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a 5 year old Rottie! And 9 month old pit,

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Grey-D is an Italian Mastiff. Can't believe I've been scared of dogs all my life! But then my son introduced me to Grey-D and I fell in love. He's my "Granddog!"

We've now become inseparable!



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I have 2 Neopolitan Mastiffs, and inherited my mother's dorgie when she died. Unfortunately, the dorgie does not get along with my mastiffs, so she lives in an enclosed Arizona room. I've been trying to find a home for her for the past 1 1/2 years, but no luck. Hard to find a home for a dog that needs to be an only pet and is older.

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Julie, I just saw a show about Pyrenees this weekend.

Yes, I think most big dogs are like this. They do think everyone should be their friend.

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Took my saint bernard Lincoln for a walk this morning - he never meets a stranger out on our walks!! ;)

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I'm a pyrenees person!! Daisy is the 3rd Pyr I have & she truly is my heart & soul!!! Big Dogs are THE BEST!!!

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I'm so sorry you lost one. How are the other three taking their loss?

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I have three female english mastiffs. I had four, but lost Buffy this winter to lung cancer.

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DH's oldest brother had one that was NOT friendly at all and I was afraid of them for a while. Then my nephew got one and he grew to be the biggest Rottie I'd ever see. Also the goofiest one. Such a sweetie and I'm no longer afraid of them. One foolish dog, trained by an idiot doesn't mean the breed is bad. I do know that they're very loyal and protective, so I never go up to one when he is with his person unless invited to. That would be silly. Rotties are beautiful dogs.

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I have a big beautiful Rottie. Never thought I'd get one of these dogs but he was welcomed into our home after my brother lost his house. He's such a nut but I can't imagine my world without him.

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What a good gift for him. He needs a lot of room for running around and playing and now he won't get out and get into trouble and doesn't have to be hooked to anything, which just isn't right anyway.

You know, big dogs often continue to grow until they're 2 years old, so he might have a little more growing left to do. Maybe not much, but a little.

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Our Jaxon is now 1 yr old as of a couple of weeks ago. He is a mix of shepard/mastiff that weights a little over 90 lbs....not sure if he will grow much more. We adopted boy through our local animal shelter when he was about 10 weeks old. For his 1st birthday my husband and I fenced in our entire back/side yard for him to be able to run in...he absolutely loves it!!!

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2/27/12 10:32 A

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So many new people since my last visit! Welcome everyone! How wonderful that you all love the big dogs and that we're all trying to lose the weight.

I think you all know if you've read my posts that I love the big dogs, especially the Newfs. My Gus is still very goofy, but now that he's getting closer to 3 years old...my goodness, in just another week....he's finally showing signs of calming down a bit. He's a little less bouncy and he'll walk beside without grabbing my hand constantly. At Christmas, he walked very sedately next to my DD, which surprised us all. I think it's because he associates her with a baby now, so he thinks he needs to be very careful with her.

Kim, Newfie puppies are almost always easy to train and easy to care for. They want to take directions from you so they'll know just what they should be doing to make you happy. They are so smart and eager to please. They are willing to get along with any other animal...or bird...but that doesn't mean the others want to get along with them.

We used to have an African Grey parrot who got along very well with our Newf Annie. She got along with everyone and everything. The parrot would walk on the floor near her and Annie would just lie there, ignoring the parrot. Our other Newf, Panda, was a puppy and the parrot used to call him over. It took a while for Panda to realize it the was bird calling him and the bird was teasing and not in a good way. He learned to ignore the bird, but that was to save himself because the bird would have bitten him, while he honestly didn't mind Annie at all.

Panda did, however, love our son's rabbit. They got along very well and played all the time. That was a sight to see, watching them race around the yard together. Someone who didn't know better, might think that Panda was running after to the rabbit to eat him, until the rabbit stopped and then Panda would stop along side him and start grooming him. We'd sit in the grass and laugh like crazy. Poor rabbit would be slimed.

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Just adopted Nick, a 1 yr old rescue Great Pyrenees, after a month of fostering him. He never fails to make us smile.

