TOTALLY OT--DD1's bf also has the animal

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TOTALLY OT--DD1's bf also has the animal
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 5:13pm

rescue disease. But this ONE dog OUTWEIGHS ALL the dog and cat rescues we've done--combined. And I mean that literally, as well as figuratively. Bf was looking for a dog, & decided to take one off Death Row. So he went to the shelter with his buddy, and as bf says, saw this dog and said "What are YOU doing here???" Well, not only had the original owner surrendered him, but he had also been returned TWICE from placement, and was truly on death row. Atticus is a 2yo pure blood Neapolitan Mastiff. Dd and bf have been working with him, and decided he was ready to visit company, since when she brought her cats over to bf's house, Atticus did not eat them, even when one of them scratched his nose.

I was just ASTOUNDED when this guy came into my house. Altho I had seen pics, nothing prepares you for the reality of a dog that weighs 160 lbs, and is 6 ft tall on his hind legs. He is however, VERY slow, with a shambling gait. His hips and knees are weak, either due to overbreeding, or poor living conditions, and he tires easily, especially in this weather. Dh was playing tug with him, but the dog only had strength for about 10 minutes. Dd was trying to get him to show us his tricks, but the poor guy was just exhausted. Dh observed, "Well, he has Sit and Fall Over pretty well down."

Here's a web image, and I'll post some real pics when I get them.
http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/neopolitan.htm

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 5:35pm

Oh my gosh!!!!! He is soooo cute!!!

My dh does not like dogs. I wish I could borrow this dog for a day just to see dh's reaction when he comes in and sees him, LOL.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 6:35pm
I love big dogs. Have only seen this breed in person a handful of times but they are beautiful. Hope your dd's bf can nurse him back to health and give him the loving home he deserves!
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 7:53pm
Aww what a sweetheart! Makes our 65 pound mutt look tiny! Good luck on the training.


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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 10:41pm
Cute dog, but he/she also looks like a drool-machine, LOL.
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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 12:21am
That ain't no lie!!! Here are the pics... #1-say hello to Atti; #2-Dedrooling him; #3-we tried to get him to stand up nice, but that tile feels SOOO GOOOD!; #4-dd1's cats-Leo the fat lion, to the rear--hard to believe he had to be tube fed for 6weeks-he weighed 2 lbs when dd1 found him, and Stinky Tinky, found in a dumpster, rt eye permanently rolled up(head injury) & burned off ears; #5-Ozzie, dd2's 1-eyed Pug, #6-Moose, our blind, 1-eyed Boston, had to have his socket cleaned out AGAIN, and his nose opened-love those plastic pink eyelashes! (EDITED TO ADD-in #1 you'll see Atti doesn't YET have those voluminous folds around his face--that means he's less than 3 yrs old)


Edited 7/16/2010 12:25 am ET by sabrtooth
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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 7:44am
He looks like Fang - same kind of dog?
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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 8:20am

Wow! What caught my eye in the breed description is the statement "there is a huge difference between the size of a 2 y/o and a 3 y/o NM." That means that Atticus isn't anywhere near done growing yet! LOL Maybe you should put an addition on the house, just for his visits? ;)

Adorable dog though! Love the look that all of those wrinkles give them!

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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 10:25am

Awwwww, how can you not feel good about

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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 9:07pm

Dh & I currently have 3 Bostons; one is blind, one is bald, and one is crazy--blind and crazy are rescues. DD1 has the two rescue cats, Leo and Stinky. DD1's bf has Atti the rescue mastiff, and a rescued cat-Black Max. DD1 is living with her bf over the summer, so she doesn't have to drive back and forth between their places, so they have 3 cats and the mastiff living with them. DD2 has 2 Bostons, and the pug. The pug and the female Boston are rescues. All the dd's animals visit "Grandma and Grandpa" regularly, because we have an acre of land, and our street is a cul-d-sac into the forest preserve.

And then next week, DD1& bf are going on vacation. Dh & I are watching their three cats, even tho DH is ALLERGIC. Atti will be boarded, because I wasn't up to having him, their 3 cats and OUR 3 Bostons all in one house. And even with the cats--last time we watched the cats, one of the Bostons got into the room w/ the cats, and Leo went NUTS, and attacked ME trying to get to the dog. I still have the scars on my leg, to prove it.

Gone to Heaven are: 1 Rottweiler, 1 Chesapeake Bay Retriever, 1 German Short hair Pointer, 3 German Shepard's, 2 Schipperke's, and various domestic and wild birds, including a back-yard-caught parakeet we had for 8 years, her various mates from the petstore, and her 3 clutches of eggs, a warbler that flew into a window(we had for 6 mos), a grackle baby that was born in an attic(6 mos), a brain-damaged woodpecker that could not stand up or fly(he HUNG from your finger--upside down, or sat in a cup--we him had for a year), and a 1-legged Robin we had for 2 years. AND a 50 gallon tank full of uncounted numbers of fish and ONE goldfish(Freddie), who was the LAST occupant of the tank, and 8 inches long when we "freed" him into the slough, when he was 6yo.

I drew the line at polecats, rodents and varmints.

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 8:46am
Sounds like you have(and had) quite the menagerie of pets and rescues. Animal lover here too. We also have a blind dog. A basset we were going to foster and then "failed". He was such a sweetie we decided to keep him. He had glaucoma and went blind 2 months after we adopted him. He lost both eyes to the disease.
Do you think Atti has a little bit of something mixed in? Maybe lab or something. Wouldn't be a bad thing...might cut down on some of that drool although I used to have a very drooly yellow lab!!

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