Newfoundland Dogs Make Great Family Pets

Three Children Were Fun Let's Add Two Newfoundland Dogs

My husband and I are gluttons for punishment. All three of our sons are now young men and what do we do ..... bring not one but two dogs into the family. We've never once regretted it, and would never change a thing.

These two dogs are treated very well, and sometimes I think spoiled more than my three sons ever were. They get away with and are spoiled more than any other dogs I've ever had. All the rules have been broken that my husband and I set up and talked about before getting a dog. All except one, which is no begging at the kitchen table.

In this hub I’d like to share with you pictures of my two Newfoundland dogs growing up. You may have already seen a few of these pictures on other hubs that I’ve written, such as poems and informational hubs on dogs.

Why A Newfoundland Dog

I love dogs whether they are miniature, small, medium, large or giant breeds. However I've always been partial to the giant breeds. There’s more to love. There’s more hair to clean up, and larger messes in the back yard, higher food costs, but in the end to us, so well worth it.

My husband had a Newfoundland dog when he was growing up and always talked about what a great dog Shawnee was. I’d always loved this breed but didn't know too much about them until I started researching and talking to breeders. After finding out the temperament, health issues, longevity, exercise requirements etc. I decided that the Newfoundland would make the perfect dog to bring into our family. Two years later we brought Magz home.

Maggie Magz at 3 weeks old
Maggie Magz at 3 weeks old | Source
My Girl at 5 weeks old
My Girl at 5 weeks old
October 2006 Thanksgiving Weekend 7.5 weeks old
October 2006 Thanksgiving Weekend 7.5 weeks old
"Did you see that....was that a bird?"
"Did you see that....was that a bird?"

Maggie Magz

Maggie Magz is named after our three sons: Matthew, Allan, and Garth. The Z is the first letter of our last name.

Maggie was born in August of 2006.

The first time that I met this beautiful little girl was when she was 3 weeks old. I had been to the breeders and told them that I'd be interested in purchasing a pup from them. This was after meeting all the prospective parents of pups to be born.




Two weeks had passed and I had to see my pup. The breeders encouraged as many visits as possible. I lived 2 hours away and didn't visit as often as I would've liked to. When I saw how big she'd grown in 2 short weeks I was amazed. On this visit my son and I had a lot of fun with Magz, and spent about 2 hours getting to know her.



We get a call from the breeder saying they feel that Magz is ready to go home. I thought that she was a little young to leave her mother at 7.5 weeks old but I was so excited and went the following day to pick her up.

It was Thanksgiving weekend and the leaves had started to fall. Magz had a great time running around her new backyard. I lost count of how many leaves I had to pick out of her mouth. For some reason she thought they tasted great.


Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Breed Female Dog. Spring of 2007 - 8 months old         "Let's play Ball"
Newfoundland Breed Female Dog. Spring of 2007 - 8 months old "Let's play Ball" | Source

Introducing "Bruce"

Bruce at 8 weeks old. Such a happy little guy. Newfoundland Dog Breed
Bruce at 8 weeks old. Such a happy little guy. Newfoundland Dog Breed | Source

Two Newfoundland Dogs. Are You Nuts?

When Magz was eight months old we thought what's better than one Newfoundland dog? You got it ....two Newfoundland dogs. This time I looked around for a breeder that was closer to home. Here at Wildau Kennels we found Bruce. People laugh and ask why would you name a dog Bruce. I wanted to name him Gander, after a city in Newfoundland, or Harbor. Gander was also the name of a Newfoundland dog that was a hero in WWII. My husband said, "Nope, you named our first dog, this one I get to name." He chose Bruce because he felt this was a laid-back name for a laid-back dog. So Bruce it was.

Best of Buddies
Best of Buddies
Bruce after a bath and a grooming.
Bruce after a bath and a grooming.
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Bruce - TeethingBruce learning to sit for a treat. Head up Butt down.So TiredWe Share!I still like my sticks.Newfs love the snow.Aww Mom do we really have to come in?
Bruce - Teething
Bruce - Teething
Bruce learning to sit for a treat. Head up Butt down.
Bruce learning to sit for a treat. Head up Butt down.
So Tired
So Tired
We Share!
We Share!
I still like my sticks.
I still like my sticks.
Newfs love the snow.
Newfs love the snow.
Aww Mom do we really have to come in?
Aww Mom do we really have to come in?



