Our latest addition to the team
For our first post on our new blog, we felt it was only fair to start with our latest addition to the team.
For the past 10 years, as many of you will recall, we always had Harvey, our Dogue De Bordeaux X Boxer who would sleep in the office and keep us entertained with his snoring.
Sadly, in September last year, we had to say good bye to Harvey. After 10 wonderful, fun packed years, it was time for him to cross over Rainbow’s Bridge.
Whilst we were heartbroken, we knew that our house was not a home without a dog. So shortly after, we welcomed Wilson to our family.
Wilson is a pure Dogue De Bordeaux puppy, who is now 8 months old. He is already a very big boy, weighing over 50 kilos and eating around 3 kilos of meat a day!
AT The Beginning
Even at 8 weeks old, Wilson was already larger than some of the adult smaller breeds. He was born in Birmingham and lived in a lively home with both of his parents and his 10 litter mates. Thats right, there were 11 of these gorgeous, tubby, babies running around.
It is a big move for a puppy to leave its mother and siblings, yet Wilson took it all in his stride. Not once did he cry during that long journey home (3 hours). Instead he slept on our daughters lap, or stretched out on the back seat.
The first few months were very interesting indeed. It was like having a new baby. We had to teach him to settle in his crate at night, to go outside for his wee wees and poo poos, and teach him what he was allowed to chew and what he was not.
Exposing puppies to new experiences is an important part of their development. So we made sure that Wilson had a trip to the seaside. He was not too sure about the water but soon discovered how much fun it can be.
We walked through the fun fair and even stopped for a bite to eat, teaching Wilson all about how to behave in open spaces.
He has also visited the local town a few times now, popping into shops, saying hello to lots of lovely friendly people. He also often visits the stables to say hello to his equine friends. But Wilson’s favourite thing, is being out exploring the countryside on our daily walks.
Raising a Dogue De Bordeaux
Dogue De Bordeaux are huge dogs who love their family and thrive on Love and Kindness. But raising one is definitely not for the faint hearted.
The breed is known for being exceptionally stubborn and so, even more than ever, it is important to maintain clear, consistent boundaries. Training from day one is highly recommended. It is not only an important part of raising a well socialised dog, but its is also a fun way to bond with your puppy.
Because of their size and the rapid rates at which they grow, care needs to be taken to protect their joints. This is crucial during the first 18 months.
Feeding and Insuring a Dogue De Bordeaux is far from cheap so new owners need to be prepared for these costs.
Wilson, like our previous dog Harvey, is fed a RAW diet, because we believe it provides him all the nutrients that he needs and illuminates ingredients that are not healthy.
It seems like only yesterday that we arrived home with that little bundle of cuteness. And yet, in the blink of an eye, he is now 8 months old! He has changed so much in such a short space of time, but thankfully we have been able to capture those changes in the photograph we have taken.
We look forward to photographing him even more as he continues to grow and share our journey with you.
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