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Happy Tail: Great Dane takes his place in the family


When Matthew Davis comes home from overnight work, he’s ready to hit the hay. But first he has to convince the dog to move and give him space on the bed. Brinx sleeps with his head on the pillow next to Matthew’s wife, Jessica, and considers it an imposition to move, but he does. Thank goodness. It would be a chore to move him because the little pup they adopted from Ark of Cleveland (TN) grew into a Great Dane mix.

His enthusiasm is boundless. He meets them at the door, along with their other dog, Amie, an Irish Wolfhound/Airedale mix — also big — with enthusiasm that makes the couple feel like a million dollars, even when times have been tough and keeping such big dogs was a financial burden.

Brinx the Great Dane and Amie

Brinx smiles as if to show appreciation for a loving home.

“Jessica and I have eaten lots of ramen noodles and tuna because you never give up your family,” Matthew says.

Brinx’s “favorite thing to do is play with his nylon bone. In fact, we have this disgusting half-eaten one and we try to throw it away, but he whines and gets depressed because it’s gone.” So, of course, they retrieve it, and Brinx carries it around like a prized possession.

Ami has her own little quirks. When she gets excited, she runs full speed through the house doing figure eights and then goes and sits on the couch. “It never fails that she does this three times, and then she is done. It is one of the quirkiest OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder] things I’ve ever seen,” Matthew says.

“We treat the dogs as our kids, and they have enlightened us as to what unconditional love means,” he says. He recommends that people should adopt and let homeless dogs steal their hearts the way Amie and Brinx have stolen theirs.

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