I bought a Newfoundland, but I think I got a beagle.
I don’t really mean that, of course. I have a six month old puppy that looks like a Newfoundland and even has papers saying she’s a Newfoundland. However, she doesn’t always act like my last Newfoundland puppy. Sophie is a barker, which is annoying at five in the afternoon, but totally obnoxious at five thirty in the morning.
She is also unbelievably food motivated. If left her entire bag of kibble out I am sure she would not stop until either it was gone or she exploded. There is also the digging – we go in the yard and can easily turn an ankle because she’s dug yet another hole. She’s black, so when she comes in the house we don’t always realize that what we have is 90% mud and 10% dog. It’s fine, it’s just not what I was prepared for.
It’s not that I am romanticizing my last puppy experience. She did eat a couch – an entire couch – so we had our issues. We even installed a JEWELER’S GATE – in our house – because no door would keep her confined. But she didn’t bark or dig, so these are new behaviors for me.
Don’t misunderstand – I wouldn’t trade Sophie for any other puppy.
I guess the moral of the story is this – love and appreciate the dog you’ve got – even if it will be a 120 pound beagle masquerading as a Newfoundland!