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Hello :) I'm CIndy and I have a big beautiful bullmastiff named Max emoticon

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Hi I'm Cathy. I am owned by 2 Great Pyrenees, 4yr male and 1yr female. We also have a mix mutt and a Chihuahua.

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Hi, I'm Donna, owned by two Newfs--an 8 year old female and a 7.5 year old male. This is my second time joining sparks, but never looked before to see if there was a giant breeds group here. I look forward to talking big dogs!

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Hi Kim ..... sounds like there is never a dull moment around your house

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Hi,

My name is Kim and my family and I have a 12-week-old Newf named Darwin and an 8-year-old mutt (blue heeler/koon hound--about 85lbs) named Ellie. Darwin has proven to be the easiest puppy I have ever had. He is very sweet and super smart and absolutely adorable. Ellie is our clam and lovable old gal and has decided that she does indeed like Darwin and they have become great playmates. She tolerates quite a bit from him and from our 5 and 7 year old sons. To add to the chaos, we also have two birds; a Jenday conure named Norman and a Sun Conure named Jordan. Both of whom hate the puppy and have ensured him that they are the bosses of the house.

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I am owned by a 10month old Great Parynees/border collie cross. emoticon

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I have a 2 year old male Saint Bernard named Lincoln. He is my "man" of the house :)) (I live alone) but he is a friend to everyone, just probably not at 3AM if a stranger were to come?? Not sure what I would do in life without the daily brushings, cleaning up food brought from the kitchen to the living room, and/or all the drool after a good fresh drink of water. Oh and that squeaky toy!! :)) But I love him... and considering fostering other pups from the area too.

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My niece had a pit bull once. Silliest, sweetest dog. Just wanted to be petted and loved. All dogs have the potential to be good dogs as long as they are treated well and loved. It's just that some have that bad rep because of how they were bred to be fighters and unfortunately, it wasn't that long ago that pit bulls were fighting dogs. It's too bad.


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We have 3 pits. One is the mama and the other two are her pups, one of which is mine. They're almost 4 so they're not really pups anymore. The boy is huge. Pits were bred with mastiffs at some point and we think that's where Dozer gets his size from. While they all may not be gentle giants, they are a very misunderstood breed. We did adopt a Norfolk terrier. She was running around in the street and came right up to us. Then there's the cat...he thinks he's a dog and sometimes I think he's right. Him and the little dog are about the same size. Though, once something happens to our dog, we're thinking about getting a Dane..if we have the room.

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I don't see a lot of Newfs up here, either. That's actually how everyone knows who we are and always have. They identify us by our dogs. We've had at least one Newf for over 25 years and we live in a small town. DH comes from a relatively large family, but we're always known as the ones with the Newfoundlands.

Our DD has one and people are beginning to identify her and DSIL the same way now. There are worst ways of being known in town!

Our little grandson just started to crawl, so ready or not, DD's Newf will have to get used to being used as a pillow, stepping stool and probably a punching bag for a while. Knowing that he's an extremely mellow dog, there's no problem there.

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Newfs are wonderful dogs with kids. I dont see alot of them around here. Mostly Danes, Mastiffs and prys. My best friend has 2 and they are just adorable!

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Yup, I'd say you have big dogs, too. Good luck to you!

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Hello, I have a 3 year old Great Dane named Myshka and an 8 month old 1/2 English Mastiff and 1/2 Itallian Mastiff named Mussolini....

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Cool! My DD has a brown Newf, Wyatt. He's also 2 years old. It's always interesting for us to compare Wyatt and Gus.

As to the age of a big dog and maturity...well, it really depends on the personality of the dog. Wyatt, for instance is such a laid-back dog, that even though he can get pretty excited sometimes and jump and run and play, as a rule, he prefers to spend his days relaxing and he likes to walk around when he is "playing". Gus, on the other hand, almost never walks. He trots everywhere, plays fetch with himself by tossing the toys and then running after them, always wants to play, jumps and bounces around people and is almost never still. He's super playful. It's just his nature. Our last Newf, Macy, was the same way. She lived to be 12 1/2 and we think she lived to be that old because she never got out of the puppy stage and never knew she was an adult. We hope we get the same with Gus. He sure is silly.

