House Alarm!

Real Estate Agent with 1

Artie8 Breed: French Mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux)

Weight: 160-170 lbs (head weighing about 40 lbs).

Temperament: Great!  Loves our family - not fond of outsiders.

Best Quality:  Will scare the crap out of anyone with one look.  Bark comes from the gut and rattles my dishes in the cupboard.

One thing I could do without?  DROOL.  Ohhh, its bad.  Really.  Think "Turner and Hooch". 

Would you mess with him??

When my husband and I bought our first house, we decided that we would need some sort of alarm system.  So I called an alarm company.  My husband called a breeder. 

When I first met our dog we drove 1.5 hours to Rhode Island and the breeder met us with 17 pups.  We were able to pick the pick of the liter if we wanted to.  While we were playing with the pups the 103_0375 breeder decided that I should meet the father and mother of the liter so I could better gauge my decision as to which pup would be a good fit for me

The breeder leaves and in an instant I saw a HUGE beast running right for me, his jowls were flapping in the wind and the paws were huge.  Not just huge but HUGE!  My face must have read something like "OH MY GAWD"  because everyone kept asking me if I was OK. 

OK?  Am I OK?  Are you guys crazy?  What does this thing eat?  Will my kids be safe?  Is this a joke? 

Looking at the cute fuzzy pups I had no idea that  THEY would turn into THIS!  I took  my oldest son by the arm and threatened him to "Pick the SMALLEST pup in the liter". 

Weeks and minutes this dog grew.  He grew and he still kept growing.  His drool was fierce and his protectiveness grew strong for our family.  He became my youngest sons "puller" and protector from his older brother, barking loudly and seriously when my oldest son taunts my younger son.101_0101   Just letting my oldest son know that he's watching.   

Door bells, strange noises and strangers puts my dog on high alert.  He is amazing! 

For the record he eats only finely cooked meals - Chicken and high residue dog food.  We cook for him every night.  He has quickly become king of the house and its a throne that I have allowed him to keep (OK, its not a throne its a couch, but do you blame me?).  People know what kind of alarm system I have - need I say more?   


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Debi Braulik - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale
Thanks for sharing. DeB are one of my favorite breeds. The pic of him jumping with the kids is fantastic. My dog is my house alarm. Anytime someone walks by, or a car stops in front of the house, she barks. Aren't dogs great? :)
Jun 12, 2007 06:31 AM #2
Desiree Daniels
RE/MAX Tri County - Robbinsville, NJ

Awww he's adorable....   I haven't had any dogs for about 3 years now... my baby Bailey was 14 and had a long great life...   Haven't had the heart to get another yet....  but blogs like this get me thinking.

Thanks for sharing

Jun 12, 2007 06:32 AM #3
Mark Flanders
Consulting - Silverdale, WA
I was chuckling all the way through this. We have 2 boxers. It sounds like the have a temperment similar to your charmer. They are only half the size of yours and they scare the crap out of people. I haven't locked my front door in years.
Jun 12, 2007 06:34 AM #4
Dawn Workman
Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC - Camas, WA
Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100
He would scare me away for sure :)
Jun 12, 2007 06:47 AM #5
Toby Boyce
C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. - Delaware, OH
MBA, Delaware Ohio

I'll second Mark. We have a boxer that is in the 70 pound range and no one messes with her. She is the sweetest thing the world.

Funniest was we had a pizza delivered and the guy had the "classic" Harley rider look -- big and mean -- and he's at the front door. Rings the bell and when Sadie came flying around the corner he backed into the yard, wouldn't come any closer than 10 feet of the house.

Jun 12, 2007 06:55 AM #6
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!
My only advice is to make sure that your pup is socialized properly so you won't experience problems when he is older.  
Jun 12, 2007 07:09 AM #7
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate


What cute dog. We drove all the way to Lyme Connecticut to buy my Jack Russel. He is still alive at 17 today.

Hey please post this in my pets are people too group if you like.

Jun 12, 2007 07:12 AM #8
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

What a cute story, Christine! I always find it interesting which dogs people pick for themselves. He seems to really enjoy the children and vice versa. My Shepherd Husky is 17 which is very old for this type of dog and he no longer jumps around like that:)

Jun 12, 2007 07:28 AM #9
Christine Forgione
1 - Whitestone, NY
Associate Broker

Hi guys.  Thanks for stopping by.

I have to just say that my dog is a dog friendly, child friendly dog.  He is fond of women and children, men he is leary with.  I did not mention in the post that Artie is almost 5 years old. 


Jun 12, 2007 07:43 AM #10
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
Beautiful dog Christine. I love mastiffs. Out neighbor has one. They are certainly a force to reckoned with. I've see them as HUGE as 250 lbs. Nice doggy:) I too love the picture of him playing with the kids.
Jun 12, 2007 07:49 AM #11
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Nice post. We used to have a very long driveway leading up to our house. Anybody who came down this driveway was "escorted" by a pack of dogs belonging to our neighbors. They just loved the challenge to outrun something but when strangers got to our gate and saw the sign "Beware of dog", they usually just turned around and went back where they came from ;-)
Jun 12, 2007 08:18 AM #12
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager
Nice to see some new posts, Christine!
Jun 12, 2007 08:25 AM #13
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Dogue de Bordeaux = cool  

Doggie drool = ick and that's just from my Beagle mix.

Jun 12, 2007 08:58 AM #14
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Christina, as a owner of 4 dogs, I love this ? Bet REW will too ??
Jun 12, 2007 10:07 AM #15
Christine Forgione
1 - Whitestone, NY
Associate Broker

Bryant - yes, I have seen them bigger also.   My husband actually informed me that I am wrong he weighs in at 195 and that is about it for him.  He's a mush and when he looks at me, he reminds me of King Kong - there is someone living in his body. 

Silvia - LOL, I know if I was greeted by a pack of dogs, I would retreat as well!

Jeff - Thank you Jeff!  Great to "see ya".  I have been crazy busy, how about you?

Maureen - its funny, when my nephew brings over his dog - its right before he is going to give his dog a bath.  The drool is all over the poor thing.  Seriously, I am not joking on how bad the drool is - All my guests know NOT to wear good clothes to my house - ever!

Missy - LOL, 4 dogs!  Yeesshh.  One is good for me.  Love em, but he is alot of work. 

Jun 12, 2007 01:18 PM #16
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Christine - what great pictures!  We had good friends with a Napolitan Mastiff who's favorite toy was a brick!  He used to hold it in his mouth vertically and throw it around, it was the funniest thing to see - that dog was gentler than a kitty cat.
Jun 12, 2007 04:14 PM #17
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Big dogs work well as alarm systems. I love the pictures Christine...he look so cute!
Jun 13, 2007 03:14 AM #18
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Roscoe is still running strong at 17 and he is the king here...we can't always feed him home cooked meals unless it is chicken or he gets sick..lucky me I get to spend more money on beef instead of chicken...he also has pretty much run of the house and still sleeps on the edge of our bed. What a mistake this was spoiling him since he was the way he lived with us at the beginning in a studio apartment on Winchester prkwy i Douglaston!
Jun 16, 2007 02:46 PM #19
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA
WOW!  He looked kind of small until he was out playing with the kids.
Jul 04, 2007 04:55 PM #20
Christine Forgione
1 - Whitestone, NY
Associate Broker
ARDELL - LOL, no he is huge.  Actually his head is huge.  
Jul 05, 2007 05:31 AM #21
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