Rosco the Great Dane visited us in Fairfield

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Here we are at out Fairfield Suisun clinic and If there’s anything to make my achin’ back happy it’s a Dog standing so tall that he can be vaccinated easily without even trying. Rosco is still young but for a peek into his future take a look at those legs and paws; They are enormous and that means that they have gotten away from the rest of his body and soon he will have a growth spurt and catch up to them. The Great Dane is actually a German dog (sometimes called German Mastiff) which derives from ancient Greek Molossers dating back to the 15th century BC! In 16th century Europe the ancient dogs were crossed with English Mastiff and Irish Wolfhound with the intent of producing a larger boar hound. With the advent of firearms, the giant dog which could hold prey for the arrival of hunters was no longer necessary and their use has gradually turned to giant companion dog. Until the 19th century these dogs were known as the German Boardog but political tensions with Germany prompted the name change to Great Dane. The tallest ever was Zeus who stood 44″ tall at the shoulder lived until 2014. All Great Danes should stand at least 30″ tall which makes them easy to vaccinate because there is no need to even bend over to reach them! For now, though, Rosco gets to ride in his human’s arms and that gets the job done too! – Geoffrey Antipa http://dogandcatshots.com

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