I’ll Jump When I FEEL Like Jumpin’

Zeus The Really Big Mastiff does things on his own time. And when he wants to jump over the little fence things, he will.

From Jessica.



  1. I loved this—sets his own pace and finishes the race!

  2. I can’t say how much I loved this. The excited people in the background cheering him on is most excellent! We had exhausted obedience training with our Newfy so thought we would try an agility class for the fun and continued training. The enthusiasm from the dog resembled this mastiff. Except Cedar would only make a show of lifting his front feet a couple of inches to jump and plow through the barriers. I thought it was hilarious that he was smart enough to figure out how to expend the least amount of energy. We annoyed the trainer. Especially annoyed him when in the middle of the group class one day Cedar decided he wanted a drink of water and easily cleared the wall around the ring.
    Thank you for this post and starting my day with a big happy smile!

  3. Agree with daisy cam and Haha–bravo for the dog who marches to his own drummer to the wild enthusiasm of the crowd. Loved the story of Cedar who goes thru barriers except when he wants a drink!! I LOVE critters!! And C.O., too, of course.

  4. Haha…LOVE your story. I almost spewed my coffee all over my desk. Cedar sounds like an awesome doggeh. Got any pics to share???

  5. Emmbea, sadly Cedar was from before the days of digital cameras, so it would be a picture of a photograph and not up to CO’s standard of quality photos. I looked up chocolate Newfounfland and stole this picture as it is close. He was an AWESOME dog!

  6. grytlappar says:

    Now I usually like the small dog agility the best (if anyone is interested, I can direct you to the darling of Crufts, a white toy poodle who hauled ass around the course to the point that she was basically a fluffy blur with flapping ears), the sheepdogs (ALL sheepdogs) of the large class are just so professional—for one thing, they’d never stop and pee midway. But Zeus here’s lumbering style, ecomomizing on energy used, was spectacular, and what dog sports is all about! And at the end of the day, everyone takes the best dog home. 🙂

  7. I don’t know about the rest of you .. but he looks like about 140+ of loving

  8. Blue Footed Booby says:

    I’m pretty sure I heard a “you’re done, just stop” buzzer in the background around the halfway point. Bless his fuzzy heart.

    Some of the youtube comments are great:
    “He’s not slow. He’s deliberate”
    “The only thing this is missing is tuba music in the background”

  9. Zeus was slow and endearingly entertaining. I feel like he was saying with every jump: “this is stupid, but I will do it because I love you and you will reward me with treats and rubies.” Exactly how my dogs feel when I put ridiculous outfits on them.

  10. Alice Shortcake says:

    Grytlappar, please direct me to the afore-mentioned white poodle.

  11. This is so awesome, although I’m not sure if he’s a mastiff or a bullmastiff. But those dogs are totally not into agility training at all, so for him, he was going pretty fast for a non-urgent matter. In my experience, they move urgently for food, play, and to stop trouble.

  12. Haha: Cedar must have been a gorgeous pup. I’m sorry he’s no longer with you, but I’m sure he enjoyed a marvelous life and is still telling tales with his pals over the Rainbow Bridge. Thanks for sharing the pic and the story.

  13. Ha ha ha! This vid is awesome. As the owner of two Newfies I can totally relate to this. They don’t do agility work but my 170 lb. boy does everything at his own slow, plodding pace. On walks I sometimes get a little impatient (as does his 112 lb. sister) as he s-l-o-w-l-y lumbers along…(come on, let’s go, we got stuff to do)! 🙂

  14. grytlappar says:

    The tiny toy poodle SPEEDSTER is ≈ the 6 min mark. I highly recommend watching the whole thing though! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlDIAvPJOeI
    The commentators—so British, haha—are having a gas with this one! “She flies, she absolutely flies!”… “My word!”

  15. Did not have the sound on at first and kept thinking, this guy deserves standing ovations all through. What a thrill to hear the wild cheers!

  16. HaHa – you made me laugh! If anyone knows this breed, he was kicking butt!!!! That is how Mastiffs roll! 🙂

    Newfies are pretty awesome, too! Hugs to everyone, their pets, and to all of us who has had beloved furbabies cross the bridge.

  17. I just found this CRAZY FAST Mastiff video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=493ObYMabkk

  18. “I did it my way …”

  19. They really do have a mind of their own. 🙂