Wyatt and Gus both, have made serious friends with our grandson. He's only 4 mos old and up until now, Wyatt has only looked at him a lot. Last week, he decided he needed to get really close and he licked Mitchell's face and Mitchell grabbed at Wyatt's face. Now that they've touched each other, I think they've bonded. Gus finally got close this weekend and got a chance to sniff Mitchell all over. He didn't actually touch Mitchell, but he very gently sniffed and watched him. MItchell, though, loves to touch and grab everything, so he grabbed a small handful of Gus' fur just above his left eye and then on his muzzle. Gus waited until Mitchell let go, then he backed off just enough to keep from getting grabbed again. Gus is usually not that gentle, but the true Newf in him came out.

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Hi all! Another Newfie owner here. :)
We have 2, Hattie is a black 10 year old, old lady, and Bosco is her brown 6 year old half brother. They are the sweetest dogs!
Before we had these 2 we had a wonderful Bernese called Morris. Bless him!
Looking forward to learning more about everyone else's gentle giants!

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Nanuk still acts pretty silly too. I always assumed it was because he was the younger male, and Damson is more dominant. But it could just be age.

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That's a perfect name. Great Pyrenees have a face just like a Newf, only the opposite color...at least opposite of my Gus. They are beautiful dogs. My Gus turned two this spring as well. Still doesn't act like an adult and I don't expect he will for a while, if ever. Such a goofball.

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We have two male Great Pyrenees. Samson is almost 4. And Nanuk turned 2 in the spring. BTW - Nanuk is the Inuit word for polar bear. Seemd fitting for a Pyr. :)

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I know you want another rescue dog, but because Brutus has so many issues, I kind of wonder if you might want to consider not getting another rescue that would come with more issues. A Newfie puppy wouldn't have issues and would come full of love and would do wonders for an adult who needs attention. A Newf seems to bring out the best in other animals. They are much easier to find than Leonbergers....nothing against Leonbergers, they just aren't abundant.

Newfs can make friends with just about any other dog or animal. My DD's Newf has made friends with their neighbor's pigs. It's really not a good thing, because the pigs have to cross the road in order to come play and they're actually supposed to come to play. It's not Wyatt's fault. He stays home, but the pigs get bored and they came over and found him.

They take him to the dog park and he's friends will all the dogs except for one...the other Newf! I guess that one has decided to be a lazy lump and just lies there doing nothing. Wyatt does get watchful when other dogs get near the baby (our new grandson), but when he's sure they've looked and moved on, he runs off to play. If a dog stays too long, he simply stands there, stares the dog down and the other dog always walks away. He never has to make a sound, but with a big dog like that, why would he. Lately, though, he lets his best friend, Cara, take care of watching the baby. She's a Shiba Inu and very protective. If Cara is there, Wyatt can play because no dog gets close to the baby. She would much rather baby sit than play with other dogs.

Anyway, I think a puppy might be the thing for Brutus. He'd have to focus his attention away from you a bit and he'd have to watch out for this bundle instead of thinking about himself all the time as well. 'Course, it also means you'd have to supervise a lot for months to make sure they got along. Newfies love cats, too.

Our Newf, Gus, is finally getting through to Charlie, the Pekingese. Charlie is the youngest of the small dogs at our house and the most protective. He bullies Gus, but he's willing to sort of play with him. At least, he'll play along side him, barking all the time. Gus loves it. the only problem is that Charlie gets tired a lot faster than Gus and Gus doesn't understand why Charlie can't keep up. They keep me laughing.

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We have a Cane Corso mastiff. He's a rescue and we are dealing with his aggressivity at the moment. He's wonderfully protective and loyal and has the greatest personality. He has bonded with the three of us so intimately that I can't imagine him not being in our lives. He's 3 years old.

