Friday, February 5, 2010

Big Boy

Well I thought it was time to do a post again about our Neapolitan Mastiff puppy. Adrian and I love large breed dogs and we are no stranger to them. My favorite since I was just a little girl has been the Irish Wolfhound. On my way home from school there lived 2 of them just down the street and you could always find me peeking through the fence to spy on them. I just thought they were wonderful. But with all my allergies I have never considered getting such a long haired dog.
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Adrian and I are no stranger to large breeds when we lived in Alaska we did the odd job of dog sitting. And we watched several giant German Shepherds one of them named Ahnika where we got the name for our Dane from that a friend used for skijoring and we also watched a Wolf Hybrid that was 80% wolf named Tudor. I wish I had some pictures of him he was a Beautiful Gentle Giant. We have owned 2 large dogs before with short hair of course. Shade the greyhound he was about 80 lbs. and was very tall. And Ahnika the Great Dane who was actually on the small side for a Dane she weighed in around 130 lbs.

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~Ahnika
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Lucy was here before Wyatt and she is a standard poodle that we got in Miami. She is our smallest dog she only weighs in at about 45lbs.
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Apparently Mastiffs are Adrian's dream dog and he was so happy when he found out we got the house that within 24hrs he had one flying on a plane to us all the way from Ohio hehehe!!
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But I was completely unfamiliar with this breed. We have always gotten rescue dogs in the past which have always come to us as almost adult dogs. So Wyatt was our first puppy. We of course found a trainer right away because with a large breed dog that last thing you want in your home is a dog larger than you bossing you around.

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Training Wyatt has been an absolute nightmare. He is extremely stubborn and we are just now finally getting to the point where he is allowed to come out of his kennel and be in the house with the rest of us. And the Drool have I mentioned the drool? We now have a permanent hook on the wall which holds the Wyatt towel so that we are always prepared to clean up the drool. And of course there is the 5:30am howling wake up call that he puts us through every morning!
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We took some pictures of Wyatt last night this is probably the last time Adrian will be able to pick him up. He is pushing over 70 lbs. now and his father weighed in at 225lbs. He was also the largest in his litter so we are thinking he is definitely still going to double his weight and then some.
Wyatt is going to be big but Wyatt will be a wonderful dog to protect our property. We have 8+ acres that are all open as well as all the acres surrounding us. Which means we have tons of coyotes and we even have the odd Mountain Lion as well as many other critters. Adrian got Wyatt to keep us all safe when we are outside and keep and eye on the property. At just 4 months old Wyatt's is already doing a great job. And although the training has been difficult we know he will be a wonderful protector and friend to our family.
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Well that's our big boy!! Can't wait to post the next pictures in a few weeks can you imagine how big he will be???


The word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Psalm 33:4-5

12 comments:

  1. Wyatt sure is beautiful. I love the color and sheen of his coat and those beautiful eyes. Coyotes and lions and snakes, oh my! It's like being in Little House on the Prairie : ) (I loved that show).

    My favorite dog of all time is the english mastiff. We had one back in the early 90s. His name was Samson. Maybe we'll own one again when we live in our own home.

    Loved the pictures.... thanks for sharing. It was fun!

    Blessings,

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  2. That's one big boy. Have you ever heard of the dog whisperer - Cesar Milan. He has a great book.

    Sure would love to cuddle with Wyatt!

    Leann

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  3. Wyatt sure is a big doggie! Don't know if I could handle the drool though! We had a Siberian Husky one time called Janu. She was beautiful but she was so strong she used to break her chain. My father built her a beautiful dog house which matched our house and she tore part of the front off. She loved the snow in the winter time and often caught partridges even while she was chained up. I couldn't take her for a walk because she was so strong she always took me for the walk, or rather a run!
    Thanks for sharing about your doggies and have a great weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  4. Oh my goodness! What a pup! I'm still laughing over the drool...reminds me of the movie 'Beethoven', only he was a St. Bernard. Wyatt is just adorable. :-)Have a great weekend!
    Blessings,
    Anne

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  5. I can't get over how big your puppy is getting. My goodness. He's beautiful.

    We lived in Alaska too, for a while up in Eagle River. Loved it there!

    Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Dear Heather,

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Those cougars had better look out! :) . What a lot of sweet pups you've had; Lucy doesn't know what a dainty thing she is!

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  7. he's just lovely.. looks like a big sweetheart.. I wish my hubs would let me have a big dog inside.. i would feel a lot more safe when he's not at home..

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  8. What a gorgeous dog! Both my husband and I like large breed dogs...we have an American Stadforshire Terrier named Navarre...he is not as big as yours... :)

    The waking up early in the morning...oh my, I remember those days when we were training Navarre and he will just sing to us from his crate to let us know, "I have to go out".

    Blessings,

    Maria

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  9. A Mastiff is to a dog what a Lion is to a housecat. He stands alone and all others sink before him. His courage does not exceed temper and generosity, and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race"
    Cynographia Britannic 1800

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  10. Wow! He's getting big...and so cute! I just had one dog growing up,and he was a chihuahua mix....small and cuddly.

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  11. I just loved my visit today. I am jealous of your nice weather. I am so looking forward to seeing some sunshine. We still have snow swirling around in the air and it is so cold. Enjoy for me friend!
    Valentine Blessings~
    Carrie

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  12. Yikes! I didn't realize how big Wyatt actually was until I saw Mr. Watts holding him. Wyatt is going to be one great big dog! He should definitely be a great protector!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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