- Pets and Animals
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 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.
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.
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
“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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