We have been seriously considering a companion for him as it seems he would do well with someone to romp with that is not a 2-leg that bruises easily. Ha ha

As I was reading this thread I just kept smiling at all the similarities...bruised feet, picky eating, sleeping a lot, etc...

I recently discoverd the Leonberger breed online and was thrilled to see someone in the group has one. They are absolutely beautiful creatures.

My preference would be for a newfie. I am a huge history nut and particularly Lewis & Clark history and since they had a newfie I think i would like to have one as well. The demeanor and the size are a perfect fit for my boy Brutus.

The issue is I'm all about the rescue dogs and while I know they come with their own sets of issues due to their previous homes/owners/situations I need to be sure I have one that is compatible with my Bru. Shoot...the boy gets jealous when I pet one of the cats so I can only imagine his reaction if I gave undue attention to another dog!


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I have an Akita and a Great Pyrenees. My mom has 3 Berners so big dog love runs in the family. I love my Akita, don't get me wrong, but when it's time for me to get another dog, I think it will be another Pyr. My boy Milo is truly the dog of my heart, and despite the white tumbleweeds in my house, this is a breed I can't see being without. =)

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hahahahaha. that sounds like a lot of fun!!!

over the weekend, i was bit by a saint bernard twice.

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Right now we have a house full as well. DS has been between jobs and is bored. He's still living in his apartment an hour away from us, but he's been spending a lot of time at our place, helping DH do things for spending money and help out with some bills. He has 2 small dogs, a shih tzu and a pekingese. They love our pug, but aren't so thrilled with Gus, the Newfie. Gus loves them all and doesn't understand why all three won't play with him. 'Course, he doesn't always see them when he's running around and he's been known to bowl them over as he's running and then wonders why they're growling at him?!

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sounds like you sure have a houseful! pony is a great name.
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How fun to be reading about everyones dogs .It is like reading about someone 's kids . Only more fun.
We are a household of several dogs.2 of them are anything but big dogs. Schatzy a 12 yr old mini doxie and Hickock my 14 yr old border collie. And in the midst of these older dogs I brought in my gentle giant. a Great Pyraneese /border collie cross. He is not quite a GIANT yet but he is working on it. His name is Pony and he is only 3 month old. But already nearly as tall as my border collie.

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There was a show on tv many years ago where, as far as I was concerned, the Leonberger was the star. I saw that there was a marathon of the show one day and I turned it on. I couldn't remember anything about the show at all until I turned it on, but just seeing the name reminded me that there was something I loved about it. It was the dog!

Yes, they have the same expressive, wonderful face as a Newf. I've never seen one around here, but if I did, I'd be willing to have one if I couldn't find a Newf. I've only read wonderful things about them.

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a leonberger???!! awesome!!!!!!
there's two breeds you dont see much of at all!
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I have a very energetic 10 month old Leonberger/Anatolian Shepard Puppy. If you don't know what a leonberger is there a cross between a Newfoundland, saint Bernard,great pyrenees.

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My Newf only eats about 6 cups a day. Some days he barely eats at all. I've mentioned before that he's the 4th full Newf we've had and they've all been the same. Before this, we had a 1/2 Newf/1/2 Shep and he also ate less than we thought he should and would sometimes take 2 days to eat a bowl of food. Still, all but one of our Newfs was a full, good sized dog. One, a female, was thin and small. We couldn't fatten her up, but she was the exception.

Gus is a pretty good sized dog, very active, plays by himself during the day and yet is good on the 6 cups. There are foods he doesn't seem to care for. I can tell because it will take him 4 days to finish a bowl and if he likes it, he'll start eating it right away. The type of food doesn't matter so much. He likes some canned, not others. He doesn't seem to like canned with chicken flavors, only the beef flavors. He'll sit and look at his food if I add the chicken flavored canned, like he's wondering what I did with it.

