Sue Markham wanted a dog, but her husband would only agree as long as the canine was a small breed. Markham decided that a Jack Russell dog would be the perfect size for the house and would fit her husband's size criteria. So she adopted a puppy from her local shelter, but there was a catch: the puppy wasn't a small breed. Still, Markham thought there would be time to break the news to her husband, but little Yogi quickly brought the issue to a head.
Yogi resembled a terrier dog when he was a puppy, so Sue Markham's little white lie seemed more than plausible. But within a few weeks, it was clear to Sue and her husband, Robert, that Yogi was going to be a sizable dog. The secret was out, but by that point, Robert was in love with Yogi, and he was fine with the fact that the dog would continue to grow larger.
“I thought a big dog would be a lot of work and could be trouble. We only have a small living room,” Robert said. “I thought, “How much trouble can a Jack Russell be?” By the time he was five months old, he was bigger than any Jack Russell he came across at the park and he had this big tongue that lolled out of his mouth and a tail like a baseball bat.”
What neither of the Markhams knew was just how large Yogi would get! It turns out that Yogi is a Mantle Great Dane, sometimes called a Boston Great Dane due to its similar markings to a Boston Terrier. The average Mantle weighs in at roughly 135 pounds, but Yogi has far surpassed that amount, weighing an astonishing 210 pounds!
Yogi continued to grow and grow, both heavier and taller. Now, Yogi is 6'11'' tall, and at a regal nine years of age, he is enjoying his life.
Nicknamed "Bear" due to his size, Yogi wears a horse blanket when he goes outside and happily gobbles up $213 of food each month. His favorite meal is breakfast --- sausages and four scrambled eggs --- and he has his own couch to recline on to watch television.
“Bear sees himself as one of the family,” Sue said. “He certainly thinks of himself as a real person. He sits on his own sofa and watches the TV with us. He’s very protective of it. If a stranger comes in, he won’t let them go and sit on his sofa.” The only exception to this rule is Toffee, a neighborhood cat who often stops by the Markham home to chill on the couch with his best friend, Yogi.
The Markhams adopted a far larger dog than they had bargained for, but Yogi has repaid them with significantly large quantities of love. Share this amazing story with your dog-loving family and friends on Facebook.