Testimonials, Tributes and Brags for you and your Mastiffs
This page is for not only those who have passed but a place to share wonderful stories of your Mastiffs that are still with us. 

I have been asked by so many over the years to put up a testimonial page and I have been remiss. .   This page is dedicated to you and your wonderful Mastiffs.    Please share your stories and brags.   Include your dogs call name and age.  I will be adding pictures very soon to the text.....   (Why didn't one of my children marry a computer person.....)

This is also a place that you can put your tribute to your dog once  they pass and know that everyone who reads it is your doggie family and will send you love and understanding.  
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My Midge, the most beautiful, sweet, loving, goofy clown I have ever had the pleasure to know. I brought Midge home in March of 2009, she was 3 months old. We live about 6-7 hours from the Susann, knowing that a snow storm was predicted on the day we were to pick up our baby, Susann offered to have her husband meet us half way. I remember seeing Scott drive into the parking lot, never really expecting the overwhelming feeling of joy I felt when I first saw our girl!

 

 She was gorgeous! She was very well behaved on the long drive back home and has continued to be well behaved since. It was obvious right from the beginning that Midge had been cared for and handled frequently, our puppy months were made so much easier as Midge had been subjected to crate training, nail clipping, bathing and dental care and to this day is a perfect patient whether at home or at the veterinary hospital.

 

I work in a stressful and sometimes very emotional workplace and no matter how exhausting a day at work may be I can always count on Midge to be waiting for me when I come home, tail wagging(complete with booty shake) and a big smile on her face.  She has the power to erase any negative, sad or angry emotions I may be feeling.

 

Midge was part of the family from the first day, enjoying our lab, Gus, and although tempted to play chase with the cats, they too became her best buddies.

 

I thank Susann for giving me the opportunity to have this wonderful and special dog, and hope to have her for many more years.  Barbara Newman

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Wellington 

I have been following Beowulf Mastiffs for several years at various shows around the northeast.  I first met Susann when I reached out to her as I had just lost one of my Mastiffs and I wanted to get one from her as she is such a caring and responsible champion of the Mastiff breed.  I welcomed Wellington into my family soon after and he has been such a joy to have as one of my boys. 

He is the hit of Central Park West and Central Park when the weather is warm.  I am so happy to know Susann and would never think of going to anyone else for advice or another brother for Wellington.

John S.

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 Am Can Ch Beowulfs On The Rocks "JD"   born: 07/10/06 and going strong. 

 JD has been amazing with Cole (born 12-7-13) 

I was a little worried because he is so protective of me- 

Well my parents were here for 2 weeks and they walked JD and Bailey every day and he did great with every single person that went up to him so it is definitely him just protecting me. 

During the first couple weeks when Adam wasn't home at night (working late) JD would follow me into the nursery and sit in front of the rocker so that I had a foot rest.  On the few occasions I sneaked past him I would hear him walking up and down the hallway looking for me and then he'd push the nursery door open just a smidge and wait for me to signal him in.....normally not a quiet guy walking around but he really tries at night.  

 Here are a few pictures of him with his new boy.  I can't believe he is going to be 8 this year.  Oh....he also had quite the anxiety attack when I was in the hospital.  Thankfully I had them staying at home and had someone coming to the home (who had worked with me at the animal hospital) so she took him right in to see our favorite vet Dr. Scott.....He was just fine but knew something was going on with me.  Stephanie T.
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Midge  born: 3/2009  going strong

My Midge, the most beautiful, sweet, loving, goofy clown I have ever had the pleasure to know. I brought Midge home in March of 2009, she was 3 months old. We live about 6-7 hours from the Susann, knowing that a snow storm was predicted on the day we were to pick up our baby, Susann offered to have her husband meet us half way. I remember seeing Scott drive into the parking lot, never really expecting the overwhelming feeling of joy I felt when I first saw our girl!

 

 She was gorgeous! She was very well behaved on the long drive back home and has continued to be well behaved since. It was obvious right from the beginning that Midge had been cared for and handled frequently, our puppy months were made so much easier as Midge had been subjected to crate training, nail clipping, bathing and dental care and to this day is a perfect patient whether at home or at the veterinary hospital.

