Pet of the Month: Piper

Pet of the Month: Piper

My parents made a deal—once they found a new house, they would get a puppy. Well, one week after closing on their home—and just eight weeks after I was born—I joined them! I’m Piper, a 1.5-year-old merle Great Dane. My grandparents also brought home my brother, a cute little black Great Dane named Porter. This is working out great, because Porter and I get to play together often and have sleepovers when our humans go away. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my two- and four-legged family!

I love to go for car rides—especially when we go to the dog park, to Porter’s house, and to my Dads’ bike races. I also enjoy running around my yard, where there are plenty of squirrels and birds to chase or I can find a toad or a stick to play with. When I’m inside, drinking from the bathroom sink is a great perk of being so tall. I just walk to the sink and my humans turn on my “drinking fountain!”

Recently, we had a new addition to our family – my parents brought home Penny, my very own blue Great Dane puppy. Penny and I come from the same breeder and we have the same doggie dad. We enjoy playing together, and I try to be gentle with my little sister who loves to cuddle with me—or on me!

Penny is almost four months old and learning every day. She just graduated Puppy Kindergarten and is starting Puppy Agility soon. I try to be a good example for my sister and teach her to be a good dog, like me. She came here in winter and wasn’t so sure about the cold, but I still got her to play in the snow with me. We’re both looking forward to summer now, and like to snuggle even when it’s warm.

We normally see Dr. Carolynn. She has been a friend of my Mom’s for a long time and she also has a Great Dane. Dr. Baker has helped me too on a few occasions. We love seeing all the wonderful staff, plus they give us the best treats.

We share our fun adventures on Instagram–check us out at: “the_life_of_piper_and_penny

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