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Offline dmartin

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Owning an American Mastiff ain't for sissies!
« on: June 01, 2017, 08:27:38 PM »
Maria (owner of Maggie (RIP) and Dude, posted the following on Facebook.  I have permission from her to repost it here. 

Owning any giant breed is not for the meek.  These dogs need an owner who is physically strong, emotionally tough and financially secure.

It has been a rough ride over the past year in our American Mastiff family.  But when it's not rough, it is absolutely spectacular - these dogs bring a richness to our lives beyond what other breeds engender. 

The ride with these amazing dogs can be short, but always so rewarding.  Owners should know and accept this upfront.  The breed standard is ~10 years , but set your expectations lower to lessen the heartbreak that you know will come some day.  Don't blame the breed when things don't turn out the way you expected.  Bad things happen to good, well-bred dogs.

American Mastiffs are magnificent beasts - the hole they tear in your heart when they leave hurts like hell.  Know this up front and brace yourself for what will come.  And then go out and play with your dogs, love on them and enjoy the big wild ride until the end. 

Debbie from Toronto
Captain Kiss, CGN, CRNMCL, CRNTMCL - Hidden Acres Farm
Born May 9/14 to Abby / Bull

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Born: Dec 10/10 - RIP Aug 19/16
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Re: Owning an American Mastiff ain't for sissies!
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 08:40:18 PM »
Well said!
Daegan - brindle AM, Diesel X Contessa, Deepwood Acres RIP 7/27/08-8/14/16
Kieren - fawn AM, Dozer X Zoey, Lazy M Ranch 4/6/10
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