Thursday, May 03, 2007

Bigger is Better!

Sorry to any IM buddies who have been looking for me this week...work has been busy as a motherfucker and I haven't had time. I was going at 100mph all day yesterday, and still had a couple of hours of work to do when I finally got home. Today should be better, though... hopefully.

Munchkin had a baseball game last night, which is always fun. The Boy came over to watch and brought me dinner at the same time:-) What a guy:-D

Note: NOT softball, and don't ever ask her if she plays softball, or she is likely to bite your head off. I don't ever remember girls playing little league when I was little, but I think about a third of the kids are girls now. Which is really super cute...they do pretty well. The very best players are still boys, but most of the girls hold their own pretty well.

There was a woman at the park that amazed me with her pet ambition. I'd say she was 28, maybe about 5'6", thinnish build...and she was walking two of the biggest dogs I have ever seen. One of them was a 140 pound Newfoundland, and that was the little one!!! The other was a 196 pound English Mastiff. Yes, that dog is almost exactly twice my size...and he was really sweet, too:-) He did drool a lot, though...

She had them both on leashes (which is the law, I think) but all I could really think was "Why?". If that Mastiff sees a squirrel and wants to go chase it...is a leash gonna stop him? She would be lucky not to get her arm ripped off...

This is the latest in what has become and interesting phenomenon around here: giant dogs. During our Sunday morning walk a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a growing preponderance of absolutely mammoth dogs on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. A couple Burmese Mountain Dogs, a Great Dane, a Neapolitan Mastiff and some others. How do people keep dogs like that in the city? I love big dogs as much as anyone (refer to my constant wishes for a Swiss Mountain Dog) but I can't imagine having a 150+ pound animal living with you in a tiny apartment.

Maybe these people are all absurdly wealthy and have massive apartments (and a staff to walk the dog three times a day all year long...not so much fun in February...) I dunno. Is this a local phenomenon? Has there been a rash of massive dog breeding across the whole country recently? I am not sure, but I think the Dog Whisperer is to blame...

9 comments:

e.b. said...

It was hard enough having a 30 pound dog in an apartment. It is almost unfair to the dog too.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I agree with e.b - it is unfiar to the dog...

ella said...

I would hook up the dogs to a sled and yell "mush"! What a styling way to get around town.

Accidentally Me said...

I'm not sure I would say that it is automatically unfair, but if you can't get the dog outside a lot, it is. Big dogs move around a lot less than little ones do, so they don't need to be running constantly...but if you can't let it stretch its legs a couple times a day, then you are not really being fair.

I should point out that I saw all of these dogs outside, so their owners may have the capacity to get them enough excercise, but I don't know for sure.

Aaron said...

As far as large breeds are concerned, I've always liked Irish Wolfhounds, personally. :)

Accidentally Me said...

Aaron - You know how dogs drink out of the toilet sometimes? We had a neighbor in Arizona that had an Irish Wolfhound that used to drink out of the sink without even standing on his hind legs...his head rached over the counter...

Kate said...

a nearly 200 pound dog? that's insane. and even bigger than my fat ass! lol. wow. no wonder the chick's so skinny lugging after those animals. lol.

Trixie said...

196 lbs?? what do they feed him!

around here in california, all i see are the little itty dogs like paris hilton. people carry them like a purse/accesory. wierd. its a dog, not a purse?

brookem said...

I LOVE Burmese/Burnese? Mountain dogs!!!!