I love Freyja, our female Newfoundland. She is just as adorable to me now as she was when we brought her home. Funny thing, but Freyja still thinks she is the same size as she was on that day almost a year and a half ago. At over a hundred and twenty pounds heavier and MUCH taller, she has grown to be what you expect from a Newfie. In other words…BIG.
I mean…REALLY BIG!
As she grew, she slowly discovered how much fun it is to run and play with my two Border Collies. I often think she believes that she is just one of them. When she and Tyrion play chase, she dives under tables and chairs that she used to be able to run under with no problem. Recently she basically scalped herself. She had a silver dollar-sized bald spot that had us calling her Freyja Tuck (like in Robin Hood). She had upended furniture and her tail has cleared more than a couple beverages from tables. When she is feeling particularly bold and thinks nobody is looking, we have caught her with her chin resting on the dinner table.
We have a stairway in our home that has a “black racing stripe” down one wall. That is because she leans against it when she goes down and, over time, she has stained the wall a dirty black. Then there is the upstairs bathroom door. One day after a potty break she bounded through the front door and slammed it open so hard that the handle went through the bathroom door right behind it.
And have I mentioned water? Yes, as a Newfie, Fryeja loves water. If it rains, she is like a kid and walks through every single puddle. We have a little miniature “stream” that runs down the center of the street in front of our house when it rains. She goes straight for it when we go outside. I have given up on the idea that our floors will ever really be clean again.
Hair? When I brush her daily, she sheds about a puppy’s worth of fur. And as soon as I vacuum the house, I don’t even have the vacuum cleaner put away when the first clumps of black hair appear on the carpet.
Earlier I mentioned a potty break. If I don’t stay on top of it, passers by would think we have a baby dinosaur hiding on the street. And these are just a few more things to consider if you want to add these wonderful dogs to your home.