May 10, 2008

That Dog Smell

Yep, it’s official our home smells of nothing but dog – and we love it!!

Denver is settling in fantastically well, we were worried the nights would be hard and we would be up with him for some reason, but the last two nights have been perfect, with him settling down wonderfully and only rising at 7am.

The next week is just going to be full of blog posts on him as we can’t go anywhere with him yet! He needs to have his second puppy jab and his stitches taken out before he can socialise which isn’t till next Friday, we are however lucky to have a big garden and we are enjoying our adventures with him around there.

Thank you to everyone who welcomed Denver and commented on the last post, we have also had some lovely emails – thank you. I did however notice no-one mentioned anything about his breed….you know – about him being a ‘dangerous dog’…?

My reason for mentioning this is something that has been on my mind for a while – when we decided to adopt Denver we started telling people we were getting a puppy and people were pleased for us, then when they asked what breed he was and I said ‘a Bullmastiff and Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross’ their reactions changed. Faces would curl up or they would flinch, and some even proceeded to advise me on how dangerous these types of dogs are, and that I was irresponsible for bringing one into my home when I have a small child (yes someone actually said that to me!!).

I don’t really have much to say on this as I am not wasting my time on these people, but I have been shocked by the response – I didn’t realise people could be so silly and small minded.

Anyway, Denver the rescue pup is fantastic, we are having so much fun and he is the most gentle caring puppy I have ever met. He has warmed to us, sleeps on our knees and wants to be involved with everything we do, he plays carefully with Bethany and is already responding to our routines without any fuss.

Consider the fact that Denver is now blowing raspberries at all you small minded people!!

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  • Jane C.

    May 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    They are one of the most affectionate dogs around and as long as well trained won’t cause anyone any harm.

  • Mam Lee

    May 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    As they say its the handlers who are responsible for their upbringing, and I know it will be trained properly by you all. xx

  • Geoff

    May 11, 2008 at 4:49 am

    A new puppy! Congratulations! I’ll bet Bethany just loves him. How big do they get?

  • Marrisa

    May 11, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Hey Geoff, thank you! Not too sure how big he will get but the Bullmastiffs are really big (click link on post) and right now he is a BIG puppy! Huge big paws, so adorable.

  • Mam

    May 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

    As you know, we have an adorable labrador called Poppy. She is now 14 years old and an honour to share a home with.
    Round the corner lives the the most vicious dog I have ever known…A black female labrador!!!
    The nature V nurture debate lives on

  • Anonymous

    May 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Yep I was just about to add a comment to say we had a Rotty for nearly 16 years before we came here to NZ, and he was the most gentle dog ever. Next door they had a Jack Russel – evil in dog personified!!

    Ron Beswich

  • Vintage Amethyst

    May 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    AAahh a new addition to the family, he looks adorable.
    Love Alison x

  • Mike

    May 12, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve never had a dog but I run 30-40 miles a week and so I’ve seen and observed a lot of dogs and their owners over the last 20 years. I always try to make an asessment before I get anywhere close to biting distance!

    I’ve learned to look at the owner first – if they seem calm and in control it’s a good sign that the dog usually won’t be a problem, irrespective of breed. If that looks good then I just try to make sure that both the owner and dog have seen me in plenty of time so I don’t surprise them.

    The only concern I do have with certain breeds (particularly Rotty’s) is because of their physical bulk – they’re just so strong that I can see that if they did go out of control (a) There is no way their owner could stop them and (b)I would struggle to defend myself if one attacked me. I usually give these dogs a wide berth for this reason.

    In summary I agree with the comments – train the dog properly, treat him with respect, understand what makes him tick and don’t let him get ideas above his station – you’ll be fine.

  • Marrisa

    May 12, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Mike
    Thank you SO much for your comment, its really appreciated and its nice to have heard from you. Keep in touch!

  • The Pescini Family

    May 12, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Dogs are a bit like people – we all have the capability of being bad if we want to, but mostly we’ve had decent upbringings and some love and respect, and so we’re good (mostly!). It’s when owners train them to fight or attack them or rark (sp?) them up that things turn ugly… Denver is a gorgeous wee pup. I hope you enjoy her as much as we love our SPCA lucky-dip puppy!

  • Anonymous

    May 12, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Well as you know from my previous comment I have 7 dogs and I must say they all have their different temperments. Jacks to Rottys and the youngest being 3 months and the oldest 12 years. They all get on well and we have never had any probelms. Good luck and ignore those silly people.
    Josie (Canterbust Plains, NZ)

  • Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Staffs are supposed to be fantastic with kids… ever so loving
    can be a bit dodgy with dogs sometimes but its in the upbringing just like kids
    They do fight rough though… but our Belle ADORES staffs cos of that Shock)
    Keep calm – dont worry and Denver will stay cool too
    Chat soon
    Lisa Watt xx

  • Prin

    May 31, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Aw. I love this post. He’s a beautiful guy and you can see his heart in his eyes. That’s all that matters.

    Any dog with a bad owner will be a bad dog and will be dangerous.

    No issues there. Wink

  • Prin

    May 31, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Oh, but I should add- if they’re taken away from the bad owner, most of the time they can be rehabbed into the best doggies ever. Smile

    People make all the difference.