After being forced, by his mama, to watch and learn English from the sports tapes and films sometimes. Mekkar would put some of those new skills that he had learned into practice. For example, he would go outside afterward to play, but he had to use many words that he heard in the English language so far. That is, from the teaching materials his parents had acquired just for him. Sometimes going to great lengths to get them for him, while they were on their travels around the world. Later on, when he got older Mekkar would be required to gather these materials for himself.
At other times, his mama would bark at Mekkar that he could only speak in the english language and no other, just after his lessons and while playing with the dogs. The reasons for this were that not only to force Mekkar to quickly learn english as an asset for the family businesses but also because his godparents dog understood english along with 9 other languages.
Attu has escorted Mekkar’s godparents around the world to
more places than many people on their globe trotting adventures. So, Mekkar
would be found practicing his new found lingual skills would not be too much of
a foreign thing to Attu. Now, Attu was not a
small dog when Mekkar’s godparents purchased him, when he was young, under
mysterious circumstances in . Siberia,
Russia Attu was a half Siberian husky/Malamute mix with black,
gray, and white colors in his thick coat of hair. Attu’s
weight fluctuated between 160 to 180 pounds as an adult and he ate a lot. As
Mekkar’s god mama would say, “Eat her out of house and home”.
That was one example of their relationship that they would enjoy for many years while Mekkar and
grew up together. That continued until Attu’s
legs could not support his weight anymore and the pain became too great for the
dog. Attu lived for 24 years, way beyond his
expected lifespan and then was sadly put to sleep. Attu
was always protective of Mekkar, especially when he was younger, against other
unknown dogs, wolves, and other non-family critters. One time, Mekkar tried to
outfit Attu with warmers and such but since
nothing fit, Mekkar quickly gave up those ideas regarding his boyhood buddy. Attu, due to his playful soul, was very popular with the
kids around the neighborhood. All the children seemed to love him and the
family did too! Attu was much more popular
than Mekkar dog, Laka and Laka comes from a pretty playful dog breed himself. However,
both Attu & Laka did dislike cats very
much and would chase them and never would back down from them, not even larger
animal from the cat family like lynxes, etc. At the same time, Attu and Laka
got more spoiled the older they got, especially Attu.
Attu would catch
birds and other small creatures and bring them to the dinner table, not to eat
them, but as a gift. Attu would then give that look at the table like here’s my
gift, now I want my steak and red wine because Mekkar’s god mama gave him that
as treat at least three times per week as a normal ritual for most of Attu’s life, besides other treats. Attu
was always trying to catch birds, and Mekkar would see this alot. At times, the
dog would stand up on his hind legs next to the house. Since Mekkar’s god mama
was a bird photographer and had bird feeders filled with seed and red colored liquid
also. At first, the feeders were on the one edge of the outdoor house roof, but
since that part was lower than the rest and Attu,
when he stood up, could capture the birds there when they landed at the various
food sources there resulted in some damage to that edge of the roof.
So, eventually Mekkar’s god mama had to set up the bird feeding stations much higher up on the roof. She would now have to go through the attic to get to them and take the close-up pictures of these creatures in feeding mode with her fancy camera. Mekkar thought it was pretty cool to see hummingbirds captured in full flight and hovering in slow motion suspension. His god mama took pictures at home and at different locations all over the world, once in awhile
Attu would be in some of those
photos. Even though it was her hobby she did make some money for those efforts.
Even with his main source of bird caught gifts removed, the number that
Attu brought to the table during
dinnertime never really decreased. Attu was
found to be a very resourceful animal that, in Mekkar’s opinion, adapted and
found other strategies to get what he wanted. It didn’t matter whether it was
love, approval, or acceptance. However, Attu
was never used around reindeer or on the trek and he didn’t mind because the
dog didn’t have that desire to go on those journeys.