, surrounded by woodland, the sound of trickling water and the lovely views across to the hills of the Contraviesa. A totally different landscape from the Cabo de Gata.