I’ve never had a Great Dane before and one new learning experience for me has been his feeding time. Let’s back up. For the last 4 years my wife and I have had a Morkie, Maltese and Yorkie mix. His name is Jack and he has been a wonderful dog. He weighs only 7 pounds and his favorite activity is napping. We’ve never had to worry about his eating habits. We put out a bowl of food and he eats when he wants and in 4 years has never been overweight. Also, a 25 pound of dog food will pretty much last us half the year.
Getting back to Boomer who absolutely loves to eat and went through a 15 pound bag of dog food in 2 weeks definitely needs a feeding schedule. We learned from our vet, Boomer should eat 1 cup of food 3 times a day. Now Boomer is close to 30 pounds and his diet has increased to 1 1/4 cups 2 times per day and 1 cup 1 time per day. We are on our second bag of dog food this month, and we have been lucky to find coupons to save us some money.
We decided to stick with Iams dog food for large breed because the owner we purchased him from was using that brand. I’ve learned changing dog foods can be hard on the dog and may cause upset stomachs.
Last special thing about Boomers eating time is his need for a special dog dish. We can’t use some old Tupperware like we do for Jack. Boomer needs an elevated dog dish for better eating posture. Oh the things we do for the animals we love. As you can see in the picture, Boomers dish is at full height and will help him eat healthy with good posture. But the joke in this house is, when Boomer is full grown he might as well just eat off the table. Yea that will be the day.
Hard to imagine in 3 weeks Boomer has gained almost 20 pounds. Fun to watch him grow and fun for the Boomer Adventures.
I can’t believe it has been 5 days since the last time I wrote about my new puppy. Anyway for the past 5 days I have been trying to capture pictures of Boomer and his nap time. Like a baby he sure does like to play, eat and sleep. And with the warm weather, Boomer is loving to explore outside.
I must say that Boomer sure does love to nap on our couch, our bed (my wife brings him up there with her), and find the spot on the floor being heated up by the sun. I hope you enjoy the pictures of our Great Dane puppy Boomer sleeping around the house.
Today was a big day for Boomer, heck it was a big day for me as we made our first trip to the vet. At 5 weeks old Boomer weighed 12 pounds. Today at 9 weeks old Boomer weighs 21 pounds. It’s funny because I can tell a difference but I’ve never had a Great Dane before so his growth spurts will be fun to watch.
Putting Boomer on the lease today was a good adventure but he walked himself inside. Boomer met three new friends at the vet and did quite well. He seemed a little bit in shock to see others dogs bigger than him. Once we got into the exam room Boomer was ready for someone and as the picture shows, it is as if he knew someone was going to come and see him again.
Boomer has good health for a 9 week old puppy and only a couple recommendations from the vet. First a puppy socialization class. Yep you heard right. What the heck is puppy socialization? Well it is a time when puppies get together to play. Second, was pet insurance. I pay a lot of premiums in my life but puppy insurance? Third, was possible neutering when he is 1 year old. Sometimes I feel like vets are like car salesmen with all the things they try to get you to buy, but that’s for another time.
Boomer got a vaccine today and he needed a little nap afterwards. First trip to the vet for Boomer was a success and he enjoyed all the extra treats and attention.
I’m learning what others have told me, a Great Dane puppy loves to chew on things just like a baby wants to put everything in their mouth. It is so funny how a puppy is just like a baby. As another week passes Boomer is more adventurous and has begun exploring the house. Not only am I now chasing Boomer around not to pee in the house, but also to keep him from chewing on everything. Luckily when we purchased some puppy supplies we did also buy some chew toys for Boomer. I quickly replace my slipper with the chew toy. I quickly replace the randomly placed sock with the chew toy.
If you would have asked me which toy he would like the most, I would have said the obvious pink Kong toy. Why? Well it has a treat in the toy and what dog doesn’t want a treat. Nope he rarely will chew on his Kong toy. Maybe because it’s pink, or maybe at this point in his life isn’t that determined to try and get the treat out.
Boomer’s favorite chew toy is the circular Tuffy toy with the piece of Fire Hose a very close second. But Boomer is still a big fan of my slipper and I continue to work on that. I’m very interested what other toys people find to be successful with their dogs.
We are almost to week 3 with Boomer and tomorrow is his first vet appointment. Never having a Great Dane before I don’t know what to expect at these vet appointments. Find out tomorrow what happened.
It has now been almost 2 weeks since we have been blessed to have our Great Dane puppy and I thought with such a great big community who loves Great Danes it would be pretty fun to chronicle.
In this adventure I want to chronicle about his new favorite resting place. As many of you may have figured out from the picture, Boomer really loves to lay on the couch and take in some sun. As the sun moves through out the day so does Boomer. He will move his way on the couch depending on where the sun is. One problem Boomer has is his inability to get himself up on the couch. Which I know won’t be a problem for long but for now it is fun to see him struggle.
It is also fascinating to see how much Boomer will actually sleep through out the day. Not have had a puppy for quite some time I completely forgot about this part. Funny how a puppy can be just like a baby (which I do have quite a bit of experience with). Boomer will play for an hour, sleep for 3 hours. Boomer will play for 2 hours and sleep for 3 hours. Having to follow him around all day like a baby can be exhausting so his nap time is a great break for me too.
