I just put up a new flickr set, showing step by step how to play with a big dog. Featuring Nola, the giant twit, our youngest puppy. She’s a Great Dane/German Shepherd mix and is the most wonderful dog.
She’s got a propensity for escape, hence the Orvis collar. It’s got Shaun’s cell number on it in REALLY BIG NUMBERS so that which ever neighbor finally catches her can call us. This isn’t hard because Nola loves people. Her trademark stunt is to run at you full speed so that you shit your pants, then perform a dive-roll over onto your feet with her legs stuck straight up in the air. She then makes big dog smiles to get you to rub her tummy.
Our neighbors call saying they “found” our dog but never seem to feel put out that they are now restraining a 70 lb dog. Nola really is that much of a pleasure and she really is that adorable. People are like “oh, it’s no problem! She’s such a sweet dog!” The guy who caught her on Saturday said “you can tell she’s a runner with all those muscles.” Yeah – there’s seriously no fat on that dog unlike our other two barrel butts. I worry that people think we don’t feed her because she’s so lean, but the vet is happy with her weight and size, so we’re happy too. If we fed her any more, we’d be going through a 50 lb bag of dog food every week.
Nola is a pound puppy – she was turned in to the shelter because she was too big. That makes me wonder what people really expected when they adopt a Great Dane mix… she’s even on the small side for a Dane. Did they not expect a puppy with paws the size of a dinner plate to, I don’t know, grow?
When Abbie was lost for that awful week and we were scouring the shelters every day, I was walking through the large dog room and saw Nola. She jumped up on the bars, even though she’d been in the pound for a while, and licked me through the chain-link. How can you resist that? I just couldn’t leave her there even though it felt like a betrayal to Abbie. God works wonders though – it was Nola’s scent in the back yard that brought Abbie back. I looked out the window over the yard and saw them sitting nose to nose across the fence. Abbie was covered in tar and ticks and was so dehydrated she could hardly move – but she had to know who was in her back yard. That’s another story for another day, but I’d really like for you to enjoy the pictures above.
A common phrase in our house is “if you weren’t so damn cute…”