Monday, November 23, 2009

Sav Goes Hunting

Generally when I take him grouse hunting, it's just an excuse to walk around with my doggy in the woods. He is usually off-leash, and it's difficult to calm him down if I were to raise the shotgun to actually shoot something. When Randy is with us it's easier because one of us can hold his collar while the other shoots. He'll go in the brush to retrieve the bird, but instead of bringing it to us, he'd rather play "keep-away". Still, I'd rather have him with me. Whenever I'm out alone in the woods I feel guilty if I leave Savage home, anyway.
He wears his blaze orange collar during deer hunting season (which happens during the middle of grouse season), but I put the orange camo hood on him in the truck just because it was cute. He's such a good big huntin' dog.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Four Years Old!

originally uploaded by Paula.

A little grayer around the muzzle, one less tooth, many more hugs received, countless cases of raw chicken devoured, a few more pounds added (162lb right now), and he still acts like a silly little puppy. Here's to another year, my beautiful Baby Dog.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Bed Of His Own

Savage received his new log bed as a gift from Randy's daughter and her husband. It was custom-made to fit in a corner of the living room in the new house by an Amish furniture maker from southern Minnesota. The only problem is that my puppy's old twin-size mattress didn't fit in the frame, so we got him a new mattress and then split open the end, cut and twisted the wire springs to fit, and then stitched the end closed again. I would love to say that Savage absolutely adores it, but at the same time we also got a new living room couch, so he spends most of his nap time on that. True to his Great Dane nature, he always wants to be right next to (or preferably sitting ON) his people.