 

I work in a stressful and sometimes very emotional workplace and no matter how exhausting a day at work may be I can always count on Midge to be waiting for me when I come home, tail wagging(complete with booty shake) and a big smile on her face.  She has the power to erase any negative, sad or angry emotions I may be feeling.

 

Midge was part of the family from the first day, enjoying our lab, Gus, and although tempted to play chase with the cats, they too became her best buddies.

 

I thank Susann for giving me the opportunity to have this wonderful and special dog, and hope to have her for many more years.  Barbara Newman

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Beowulfs Runnin N The Rain "Boston" 05/2009 and going strong
                     
Beowulfs China Doll   "Panda"     Going Strong

When my children and I decided it was time to welcome a addition to our family, after much research we decided that the English Mastiff was going to be the right dog for our family.

 

They are gentle giants, family dogs, and exactly what we were looking for.

 

Then we had to choose a breeder. After lots of researching online, I came across Beowulf English Mastiffs and the Everett's.

 

I made several phone calls, and they were always warm and inviting when answering my questions. We took a trip down to see their dogs, and instantly I was in love.

 

They have a amazing set up, the dogs are well taken care of. Knowing that they had a nursery for the puppies, and then a toddler room for the toddler pups, just really showed that they cared about their dogs.

 

They were all socialized, if we wanted to see a particular dog that was available we could. Honestly we wanted to probably see them all.

 

The love for their dogs, was as strong as the love for their children. Susanne provided all the information that we needed, and was happy to provide any other information. We made the trip back home to make our final decision.

 

Yes, we were going to have one of her retiring females China Doll.

 

Upon arriving to pick up our dog, Susanne had a checklist of things that we should do to get our home prepared. This was very helpful. It provided us with information that I would not have known.

 

She suggested a few types of dog beds that are appropriate, and she ensured that we were feeding our new addition the correct dog food. Dog food is highly important, and could be so damaging if you are feeding the wrong dog food. I was happy to know that I had everything needed to provide a safe, and welcoming home for our new addition.

 

These dogs are much like the Everett's children. They want to ensure that they go to good homes that are able to provide for them what they need. Just as if this were a adoption of their child, this is a adoption of their 4 legged child. The Everett's go above and beyond to make sure their dogs go to homes where they are loved and provided for.

 

My first Beowulf English Mastiff was China Doll, otherwise known as Panda. When we first brought her home, 3 years ago, my children and I would joke and call her princess Panda. Shortly after her arrival, we realized what a true princess Panda was. Panda has the personality of someone who would write a book of etiquette. She never does anything wrong, she will not get dirty, she will not get wet if it rains. She defines "Princess". She is a amazing, gentle, kind dog. She loves everyone, and we love her.

 

Our second Beowulf English Mastiff is Runnin in the Rain, or as we call her Boston. I remember when we picked Boston up, Susann said she had a big personality. To be honest, I was expecting Boston to have a similar personality to Panda. Well my guess was wrong, and Boston does have a huge personality. She wants to be the entertainment, she will do anything to make you laugh at her, and if you are not paying attention to her she lets you know.

 

Boston plays in the mud, she digs down until she can dig no further covering herself in mud. She can see a mud puddle from a mile away! If there is somehow a way to make a mess, Boston is right in the middle. She makes my children and I laugh every day, at least once a day.

 

Now, things get really interesting with Panda and Boston. Panda stares at Boston when she is doing something she should not be, or when she is digging in the snow or mud. Panda will even get up and go look at Boston, in sort of disbelief. I often find myself thinking, I wish I knew what exactly Panda was thinking about Boston. I think we have a pretty good idea :-)

 

In my 3 1/2 years since we first met the Everett's, we are so blessed to have them and their dogs in our life.


There has never been a time where a email was not returned, or a phone call or text message was not returned. And we have had plenty of questions, especially with Boston and her silly antics.

 

Our dogs have been a absolute perfect match to our household, and we have never had any issues with either of the girls. Some funny questions, maybe. They are amazing dogs each with their own personality.

They came from the Everett's who loved them dearly, who raised them from newborns, socialized them, and eventually adopted them out.

