If You Give a Family a Mastiff

If You Give a Family a Mastiff

They'll probably thank you endlessly.

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If you give a family a mastiff, they'll probably question their ability to care for, train, and love such a massive pet. And that is exactly the case for my family. When we adventured to NY to choose our first family dog, 7-year-old me couldn't help but shy away from the 250-pound beast that birthed the stuffed-animal like a puppy I could fit in my arms. Was our puppy going to get THAT big? Was our home going to turn into a scene from "The Sandlot"?

If you give a family a mastiff, they'll probably learn to keep all food, and actually all edible objects (and mind you that in the mind of a mastiff, everything is considered edible), as high from the ground as possible. We learned this the hard way, after coming home from the grocery store and wondering where the loaf of bread, desperately needed for school lunches, had disappeared to; until an hour later when we found it ... in a pile of unmentionables in the yard. And it didn't stop at bread. Halloween had arrived, and after learning our lesson, the candy was immediately tucked securely away in a kitchen cabinet ... or so we thought. Our sly little, well, actually not-so-little, the pup had jumped onto the counter, popped open the cabinet, eaten every piece of candy (wrapper and all), and left little tinfoil surprises throughout the yard to let us know just how smart he is.

If you give a family a mastiff, they'll probably feel well-protected, despite their knowledge of how big of a baby a mastiff truly is. Anyone new to mastiff territory usually fears their size, their bark, and even their drool! And yet, we know that all a mastiff really wants is to feel included, whether that be squeezing on the couch while we watch a movie or making sure he's right in the middle of the bed while we sleep.

If you give a family a mastiff, they'll probably receive endless jaw-dropping stares and wide-eyed looks whenever they venture into public with their pet. Everyone wants to take a picture of our dog when we bring him to social events as if he's on display in a museum.

If you give a family a mastiff, they'll probably use the term 'gentle-giant' whenever describing their beast of a pet. Our mastiff mopes all day, only ever getting the slightest bit of energy when he waits patiently by the dinner table, ready to pounce on any crumb or scrap of fallen food. He enjoys belly rubs, long walks, and romantic dates with leftovers. He may be really big, but that just means he has a really big heart.

If you give a family a mastiff, they'll probably thank you endlessly. Our family wouldn't be the same without our slobbery, shedding, overly-sensitive giant who protects us, loves us, and eats all of our food. Dogs are truly man's best friends, but our mastiff is more than just a friend, he's a family member.

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18 Realities Only Chihuahua Owners Understand

Tiny tongues, toys and tummy rubs.
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Being a Chihuahua owner is a task many are not cut out for. Chihuahua hearts are big but there owners' are bigger. From constant coddling to invasive snuggles, there are some things only a Chihuahua owner understands:

1. Tiny tongue in your nose.

Be wary. Look away for a moment and your Chihuahua's tongue will slide into your nose faster than you can say stop. Just to be clear, this doesn't end at noses. Other body cavities, such as the eyes, ears and mouth are also at risk for Chihuahua infiltration.

2. Cat toys are its toys.

When your dog is tiny, it needs tiny toys.

3. Burying.

If your dog is missing, it's probably at the foot of your bed... under the covers. Oh, your bed is made? You don't think they would have been able to nuzzle down without disturbing your pillows? Wrong.

4. Claw marks halfway to your knee.

Because they want to be picked up and that's as high as they can reach.

5. Belly rubs.

Lots of them.

6. The fact that your dog is basically a cat.

They play with cat toys. They're cat sized.

7. The fact that your dog is more like a baby than a dog, or even a cat.

Okay, scratch that. Owning a chihuahua is more like having an infant that needs constant coddling. If they could talk we'd hear "pick me up, mommy" all day long.

8. The shakes.

Shakes because they're scared. Shakes because they're nervous.

9. Any miniature sized objects become toys.

Wine corks, toilet paper rolls...

10. Constant crying.

They cry when they're too excited, overwhelmed or scared which means it's always eye-wiping time!

11. Snuggles in your body's crevices

Mere cuddling is not enough for these creatures. Snuggling is only adequate when they strategically place themselves into the most irritating curve of your body- like the arch of your back or the back of your knees.

12. Being judged for the type of dog you own.

As if all Chihuahua owners participate in this type of embarrassing behavior... not saying that I don't.

13. Little dog syndrome.

14. Rain is not your friend.

Let's not even talk about thunder. There's no way you're getting your dog out of the house for a of couple hours.

15. You can't count how many times your dog has been called the Taco Bell Dog.

Yes, we get it, it's a Chihuahua. No, it doesn't need a sombrero.

16. You never go anywhere in your house alone.

Going to the kitchen? So are they! Bathroom, no problem, they'll be there to support you!

17. 'Sit' probably took you six months.

Let's just say, at least they've got the cute thing going for them.

18. The stank eye.



Cover Image Credit: Rachel C. Baxter

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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