Suma x Sarah Born in 2008
Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2010
quick update for Lincoln (Suma x Sarah, 2008).
Lincoln continues to be a great member of our family. He is very
big: around 33" at the shoulder and 210 lbs, at 20 months.
Although he's fit and active, he still thinks he's a lap dog at
the end of the day. In one of the pictures, he's sitting NEXT to
my 10-year-old son. In the other, he's sitting ON my adult
neighbor of ours, who was already a fan of American Mastiffs, met
Lincoln last year and was inspired to get on your waiting list.
He became an owner of an apricot female from Flying W just a few
weeks ago (that's Holly, another of Sarah's puppies). Lincoln has
played with her a couple times, and is very patient with his
little sister, who climbs all over him and chews his ears with
Lincoln gets lots of attention wherever we go. Last month, when
Lincoln and I were buying dog food, we were practically mobbed by
families and children who wanted to meet and pet him. Mastiffs
are uncommon in the Carolinas, and I have come to realize that
fewer still are active, healthy, and well-socialized. With his
glow of health, friendly personality, and good manners, Lincoln is
a great ambassador for American Mastiffs.
Lincoln is also a reliable protector of the family. He always
barks and stands on guard when he hears someone coming to the
door. When we open the door, he always looks first at us instead
of the visitor... to see what WE think about this person... and
takes his cue accordingly. Friends and pizza deliveries are
welcomed warmly. When it's an unwanted solicitation, Lincoln will
sit and glare skeptically at the caller without breaking eye
contact (this has immeasurably shortened many a sales call on the
front porch). Last week, for the first time, he encountered a
stranger he just didn't like while I was walking with the children
in the park. As the man approached us, and without being
aggressive, he turned his body sideways and stood in between us
and the stranger like a wall. When the stranger reached out to
touch him without asking, Lincoln growled gently and pushed us all
back a step, maintaining his distance and staying in between us
and the man he didn't trust. I still don't know what he sensed
from the man's posture or smell, but it was a perfect display of
non-aggressive guarding behavior. After the guy walked on, my
6-year-old daughter told me, "Lincoln wanted to keep us away from
that bad man." The kids just implicitly trusted Lincoln's
judgement, and I have to admit that I did, too.
Thanks for breeding these wonderful animals!
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009
Subject: Some more Lincoln pictures
I have a few more pictures of Lincoln at ten
months old. What a beautiful dog!
In the close-up profile of his head, you can
also see the American Mastiff breed characteristics.
Even though he has substantial flews (just like
an English Mastiff), he has a fairly dry and tight mouth.
It is still surprising to me how muscular and
well controlled his big lips are... you'd think that they
would be slack and floppy, but the picture
gives some indication of all the muscles bunched up under his jaw.
In the third picture, Lincoln is being hugged
by my adult, special-needs son. Lincoln is the only dog
I've ever met that can be hugged by a standing
Lincoln is now a week away from his first
birthday, and right around 180 lbs.
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009
Lincoln ( is now almost eleven months old, and just over 160 lbs.
He is an indispensable member of our family.
is a gentle and intelligent dog. During obedience training, he
was bumped out of the beginner class and up to intermediate
because he was learning so fast. As he closes in on his first
birthday, his manners improve each week. He loves playing with
our two small children and now owns "his" couch.
Wherever we go, Lincoln is a celebrity due to his giant size and
cheerful demeanor. He has met hundreds of people! Even folks who
are inclined to fear large dogs melt when he cups his ears and
wags his whole rear end as if he was the world's biggest goofy
puppy (Hint: he is).
Comments we hear about Lincoln the most:
Is he still a puppy?"
much does he eat? And how big will he get?"
considered having pamphlets made to save time.
Since I work at a relaxed software development company, Lincoln
often accompanies me to work, rides the elevator like a champ, and
snoozes next to my desk during the day. Only occasionally does he
try to crawl into my lap. I've attached a few pictures, and will
send more when I can.
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Lincoln (male puppy out of Sarah by Neil, Jr./Suma) got two big
thumbs up from our vet. At 10 weeks, he weighed in at 30 lbs, an
11 pound gain in the two weeks since I picked him up. By the way,
my brother, who is also a DVM and who came with me to pick up
Lincoln from Flying W, was very complimentary of the care you take
with your animals and the whole operation. I think he might end
up on your American Mastiff waiting list sometime soon.
Lincoln has been a joy and a quick learner. He has already
learned sit, come, and of course "hurry up", and we began leash
training this week. Last week, after finding that our cats
didn't run when he barked (they are very used to dogs), he
carefully approached our big yellow tabby and started licking him
gently. The cat wasn't sure what to make of that, but they are
are still friends. I have attached a picture of Lincoln with our
children (two older and two younger) just after he came home with
I'll send more photos as he continues to grow and explore. Thanks
for our puppy!