 

I am eternally thankful that our paths have crossed. I am looking forward to being able to bring another addition to our family when we are ready.

 

Sincerely,

Jessica Smith

Adopted mother to China Doll and Runnin in the Rain
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Beowulfs Premium Blend "Java" 07/2004   Jamacia/Smuggler
Beowulfs Aurora Blue "Rory" 01/2006    Imani/Old Balou  (still going strong)
and of course Mr. Personality "Oshi" the pug.... (still going strong)

What can we say about our Beowulf Mastiff babies????
First of all, anyone with a Beowulf Mastiff never has a shortage of bragging rights! From the minute we met Susann and Scott on our first visit to their kennel, we knew their dogs and their family would become permanent fixtures in our lives. We got our first baby about 11 years ago and have had 3 more since then, not to mention the countless visits from our “grand babies” and other favorites!!

We have even stayed in contact with several families who have our “grand babies”. Mastiffs are special breed in general, but after meeting mastiffs from other breeders, it is clear that there is something extra special about a Beowulf Mastiff.

When Susann says that her dogs are raised with love, she means it. Over the years we have made friends with other mastiff owners and they all agree, not only are our dogs beautiful, but their temperament is like no other. They are strong, silent protectors, and loyal to their death. Once you have had a Beowulf, you will always have a Beowulf, or you will spend your life comparing every other dog to your Beowulf.

These dogs not only take up physical space in our lives, but they take up an even bigger part of their family's hearts, along with the hearts of anyone who meets them along the way. What is funny about Beowulf Mastiff is that they have a keen sense of people who are not “dog people.” Once in the presence of a Beowulf, the “non-dog” person strangely begins to gravitate toward your dogs. I have seen it over and over again, and heard the comment “I don't usually like dogs, but your dog is awesome!” repeated as well.

From the minute you take one of Susann and Scott's babies home, you can rest assured they are only a phone call away. With our first baby, Abraham, we must have called or emailed several times a week with a crazy questions. Each and every time Susann or one of her employees would kindly respond with care and concern, even if the question was ridiculous. They truly treated us like a member of the family and that made our experience even better.

Taking on a large breed dog can be challenging, but to have a reassuring ear and dedicated breeder to help you along the way makes it much easier. We have gone with friends to buy dogs of other breeds and we can honestly say that we have yet to meet any other breeder, or family that even holds a candle to the Everett's.

Here is a perfect example of their dedication to dogs, we had a friend purchase a Great Dane out of state and bring it back to NY. Long story, short, our friend soon realized that her dog had clearly come from a puppy mill and was suffering from a rare bone disease. Our friend had no idea what to do, I reached out to Susann for some guidance. Not only did Susann give our friend the names of several vets in her area, but she also gave some excellent advice on the types of questions she should be asking. This dog was not even Susann's to worry about, but she went out of her way to give our friend the help she so desperately needed. Susann and Scott have worked with some top notch folks that have armed them with a vast knowledge of the breed, nutrition, health, training, etc.

You will not find another breeder with more knowledge and kind advice for their new puppy owners. We can not imagine our life without a Beowulf Mastiff and hopefully we will never have to. These dogs are truly angels on Earth and anyone lucky enough to have had one knows exactly what we mean. Proud Parents, Lindsay and Christopher B

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Am Ch Beowulfs Mr. Cool Guy "Conley", owned by Kelly F in Hawaii of Island Pride Mastiffs  Born: June 2004     DJ / Annabelle
Kelly owns many Beowulf Mastiffs, including Am GCH Beowulfs Sunrise Surprise "Rose" winner of BOS at the 2014 Westminster Dog Show in NYC. 

Our first Beowulf mastiff, Conley was a remarkable fellow.  He was the quiet but noble man of the house.  He was a great ambassador of the breed with a very regal air about him that made you admire and respect him immediately, canines and humans alike.  He was also the most gentle man and would nudge you if he wanted affection, strangers included.  His favorite things were getting brushed and being toweled off after baths or rains.

 Conley was a soldier.  He did not like to show, but did it to please us.  He had several remarkable wins that will be difficult to match even to this day.  They include WD at the 2005 Northern CA Mastiff Specialty and a G3 at the 2008 Hawaii Working Dog show.  He had 9 pts in 2 majors his first weekend of showing and in his very short but succinct show career took four majors, including multiple BOB over specials.  He took the Hawaii mastiff show world by storm.

