The boyfriend jokes that Mr. N thinks he’s a big black dog because at his foster home, he took their Giant Schnauzer as a role model and imitated everything he did.

He’s not afraid of bigger dogs at all and will not hesitate to correct them if he feels like they’re intruding in his space. Which often happens, big dogs don’t seem to realize their size either! They always want to sniff his face. So when Sage’s human suggested hiking with her friend with a Saint Bernard and Great Pyrenees mix, I said sure.
It was a gorgeous day albeit windy. Sage found a stick as did Toby and they went swimming in the water after them. Mr. N preferred to run up and down the shore.
We parted ways for a while and Toby and Heidi took a shorter trail while Mr. N and Sage took the long way. We met back up with them and everyone got treats in an attempt to get all four of the dogs in a photo. Mr. N usually got his last because he was overshadowed by all the other dogs crowding in.
We had to make special efforts to make sure he got his fair share.

Towards the end, we tried getting all of the dogs together again for a photo which was difficult. Here, Sage and Heidi pose.

This was as good as it got!

All of the dogs miraculously managed to stay relatively clean. I was planning on giving Mr. N a bath anyway so it didn’t really matter but Sage (with the help of a leash for a short period) didn’t roll in anything foul this time. Just mud puddles.

Mr. N wanted to keep going. Two hours of hiking didn’t tire him out at all. I ended up taking him on another walk afterwards. Where does he keep all his energy?




17 Responses

  1. Beth

    March 15, 2014 12:53 am

    Barley is the same way! She will be tired for the car ride back home after a 2-hour adventure, but as soon as we get back home she's ready for the next adventure. I wish I could channel some of her energy for myself!

  2. backalleysoapbox

    March 15, 2014 7:25 pm

    As a big dog owner, I love that Mr N loves big dogs! So often we don't even have to be on the same sidewalk for a little dog to freak out at Moses and Alma. But I bet they'd both love to hang out with Mr N!

  3. Janet Keefe

    March 16, 2014 10:17 pm

    Wow, Mr. N is like the energizer bunny, isn't he? Our small beagle is like that too. That is great that he feels comfortable with all those big dogs, and that sounds like such a fun time.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  4. sadieandco

    June 21, 2017 8:25 am

    I love the photo of Mr. N. waiting patiently for his treat. Such a good little man. And, he does have a HUGE presence. I know what you mean about little dog energy – Reese would play fetch 24/7 if we let her!

  5. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    June 21, 2017 2:06 pm

    Man, wouldn’t it be nice if we could bottle energy like Mr. N’s? Way to go, keeping up with those big dogs like that! We are impressed! You may be small in size, but your personality and attitude are BIG and awesome! 🙂

  6. Beth

    June 21, 2017 4:20 pm

    Mr. N has a lot of confidence! Have you found that he tries to correct bigger dogs less now that he’s a little older. My Maltese has mellowed, but she is now 10.


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