There are numerous ways a puppy can bring joy into your life. They are playful, loving, and come with tons of surprises. A young couple from England looking to adopt a new puppy was faced with a considerable surprise. The husband was ready, but he asked that it only be a small and manageable dog. The search for the doggo began, but the couple ended up bringing home something they weren’t prepared for. If you’re planning on adopting, take notes!
The Search Begins
Robert and Sue Markham of England had the urge to adopt a puppy, (don’t we all?) but Robert didn’t want to get one that was too big and hard to manage.
But the couple had their minds made up and they were determined to get a pooch. While Robert was at work every day, Sue would go searching for the perfect dog to bring home. How do you think her journey turned out in this puppy search?
A Fun Task
Sue loved the idea of getting to search for a dog to adopt and bring into the family. For her, it was as fun as it was convenient. That’s because Sue worked at a local dog kennel!
People turned in puppies quite often to the kennel for others to adopt. That made Sue’s job way easier than others who don’t have this opportunity. She didn’t have to travel far to find a potential dog to bring home.
The Perfect Puppy!
Days went by, but nothing really caught Sue’s eye. Sure there were tons of adorable puppies she saw, but Sue waited until a special one stole her attention. Finally, someone left a puppy at the shelter one day that really got Sue going.
He was perfect to her! She had to bring him home, but on the other hand, Sue knew that this little guy had a secret her husband wouldn’t be too fond of…
Once Sue decided to take home the perfect puppy, she decided she had to keep the big secret to herself. Sue decided on the name Yogi Bear and took the little pup home with her.
Her husband Robert was on the fence at first when it came to this new dog. However, he quickly learned to love the little dog. He got off that fence just as quick as he hopped on it but still didn’t know what was in store…
He’s Just A Pup
For having a name suited for a huge animal, this little guy was far from a giant. Yogi Bear only weighed about one pound when Sue and Robert officially adopted him. That’s when Sue decided to keep her secret to herself.
She told Robert that the dog was a Jack Russell Terrier much like the one you see pictured. Sue also said that even when he grows up fully, he won’t be too big of a dog…
“I knew Robert didn’t want a big dog,” Sue explained. “So, I told a little fib and said he was a Jack Russell.” Sue didn’t know that her little fib would become something much bigger.
Sue knew that if Robert knew the truth, then he wouldn’t have accepted bringing home Yogi Bear. The secret that only Sue knew was soon going to unravel and make things interesting for them. Continue reading and see what fib Sue told…
Robert Was Thinking Logically
We know what you’re thinking, there had to be a reason behind Robert only wanting a small dog. What’s the issue with bigger dogs? Many people have them and they are manageable in most cases.
“I thought a big dog would be a lot of work and could be trouble,” Robert admitted. “We only have a small living room. I thought, ‘How much trouble can a Jack Russell be?’” Well, he had no idea what was in store for him…
Sure enough, the little fib Sue told began to unfold. It only took a few months for Yogi Bear to start his growing marathon. He already outgrew an adult Jack Russell in several months! Was something wrong with this dog?
Robert then realized something was suspicious. Judging by the size Yogi Bear was becoming, Robert realized he might have been tricked by his wife Sue. Was this the little fib Sue told Robert when she adopted the puppy?
The Big Fella
Well, it didn’t take long for Yogi Bear to grow into a rather daunting size. For being such a small puppy, his growth really did catch Robert by surprise. It would have shocked anyone who thought they were adopting a Jack Russell.
“By the time he was five months old, he was bigger than any Jack Russell he came across at the park,” Robert added. “And he had this big tongue that rolled out of his mouth and a tail like a baseball bat.”
A healthy relationship involves talking about the things you don’t really want to. You can’t just sweep everything under the rug. That’s why Robert decided to confront Sue over the fib she told him way back when she first got Yogi Bear.
“It started to become fairly obvious when Bear dwarfed any other dogs in the village,” Sue said. “So, the game was up.” She caved and told him what the real deal was concerning their massive dog.