The other dogs seem to know but are doing ok.  His best friend was our boy, Maguire.  It was difficult to separate them and each would whine when the other was not around.

 We will miss him dearly and the house is already quiet without him.  Have a good one "Big Guy" as I used to always call him...

 Thanks for everybody who shared a part of his life and to Susann for enabling us to share several (but never enough) years as his family.

 

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Beowulfs Sonny      2000 to 2013    Kodiak/Cider     

Dear Susann,

I write this e-mail to you with a broken and very heavy heart. Monday we said goodbye to our friend & protector of 13 years, Sonny.

I have such an empty feeling in my soul. I guess it's a good thing that I'm writing this on my lap top. If I was writing this the old fashioned way, with pen to paper, you would have a hard time reading it. The ink would run because of my tears falling on the paper.

 I'm sure there are people who would tell me how lucky we were to have had Sonny in our lives for over 13 years. My answer would be, "another 13 years would not be nearly enough". 

 As I told you before, Sonny never liked his visits to the vet's office, besides there is no way I could get the old man in my car. There was also no way I would allow him to take his last breath anywhere but in his house, on his bed, surrounded by the people who loved him and who he loved. I was able to find a very compassionate vet, who makes house calls, who came to our house. Sonny literally went to sleep and crossed that bridge with his head on my daughters lap, his girl, the one he always protected, with her tears falling on his face, with my wife holding him and with me, my head on his head, giving him kisses on his cheek, the way I always did, all the while telling him how much I loved him and will miss him.

 As you know, I live in a big city, The Bronx, NY. As I also told you in a previous e-mail my children, who were young at the time, would often play in our fenced in, front driveway. If my wife or I had to go in the house for a minute there was never a concern. Sonny was standing guard. Any stranger who was walking past the driveway would certainly know that Sonny was there, standing watch. He would bark and growl so loud that often they would walk into the street and away from the driveway. But if someone he knew was passing by he would become this big "mush". I will always remember when my daughter had a birthday party and there were all these little girls there all over him. He would look at me with those big brown eyes as if to say 'save me', but there was never, ever a concern.  

 I'm going to tell you a true story. This past January I had a bit of a health scare that required surgery and was of great concern to me. One night, before the surgery, I had a dream. In my dream a very large figure, dressed in all black came to the door. I couldn't see his face, but was very frightened. In my dream Sonny came to the door, stood in front of me and barked and growled ferociously until the "grim reaper" left. Again, that's a true story. It's hard to imagine that my life will ever be the same without my friend and protector at my side, where he's always been for 13 years.

 I truly believe it's fate that I came to you and brought Cody home a couple of months ago. I truly believe it's fate that Cody will be with us now, to help us get through this difficult time, to fill the void and hole in our hearts that our Sonny has left. I thank you for that. As I said before, Cody has big shoes to fill, but he has big paws. As I write this he's laying at my feet. 

 When we were kids, many years ago, my brother and his friend wrote a song about a girl one of them had a crush on. I changed the words somewhat and sang this song to Sonny the evening before he left us. The words were:

 My gentle Sonny be at rest

The sandman comes, please be his guest

dream sweet dreams of future joys and happiness

lay back now your time has come

for at long last your day is done

close your eyes and hear the night time bliss

Jimmy P
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 Beowulfs It Must be Gavin CGC a/k/a Digby Darling (b. 11/17/95- 9/11/09)

                                                                                                                      

                                
Sire: Am.Can.Ch. Beowulf's Ka Cie Timbre  

Dam: Barkleigh's Victoria's Secret

Digby has always been a gentleman. As a puppy he was always very serious. He constantly has been used as a tester for Rescue dogs, example for puppies in puppy classes and the 'exhibit' Mastiff at Club events. No matter what I ask of him, he always complies. He is everything a Mastiff should be. As a senior citizen he has finally started to act silly. As a 10 and the as an 11 year old,  he was shown as a veteran in the Mastiffs Unlimited of NY Fun Matches. Each time the Judge could not resist his upbeat personality and fun attitude. He passed away a couple of months from his 14th birthday.  We realize that we were very lucky to have Digby. He was such an enjoyable dog and was the perfect companion.
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Beowulf’s Kona CGC TDI  (3/26/2008)