I have many many more photos of my dogs, but I'll stop here. Thanks for having a look, and I do hope that you enjoyed my pictures of Maggie Magz and Bruce.



Some of My Favorite Dog Quotes

From Amazing Bet Blogs

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” ~ Josh Billings

“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.” ~ Agatha Christie

“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, big or small, young or old. He doesn’t care if you’re not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector.” ~ Louis Sabin

“If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” ~ Pam Brown


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I so miss those puppy days :) Every time I see a puppy I want to get another one. Thank you so much!


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RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

How lovely learning more about your gorgeous Newfies! I Love the photos they are just so beautiful and what very cute pups. Amazing how fast they grew into those stunning dogs.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Randi, So sorry, I've been busy and have not had time to get to comments. It's funny how we spoil our pups and cats to no ends. Thanks so much!

Raimer, It sure is.

Wayne, My new children --- that's a perfect way to describe them. Hope you don't mind if I borrow that from time to time.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

It's so strange. I wrote a comment a couple of days ago and don't see it here now. Anyway, I just wanted to say that your pups are beautiful. I totally related to the "more spoiled then the kids" comment. Muy daighter is alwauys telling me that I like my kitty girls better than her! Up+ for Magz, Bruce and their beautiful mama!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

When these two are gone I'd love to get a small dog not that I have anything against big dogs but it sure would make walking and cleaning so much easier. Thanks so much Phyllis!


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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Big beautiful creatures. I've seen them on FB from time to time. I have a couple of furry children as well. they are my new children.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, I don't know what I'd do without them.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

He sure did Ruthi, he sure did :)


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Paula, Yes cute and adorable but ...... :) a hell of a lot of work. I really bit off more than I can chew by getting the second one. But they're worth every (almost) ounce of energy I put into them daily. Maggie just turned 8 this past week and Bruce will be 8 in March.


Raimer Gel 2 years ago

I actually think raising dogs is like raising children. It's a huge responsibility.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

They are beauties! I can really relate to your statement that they are probably more spoiled than your kids were. My daughter always tells me I treat the kitties better than her!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Susan, without even knowing them in person, I adore Magz and Bruce! Thank you so much for sharing their pictures, they are beautiful. I always wanted a Newfoundland, but without a good yard for them I could not have one -- it would not be fair to such a large dog. I have a little Pom and he is just fine in my apartment. I love dogs, and I love those quotes you shared. Voted up, across and H+


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I'm like you, Susan. My dogs are like children to me. Dogs have been around for ages and have served people in many ways from therapy dogs to military dogs. All my love to you, Maggie and Bruce.


Ruth Cox 2 years ago

Maggie Magz and Bruce are gorgeous dogs! But I want to know... Did Bruce grow to live up to his laid-back name?


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan....I'm surprised I missed this hub the first time around. What is more adorable and huggable than babies, puppies and kittens? They're lovable, vulnerable and precious.

These dogs are gorgeous. Wonderful additions to any family as you have stated.

I wanted to reach in and scoop up that sweet puppy at the top!..UP+++


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Peg, I know what you mean, I love looking at puppy pictures too. When I see a puppy or a dog outside I can't help but look as well.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are such cuties. I love big dogs, too. Our Tony weighs over a hundred pounds. Your puppy pictures are gorgeous. Makes me long for a new fur baby. Soon, I think. I can never get enough of looking at adorable puppy pictures.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Wesley, First I'd check with your local dog shelters and Newfoundland Rescue places. Good luck wish I could be of more help.


wesley nuice 2 years ago

Im trying to find a black giant long hair.Newfoundland for my wife for a gift 240 855 9624


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

moonlake, Heidi sounds like she may have been a Landseer, which is also a Newfoundland dog that is black and white. Bruce my males father is a Landseer. So glad that you enjoyed this, and thank you.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Love these dogs. We had a dog Heidi that was part New Foundland she was black and white beautiful dog. Look like yours except for the color. When she was a baby she looked like a little bear, she was so cute.

