Fooey. I saw a documentary about a place that rescued wombats who were orphaned. In order to raise them as naturally as possible the rescuers would carry them around in a little backpack and they would just ride along wherever. This rescuer would walk into a store and be asked, "what is that?" and she would respond "Oh, that's my little wombat". I was feverish with envy.Wombats are actually too vicious to keep as pets. They're australias version of the english black and white forest critter that eats plants and tiny creatures and was on the animals of farthing wood as Foxes advisor. BADGER! They're Australias badger.
Hmm, English Mastiffs.... lots of drool, don't live especially long, clumsy. Clumsy and huge. As a breed, they can be prone to hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, bone cancer, and kidney stones. Vet treatment is more expensive proportional to size.
I've known several EM's though, and they're all really amiable, affectionate, and playful (but lazy). Perhaps a little dumb... they seem to think they're lap dogs despite how enormous they are. I knew one that lived with five cats, and she got along with them no problem. Her name was 'Volga.'
Mastiffs aren't really my type - I dig German Shepherds. But they're nice dogs overall.