A ZWIDE watchdog is making sure nothing, and no one, slips by him. Perched on the roof of his owner’s house, he gets barking mad if anyone gets too close.
Vusi Nabe, 25, was shocked four years ago when he first saw his dog, a male German Shepherd cross, Jaklashe, on the roof of his house.
Since then, in rain or sunshine, Jaklashe has taken up his post on the roof almost every day, keeping watch over the Ndabambi Street house.
“My dad arrived home with a puppy [Jaklashe] he got from a friend about five years ago,” Nabe said.
“When the puppy was about a year old, he walked to the corner of the garden, jumped onto the boundary wall and walked along the wall to the roof.”
Nabe said Jaklashe was an excellent watchdog. “Nobody even tries to come into the garden because they think he might jump on them.”
Nabe has two other dogs, but they do not share Jaklashe’s love of heights.
“He only comes down to eat and do his business, the rest of the time he is up there.”
Despite his intimidating presence on the roof, Nabe said Jaklashe was generally friendly.
“He hasn’t attacked anybody, he just barks nonstop when someone comes too close to the house.
“He is quite an attraction in the area.
“People regularly stop and ask me how we trained him to do it and if we could do the same for their dogs.”