I’m very excited to keep sharing his adventures and how he is growing on a daily basis. I’d love to hear your comments on anything Great Dane related.
It was my wife’s birthday just last week and to my surprise what did she want? You may have already guessed it but a Great Dane. Not only did she want a Great Dane she thought it would be fun to have a puppy. So for her birthday I got her a 7 week old Great Dane Puppy. She was very happy.
It took us a day to figure it out but we decided to name the dog Boomer. We thought it would be pretty funny to name him Mike, so then we could ask him, “Mike Mike Mike, what day is it?” (lame joke sorry) But over the course of the past week we are learning a puppy is almost like having a baby. We are house training it which involves multiple trips outside each hour and even waking up in the middle of the night to take him out to pee and poop and wow does he pee and poop a lot. He is also like a baby because he does like to sleep a lot. Play for an hour, sleep for 2. Play for an hour, sleep for 3. I am not complaining because now when he is napping I can get a lot done.
We have some accidents in the house which is to be expected but I do think in about 3 more weeks he will be house trained and the most hard part of a dog is over.
Some other funny parts so far about Boomer. Cooper was asking me the other day, “When he is big where is he going to sit when we go somewhere in the van?” My response well in the back I guess and we can fold down a seat. Thank goodness for stow and go. Our youngest Nora loves to give him treats and retrieve his toys. From what everyone tells us he is going to be a great family dog which is why my wife chose to get a Great Dane.
The next year will certainly be fun and I am eager to see how this all turns out. More updates to come.
Try Bulldog Pizza and Grill in Duluth, Minnesota is an outstanding place for lunch and dinner. If you love pizza and who doesn’t love pizza, you can have your choice of just about anything to put on your pizza. Bulldog has daily pizza specials and they will deliver almost all day.
Not only do they have excellent pizza, they have an excellent selection of grill food which include burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Even the grill food can be delivered. The gluten free options at Bulldog are really good too.
Bulldog has a daily happy hour from 8pm to 11pm which include half price pitchers of beer, $5 for a pound of wings, and some other apps at discounted price.
Come in today and give Bulldog Pizza a try. Check out their website which I have attached a link and you could even order online.
I want to wish you all a very special Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday. I love getting together with family, having lots of food, and keeping up with family traditions. Every day after Thanksgiving we bake Christmas cookies with my Mom and sample em as we go. It is really fun to bake and every year we bake all the same cookies and sometimes try a new recipe.
Our Thanksgiving menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, my sister Jeanne’s vegetable salad, 7 layer jello (I made it this year), corn, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes (for my Dad), and rolls. For dessert my sister Jeanne brings pie of some sort but 1 pumpkin of course.
We watch some football, eat, and have lots of family time. It’s a great day.
Just some information I want to share with people that may help you next time you go to your favorite restaurant. If you are a regular at a certain restaurant you may want to do a couple things that could improve your service. Here is what I mean by regular. If you go out to eat at a place a couple times a week in which you see the same employees almost every time.
First, you probably don’t want to be really crabby to the servers. I know they are there to provide your service but if you come multiple times a week the servers know you are coming back and speedy/quality service in this case doesn’t have to be a high priority. Be nice or be willing to face some sketchy service.
Second, you better be a good tipper. Good tips as a regular will get you a good reputation and get the quality service you are looking for and as a regular.
Third, don’t be rude to the cooks. Remember they are cooking your food and like mentioned before if they know you are coming back, the food can be just a bit slow to come up. You don’t want to make the people that make your food mad. Believe me.
Fourth, as a regular customer you can tip the cooks. Cooks don’t ever expect to get a tip but if you are at a restaurant a couple times a week, sending a buck or two back to the cooks goes a long way. Trust me. It’s another small way the service will be even better than the last time. If your food tastes really good it’s not because of the servers.
About 1 month ago I made the decision to rid myself of Facebook. It was a semi-hard decision only because I drive a lot of traffic to my blog from all my friends on Facebook but that just wasn’t enough to keep my account activated. Conversations I have with people about Facebook I hear a lot, “I’m friends with them so I can creep on them,” or “I like to creep on their account to see what they are up to.” After hearing this lots of times, it was time to be done.
Another reason I rid myself of Facebook was my timeline. I was so sick and tired of all the “sharing” people were doing with me of stupid videos, stupid quotes, and stupid political banter I have no interest in looking at. All Facebook did was drive this kind of material to my timeline. Sure could I have filtered my timeline better, I guess but that was just more work than I wanted to do for Facebook.
Last reason I got rid of Facebook was the amount of useless time I spent on Facebook just because why not. I mean I’m just sitting here on the couch doing nothing, ok I’ll search Facebook. WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME. When I’m not working I want to spend time with my family, I want to work on my house, and I want to blog more.
Do I miss being off Facebook, no way. Will I be reactivating my account, no way. I love being Facebook Free. Anybody else feel this way? No more Facebook and Loving it.