My daughter just adopted a rescued BIG DOG. We think he is mostly a Great Pyranese with a lot of Golden Retriever and perhaps a drop of husky somewhere. He's 1 year old. His new name is Duke. He was in a kill shelter in Tennessee when he was adopted by a rescue group and shipped to New Jersey after being matched with my daughter.
I am thrilled to have a new grandpup, but this guy is as huge as he is gentle. My daughter has a 4 year old and a 2 year old, and they are being carefully taught how to pet and treat Duke. My daughter considers the dog her 3rd child.
Do any of you have any advice about the care and feeding of such huge dogs? Duke is underweight at 73 pounds-they want to get him up to 90. The house is small, but they have over an acre of fenced in back yard. He seems pretty laid back and kind of lethargic. I was thinking the lethargy is a product of stress and depression from the "journey" he has been on. He's just beginning to realize he has a "forever" home, and he gets a little livelier every day. The vet says he's a real "find." I think both the dog and my daughter are pretty lucky!
However-he seems to love people food more than his dry food. Any healthy homemade treat or food recipees?
And yes-he got his first professional grooming yesterday (he was terrified-advice??) And he's had all his shots, heartworm, etc.
It's like havign a new baby in the family! I can't wait to go see him. My daughter has never had her own dog. Lots of cats-but she loves big dogs and this is her first.
Any tips or advice in feeding, grooming, discipline...very much appreciated!