After the death of his 12-year-old Newfoundland “Cookie” in April 2017, Chris "J-Boy" Williams thought he'd wait a few years until he retired before he stepped back into Newf ownership. Chris was fooling himself. Six weeks later, he was on the road from Peterborough, Ontario to Ft. Wayne, Indiana to pick up Rosie.
"Newfoundlands are the best family breed of dog in the world—I’ve always had one and I can’t imagine my life without one," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "They’re not a dog for everyone with the constant shedding, drooling and daily brushing but in return they’re true gentle giants and amazing with anyone who walks through the front door."
Rosie and J-Boy Williams
They may be gentle giants, but they can also be headstrong and mischievous.
"Newfs require training from a young age, which Rosie has had," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "She’s currently 11 months old, weighing in at about 110 lbs., and she’ll probably fill out to about 135–140 lbs. The problem is Rosie tends to forget what she has learned in puppy school and Rosie does what Rosie wants."
Rosie is on her hind legs a lot
Standing at about 5’ 6” on her hind legs, Rosie has access to anything she can get—"think 'baby proofing' a house but add counter tops, tables and now even higher locations," Chris tells PTBOCanada. "Due to her size, I often forget she’s still a puppy and anything she gets at is entirely my fault for not putting it out of reach."
Rosie surfing the internet
Chris started a list over the past few months of things that Rosie has claimed...
-> 2 brand new crib mattresses (still in the box) -> 2 pairs of prescription eye glasses -> 1 pair of sunglasses -> 5 remotes -> 1 Blundstone boot -> 4 toques -> 2 pairs of gloves -> 1 family portrait -> 3 USB sticks -> 7 boxes of spaghetti -> 2 Apple mice -> 1 Amazon Firestick -> 1 Shop Vac -> 1 pair of his favourite hockey gloves -> 1 hockey stick -> 1 XL dog crate (bent the metal door at 3 months old, hence no crate training) -> countless cups of coffee, rolls of paper towels, magazines, newspapers, mail and so much more!
Rose getting into trouble with innocent Ellie, their 11-month-old poodle, looking on—Ellie gets into no trouble.
Here's some of the damage Rosie has caused...
My VPN token that generates the characters that allow me to login to the office from anywhere. I took this photo in the office for obvious reasons. Damn you Rosie! #monsterpic.twitter.com/gV2Rtf14uZ