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.