Animals'n Rovers

I got this pics from friends. If you know one of the dogs (or his owner) shown here, let me know and I'll give credit to them.

If you have any interesting pic with animals and Land Rovers please send them to me.

Rovers and dogs? Two unseparable beings. I still have to see a dog who doesn't like riding a Rover.

Maybe it's 'cause we take them to the great outdoor. Or to the pet shop. And when we just go shopping we pack all those nice smelling bags together with them.

Or maybe it's for the smell. Dogs live by smells and smells are the Land Rovers strong side. Sometimes they too smell like old, wet dogs.

Especially Range Rovers and Discoveries tend to seep up dog smells like a sponge. Have your female dog just travel once in it when she's in heat and you'll have every male dog around trying to hump your car for the next 3 months. And pissing over that leaking front hub you wanted to change today.

Defender and Series? No, Series vehicles don't soak up the smell. In those you can hose it out if something bad happens.

By the way: Did it ever happen to you that your dog suddenly starts to signal that you have to stop. NOW!! and you're just on that busy highway where the next exit is 10 miles away? Boy, that's not funny.

 

After a few seconds the worst happened but you still can't stop as you're another 9 miles from the exit. You can't open the window as it's raining like crazy and you can't even stop the heating or your engine will overheat in the stop-and-go trafic.

This way you get a very nice impression of what gas warfare used to be. And you wonder why you took pitty of that little puppy with the big brown eyes that grow up to be an offense to every human nose. Sometimes they don't even have to shit in the backside. Old dogs produce an copious amount of gases which they release from time to time while looking innocent and tenderly at you.

And they like to get out every time you open the rear door. Regardless of what the ground is. Or how deep the mudhole is you're stuck in. Countless Terriers have found death when they sunk in mud deeper than the wheel. If you took care not to park IN the mud you can bet that they find the deepest, stinkiest mud hole around before you can find their lash.

After you retrieve them from that hole full of mature they lovingly rub against your Jeans and patiently wait at your feet, until you bend down before they shake. Alternatively, if you ignore them they slowly creep behind your back and wait for your attention being distracted before they shake.

They don't like to be put in the car when wet. It makes them nervous. So they jump all around, stroll over the seats and while dripping mucky water in the drivers seat wait impatiently for your return. Meantime they smear the front and side windows with their slimy noses, fog up all the other windows and sober on the steering wheel. BTW, did you notice in the case you own 2 dogs that the Alpha dog always sits in the driver's seat?

Young dogs sometimes have a tendency to chew everything when they grow teeths. They are especially fond of leather steering wheels but don't reject that occasional gear change nob. Or a window lever know.

Most dogs like to watch you closely. When you repair your car. While you lie under the rig removing the oil filter and black goo is running down your arms they come up and try to climb onto your lap. When you push them away they begin to munch your best screwdriver's handle. After a while they get up and choose a new place somewhere you don't see them. Nor the screwdriver.

In the summertime and depending on the regions you live in they collect all sorts of little creepers of which they leave 50% inside your car and 50% on you.

They show a cronic ignorance for paint jobs. Or better they take care for old paints but hate newly sprayed panels. Maybe they still sting in their sensible noses. Whatever. They take every opportunity for scratching bright new panels. And they like to have that STOP NOW!!! - accident happen in brand new or borowed cars.

 

It's not unsusal for them to sit on the fenders (Defenders and series only, on polished new shape Rangies they slide off...but at least they scratch that shiny paint on the way down). In the summertime their prefered place is just below the drivers door if you work inside the car. In left hand drive countries they lie under the left door, in the UK and Ireland under the right door. If you work under the bonnet they prefer to lie under the engine compartment.

In NAS Landies they always push against the ziplocks. Until it breaks after a while and they can slide their long nose outside. Not that they'd care. Land Rovers with the "agricultural" top are firmly anchored in dog genes. Put a 6 week old puppy inside one and it will immediately jump to the back and pass the head through the crudely fixed cloth.

In the summer they always ask for water. But if you give them nice, clean stuff in a stainless steel bowl they take 2 laps and then ignore it. They prefer that dirty, green stuff found in poodles you just drove through. That water has PERSONALITY. But most they like the icy water out of your cooler box in which still swim some price tags, 2 apples, a soggy sandwich and a candystick.

Dogs not used to car travelling get sick. Like children. And like children they do it at the least convenient moment. In Series and Defenders you may not even notice it for some time. Which doesn't make it any better. But at least you can hose it out.

Dogs - they were invited to harrass those people who don't like children.

I love them.

Cats

Now there are cat people and dog people. Cat's don't seem to like Land Rovers as much as dogs do. Except on cold days when the engine is still hot. On sunny cold days they love to sleep on the soft top, getting up from time to time and try their claws at the english cloth. They make chances even for soft top owners to get as wet seats as hard top owners.

I told you of a dog having a bad time in the backside of your car. That's nothing, really nothing at all compared to a lovesick cat who leaves his marks on the seats. They stay there for ever. Even if you think you got rid of that awful smell don't worry- it will reappear next time you leave the car closed on a hot summer day. The only way you get rid of it is to burn the seats. Sometimes this works.

Some cats have a tendency to sleep in the drivers seat. Unlike dogs who jump up as soon as you open the door cats believe they are the masters and have the right to stay where they are. Strangely in most times those cats are dark colored so you don't see them - but you feel them on your backside.

An almost extinct subspecies liked to sleep snuggled between the radiator and the shroud. Not the smartest idea.

Other little critters

Martens (Marder) are little critters the size of rats. They have sharp teeths, sharp claws and a sharp nose. For reasons unknown to mankind they like Land Rovers. They climb up onto the still warm engine and start to look for material to build a nice nesting place. Land Rover took this into account and stuffed large mats of fiber under the hood of modern Land Rovers. This makes up for a very nice nest. Normally they stuff that around the turbo on TDi's or on the exhaust on V8's. So after some miles of driving it begins to melt and produces an awful smell and thick white smoke. On the left you see a typical attack of a marten onto an helpless Discovery. Notice the sharp cuts in the insulation.
Other small animals are usually on the looser side.

Large animals

Beware of large animals. Most see in the Land Rovers an direct competition. Remember the TV spots with the rhino? They cut the piece out when the rhino got the poor 110.
align="center">Large animals Beware of large animals. Most see in the Land Rovers an direct competition. Remember the TV spots with the rhino? They cut the piece out when the rhino got the poor 110.