Friday, June 12, 2009

The Story of Saige



Three years ago when we finally felt we were in a responsible place to get a puppy, we decided on a Wolfhound for several reasons. We wanted a bigger, athletic breed as we are quite active and enjoy hiking, camping and the outdoors. Wolfhounds are also a dry mouth dog, so no chords of drool--rare in giant breeds. We have found them to offer very little odour, shedding and barking as well. The only downside was that they are a short lived breed. But that is a problem for humans, not for Wolfhounds.



And this beautiful litter was born on August 15, 2006 to a fantastic breeder in New Brunswick. That is Saige in the yellow collar, and Silver, Saige's sister in the pink collar. Silver lives further up the Annapolis Valley and we visit now and then. Initially we wanted that pink collared puppy, but the breeder said Saige was a more outgoing pup, and would better suit our lifestyle. She really got it right!




And here are Saige and Silver a few weeks old..Saige was the first born in the litter and the first to try everything. Do you like her tiger stripes?




We thought a female would be a good choice--a nice big dog--perhaps 100-130 pounds.





WE HAD NO IDEA OUR LITTLE BABY WOULD GROW THIS BIG!





At 10 or 11 months when she was 140 pounds or so, people were stopping us on the streets or crossing the road to avoid us or getting in accidents. Now we try and walk mostly on trails and in the woods.





She is the sweetest of sweetest dogs.



She is my first dog ever, so she has a very special place in my heart...



But as big as she is --she will always be my little Saigy!


22 comments:

  1. she is so precious - what an angel

    woodrow sweetie mj

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  2. Saige is a gorgeous dog. We love her beautiful, expressive big eyes.
    Love Ruby & Penny

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  3. Such a beautiful girl and SUCH a good story about her. Imagine that, your first dog!

    Kisses,
    Stella

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  4. Saige is a very, very sweet girl. It's always interesting to look back through pictures and see the changes that you sometimes miss.

    Princess Eva

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  5. Oh my! How cute are you!!!!

    Wiggles,
    Brind'Amour

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  6. Now I'm in trouble! I told my husband about your blog and he wants a wolfhound more than ever! Guess when it comes time, I'll be back for advise.

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  7. Oh no..it has to be a MASSIVE wolfhound..not a mini one! I think there is a breeder in the nearby state of TX. Oh no!

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  8. You just never know what will happen when you bring a pupper home. Sure you can pick a breed, but sometimes you really get a bargain and I think you hit the jackpot!

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  9. Saige is great!! We enjoyed the early pictures of her.
    We enjoy your blog and are glad you visit ours.
    We are giving you an award. Mom is "in training" and learning how to the award thing.
    You will find it under the May 8 entry in our blog. thanks for your patience.
    Wags & Wiggles
    Ernie & Sasha

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  10. Saige, you're SO gorgeous! And wowzers, look at you with all your little litter-mates! Too sweet!
    Play bows,
    Zim

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  11. I loved reading your story. It looks like when you were a baby that your furs were less wirey, but now you have a rough coat so you can go in the field.

    I cannot believe you don't slobber! That is cool.

    So the next question is how did your people wind up with two of you?

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  12. Saige

    It was lovely to read about your puppy days! You sure grew big but very beautiful!

    lots of woofs
    Clive

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  13. Good story! We love it! She sure was cute!

    Feather, Darla, Pappy & LizzaBella ^..^

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  14. Awwww she is adorable, my boss at my first job, had two Irish Wolfhounds named Titus and Julian, they were sweet dogs!

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  15. Thanks for sharing Saige's story!
    Beautiful girl!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  16. Saige, what a lovely post - we are so in love with those puppy pics!
    It was nice to see your grow, and grow, and grow.....
    love from you short legged friends
    Martha & bailey xxxx

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  17. Oh, how sweet you were Saige and still are! That is cute that your Mom calls you her little Saigy....my MOm has all kinds of terms of endearment for me too.;)

    Kisses,
    Nala

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  18. I love the story of Saige. I there a Guinness story?

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  19. She's just a wee beautiful little giant.

    xo
    SB

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  20. Oh, what a lovely story! You were so adorable, Saige, as a puppy!

    Hey - we actually have a lot in common! I'm also my human's first dog so I'm "special" in that way too...and they ALSO got a female Dane and picked me (the runt of the litter) because they wanted the Dane characteristics but in as small a Dane as possible - female Danes in general are smaller - and so they thought I would be easier to handle...HAH! Like you, no one thought I would grow so big!! I am taller and bigger than most girl Danes - and even many boy Danes! Hee! hee! That is a little joke from Mother Nature, I think...but it doesn't matter because my humans can still handle me fine becasue they discovered that it is not the size of the dog that matters but the training that it has...they see lots of small dogs that weigh only a quarter of me and yet are totally uncontrollable by their humans! :-)

    People are always asking Hsin-Yi (because she is a small human) how she controls me because I weight 20kg more than her and she always tells them that you shouldn't have to rely on brute force to control a dog anyway - you can control them just by being a good leader and gaining their respect and by giving them good training!

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane
    ps. how much do you weigh now, Saige?

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  21. Oh Saige - you were such an adorable puppy and grew up into such a beautiful, leggy lady! We love that second photo of you - you look sooooo happy, it's lovely! Great story. Tail wags - JD and Max.

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