They are striking dogs, especially together with their opposite coloring. She's the yin to his yang.
One guy pulled his car over on the road one day when I was walking them to ask me if Tux was a "Swiss." I think of a Swiss Mountain dog as intelligent and regal.
I pointed at Tux and responded, "You mean this doofus?" The hundred pound dog who stands at the top of the stairs and whines because he is scared to go in the basement by himself? The dog the size of ME who tries to crawl in my lap without my noticing? I swear Tux whistles non-chalantly avoiding eye contact with me while he plops his big clumsy paws up on my legs and inches his entire body up in my lap while I'm sitting on the couch. If it is possible to be non-chalant and clumsy at the same time, Tux has mastered it. Maybe that's a traits of Swiss Mountain dogs and I just don't know it.
And then there was the day the three neighbor girls knocked on our door to ask if they could ride our horse.
Kidding. That didn't happen. But they do frequently ask if they can walk the dogs. And we let them. Reluctantly. And cross our fingers the girls don't return covered in dust and scrapes from being dragged on the gravel road for a half a mile. So far, so good.
We were told these dogs would grow until they are about two years old. But for the past several months they're growth has been fairly stagnant Although I think Tux may surpass me in weight very soon. We don't have a scale in our house, so this theory was tested by Aaron picking us both up and determining that I still have him by a few pounds. But then Tux and I had an arm wrestling match. He won. We thought about getting a harness and hanging them from the scale in the chicken coop that we use to weigh grapes. That image in my head makes me giggle.
Whatever these strikingly beautiful, completely goofy, giant lap dog, mystery mutts...who cares? We love 'em.
Sniffing me to try and distract me from the fact that he's really trying to get in my lap.
And a little closer...
This was the closest I got before he was in my lap and my lens doesn't get THAT close.