Titan. Here's a Bullmastiff Story!
Title: BALL PARK DOG (By Chris Lezotte)-----------From April through October, Talli, a 95-pound Bullmastiff, can be found doing what her canine ancestors did more than 100 years ago: guarding her turf against intruders. Talli's domain, however, is not the estate of a 19 century game keeper, but rather a 21 century major league park. Each day, during baseball season, Talli accompanies her owner, head groundskeeper Heather Nobonzy, to Comerica Park, home of the 2006 American League Champion Detroit Tigers. And while she sometimes helps with chores around the park, Talli believes her most important job is to alert (her owner) to any suspicious characters lurking around the stadium.*** While we think of dogs primarily as companions, most were bred with a specific purpose in mind. Many such jobs have gone by the wayside in contemporary society, but some dogs, like Talli, creatively adapt. (Talli's owner) first started bringing Talli to Comerica Park when she was a puppy, so the young dog wouldn't have to stay home all day. Then, as Talli grew, her breed instincts began to emerge. Talli understood that her role in life was to serve a Nabozny's guardian. *** This particular characteristic became evident one morning as Nabozny and the grounds crew were in the empty stadium, working on the field. As she recalls," I have a crew of 6 people who work on a daily basis, and Talli knows who belongs, and who doesn't. And she keeps an eye out; she'll lie in the middle of center field or near where we are working. And she saw people walking down the stands. We don't generally watch the stands because we're watching what we're doing in the field. So she went over, started barking at them and just sat there.” While Talli held the boys at bay, Nabozny walked over and politely asked the boys to leave. Not surprisingly, they did so with out protest. *** While Talli understands that her most important job is to watch over (her owner) and the crew, she enjoys helping them work on the field. One of her favorite chores is to assist the grounds crew in pulling the tarp over the infield in inclement weather. “Oh, she loves to help with the tarp,” Zabozny says. “When she’s in a rambunctious mood, Talli will grab the big rope and pull on it with us. And she’s actually grabbed a handle, too, and after we roll the tarp out, she’ll help us unfold it. Of course, she also runs across it as we’re trying to drag it, and then I have to tell her to sit.” Talli also likes to gather up the flags the crew puts into the turf to mark the areas the need fixing. Which means, Zabozny says, “we have to go back and do it again.” *** Talli also shows off her considerable grounds keeping skills during the stadiums annual “Bark in the Park” event. As dogs and their owners gather in the stands to watch the game, Talli joins the ground crew to help groom the infield. Zabozny decided to include Talli back when “Bark in the Park” was first announced. “ I thought it would be cool to have Talli drag the
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