Monday, August 04, 2014

A New Friend

This summer I've been dog sitting my boss's yellow labrador puppy, Reno, almost daily, and so Savage has a new friend (whether he likes it or not!). They spend most of their time together play-fighting in the grass, and I love seeing my old boy acting like a puppy again.

I also think being around Savvy is helping to teach Reno manners around other dogs. Sav tolerates his high energy very well but doesn't hesitate to put the puppy in his place when he starts getting out of control.

At 7 months old Reno is still learning what is expected of him and testing his boundaries. I'd forgotten how much attention and time having a puppy takes. As he's gotten older Savvy has gotten more predictable and I don't worry as much over him anymore. 

My Great Dane is currently enjoying his 8th summer. Thanks to our blog followers who have been with us from the beginning or joined us partway through the journey. I hope you are all having an excellent summer, as well!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Savage 4.12.14

Friday, January 17, 2014

Road Trip!

Savvy and I took a 2 week road trip down to North Carolina in November. The above picture is from Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the NC Outer Banks, where Savage first saw the Atlantic Ocean. He was less than impressed, and mildly spooked by the crashing surf.
During most of our trip the weather was unseasonably cool, which is preferable for Sav and me (especially since my car doesn't have operational air conditioning!). However, there were a couple days that were a little too warm for comfort, and we spent those days relaxing at our campsite or taking short walks on the beaches. 
My beautiful boy turned 8 years old on the beach at Cape Hatteras. His recovery from the car accident that threatened his life in June is pretty well complete. (I may post more about that incident in the future). He was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy in June, as well, and is on daily medications in an attempt to delay heart failure. Luckily, he has been responding well to the meds and  the only effect that DCM seems to have on his lifestyle is that I limit strenuous exercise, and that's not something he really misses these days. 
Back in Minnesota now; 2013 has brought a lot of changes into our lives. I'm hoping the new year will be a good one for both of us, and all of you! Cheers!