Son of Dixie Marie
and Rufus II
|Dear Fredericka and Lucy,
I hope this note finds you both doing well. Manny is doing well
and he has finally stopped growing, I think, at a lean 250lbs. My
veterinarian couldn't believe his weight the last time we were there
and weighed him three times. This make Manny 25 times larger than
Peanut, our dachshund. I have also taken to giving Manny a haircut
about every month to keep him cool. Surprisingly enough, Manny seems
to enjoy the haircuts and doesn't even mind when I tidy him up by
vacuuming the loose hair off of him.
As always, Manny is the consummate canine ambassador at the
nature trail we go to. He "suffers" thru all the petting, photos, and
praise about how well behaved he is. Manny also seems to have taken a
liking to soccer as he loves to chase the ball when my 7yr. old
practices. Of course Manny can be a little hard on the equipment so he
now has his own ball he gets to play with. It is quite amusing to
watch Manny gamboling about with his soccer ball.
I just wanted to stay in touch and say thank you for bringing
such a loving addition to my family.
P.S. I've included a photo of Manny relaxing after his haircut.
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Fredericka and Lucy,
I hope this letter finds you all doing well. I intended to get
this letter to you sooner so Manny could wish his mom, Dixie
Marie, Happy Mothers Day but obviously I'm a bit Tardy. Manny is
doing great, he continues to literally stop traffic. While walking
Manny he is often stalked by cars slowing down to look at him and
people often say how beautiful he is! So far Manny has not let all
the compliments go to his head, as he is still the same gentle and
humble pup I brought home.
At a recent check up Manny weighed in at 220.3lbs!! The vet
couldn't believe it and weighed him three times to confirm this.
My wife says we should have named him Clifford. He still is a lean
dog with a svelte waist line and the vet did remark how healthy he
is and how clean his teeth are. (Manny does enjoy a good beef
bone) Manny is definitely not an over eater as I have been free
feeding him since I brought him home. I must admit that he does
not appear terribly large to me, even with his 10 lbs. older
sister peanut, a dachshund, for comparison. I guess that's what
happens when you live with him all the time, also he is so calm,
well mannered and gentle that he just doesn't draw attention to
himself. Although, I must admit that if he steps on your foot you
certainly do appreciate how big he is!
I have enclosed some pictures as well. One is of Jack, my son, and
Manny relaxing in the foyer of our house. The other two photos
show Manny sharing his couch with Peanut, she is the little brown
spot in the right corner of the couch.
From: John V
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Subject: Manny in action
Dear Lucy and Fredericka,
Happy Holidays! I apologize for not
writing sooner. Here are a few photos of Manny. He is such an
incredible addition to the family. He is very kind, intelligent,
and loving as well as gentle with my son and his "big" sister
Peanut. He weighs in at a little over 110lbs so far. The vet says
he is very healthy and a perfect weight. No excess fat on him!
He loves the snow and he and Jack, my son, love to run around in
it. As I write this he is playing with one of his favorite toys, a
soccer ball. At night he sleeps in our bedroom on his bed and
seems to enjoy story time with Jack as well!
I just want you to know what an incredible
family member Manny is, my only regret is that I didn't adopt him
sooner. I did get a new camera for Christmas so I will be sending
you some higher quality photos as soon as I figure out how to use