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(WTKR)   Britain's biggest dog drinks from the kitchen sink while standing on all fours, eats four roasted chickens a week and has destroyed 14 sofas--and he's only 18 months old   (wtkr.com ) divider line
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2014-02-15 11:04:04 AM  
Freddie turns to his owner and thinks, "when is she gonna turn the TV on so I can find out how Team Denmark is doing?"
 
2014-02-15 11:11:09 AM  
That's what you get for having a dog of that size indoors.  Seriously, a dog like that needs acreage, not a small lot.
 
2014-02-15 11:30:59 AM  
That's a horse wearing a mask.
 
2014-02-15 11:32:01 AM  
Wow, he's lived 13 sofas longer than he should have.
 
2014-02-15 11:33:03 AM  
At some point, you'd think she'd stop replacing sofas.  Sometime before number 14, anyway.
 
2014-02-15 11:33:38 AM  
Beautiful dog. Pity he'll probably have a comparatively short life.
 
2014-02-15 11:34:07 AM  
There were people in our neighborhood who kept a pair of mastiffs. (Ordinary 1300-1400 sq ft 1960s suburban house).

/Not for long
//They're gone, too
 
2014-02-15 11:35:05 AM  
Never understood why people name their pets with typical human names. Always found that odd.

Why go with a "George" or "Dave" and whatnot. It's so bland and boring.
 
2014-02-15 11:38:36 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: Never understood why people name their pets with typical human names. Always found that odd.

Why go with a "George" or "Dave" and whatnot. It's so bland and boring.


Hmm. I guess you don't like what other people like,
 
2014-02-15 11:38:42 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: Never understood why people name their pets with typical human names. Always found that odd.

Why go with a "George" or "Dave" and whatnot. It's so bland and boring.


My dogs Catfish and Murdock agree.
 
2014-02-15 11:41:06 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: Never understood why people name their pets with typical human names. Always found that odd.

Why go with a "George" or "Dave" and whatnot. It's so bland and boring.


A friend has a cat named "Bob".

There are typical dog names and they're different from typical cat names. Etc. We once named 2 turtles (Milton Metz and Dorothy Fuldheim. Sing out, Cleveland, yeah!)  As fate would have it, lots of people name turtles after TV and radio personalities.
 
2014-02-15 11:41:25 AM  
That dog needs a horse farm to run!
 
2014-02-15 11:41:49 AM  
Plus the horse sized dumps that thing must make.

Oh joy.
 
2014-02-15 11:42:54 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: Never understood why people name their pets with typical human names. Always found that odd.

Why go with a "George" or "Dave" and whatnot. It's so bland and boring.


We had a 150 lb male German Sheppard who, because he was sooo cute when we picked him up from the kennel, was named Baby.
 
2014-02-15 11:52:41 AM  
And accidentally shiats on his owners' heads at least 10 times a week.
 
2014-02-15 11:53:14 AM  
Great Dane?

*checks link*

Great Dane.  Man, those guys can be a handful.
 
2014-02-15 11:54:56 AM  
PS, that dog is one part dog, one part Cloverfield!!!
 
2014-02-15 11:56:00 AM  

yakmans_dad: Capo Del Bandito: Never understood why people name their pets with typical human names. Always found that odd.

Why go with a "George" or "Dave" and whatnot. It's so bland and boring.

A friend has a cat named "Bob".

There are typical dog names and they're different from typical cat names. Etc. We once named 2 turtles (Milton Metz and Dorothy Fuldheim. Sing out, Cleveland, yeah!)  As fate would have it, lots of people name turtles after TV and radio personalities.


My parents once adopted a stray cat that mom had nicknamed "Fred".  Once Fred became trusting and became a member of the household it was discovered Fred was a girl.

successwaves.com
 
2014-02-15 11:59:37 AM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

/wants to play with Freddie
//hot
 
2014-02-15 11:59:40 AM  
Marmaduke!!

/old
 
2014-02-15 11:59:57 AM  

twistedmetal: That's what you get for having a dog of that size indoors.  Seriously, a dog like that needs acreage, not a small lot.


Yeah fark these people. If you left me inside all the time I'd wreck shiat too.
 
2014-02-15 12:02:47 PM  
I have two german shepards.
Askem and Deeohgee.

Cant claim credit, had friends with dogs with those names
 
2014-02-15 12:03:59 PM  
No and hell no.
 
2014-02-15 12:07:19 PM  

twistedmetal: That's what you get for having a dog of that size indoors.  Seriously, a dog like that needs acreage, not a small lot.


