Day 5 with Barnaby

Let me tell you about my new puppy, Barnaby.  Barnaby is a six week old Blue Harlequin Great Dane puppy.  We adopted him last Friday.  He had a rough start in life being removed from his mother too early and then developing Parvo.  Parvo is a highly contagious viral illness that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration in dogs.  Companion Pet Clinic saved his life.  It was a team effort.  The staff took turns taking him home at night.  Barnaby is now Parvo free!

Over the weekend, I was concerned that he wasn't eating enough, so I made him homemade chicken and rice soup.  And that has made all the difference.  Now, he's scratching and whining at the fridge door for seconds! Plus, he loves hot dogs. He already sits for a bite of hot dog.  Good boy!
This morning, Barnaby's paws looked much bigger than last night.   He's a growing boy.  The average Great Dane male weighs 135 pounds.  I chatted with a Great Dane owner over the weekend and the only advice she gave me was to buy him his own couch.  Noted.
My, what big paws you have!
After a full nights rest, Barnaby is a rambunctious boy for an hour and a half.  And oh those puppy teeth are sharp!  I call him Jaws and My Little Piranha in the morning and douse myself in Sour Apple to prevent him from nibbling on me.  The Assistant and him rough house and play.  

And then he's all snuggles and kisses.  He is a lap dog.  Whenever I sit on the couch he curls up on my lap and chews on a toy or naps.  He has the best puppy breath ever.  And he's so sweet.  I'm completely smitten.  Can you tell?
My Pirate took this shot of Barnaby and The Assistant sharing a paper towel tube.