My DD has a newf, but she can only feed him 2 cups a day. He doesn't do anything. He sleeps. I kind of think he needs more food so he'll be more active, but her vet told her to cut down the food to only 2 cups because Wyatt was getting too fat. I don't know. When they are visiting us, he eats a lot more because Gus's food is out in the garage and Wyatt eats what's in Gus' bowl. 'Course, he and Gus play all day and he's hungry.

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i think its in this thread actually!!

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I do the same with canned food & dry food.
It's interesting that you're seeing a pattern on the message boards about large breed, picky undereaters. I need to do some exploring!

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he is very picky. but luckily he likes some canned food so i take a scoop of that and mix it with his regular food.
treats are treats--he hears that word and he doesnt care what it is. carrot or apple or actual dog treat.

a lot of our pups on here seem to be picky and also under-eaters.
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He's picky too! Will only eat certain foods/flavors and I have found one kind of treats that he likes and have bought well over 40 varieties. Is your large breed picky, or am I just lucky?

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another saint!
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must be a large breed thing, the not eating.


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Hi! I have a Saint Bernard male weighing about 175 (he ranges from 165-175). I feed him a natural diet called Natural Balance. He should eat about 8 cups a day but will only eat about 6.

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ZLOIE2, so sorry for your loss... it is never easy. emoticon

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Thanks for the encouragement on the loss of our special friend. We do know he isn't hurting but wish he was still here jumping around and playing.

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I'm very sorry to hear you lost your son's dog. Take the time you need to grieve for him, he was a part of the family after all.

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We have a beautiful English Mastiff pup named Tallulah. She turned 1 on January 27th and she is right at 100 lbs. She and our 3 year old daughter, Shiloh are best buds!

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Lost my granddog yesterday to cancer. My son and I couldn't let him go until no other choice was left. Such a sad sad time for us. Even our other dog is sad and keeps looking for him and not eating. So unfar that cancer can take away so much. We know it will pass but we sure do miss him.

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I heard Saint Bernards make good family pets. They must eat alot though. What brand of dog food do you feed your large breed. we are trying to find a good one that doesn't contain corn.

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Our gentle giant is Miss Calico, a 12 year-old purebred Saint Bernard weighing in at 170 pounds. She's a sweetheart and a retired service dog who served faithfully as a mobility assistance dog for a family member until retirement at age 9. She was one of a litter of 15 puppies, and is the only surviving member of the litter, so we know she is on borrowed time; every moment with her is precious. I hope we have lots more precious moments with her!

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I know the hardship of losing a pet and I'm sorry to hear of your sons dog. Very hard when you can't just replace a pet, since it is like a person to you.
You are in our prayers. Time does heal the hurt though. I'm glad we decided to get another one though. We would've missed out on sharing and recieving alot of love. Hope it all works out for you all.

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I'm so sorry to hear of your son's dog. This is really hard since it sounds like he's not just his dog, but a companion to help him with things? It really doesn't matter how old your son is, this hits anyone hard at any age.

Tweetyann, sorry I didn't get back to you quickly, but I live in Maine. Perfect state for having Newfs. They love this cold, snowy weather. Gus doesn't like to come inside the house, so he has a nice insulated dog house that DH and DS made many years ago for a different Newf when we were waiting for her to come to us. Gus has cedar shavings inside it and even though it was at least -10F last night, he came out of it this morning nice and warm.

Gus loves small dogs. Problem is, they don't always like him. He's so big and he still thinks he's a puppy, so he's a bit rough. DH has a pug, so people think it's pretty funny when they're outside together. They aren't really friends, though, since Bud (the pug) doesn't like Gus that much. His friend was Macy, our Newf who passed away. He loved her and he only tolerates Gus.

As for big dogs not eating, that's about right. We've had 4 Newfs, 1 that was 1/2 Newf. Every one of them only ate when hungry and if that meant they when one or two days eating very little, that's the way it was. Gus will often go a full day without eating a thing. He's very active and technically, still growing since he's not quite 2 years old. I don't worry, though. He'll eat when he's hungry. He always has a lot of energy, his fur is shiny, his eyes bright and he always wants to play.

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sure seems unfair to me..
i hope that the vet was wrong... it happens. ill be hoping every day.

