Wally The Newfoundland Dog Is Twittering

Wally created a twitter account and will try to post daily updates, which you can read in the right sidebar there under “Wally’s Updates”.

Twitter is some silly online service that allows one to post short phrases about anything, but usually concerning what you’re currently doing.

And here’s a recent video of Wally playing in the kids’ pool:
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Wally Likes Legs

wally eating a bone in the snowWally, our nine month old, 120 pound Newfoundland dog, likes to hump legs, chairs, cars… anything that will stand still for him. The breeder we got him from doesn’t want us to neuter him until he’s 18 months old due to research indicating that their growth can be disrupted due to hormone imbalance. Or something.

Unfortunately, he’s at the adolescent age where he wants to mate with everything, and when that something is a leg from a 130 pound human, the human can become flustered about dealing with a 120 pound bear-like dog. Fortunately, Wally is a gentle giant and a forceful shove gets him off, but still, it can be intimidating for people who aren’t used to dogs that big.

I think the main problem is that of dominance – he’s humping anything that won’t resist him.

An Update About Wally

Wally at 5 monthsOur Newfoundland dog, Wally, is five months old and weighs 60 pounds, which is average for the breed. He’s not fat nor skinny. We feed him about six cups of dry food (Canidae) a day, which is mixed with a little water and canned food. He’s forever hungry.

His jowls are developing now, such that he drools occasionally. His eyes are beginning to have that bagged look, too; more fluid is beginning to collect around them, but nothing excessive or gross.

He still stumbles at times, still getting used to his fast growth. He’s loosing his baby teeth with some adult teeth coming in.

He doesn’t shed, but we brush him a few times every week. His coat is soft – he gets complimented on it a lot.

He’s sociable around people and dogs – very friendly.

He shits about 10 shovel-fulls a day.

Answers About Newfoundland Dogs

Wally the newfoundland pup may 2008We’ve had Wally the Newfoundland Dog for a week. Here are some common questions I get about him, including some observations:

  • He’s so cute and laid back!
    What puppies aren’t cute? His fur will change as he gets older, although it will still remain soft and long, requiring brushing at least once a week. He’ll probably need a bath every 2-3 weeks, too.
  • His paws are huge! He’s going to be big.
    He’ll probably be at least 150 pounds within two years. Some males exceed 180 pounds. His paws are webbed, too, but not all Newfs like water. We haven’t taken Wally to a beach yet, although he loves the small wadding pool in our backyard.
  • Does he eat a lot?
    He eats 3-4 cups of dry and wet food a day. He’ll be eating about 10 cups of food a day as an adult. We’ll be feeding him a premium dry dog food as long as we can afford it.
  • Does he drool a lot?
    Not yet. His skull and jowls aren’t developed yet. We expect to be washing gobs of drool off the floor and walls within six months. Here’s a video of a Newfoundland dog drooling.
  • He seems too laid back.
    He was well socialized. The breeders we got him from did a wonderful job introducing him to new experiences, being around lots of other dogs and people. Plus, puppies sleep a lot. Wally is active until around 3pm, taking a nap every couple of hours before then. After that, he sleeps more often, although at around 10pm he has another spurt of energy that lasts for about 45 minutes.
  • Is Wally house-trained yet?
    No. It usually takes between 1-3 weeks. He shits and pisses on newspaper during the night, and sometimes he attempts to do his business in the house during the day. You just have to be observant and quick when he starts squatting.

Here’s a more complete and general list of Frequently Asked Questions about Newfoundland Dogs.

He gets attention wherever we take him, although women seem to be drawn to him more than men.