Though it’s hard to see why some people are just not dog people. And when you have a non-dog person in your home, you’ll do just about anything to change their mind.
Even if that means negotiating or bending the truth. Sometimes it actually takes both of those things.
Sue Markham’s decided that she would just bring a puppy home from a local shelter one day. In order to convince her husband to let her keep the dog, she told him that the dog was a Jack Russel puppy.
Her husband didn’t want a big dog in the house and her new puppy was one of the biggest dog breeds there is, so she had to come up with the fib.
Their new dog Yogi was actually a Boston Great Dane and Robert Markham had no idea.
But he eventually figured out that something wasn’t quite right when the dog surpassed the size of a Jack Russel terrier. His wife eventually told him about the little lie and he wasn’t even that mad. He was in love with Yogi at that point.
Not only is Yogi a huge breed of dog, but he’s pretty large for his breed. The average Boston Great Dane weighs about 135 lbs but Yogi weighs about 65 lbs more than that at 200 lbs.
He’s also 6’11” which is as tall as some NBA players.
“I thought a big dog would be a lot of work and could be trouble. We only have a small living room,” Robert told Daily Mail. “I thought, “How much trouble can a Jack Russell be?” By the time he was five months old, he was bigger than any Jack Russell he came across at the park and he had this big tongue that lolled out of his mouth and a tail like a baseball bat.”
Basically, he’s as big as a horse. He actually wears a jacket made for a horse to wear when it’s cold out.
He’s also quite the pampered pup now at 9-years-old.
What started as a 1 lb 5 oz. terrier was now a 200 plus pound dog that eats $213 worth of food each month. Every morning he eats four scrambled eggs and sausages and has his very own couch that he watches TV on.
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“Bear sees himself as one of the family,” Sue said. “He certainly thinks of himself as a real person. He sits on his own sofa and watches the TV with us. He’s very protective of it. If a stranger comes in, he won’t let them go and sit on his sofa.”
The only person he allows on that couch is a senior neighborhood cat the family named Toffee who specifically comes to the Markham household to cozy up with Yogi on his couch.
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