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Thanks for thinking about us. My son is 27 and its hard to see him cry. His dog has always stayed right with him, lays under his wheelchair and even sleeps in the bed with him. He is truly his best friend and it seems so unfair this had to happen.

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cheetos... works for me, too. ill eat anything if you put cheetos on it.
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im glad your dog is doing better... is hard to see them sick.

zloie2... i am so sorry about your son's dog.. words cant express my sorrow for everyone. what a terrible situation. your family is in my thoughts.

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Never tried cheetos, right now just liver thats baked and cut up really small. Seems bigger dog bigger the baby. So sad right now, My sons dog is a blue pit and 5 years old. Had sugery once but now its back and the vet gave him 3-5 months. We are both so heartbroken. My sons a paraplegic and has had the dog since his accident and lives along with his dog which is also his best friend. We both have cried and cried.

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Wow, I thought the not eating thing was just our dog! He'll go days, sometimes a whole week, where the only way to get him to eat is to mix meat up in it (or Cheetos. DH got him hooked on Cheetos).

He had to go see the vet a few days ago. Poor guy was so sick it was coming out both ends. I ended up cleaning his pen three times in two hours. Vet's not sure what the specific problem was, so they put him on antibiotics. He didn't get fed for a full 24 hours, and when I put his dinner down for him after 24 hours of fasting, he was just like, "Meh, I'll eat later."

He's doing a lot better.

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Must be a big dog thing to not eat unless needed. I am really slow now at losing, started zumba and doing it 2-3 days a week and working with light weights. Could I be building muscle? My eating hasn't changed and exercise has increased but the scale doesn't go down.

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yes!! it was the same with our mastiff... he wouldnt eat. weight was fine but just wouldnt eat. we too have to add something to his food to get him to eat but then... if he isnt hungry, he wont touch it. sometimes he goes for two days without eating. and sometimes, he lays under the table waiting for his breakfast.

i wish i could be like that... seems like he ONLY uses food as fuel.

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anyone have problems getting their big dogs to eat? My mal will go for a day without eating often. Feed him really good food called wilderness- all meat with no grain. Have to add baked chicken livers to his food to get him to eat. He won't even eat the livers if he isn't hungry. Weight is good just wish he would eat like other dogs. Thanks

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I had a neighbor had 2 or 3 Saint Bernards and loved them. thanks for the congrats on marriage. Lots to plan for for renewal ceremony.

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Thank you! They are super sweet. Great guard dogs, but wonderful with people when they get to know them. I saw that one of your big guys is a Cane Corso - that was another breed I was looking into when I was searching - so adorable!

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malamutes are gorgeous. again, another rare-er breed!
and the bordeaux! awesome!! havent had the chance to meet one in person yet but yours is gorgeous!

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I have a 1 year old Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)... just think Turner & Hooch! Ironically enough, she's the perfect apartment dog.

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I have an alaskan malamute named naiche thats 2. Always had pitbulls and an english bull before him. Never thought such a large dog would make such a wonderful house pet.

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congrats on the long marriages, both of you! thats awesome.

i am pushing for a saint for our next dog... the boyfriend isnt convinced. yet.
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just one of the breeds we are considering.

that is adorable that fezzik's best bud was a yorkie-poo. ive yet to see a saint without a gigantic heart that you can practically see.

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We have a 9-1/2 month-old Saint Bernard named Fezzik. He's the first giant breed I've ever had, and I'm absolutely in love with them. The next dog we get will also be a Saint Bernard, most likely, or a Newfie. Probably a Saint, but a third dog I would definitely push for a Newfie.

DH had wanted a Saint since before we met, and we've been together 15 years now, so Fezzik was a long time coming but so worth the wait.

Part of the agreement with getting him was that he had to get training. Mostly I didn't want him dragging us down the road during walks or jumping on our nieces and nephews (DD is 18, not so worried about her. Our youngest nephew is 7. He'd fall over).

His best friend in puppy kindergarten was a Yorkie-poo. Go figure - the biggest and smallest dogs in the class would be best buds.