A Boston Great Dane!
Yeah, Yogi Bear was far from being a Jack Russell. It became more and more obvious as each day passed. The truth is, Yogi Bear was really a Boston Great Dane.
Those are two totally different dogs! This breed can grow and reach the weight of 150 pounds. That’s how much a regular sized grown man weighs. It looks like their small living room was going to be in for a rude awakening once this guy reached his full size…
Robert Comes To Terms
As one would imagine, it isn’t always happy endings when a wife lies to her husband. Understandably, Robert was more than annoyed. However, he knew the damage was done and it couldn’t be undone.
He already fell in with the dog. At that point, it was more about figuring out how to manage Yogi Bear, then being upset with his wife. Robert knew there would be no way to convince Sue to get rid of the dog.
Problems With The Doggo?
“He’s a very good-natured dog,” Robert said. “[And he has] a lot of character. So, it would be hard for anyone not to love him or be angry with him.” That’s high praise coming from someone who didn’t want this type of dog to being with.
Just because it would be hard for anyone to become angry with the dog or he’s good-natured doesn’t exempt him from bringing a whole new set of different problems for this family…
Heavy Duty Dog!
Would you have ever imagined that at age ten, Yogi Bear would weigh so much! This dog was a huge 200 pounds when he hit ten years old. That’s more than some professional athletes just for scale.
Due to his large size, Robert had to build him a three-acre field just so he could play freely. He also needed a larger area to ensure that he got enough exercise as well. A dog this big needed certain things done for him.
Eating Like A Champion
Boy, was Yogi Bear gigantic! The giant dog wasn’t that cheap to keep around. You have to take into consideration how much your normal sized dog eats and then multiply that by three.
Yogi Bear ate more than $237 worth of dog food every month! That’s a healthy portion of a check. Sometimes, however, Sue and Robert would treat him to raw eggs and cooked sausage. The eggs are an acquired taste, but we bet the sausage was something Yogi Bear enjoyed!
The Big Man On Campus
If you had to take a guess at how tall Yogi Bear was, what would you say? We’ve revealed the weight of the big guy already, so hopefully, that gives you a decent enough clue. Are you ready to find out?
Yogi Bear was 6’10”, which meant he couldn’t fit in a regular dog bed. The couple had to purchase him his own chaise lounge to help satisfy his large needs. Whenever it got cold outside, Yogi Bear wore a coat made for horses.
Dog Thinks He’s A Person
It’s a pretty fascinating thing when your pets start to realize they are apart of the family. Before that stage, they’re still sniffing around trying to get acclimated with everything, and that phase can be fun as well.
Yogi Bear grew up and immediately knew this was his family. “He certainly thinks of himself as a real person,” Sue explained. “He sits on his own sofa and watches the TV with us.” He must take up a lot of space on that couch.
Don’t Let His Looks Fool You
Yogi Bear is one of those dogs that don’t want to judge based on their size. You know the saying, never judge a book by its cover, well that certainly applies to this massive pooch.
Even though he was gigantic, he was loving and kind. Sue and Robert thought of him as their gentle giant. He might have used up more space than they wanted him too, but he was friendly to everyone he encountered.
A Special Friend
When they said he was a gentle giant, Robert and Sue meant it! Proof of that is when Sue brought in a stray cat that they ended up naming Toffee. Cats and dogs don’t usually pair well, but these two did!
“They’re good friends,” Sue said. “Toffee is always following him around, and he will happily lick her on the head very gently. Bear sees Toffee as his own pet, I think, as she’s certainly not our cat.”
Everyone Loved Bear!
Yogi Bear was just a very personable pet! Not only did Sue, Robert, and Toffee appreciate him, but the neighborhood loved him as well! The children would gather around him in flocks just to pet Bear when he went on walks.
He loved all the attention! After being slightly annoyed for a while due to Sue’s deception about the dog’s size, Robert wouldn’t trade this dog for every dollar in the world. He really is man’s best friend.