Everyone has heard of Clifford the Dog, a gigantic red dog and a fictional character from a children’s book. He may have some real life competition with Arnie the Great Dane. Arnie is only a puppy, but already the dog is 6 feet tall. The puppy is only five months old and he is already taller and bigger than most dogs twice, or oven thrice, his own age. His owners say that he already weighs as much as a baby hippo.
“I have no idea what he’s going to be like when he grows up,” his owner, Julie Reid. Julie and her husband and son are from South Lanarkshire. They adopted Arnie as a puppy when they saw him at an animal shelter. According to Julie, when they went in to look at him, it was love at first sight. The family already owns several dogs, but Arnie stands out from the litter, possibly because of his tremendous size.
The other dogs that the Reids own include two medium sized French mastiffs, two small Chinese crested dogs, and a small French bulldog. Reid said that it’s funny taking them for a walk because the dogs have such a different sizes. It looks like an entire kennel had come along for the walk. But Reid also added that all their dogs get along together, even the gigantic Arnie.
“Arnie is gentle, loving and so playful,” Reid said. “We are just relieved we have a big enough home to accommodate our new baby hippo.”