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Congrats on 31 years. What state do you live in?
I am in WI. Started on the bike ten min. Will do treadmill today!

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We can all use some encouragement, so being a slow starter isn't a bad thing. A year ago, I was going great guns, losing like crazy, then hit a plateau that has lasted for quite a few months now. I think we could encourage each other a lot.

BTW, I've been married for 31 years now, so we have a couple of things in common. Must be a good sign, so here's to both of us having a good year and losing a lot of weight and getting healthy! emoticon

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looking to lose weight for my 30th wedding renewal ceremony. It will be April 2nd. I have a new dress and all and want to be able to fit into my dress. Been thru alot in those years and it is very meaningful for us to renew our vows. I'm a slow starter and could use a little encouragement.

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Had our first puppy training class last night and she was the most calm one there. she is so sweet now but we can see her starting to herd our shi tzu around and she allowed my 20 month old granddaughter to grab her by the collar and walk her around the house. then she guarded her by cornering her by the couch and looked around like she was guarding her. she shows ownership over my husband and myself over our 11yr old shi tzu.

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love american bulldogs. dont see them around much! they sound like a handful.
and a komondor, too! awesome!!
glad to have both of you with us. cant wait to hear more about all three!

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Hello everyone. I have 2 American Bulldogs. Brother & Sister, Cain & Princess. They're 2 and sometimes quite a handful lol. They've been so happy since i started walking them every day so it helps them and me! =D

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Very cute. I like that show, too. Now let's wait and see if your dog is as tough as Kate or if like so many other big dogs, just a puff ball inside!!

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I am a new owner of a female Komondor. She is 4 months old. she is so fun. Her name is Kitty Beckett, named after my new fave show Castle on Monday nites. since the breed is a guard dog and Kate Beckett is a detective I thought it was a good name for her.

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now there is one that you dont hear of often... my friend has a greater swiss. cant wait to see pics.
and stephanie, you have a handful there.
:o)
bet its fun.

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We have a giant old lab (over 100Ibs) and we will be getting our Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppy this Spring.

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Hi there. My name is Stephanie. I've been a member of SP on & off for 4 yrs. I have one English Mastiff puppy (well, he will be 12 months old on Sunday so technically he will not be a puppy much longer), Jagger, who is 180# and still growing. He's a handful! We also have 2 Labs, a black, named Papi, he's 5 yrs old; and a yellow, named Wally, and he's 3 yrs old. They all keep us very busy! :)

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Newfs are gorgeous! my dog i lost this year reminded me of them in his temperment. he was a true mutt and i never really knew what he was but when i started reading up on several large breeds it was amazing how much he sounded like almost all of them. i have a german shepher and a great dane now and they are both 6 months old and so much fun. i worry about the dane, they are both outside dogs (the hub has allergies) and i want so very much to keep her inside. She seems so sad and just wants to be loved on when we are out to play with them. The fact that its winter doesn't help, we don't get to go out as much as we would like. Oklahoma weather, as kooky as it is, allowed us to be outised until 10pm in short sleeve shirts last night! my hub and baby boy played fetch with sammy and lulu and i just sat and watched them and she couldn't be happier that i was just loving on her. she is very timid but is just the softest sweetest thing ever!

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So far, almost everyone has really enjoyed seeing our Newfs, but every so often, someone isn't so sure about them. I try to warn new people about them ahead of time. Any type of delivery people are usually pretty happy to see them, because they know dogs and know they have finally found a friendly dog in spite of the size.

We're finding that Gus is kind of odd, though. One day, he decided that he didn't want to climb the front steps up to the porch anymore. We thought he probably ran up them one day and got hurt, so didn't want to get hurt again, but we also figured that he'd get over it, forget it and come up again. That was last January. He still won't come up. People are so shocked when they come to the door and Gus stays behind.

