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Friday, November 15, 2019

Feature Friday - Zac the Potcake (Dadli Dog)

It's our final Feature Friday, and who better to end with than Mr. Zac - a legend in his own mind.

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua

Zac is a classic tan Potcake - the most common Potcake type. The Potcake is a mixed-breed dog from the Caribbean - Zac is from the island of Antigua. They are called potcakes because they were traditionally fed the leftovers from dinner, most often rice and peas that had congealed at the bottom of the cooking pot. Each island has it's own nickname for potcakes - in Antigua it's "Dadli" dog, after the original name of the island.

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua

If you recall Scarlett's origin story, Zac came along for the ride when we adopted Scarlett from PAAWS Antigua animal shelter. We had only intended to adopt Scarlett, but when we inquired about her they asked if we would be interested in adopting Zac as well. The two had been kennel mates from a very young age and were bonded. We remembered him, thought he was sweet, and took the plunge. Because of this we call him our "bonus dog".

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua

Zac is 3 years old and about 50 pounds. He has one sticky-uppy ear, one white sock, and the cutest underbite. I'm not sure exactly where on Antigua he was found, but he did have one sister named Zia who was adopted quickly.

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua
Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua

He is feisty and full of personality. He is the complete opposite of Scarlett in that he is always at the front of the line for treats or attention, and is rambunctious and playful. After taking a few months to get familiar, he and Sasha have become terrific playmates and will wrestle and chase each other around.

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua
Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua

Zac doesn't really have a favourite toy, though he'll grab a stuffed animal once in a while and toss it around. What he does love are brain teasers, or what are commonly called "canine enrichment" toys. He gets his breakfast in the purple egg - called the Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble. The kibble falls out of the holes on the ends as he bats it around with his nose and paws. Scarlett also loves this as she follows along behind, scooping up the pieces he misses. Second breakfast!

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua kibble nibble slow feeder

The other treat dispenser he loves is the PAWZ Road 2 in 1 feeder. He had trouble understanding it at first, but once we put the cylinder on the ground and he realized it was like his beloved egg, he was getting the treats in no time.  (There are links to both of these feeders here and in the sidebar if you're interested in them - we highly recommend them and have not been paid to say so!)

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua PAWZ Road 2 in 1 canine enrichment

We built a bigger dispenser with pop bottles and a tension rod to go across the doorway, but it fell down the first time he played with it so now he's afraid it's going to get him. :-) We'll keep working on it.


Zac is my morning snuggle buddy. Really, he's ready to snuggle at any time, but in the morning, after breakfast, if I'm still in bed he'll jump up and burrow into my shoulder for a nap. Once he's asleep he's a rock - you can pet him, tickle him, try to move him around...it doesn't matter, he's not budging. He'll just groan and cuddle closer. I truly love it.

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua
Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua

He is so smart, and has so much energy, that we've started taking him to rally obedience classes. Rally-O is similar to agility training, except that instead of only jumping over and through obstacles, the dogs perform an obedience task such as sit/stay, pivots/turns, back up, etc. at each station. It has enabled him (and us!) to learn obedience skills, and also forces him to concentrate as the course changes all the time. He is exhausted at the end of each one hour class.

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua

This little turd gives me the biggest headaches, but also the biggest smiles. I'm so glad we got him. Or did he get us?

Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua
Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua
Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua
Zac potcake dog PAAWS Antigua


**If you would like to support PAAWS Antigua or would like to know more about potcakes in general, please click on one of these links:

PAAWS Antigua

Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue

Potcake Place (Turks & Caicos)








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