I just came back from a wonderful weekend, spending time with my son, Pedro, and his wife Ana Kay. They wanted for me to come and spend the weekend with them to see their new townhouse as well as the latest addition to their family, a Great Dane named Dirk Griswold Guimaraes. All of their pets are named after someone or some character, with Ana Kay doing most of the naming. Pedro inherited a number of animals in the marriage.
As for the origins of Dirk’s name, well Pedro is a big sports fan as well as a movie buff. Dirk comes from Dirk Nowitzki, 7 foot tall, star power forward of Pedro’s favorite team, The Dallas Mavericks. The middle name, Griswold, from the last name of the main character in Family Vacation, Clark Griswold, the bumbling good-hearted family man played by Chevy Chase, and of course, the surname, Pedro’s own, Guimaraes (acceptably pronounced ghee-mar-ez, Brazilians pronounce it ghee-mah-roins).
His paws are already bigger than Hobbs’s
The remaining cast of characters include a cat, Rhyner, 2 or 3 rabbits, and a flying squirrel! A menagerie if ever I have seen one.
During my time there it was fun to watch Dirk and Rhyner play with each other. At this point in time, Rhyner still has the upper hand, but that’s sure to change soon. Rhyner weighs in at a cool 9 pounds, while Dirk, at 7 weeks old, is weighing in at about 15 or 16 pounds. They said that his weight has tripled in the last 3 weeks! Overall, he’s expected to top out at about 160 pounds. I don’t think that the cat will have much of a match on his hands! LOL
At this point, Dirk is quite uncoordinated. Seeing him jump down from the couch is quite comical. It always results in a face plant as that head is a little bit heavy for the landing gear to hold up to! He jumps! He lands! Knees buckle. Face plant. Every time!
I also had fond memories of my puppy raising days; this time, I got to watch from the comfort of Pedro’s easy chair as he placed the puppy on the floor and had to keep a close lookout for any ‘sniffing with intent’ activity. Pedro did pretty good, getting ‘burned’ only once. Ana Kay was on the ‘spill’ right away.
Rhyner keeps Dirk at a distance … for now!
I got to spend a bit of time playing with Dirk, too, but he was really more interested in the cat and I was more interested in watching those two go at it. Rhyner was, for the most part winning, doing his classic big cat take down. He’d grab Dirk by the skin on his jaw or neck, use his body weight by leaning back and rolling onto his back, then wrap his paws around Dirk’s neck. It worked 100% of the time, but right now, the weight discrepancy is only 6 pounds. I would imagine that by Thanksgiving, two weeks from now, that this move may be a waste, as Dirk will have topped 20 pounds!
It was a great time seeing my kids and their ‘kids’. We even went out to breakfast on Sunday morning with Ana Kay’s dad. Just the four of us: two dads and two kids. What a great time!