Um, no. They're not really high energy (right now he's a puppy, he will probably calm down), and they are generally couch potatoes unless you take them out for exercise. It's more of a problem to keep something like a border collie indoors with a small backyard without heavily exercising daily, so it has nothing to do with size.
You also don't really want a giant breed running around all over the place for the first few years because it can cause long term joint issues to put strain on them during growth. Low impact exercise like just walking and swimming are fine.

I have a 135lb greater swiss mountain dog. She has never destroyed anything other than her toys, and even has her own loveseat. Mastiff type dogs are big and lazy in general, they just need some daily exercise and mental stimulation and training. Between her and my two other dogs I go through lots of cheap goodwill stuffed animals, but it's certainly cheaper than replacing couches!
This lady needs to train her dogs. Mine have never done that type of destruction (just minor stuff as puppies like chewing on a table corner here and there), and if they were chewing on my couch they'd be locked up in a heavy duty kennel when unsupervised. If this dog has destroyed 14 couches it's because she gives it no rules and leaves it unsupervised for extended periods of times, not to mention probably bored and lacks enough items that are appropriate to be chewed on.
 
2014-02-15 12:08:43 PM  

yakmans_dad: There were people in our neighborhood who kept a pair of mastiffs. (Ordinary 1300-1400 sq ft 1960s suburban house).

/Not for long
//They're gone, too


Mastiffs turn into the laziest dogs imaginable after a few years, but even then they still will run around a little, so they need a decent yard. Younger ones are problems indoors, but the older ones will just sleep all day.
 
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2014-02-15 12:09:41 PM  
www.bellazon.com

/approves
 
2014-02-15 12:11:14 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-15 12:12:53 PM  
Came for Aretha, settles for John.
 
2014-02-15 12:13:26 PM  
Is he big enough to allow the tiny teenager from eight posts ago to ride him?
 
2014-02-15 12:13:37 PM  

Astorix: That dog needs a horse farm to run!


You're insane.  How do you expect a dog to run a horse farm?
 
2014-02-15 12:16:45 PM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Astorix: That dog needs a horse farm to run!

You're insane.  How do you expect a dog to run a horse farm?


What makes you think they're not capable? Specist!
 
2014-02-15 12:17:02 PM  
That is one frikkin' big dog!
 
2014-02-15 12:20:41 PM  
I don't know what happened to scruffy.  He may have gotten tired of your company honey after that last sofa was not as tasty as the last.  Meanwhile he would be off somewhere channeling old yeller.
 
2014-02-15 12:20:47 PM  

Ihaveanevilparrot: twistedmetal: That's what you get for having a dog of that size indoors.  Seriously, a dog like that needs acreage, not a small lot.

Um, no. They're not really high energy (right now he's a puppy, he will probably calm down), and they are generally couch potatoes unless you take them out for exercise. It's more of a problem to keep something like a border collie indoors with a small backyard without heavily exercising daily, so it has nothing to do with size.
You also don't really want a giant breed running around all over the place for the first few years because it can cause long term joint issues to put strain on them during growth. Low impact exercise like just walking and swimming are fine.

I have a 135lb greater swiss mountain dog. She has never destroyed anything other than her toys, and even has her own loveseat. Mastiff type dogs are big and lazy in general, they just need some daily exercise and mental stimulation and training. Between her and my two other dogs I go through lots of cheap goodwill stuffed animals, but it's certainly cheaper than replacing couches!
This lady needs to train her dogs. Mine have never done that type of destruction (just minor stuff as puppies like chewing on a table corner here and there), and if they were chewing on my couch they'd be locked up in a heavy duty kennel when unsupervised. If this dog has destroyed 14 couches it's because she gives it no rules and leaves it unsupervised for extended periods of times, not to mention probably bored and lacks enough items that are appropriate to be chewed on.


This. Bad owner is bad. We have a dobie who really is high energy, but she doesn't destroy things because we don't let her. She gets a chance to run around outside and has her own chews to play with.

Most people just give up training after the 'don't piss or shiat on the rug', and sometimes even that doesn't stick.
 
2014-02-15 12:24:05 PM  
The misusage of the second hyphen in this headline only goes to show how modern educated adults continue to suffer at the hands of lazy, uninformed idiots who make us all look ridiculous and unschooled by their presence in our midst.

If multiple words work together as a single adjective, they are hyphenated, e.g. "twelve-year-old girl". But a girl who is "fourteen years old" clearly has no hyphen.
 