He also hates to come in the back door, which is just one step up. It's not the step that bothers him. It's the floors. He's such a clutzy dog that he's slipped and fallen on the floors because he rarely just walks. He runs, so of course, he wipes out when he tries to take a corner at a dead run. Now he's afraid of the floors. His own fault, but try to tell him that. The last time I did manage to get him into the house via the back door (a couple of weeks ago), he stayed on the rug by the back door. Bribing him didn't work, ignoring him didn't work, nothing. I finally had to let him back out.

I need a doggy shrink.

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THAT REMINDS ME OF MY FIRST NEWFIE ZAK, HE WAS INSIDE A 3.5 FOOT FENCE WHEN THE METER MAN CAME TO READ THE METER NEXT TO THE FENCE, THE METER MAN FELL ON HIS BUTT WHEN ZAK SURPRISED HIM AND JUMPED ONTO THE FENCE TO LICK HIS FACE.

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I've been owned by them myself. Currently, Gus still needs to be owned. He's different. Still young, very bouncy and very much in need of being needed.

I called to have our LP tank filled today. I told the lady that she should tell the delivery guy that we have a large dog, but to please not worry about him. Make sure the guy knows to simply say "Back Off" in a loud voice. The dog isn't vicious or anything, just bouncy and needs to be told not to bounce on him. She obviously didn't know if I was serious, but I told her to just make a note about it and he'd understand when he got here.

We sometimes call Gus, Tigger. He is a bouncer!

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I am owned by a newfoundland and a golden retriever. Just looking at my newfie makes me melt. He is my second one and I hope I will always be able to occupy my life space with one of these great dogs.

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I've always loved large breeds, when we were growing up, we had a couple of Collies. Loved them, but my brother was allergic, so we didn't keep them as long as we would have liked. DH and I have large dogs as long as we've been married and Newfoundlands for 25 years. He still wants a shepherd and one day, he will have one. 'Course, that means we'll have a Newf and a shepherd at the same time.

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Hi everyone! We have a black male great dane, named Turbo. This is the first time we've had a giant breed. He is so awesome!

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My daughter used to talk alot about getting some sort of Mastiff, but her DH talked her into getting a Newfoundland since she grew up with them (we had 3 through her growing up years) and she knew all about them, but really knew nothing about mastiffs.

They both love Wyatt and he's a great dog. Now, they're going to have a baby in March and Wyatt is already watching over DD. He knows.

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is wonderful hearing about everyone's dogs.
i have duncan, a cane corso.. he's 7 years old and weighs 150 lbs.
we also have walter the lab who is also 7 years old. he is on a diet and miserable.

i love all dogs but especially the mastiff family.

that is funny about chomper. my feet are normally all bruised from duncan.

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9/14/10 3:00 P

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I was always a little nervous around Rottis after seeing a couple that were not trained well. That was before hanging around my nephew's dog, Chomper. He's the biggest Rotti I've ever seen...tall, long, a huge head and the biggest goofball as well! So lovable and silly and the only time he hurt me was when he stepped on my foot! He weighs a ton! Such a great dog.

Mastiffs are amazing looking. I really know very little about the different types of mastiffs, but each seems to be so neat. Good luck with them and I hope Norman doesn't get to be too enormous!

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We have a rotti/lab mix (our old man)...he weighs about 100 lbs and he is 10 years old. Our new addition Norman is Cane Corso Mastiff. He is now eight months old and over 100lbs. We love them both to absolute pieces :)

"I'll let the fancy take ya..."


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So I know this is the forum for the larger breeds and we've chatted a bit about them, but exactly which breed do each of us have or have had or would like?

I've chatted about my Newfoundlands past and present and I would love to have them forever. My hubby still wants to get a German Shepard at some point. Almost did get one instead of Gus, but we have a small inside dog and he'd want the Shepard to stay inside when it's cold. As I'm allergic to dogs...I know, go figure...I just can't have two dogs living in the house at the same time. I told him he could have his shepard if he found a new home for the pug, but he didn't want to do that. Sooo, we got Gus instead.

I don't think there is any other large breed we've considered. Not because we don't like other breeds, only because once we've a breed we like, we stick with it.

Anyone else?

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