Since bringing him home, we have determined that Buzz the Magnificent has the ability to grow, noticeably, overnight. Every day his body gets larger, his legs get longer and his beagle-y little head stays the same. Right now, he's at an awkward stage where the disproportion between his head and body makes it look like a grape on horseback. Hopefully his noggin will catch up with his body at some point. More important than his ungainliness is the fact that it is becoming more and more clear every day that our little fella is a hound mixed with Great Dane.
So as we watch and wait for the end of what could be a two year growth spurt, we are considering having him DNA tested. I love surprises as much as the next guy, but if I brought home Marmaduke, I'd like to know before he ingests a china cabinet. Call me crazy, but I like to be prepared. It takes a lot of time and effort to wrap an entire house and its contents in stainless steel. It would be really great if I could get a jump on it before I can saddle him and ride him to the grocery store.
In the mean time, he is keeping Brownie the Wonderdog on her toes. Her exceptional patience with this rough and tumble new addition has been rewarded with extra hugs and an occasional hunk of cheese.
We haven't introduced him to Spike the Hotness Monster as of yet as Spike is a gadabout and a champion mouser, so he could be carrying a social disease or two. Once the Buzzer has all his shots, we will introduce the two of them. It will likely be a civilized meeting over cocktails and cigars. Spike wouldn't stand for it any other way. I'll report on that cross cultural summit at some time in July.
Until then, here are some pictures so that we can remember what Buzz was like before he got big enough to run the Preakness.
Long Legs/Tiny Head
Playing Lion Tamer with Brownie