      

I still remember picking Kona up at 8 weeks old.  From the moment we got her we knew she was a spitfire!  She pranced through the neighborhood and true to mastiff character, would lay down in the road when she had enough.  If we knew then, what we know now- her name would be Diva!  She has made our lives so complete.  She makes us laugh when she puts all 4 paws in the air or sits next to us tilting her head as if she is joining in on a conversation (we’re quite sure she thinks she is human, not a dog).  Not to mention how she makes us feel better when she puts her head in your lap saying “its ok”  after a bad day.  She absolutely adores people and loves to give kisses to people-especially kids.  We are very proud she got her TDI certification a day after she turned 1 year old!  After falling in love with her and the breed we decided one mastiff was just not enough!  Loved and owned by Karen Adams and family

Beowulf’s Judah (renamed Chewbacca) (11/22/2006)

      

Chewy came to us after seeing a picture of him on the website and saw he needed a home.  We knew we loved Kona and welcomed another mastiff addition.  Chewy came to us in January of 2009.  He is quite the character and makes the perfect Chewbacca noise, true to his namesake.  He adores dogs, kids, and people and goes belly up upon seeing anyone he thinks will give him a rub!  His second favorite thing in life is sitting in someone’s lap and in his mind, he is a perfect fit.  He is truly a sweet creature and has one of the gentlest souls.  He is a wonderful addition to our family and we can’t imagine our life without our mastiffs!  Loved and adored by Karen Adams and family

 

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Ch. Beowulf's Diva, CGC (9/11/93- 12/4/04)

        

Sire: Ch. Von Dinkels Detail Destiny  

Dam: Beowulfs Porche Gold

Owners; Don Crumb and Carol Giotto

 

On December 4, 2004, we lost our Mastiff girl, Diva. Diva was Ch. Beowulf's Diva, CGC and she was a true Diva right from day one. We purchased her as a companion but then decided to show her. She was a ham in the show ring. She always tried to grab my tie, sports coat or hand as we went around the ring. Diva was "bomb proof". Babies climbed all over and nursing home residents adored her. Diva played a major role with many different rescue dogs and dogs with special needs. She was always gentle and tolerant of these dogs, no matter how odd they may have acted.


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Cooper... loved by Laura Johnson and family   

                   

 

I just wanted to thank you for the RIGHT information in correcting Cooper’s health.  What a difference a little bit of yogurt and parsley makes!  His breath cleared up quickly and he’s back to being a silly, silly boy.  I attached some current photos that Em took of him this weekend.  Such a goof!

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  A Tribute to a wonderful Mastiff who crossed the Rainbow Bridge..  written by his Dad

From One Warrior To Another

 


CH. Beowulfs Man About Town CGC (4/15/2000- 1/10/10)

Sire: Multiple BIS Am Can Ch. Beowulfs Kodiak Pride

Dam: Can Ch. Beowulfs Cinder To The Top

Owners: David Kulniszewski , Diona Fredo,   Claire Kulniszewski, Olivia Kulniszewski and Ella Kulniszewski

His steady eyes watched each of my girls come home from the hospital.  With each addition, his responsibilities grew.  He accepted that, he was the man of our house.  Ever vigilant, ever sturdy, and ever putting up with as many as five females in his pack alone.  Never mind the four living in mine.  We shared knowing glances, a simply look from one proud old guardian to another said it all.

He and I have come through so much together.  As our respective packs grew, we both understood just how outnumbered we had become.  As the only male influences in such an estrogen heavy environment, we silently reassured each other to do our best to protect the whole bunch, quietly making a promise to carry on if one should leave before the other.  Time is especially cruel to the bodies of warriors, as more sand escapes the hourglass of life; our joints remind us with each step the reality of our born vocation.  But as we grow older, we wear our pain as a badge of honor.  Our pain is a product of a profession taken reverentially and of a job well done. 