Enjoyed the story of your dogs.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharyn, Thanks so much, they are pretty special to me. So are my sons :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Aw Susan, your KIDS are beautiful. I love how you came up with the first name (and lost out on the second), ha. Fun story with great pics!

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Eddy, Thank you.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful dogs with us.

They are absolutely beautiful and must have an up up and away.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, Thank you, they are pretty special to me. When my mother in law comes to visit once a year in the summer they both greet her with tails a wagging and head straight for the treat cupboard. They remember from year to year that gramma will dole out treats. It's so cute to see.

tirelesstraveler, Border Collies are wonderful dogs. I almost got another Newf., but gave my head a shake and thought no, two are plenty :)


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Sometimes you just have to have two dogs. When we got two Border Collies people said. "Are you nuts"? Well it kind of fits the description of mothers with three sons and two dogs. We are a happy group anyway. Love Newfoundlands, but can't imagine how you get around such massive dogs


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Susan

Maggie Magz and Bruce are adorable!

I don't have a dog but my sister has a Border Collie. He always is happy to see me when I visit. First thing he does is throw his tuggie toy at my feet. :-)

Voted up and awesome.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bill, Thanks.

homesteadbound, Thanks for stopping by, and yes it so easy to spoil them. They are well trained though. Have to be at their size :)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

When they are that cute, who can help but to spoil them. Oh my goodness! It is so easy to allow them to get by with so much. They are such wonderful companions at all times. it only seems right.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

What great looking dogs! Up and beautiful.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, I have a Newfoundland calendar with that exact quote too. I had to go and look to see what a Schipperke looked like as I'd never heard of this breed before. What a lovely dog. Thank you.


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I have a bookmark with puppy paw tracks on it with the same Josh Billings quote. My dog, Moxie, is an 8 year old Schipperke and I think of her as my child.

Love the hub!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

arusho, Yes they're both all black except Magz has a while blaze and a bit of white on a few of her paws. Bruce has a very tiny bit of white on his paws. Thanks for stopping by.

MM, So glad you like my doggie hub and thank you so much.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

What a wonderful hub Susan, I love all dogs but sadly don't have one any more.

Bruce is such a handsome guy...

I Loved the story and love the photos, thank you for sharing and voting up, best wishes MM


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arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

I love your dogs, so big and fluffy! Are they both all black?


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

b. Malin, So glad you enjoyed my hub. I love these 2 dogs so much and would be lost without them. Belgium Shepard's are gorgeous and sorry that you no longer have Brandy and Burt.

SusieQ, Maggie weighs a little bit more than she should. But Bruce is lean. Thank you reading and your comments.

Ruby, Thanks so much, glad you liked this story.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Enjoyed your story Susan. Both dogs are adorable and i could sense that you are a good Doggie Mama..Thank you..


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Great story and great photos. Our dogs are our babies too. Very spoiled and getting fat! No wonder. They've got the lives of riley. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading this very much.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Wonderful hub, Susan. It made me Smile, and remember my Two dogs, Burt and Brandy... Good for you guys, having two dogs, they both look so Happy and Content. Bruce, ( actually I Love the name, we have a Friend named Bruce) and Maggie, is such a Great name. Now I'm wondering if my Burt was part "Newfoundland"...I'll never know, for both have gone on to Doggie Heaven. Brandy was a Belgium Shepard.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

cherylone, Thank you. I do know people that live in condo's that actually own Newfs. But I don't think there's enough room in a condo for one, unless it's a very large condo.


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

Beautiful dogs. I think big dogs are great also, but my condo is way tooooooo small for one, or two, or three.....


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

alekhouse, Sorry for your loss. They do become such a big part of our lives and our family. Thank you and I hope that you do get another one soon.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Beautiful dogs. My Golden Retriever died a few years back and I still miss her terribly. Looking forward to when I can rescue another one.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Island Tropical, Thank you.

aemillervb, I have a few more hubs on Newfoundland dogs. I love this breed. Is your article on Newfs posted on HubPages? I will come by and have a look. Thank you.

