Andy Rogers and Mouse the Great Dane and she and husband Jeff got back in January. "I enjoy walking him," she said even though he's almost bigger than she is. Mouse thinks he's a lap dog too.
Pet of the week: Mouse is a major lap dog
Andy Rogers and her husband Jeff got their dog Mouse from a breeder named Just Danes (Facebook page here) in Arlington Washington.
The Rogers have only lived in West Seattle since November.
Andy said, "My husband had wanted a Great Dane for about five years and I finally caved."
Mouse (they came up with the name together) was born in January and they got him at 8 weeks of age.
They feed him special puppy food in what some might find to be large quantities. "He eats three cups three to four times a day. And he loves rawhide bones as treats but he eats them in five minutes so we go through a two pack in a week."
His biggest characteristic is that he thinks he's a lap dog.That wouldn't necessarily be an issue if you have a big lap yourself but, "we have a two year old and he will try to sit in his lap too," Rogers said. He's just a very cuddly dog and he doesn't realize his size."
Mouse is not supposed to be on any furniture but, "I'm the only one who enforces that rule," Roger said with a laugh, "He loves the furniture."
Balls are his preferred toy but he's a lazy dog said Rogers and sleeps a lot. "They are actually called Apartment Dogs because they don't need a lot of activity," Rogers explained, "You would think they would because of their size but no."
She also mentioned that Mouse is not the kind that roars...he barely even barks. "He will have like puppy dreams and he will bark in his sleep," complete with moving legs but he does not bark on a regular basis.
Mouse has some more growing to do too. "When we first got him he was 60 pounds and now he weighs 130. He gains like ten pounds a week and he's actually on the smaller side."
The Rogers have a cat too, named Richard and cat and dog get along just fine.
"They are like best friends too," Rogers said. "They roughhouse a lot but they will cuddle together too."