Friday, August 16, 2013

Furry Fridays: Art of the Heart

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Meet Amy and her fur babies!

I'm Amy from ART of the HEART... and these are mine and husband's babies, 
Harper and Brutus....
Harper is our Great Dane and Brutus is our English bulldog.
 Harper is an AKC registered blue Great Dane. My husband got her for me from a 
breeder in AR when she was 8 weeks old. She was 8 pounds, and she was a clumsy, 
floppy little puppy with huge paws and loooong legs. It took her almost a year
 to grow into those legs! 
When I first got her, she would take naps on my chest or lap, now
only her head will fit in my lap! She still thinks she's a lap dog and will sometimes
sit on me (like a person) as if I'm a chair! She grew up SO fast. Since danes grow
at such a rapid pace, it's recommended that you strictly schedule 2-3 feedings a
day in certain size portions. It is also highly recommended that you feed them high
protein, large breed puppy food until they are 2 years old. I use Eukanuba large
 breed puppy. Harper just turned 2 on July 27th and she is about 150lbs now! 
I've been through so much with this baby since I got her. At about 4 months old,
she got parvo. If you know anything about puppies with parvo, you know it's 
pretty much the worst thing ever. She stopped eating and threw up constantly.
She lost tons of weight and refused to even drink. It got to the point where I 
had to force Gatorade down her throat with a large feeding syringe to keep
her hydrated. FINALLY, it got so bad that my husband drove 5 hours (where
his veterinarian uncle works/lives in Chattanooga, TN) in the middle of the night. 
His uncle quickly put her on an IV drip and treated her for about 2 weeks. Thank 
God she pulled through. We traveled back to Chatt. and picked up a hyper, healthy
pup. I could probably write a book of stories about Harper growing up, but that
would take forever! 
Brutus is my husband, Cody's, CKC registered English bulldog. Cody got Brutus at 
6 months old from some friends who could no longer take care of him. It's sad that
we didn't get to raise him from puppyhood but Cody loves him so much. He's a feisty
character who is VERY protective. We also think he's partially blind because he barks
at anything out of the ordinary... even if it's one of us wearing something like a motorcycle
helmet or holding something large. It's like he can only see silhouettes and can't clearly
 identify things. Kind of strange. 
Brutus has remained fairly healthy. He has a form of mange that is hereditary and treatable 
but not curable which makes him unsuitable for breeding, so we got him neutered pretty 
quickly to get that over with. It also makes him shed in massive amounts which kind of
get annoying to constantly clean up. Can you tell which pup I like better? Haha. 
I do love Brutus though, he's very playful and energetic. He likes to rare up on his
hind legs and slam his front feet down on the floor when he plays. He also bounces
around and turns circles when he's excited. It's very cute!
So... Those are our children! They are definitely more than just pets. We love our little family.
Amy blogs at Art of the Heart // Tweets // Facebook

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