2014-02-15 12:29:25 PM  

pyrotek85: We have a dobie who really is high energy, but she doesn't destroy things because we don't let her. She gets a chance to run around outside and has her own chews to play with.


I have a border collie mix, and while she is VERY energetic and smart and will find stuff around the house that I don't even know where she got it, she has never chewed on my furniture. On the other hand she has a massive pile of toys so she doesn't get bored. I can scatter them around the house so she has to find them which makes for an interesting game. She knows they're for her and will hoard them in a pile, or sometimes she buries random ones in the couch cushions, or hides them under the bed from the other dogs.
She's a spoiled brat and doesn't have obedience training or anything, nor am I an extremely energetic person who runs her every day (I'm a farker so you could prolly guess that :p) so there's really no excuse. Reward with attention and tasty treats for good behavior, and redirect bad behavior to something appropriate. Some dogs will ALWAYS be prone to destruction when left completely alone for while (malamutes for example tend in that direction), so they need to be locked up when unsupervised. Yes a great dane is big and it's expensive and hard to find a kennel or crate to lock one up, but if you're gonna get a giant breed that's something you should be looking for beforehand. And if she's replaced 14 couches I kinda doubt she can't afford a crate/kennel.
 
2014-02-15 12:30:32 PM  
Ah,
 The wonders of pediatric neutering in male dogs.
 That dog will be crippled for most of its life, and dead by nine.
 
2014-02-15 12:36:30 PM  

Kriggerel: Ah,
 The wonders of pediatric neutering in male dogs.
 That dog will be crippled for most of its life, and dead by nine.


Regardless of neutering, it's a modern great dane so it will probably live to about 6-7. It's unfortunate, but they've been bred for size and color without regard to lifespan. Same issue in several giant breeds.

That's why I ended up with a greater swiss mountain dog, because they're big and docile, but the life span tends to be at least a bit more than others. Same can't be said for the bernese unfortunately.
 
2014-02-15 12:36:58 PM  
Ya know, I really love dogs.
But this one would fit nicely on a spit.

imageshack.com

Just sayin'.
 
2014-02-15 12:37:12 PM  

Kriggerel: Ah,
 The wonders of pediatric neutering in male dogs.
 That dog will be crippled for most of its life, and dead by nine.


Don't be that guy.  NOBODY likes that guy.
 
2014-02-15 12:52:47 PM  
Incredible waste of resources. Feed it to poor.
 
2014-02-15 12:57:37 PM  

Resident Muslim: Marmaduke!!

/old


First thing i thought of too

/also oldish
 
2014-02-15 01:00:34 PM  
That's a big dog, but most of the costs discussed appear to be from the owners being horrible dog owners.

My dad had a great dane (well before I was born) that was about 7 feet tall (my dad thinks he's taller than he is (and he's shrinking), so I take his height estimates with a grain of salt) and nearly 200 pounds.  Baron (the dog) was well trained and, didn't destroy anything (at least nothing more than normal dogs as puppies, not farking furniture), and ate dog food like any other dog, not prepared human food.  The fact that the owners in this story spoil their dog and haven't trained him is their fault, not his as some sort of result of being big.

If you aren't capable of training, controlling, and taking proper care of a dog that size, you shouldn't HAVE a dog that size.  It's bad for you, and bad for the dog.
 
2014-02-15 01:03:47 PM  
Digby?

/not the missiles!
 
2014-02-15 01:06:07 PM  

Stephen_Falken: The misusage of the second hyphen in this headline only goes to show how modern educated adults continue to suffer at the hands of lazy, uninformed idiots who make us all look ridiculous and unschooled by their presence in our midst.

If multiple words work together as a single adjective, they are hyphenated, e.g. "twelve-year-old girl". But a girl who is "fourteen years old" clearly has no hyphen.


What you did there, I see it...

/seat over there
 
2014-02-15 01:09:19 PM  
I wonder why "the world's biggest dog" needs news outlets to use crappy and obvious camera tricks to make him look larger than he actually is.
 
2014-02-15 01:13:30 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-15 01:21:38 PM  
Fourteen sofas?  Why the hell did they keep buying them?
 
2014-02-15 01:22:17 PM  
Poor training and obvious separation anxiety are going to result in that dog possibly becoming a danger later in life.
 
2014-02-15 01:23:45 PM  
There is absolutely no reason for the destructive behaviors of that dog or not walking properly at heel, etc.  There is a serious owner problem in that relationship.  Dogs are easily trained.  Owners not so much.
 
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