Sue Markham and her husband Robert decided to take in an adorable puppy that Sue fell in love with at a shelter. The two couldn’t help but love the dog, who was officially named Yogi. But the couple also affectionately call their furry friend, Bear, and you’ll soon see why!
A Little White Lie
At the shelter, Sue discovered that the pup was a Boston Great Dane. Robert did not want a big doll at all in their home. So Sue told a little fib. She told her husband that Bear was a small Jack Russell terrier, who wouldn’t grow up to be that big. Boy, was she wrong….
That’s No Jack Russell
Not too long after Bear’s adoption, Sue’s fib was discovered. At only five months old, Bear was much bigger than any other Jack Russell terrier he came across. By that point, Robert already had a major bond with the pup and would never imagine giving him up. But Bear wasn’t done growing at all!
Bigger Than Average
After nine years with his family, Bear is now approximately a whopping 200 pounds! The average size of a Boston Great Dane is 135 lbs. That makes Bear 65 lbs heavier than normal! Thankfully, his parents have learned to care of the dog’s massive needs.
A Bear’s Life
Because this Yogi Bear is so large, a regular blanket won’t do when it’s cold outside. The Markhams had to get a horse blanket just to be able to keep him warm. Bear also has his own three-acre paddock to run around. He definitely needs the exercise, because his nutrition is off the charts. You won’t believe how much this couple pays for his food!
A Hearty Diet
It definitely takes a lot to feed this Yogi Bear! The Markhams spend almost $235 on Yogi’s food every single month. Just his breakfast alone every day includes four scrambled eggs and sausages! The Markhams don’t mind spoiling him, though…
A Part Of The Family
Bear literally lives like a regular human being in the Markham family. The dog, who’s 6’10” from nose to tail, has his own loveseat sofa and watches TV with his doting mom and dad. Bear has also made a surprising friend who’s become like family too…
In spite of his huge size, Yogi has made a few small friends! He recently became close buddies with an alley cat that the Markhams call Toffee. Toffee roams the neighborhood regularly but always comes by to cuddle with her friend Bear. Regardless of his size, this super-sized Great Dane has seemed to find a caring home with Sue and Robert.
Even though Yogi can be intimidating at first glance, Robert describes him as a “very good natured dog with a lot of character.” The dog, Sue, and Robert all live together as a very happy family, full of unconditional love!