My Newfie

I often write about my dog, how popular he is and what silliness owning him brings. But I don’t think I have ever told you just how much I love spending time with him, how he has not once, not even for a moment been a burden and how much I truly care about him.

He is simply wonderful. In every possible way. And he is the only one in my life that will sit still for a photograph.

My Big M…

I love all 65 kilograms of you,
all seventy trillion hairs,
I love you more then all the grains of sand you bring into the house and all the drool you can possibly have.
I love your warmth and kindness and your willingness to obey,
how you protect my son and how you lean against me on a cold day.
Please don’t ever change. You are my Boatswain.

Mama’s Losin’ It

2.) List the names of five dogs from your lifetime. Write about why one sparks a stronger memory to you than the others.

This is only my second dog, but here are five famous Newfoundlands that made their owners as happy as mine makes me:

Lord Byron and his beloved Boatswain.

Lewis and Clark’s Seaman.

J.M.Barrie’s Luath which Nana, Peter Pan’s dog is based on.

Jakob, main character from my favorite movie growing up, Sreca na vrvici.

Lara (President JAMES BUCHANAN), Faithful (President ULYSSES S. GRANT) and Hector ( President Rutherford RUTHERFORD B. HAYES) were three Newfoundlands residing in White House.

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  1. [email protected] Wants This January 18, 2012 at 19:21 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    You know I love Big M, right? And I love that he’s the subject of Memories Captured!
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  2. Galit Breen January 18, 2012 at 19:45 #

    Twitter: GalitBreen
    Oh my heart, so, so very sweet Stasha!
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  3. Kim Pugliano January 18, 2012 at 19:48 #

    Twitter: GisSilent
    Okay being in love with your dog aside…I LOVELOVELOVE my babies. I am home alone with them all day long. I talk to them, run with them, cuddle with them, scold them when they bark and constantly have to reach over to touch one. They are my sweet babies and I couldn’t live without them. xxoo
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  4. ava January 18, 2012 at 19:51 #

    Twitter: ava812
    I don’t have a dog or any pet in my life and I know I’m probably missing a lot but still I’m happy you have these sweet unassuming beings to accompany you in your hillside jaunts. :)
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  5. Runnermom-jen January 18, 2012 at 20:01 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh, Stasha…beautiful! It brought a little tear to my eye.
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  6. paula @lkg4sweetspot January 18, 2012 at 20:36 #

    Ahhh. That is so sweet. I love my dog too. We got her for my boys but she has become my best bud!

  7. Beth January 18, 2012 at 20:52 #

    Twitter: farfromcamelot
    Didn’t realize how popular Newfie’s are…I find them a fascinating breed. Protection of my son is what I’m most looking for…we are currently considering Collies and Pyrs…dang I just added a 3rd!
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    • Stasha January 18, 2012 at 23:40 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Beth, big dogs are so gentle and their presence is all it takes to protect the family. Pyrs are similar to Newfs but a bit more of loners since they were bred to watch stock all day in the mountains. Collies are so, so smart; just remember they must be stimulated. You have to take the time to challenge them, if they get bored they are too hyper. Dogs are such a great edition to a family. Enjoy your clean home while you can :)

  8. Tracy @ Scribblesaurus Me January 18, 2012 at 21:06 #

    Twitter: TraceCam
    This is one of my favorite pics yet! Your dog is absolutely, 100% beautiful.
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  9. Bridget January 18, 2012 at 21:32 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    A roommate in college had a newfie, Duchess, she was a great dog.

    Love that quote:)
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    • Stasha January 18, 2012 at 23:41 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      That is a great name for them big lady dogs!

  10. Gretchen January 18, 2012 at 22:46 #

    Ah! What a beautiful post about a beautiful animal. Gorgeous picture too – I think he DOES like having his picture taken.

  11. Fi January 19, 2012 at 03:41 #

    He’s a gorgeous looking dog – I definitely prefer big dogs to little dogs. I’m in the process of trying to convince hubby that we need another dog for exactly the reasons you say about why you love your dog
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  12. Barbara January 19, 2012 at 04:10 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    Oh my, he is simply stunning!
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  13. Susan in the Boonies January 19, 2012 at 05:48 #

    I love your poetry-like tribute to your Newfie!

  14. El January 19, 2012 at 05:51 #

    What a handsome dog! Loved reading this with my morning coffee!

  15. Natatalie January 19, 2012 at 06:20 #

    Twitter: corp2domestic
    Oh what would our lives be without our precious dogs? It would not be the same!
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  16. WeeMason's Mom January 19, 2012 at 06:36 #

    He is such a good looking boy!

    I had no clue there were that many famous newfies!
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    • Stasha January 19, 2012 at 10:11 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Quite a few Presidents had greyhounds too! Was fun to read up on White house pets, there was even an elephant!

