Welcome Back!

Here we go!

Please let me know if you have any problems with my website.

Memorial Day Weekend was a big (behind the scenes) transition period for my site.

Supposedly (?) everything is up and running now, but these first few days will be critical.

Funky things might happen?

I appreciate your patience.

Fred and I have had a couple very busy days.

I’ve been frantically working with super-smart techy people on my site.

I might have said, “I don’t understand what you just said – can you explain that again in photographer terms?” a zillion times to them.

They were, thankfully, very patient.

“Suzanne, you need to type in the following line of code …. blah, blah, blah.”

(Said very slowly and with over-emphasized pronunciation!)

Sigh.

Whenever I had a break, I tried to get Fred out and about on some adventures.

Fred appreciated it!

I love this photo of Fred, after a hike, looking over the Orange County coastline.

He just loves our adventures together!

Fred The Newf, six and a half months old, looking over OC coastline.

I got Fred from Trinity Cove Newfoundlands in San Diego.

(I can’t say enough about them.  Working with Trinity Cove was a night and day difference from the unprofessional, unethical, horrible first Newfie breeder experience I had!)

Fred’s breeder is very proud of the Newfie Fred is growing up to be.

He has the wonderful, sweet, gentle, temperament Newfies are famous for.

And, as you can see in the above photo, Fred has VERY large feet and a big monster-sized head to go with it.

I think everyone is in amazement at Fred’s size …. he’s a super-sized Newf – not just a normal giant-sized Newf.

The breeder told me Fred’s dad (who was ranked as a top Newf in the show world) was “the largest Newfoundland I’ve ever seen.”

She has seen thousands of Newfoundlands.

Fred’s entire litter is on the large side, but Fred …

Well, he’s in a size category of his own.

It’s a good thing he’s extremely gentle, calm, and loving in temperament.

He was even gentle with the sand crabs when he discovered them a few days ago.

“Mom says they’re called sand crabs.”  –  Fred The Newf

Over the weekend, Fred also had an opportunity to meet his almost eleven week old cousin, Dexter.

Dexter is also a Trinity Cove Newf.

Dexter was with his new family, on a boat, at Dana Point Harbor.

We were invited to come meet him.

This is what four months of growth in a Newfoundland puppy looks like …..

Fred, six and a half months old, meets Dexter who is two and a half months old.

Dexter was a little intimidated by Fred’s size at first.

Fred seems to be saying, “Don’t be afraid little guy – I’m a puppy too!”

Dexter tried to nurse from Fred but quickly realized Fred was not properly equipped for nursing.

It was really fun to see the two puppies together.

I need to get Fred weighed again, but I’d guess there’s about a one hundred pound weight difference between the two?

The negative of having such a big puppy is that he intimidates people who aren’t familiar with the breed.

People think he’s scary and/or project their own fears of big dogs onto him.

Fred is a six month old puppy and, other than his size, he’s just like any other six month old puppy.

He’s a baby who wants to play and be loved.

There’s not one ounce of aggression in him …

The only circumstances Fred would ever be aggressive is if he saw me being threatened or harmed.

He’s a big, furry, hunk of love!

6 Responses to “Welcome Back!”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    Fred may end up being the size of a pony! I love that he was recognized while you were out and about. He is very distinctive.

    • Suzanne

      There aren’t a whole lot of Newfies around here so he will probably be recognized once in awhile. I think my facebook/twitter/instagram/blog posts about him have gotten a few people interested in the breed. Maybe there will be more Newfies in OC soon!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you!
      He’s a lot of fun to photograph.
      : )

  2. gina

    Love, love, love this post! You and Fred are quite a team. Thanks for the Fred update….fun story about meeting Dexter:)

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