It was Christmas day 2009, that Gigolo, eyes locked on mine, requested to be relieved of his obligation and began the process of quitting his post as Old Guardian of our home.  Soldiers deeply understand responsibility and do not take their duties lightly.  He, apparently, did not feel that we were ready for his departure and held on for 16 wonderful days until he knew his post had been properly relieved.  Those 16 days blessed my family with the time to respectfully lavish the proud old man with thanks, love, hugs, stories read by the girls, kisses, pictures drawn by my daughters very hearts, and most importantly…time for my wife and I to prepare. 

On January 10, 2010, Gigolo passed; surrounded by those he protected and loved.  We all cried and each of us kissed him goodbye.  Rarely, has a Mastiff so typified the characteristics of the breed as well as Gigolo. He was simply the most handsome, most patient, most wonderful example of all things Mastiff.  He was reminiscent of brave Odysseus’s old friend and protector, Argus.  His nearly ten years of ever faithful service left him with just a hint of gray whiskers, a little slower to stand but just as capable to show his love.

Warriors have a code; part of that code is to never leave another behind.  As my girls and wife eventually left the room saying their final goodbyes, I pushed one of his blankets together to make a pillow.  I still had one duty remaining.  I needed to lay with him…just long enough for him to cross the bridge.  My warmth steadied his legs and soothed his joints, enabling him to look back just once, long enough to see for the last time, the product of his devotion…the family he lived to protect.  And he smiled. 

Mastiffs bring to us so much and when they leave we have such powerful memories and the magnitude of the love they gave to us sustains us through their loss..   We love you Gigolo...

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Beowulfs Whale of a Tale CGC- “Jonah” (12/04/05)

     
  Am Can Ch Beowulfs Attitude With Latitude, CGC, TDI             Still handsome and thriving in ...2014. :-)

Beowulfs Southern Cross "Sydney"

Owner: Don Crumb and Carol Giotto

 

There are a lot of ways to wish someone happiness.  When you meet Jonah you will learn a new way- “may you enjoy life as much as Jonah does”!!!! Jonah loves everyone.  He is four years old- we have known him since he was one week old and have never heard him growl.  He has the exuberance of a puppy.  No matter what crazy thing he does, he is guaranteed to make you laugh. 

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Am Can Ch Beowulfs Attitude With Latitude, CGC, TDI (8/29/03)

     
  Sire: Am Ch Golem Ralph E
Dam: Am Ch Beowulfs Dancin in the Rain

Owner: Don Crumb and Carol Giotto

 Largo has accomplished a lot so far in his life.  He has earned his American and Canadian championships, he has been top ranked during his show career, he earned his canine good citizen title, and has produced some amazing kids.  By far we are most proud of his therapy dog international title.  Since earning his TDI title  he has participated in programs at nursing homes, schools and libraries.  His fan base ranges from elderly and infirmed people to individuals with  severe physical disabilities to children learning to read.  He ignores people’s disabilities, infirmities, and age but his unconditional love brings out everyone’s inner strengths.  He patiently listens to children as they participate in the “Tailwaggin’ tutors” reading program.  Even the local newspaper could not resist a story along with pictures of Largo being read to by kids in the program!  He is a fantastic ambassador for the Mastiff breed.  Everyone who meets him learns that Mastiffs are true companions with big hearts!.   Watch for him in 2010 as he provides cart rides for kids at all types of canine events.    Largo's agent: Carol Giotto....   also the great love of his life.

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Sire: Am Can Ch Beowulfs  It's In The Genes "Wrangler"  (Still thriving in 2014)
Dam:  Beowulfs Can't Fight Fame "Fame"

Chloe... sister to adopted big brother Hudson, a very handsome fellow


Beowulf’s Chloe owned and loved by Alexandra “Lexi” Bullock and family.  When Morgan, a mastiff mix rescue passed away, two-year old Lexi was so upset and sad.  She had lost her best friend.  Thankfully her Grandparents found Chloey.  Within minutes of Chloey arriving at the Bullock’s  home, she and Lexi became an inseparable best friends.  They play, nap and sometimes even nap together.  It is unbelievable that such a large dog will follow the instructions on a toddler; however, Chloey follows every command given by Lexi. 

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