  17. SUPAHMAMA January 19, 2012 at 06:39 #

    Twitter: Dom_Mischief
    What a beautiful post! I had a golden retriever growing up that I felt very much the same as you towards.
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  18. Iza Trapani January 19, 2012 at 06:50 #

    What a poetic post! You found the perfect words. I relate to it completely as a fellow big dog (dog in general) lover. Give Big M a hug and a kiss on the sweet spot between his eyes :-)

  19. Arnebya January 19, 2012 at 07:42 #

    Twitter: whatnowandwhy
    I want to hug Big M. I love his largeness. If we were to get a dog (which is highly unlikely b/c my husband is highly allergic) it’d be a big one.

  20. [email protected] January 19, 2012 at 08:08 #

    Twitter: bestillaminute
    As a dog lover, I cannot even tell you how much I love and appreciate this post. And that quote? Has long been one of my favorites!
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  21. Lenore January 19, 2012 at 08:19 #

    Twitter: Lenore_Diane
    The quote is brilliant, and the picture is fantastic.
    I was emotional reading this post, because I had a pooch in my life named Lina. She was the best pooch ever. I still tear up when I think about her, and I sometimes sense she is near. She died in 2004, and I still miss her greatly. Lina was a Rotti. And she was a Rotti that loved and was loved by anyone and everyone – animals included. Ugh. I still miss her so much. She was my very best friend.
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    • Stasha January 19, 2012 at 10:20 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Rottweilers are one of the most popular breeds among families with small children in Europe. They are so clever, loving and fun. I love how my boy has been dominating the dog since he was born. It gives them a great sense of self if kids can control a big dog. And a horse.

  22. June @mamawearpapashirt January 19, 2012 at 08:38 #

    Twitter: Yjune
    This is just so beautiful, Stasha. You (and Big M) make me want to own a dog! If I ever do have the privilege of owning one, I want a big protector-dog like Big M too! Oh, he must also be willing to pose for photos. ;P
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  23. Bits of Bee January 19, 2012 at 08:52 #

    Twitter: Bitsofbee
    Oh Stasha, I love it! I’ve had my dog for almost 10 years now, and I can’t imagine my life without her. They’re just such great companions! Your quote is fantastic, so glad you linked up this week!
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    • Stasha January 19, 2012 at 10:21 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I cannot believe your Dalmatian is 10. She doesn’t look a day over 2! Spots really agree with her :)

  24. Bestfoodies January 19, 2012 at 08:57 #

    Twitter: bestfoodies
    I so love people that love their dogs. I have a chihuahua named Max and 2 wonderful Maltese grandpuppies named Barkley & Bella and I can’t imagine life without them. I babysit the grandpuppies while the kids work and I have Barkley so spoiled he won’t let me out of his sight. He would truly have me carry him around all day if I could. Raime thinks I need to not be quite so attentive as he thinks they should do it at home…haha..wait till they see what I can do to a human grandbaby…

    • Stasha January 19, 2012 at 10:22 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      That is what moms do, spoil their children’s children and pets!!

  25. Linda Medrano January 19, 2012 at 10:59 #

    Stasha! Big M is your forever dog.

    I’ve had Mitch (a little black female cocker spaniel), Honey, (my forever girl with golden eyes and a healing demeanor), Harry, my crazy boy, and Zoe, my silly puppy who eats remote controls. Each one of them bring me smiles and contentment. And they enrich my life even more than I enrich theirs with my love.
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  26. Cookie's Mom January 19, 2012 at 11:18 #

    Twitter: SJM_CookiesMom
    He IS the peanutiest! I didn’t realize you were so attached to the Newfoundland breed. Very cool to learn more about them.
    Cookie’s Mom recently posted..It’s About the Moments

  27. Jamie January 19, 2012 at 11:26 #

    Twitter: chosenchaos
    That dog makes my heart ache for my sweet Boom. He’s beautiful and so is your love for him!
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  28. Buckeroomama January 19, 2012 at 17:54 #

    Twitter: Buckeroomama
    If we were to get a pet, I’d definitely get a dog. I grew up having a few dogs as pets and they are truly a man’s best friend. :) Your dog is beautiful.
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  29. Mirjam January 20, 2012 at 23:09 #

    Twitter: applesndroses
    Beautiful picture, beautiful quote!
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  30. Ally January 22, 2012 at 14:06 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    This was beautiful, Stasha! The love for our dogs is priceless.

  31. Jen Has A Pen January 24, 2012 at 06:23 #

    Twitter: jenrambles
    I adore my dogs. Adore them. They are the most loyal and delightful things on the planet. Therefore, I love to read other people’s perspectives on their pets. This is really cool. Your dog is awesome. So worth all the shedding, I’m sure. ;-)

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