Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cuteness Alert

The Rolling Peke is a small dog. She only weighs about 12 pounds. There are also four cats bopping around the DinoAbode. Most of them are bigger than that, but in the grand scheme of things they are all pretty small as domestic animals go.

Some of my DinoFriends are not sane.

One dear friend has a hankering for big dogs. Dogs like 170 pound Great Danes and 150 pound Bernese Mountain dogs. In the past, the Rolling Peke has enjoyed summertime visits to this particular friend. RP made friends easily with the bigger dogs, who tended to sniff her questioningly as if to say, "You smell like a dog, but you're so small!" It was during one of these visits that we also discovered the the RP could swim.

Sadly, my friend lost her 5-year-old Berner back around Thanksgiving.

Two weeks ago, she procured not just another Bernese Mountain dog, but two of them. Puppies, to be exact; 10 weeks old here:

(L: George, R: Tom)

And today the RP had a play date with them:

(Tom on the left; George on the right,
and a very puzzled Peke in the middle.)

The Dane was left at home this time around.

At the moment, each of the puppies also weighs about twelve pounds. My friend expects them to top out between 100 and 150 pounds each. We all went out for a walk together, as the puppies are just learning to walk on leashes. I held onto Tom while DS had RP. I freaked out a bit thinking how this dog will increase his weight by a factor of 10 over the next year or so. I'm sure the Rolling Peke will have just as much fun with them when they tower over her as she -- and we -- did with them today.


At Sat Feb 14, 07:00:00 PM, Blogger GeorgeH said...

Years ago I had a Peke and got an Irish Setter. The Peke was the bigger dog and the boss from the start. When The Setter grew up she never quite figured out that she was 5 times the size of the Alpha Peke and was always getting pushed around.

At Sat Feb 14, 07:11:00 PM, Blogger jen said...

10 weeks, and heavier than my adult shih tzu. ;-)

Back when we had a Dobie, she was always puzzled by small dogs. She seemed to assume that they were puppies. No matter how much they harassed her, she seemed to think she needed to wait for them to grow up a bit more before she taught them manners....

At Sat Feb 14, 07:19:00 PM, Blogger OHN said...

We have had big and small throughout the years...let's just say the yard is much less time consuming to clean up from the small ones :)

At Sat Feb 14, 08:18:00 PM, Blogger rlbates said...

Looks like fun to me! :)

At Tue Feb 24, 09:06:00 PM, Blogger webhill said...

Oh, the cuteness! I had to put my parents' Berner to sleep last year - malignant mast cell disease spread from a solid mass in the flank into the spleen, liver, and mesenteric nodes within weeks of our originally finding and subsequently excising the primary tumor. It was heartbreaking for all of us. I can't wait til they get a new puppy!!!


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