Rebecca, Thank you and yes I sure do love them.

drbj, Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

RH, Three dogs and she wants a newf? The good thing is that Newfs do get along with other dogs very well. Thanks for sharing and letting me know. Hope her husband doesn't hate you too much :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awww - I shared on FB and my BFF just commented:) I told her NOT to look because she already has 3 dogs and 2 birds....but I knew if I told her NOT to do something she would do it! Now her husband hates me:) lol. She wants a Newfie so bad:) lol


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Phyllis, Thank you so much.

Paladin, Newfs are the perfect breed for working with Children with disabilities, the hearing impaired, guide dogs, water rescue dogs, and pretty much anything to do with people. There's a wonderful website that I found one day if you'd like to have a look. It's called Newfoundland Friends. http://www.newfoundfriends.co.uk/charities.html


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sunshine, One day we were at the dog park and there was a tea cup terrier there. Bruce saw this tiny adorable little dog and came running. I thought oh no, he's going to trample it. Right before he got to the dog he put on his brakes and slowed down. He ended up with the tea cup terrier underneath him. It was so cute seeing Bruce with this miniature dog underneath him. All the dogs in the dog park that day were big and they all ran around including the terrier, enjoying the dog park.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This was such a sweet hub, Susan. Thank you for sharing the story of how you adopted these two beautiful dogs and including the winsome photos. Enjoyed it all.


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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cool hub Suz, Your babies are sweet looking, I know how much you love your pets.


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aemillervb 5 years ago from Virginia

I am in love with your dogs! They are beautiful. I actually wrote an article about newfie's 2 days ago. I learned a lot. I have a black lab and they seem very similar. Could be my next breed :)


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Island Tropical 5 years ago

Bruce certainly looks good.


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Paladin_ 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

I've had the pleasure of knowing only one Newfie, and he was huge (and quite a drooler! :-) Bismark was the companion of a human friend of mine, and was very mild-mannered. He worked as a therapy dog for children with learning disabilities, so you can imagine the huge amount of patience and tolerance that requires in an animal.

Is that sort of temperment typical for Newfoundlands, or was ol' Bismark extra special in that regard?


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I love Newfoundlands and these pictures are beautiful. Great hub!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awwwww how precious! I prefer little dogs which is why I have a toy fox terrier, Foxy is a cool pup.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sylvia, Thank you. I really should make a point of coming to visit with Bruce.


Sylvia 5 years ago

Very very nice,

I ,still have Bruce's Mom, she is 10 years old this month and


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Nell, Thank you. They are a joy.

RH, True and as animals are attached to their people, people are attached to their animals :)

Audrey, Thank you so much.

writingfrosh, Thanks and Welcome to HubPages.

Thomas, I think Truman and my two would have a blast together. Thanks so much for the votes.

Experience Toknow, Bruce is laid-back, Maggie on the other hand is leader of the pack and is very dominant over Bruce.


ExperienceToKnow 5 years ago

...A giant yet laid-back breed? My search has ended, yet it has begun...

I admit that I love cats more than I love dogs, but giant dogs are an exception to the case. So big and strong and beautiful! A few months back I was looking at giant dog breeds, but most of them had a 'dominant' attittude. I want a giant dog that's laid back so that he can fall asleep in my lap! Ah, one day I shall find that fuzzy giant ~


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Susan...

Dang you have hella cute pupppies! I am typing this quietly so that Truman doesn't hear...but still...very, very cute.

Like you...I am a fan of the 'Giants' and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Thomas

PS...pushing all the buttons.


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writingfrosh 5 years ago from Philippines

Bruce and Maggie are absolutely adorable! You also have a great hub. Thanks for giving me an idea to take pictures of our puppy right now too! :)


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Great hub and beautiful dogs!! Cute puppy pictures!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I was wondering how you came up with Magz - I love it! The photos are awesome! Such gorgeous dogs and the puppy pic is so cute!

When my birds hatched - I visited them until they were old enough to come home. We would play with him in a private room and that way when we brought them home they were familiar with our smell. I guess it worked and proves all animals are attached to their people!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, they are absolutely gorgeous! I love the names too! the only dog we had that was quite big, was an alsation cross something, we never did find out what the something was! lovely photos, cheers nell

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