I'm sure the people owned by many giant dogs know that they don't talk much. Smaller dogs have boundless energy to bark all day long, but for a big fella like Thor, silence is golden. So I thought you'd like to learn a little about Thor's barkcabulary.
"Hmmm" - a little whimper, followed by a giant head stuffed under your arm means "Give me a hug!"
"AH ROO!" followed, if needed, about 15 seconds later by "AH ROO!" means "Stop that! Now! Someone's going to get hurt!" Notice the posture in this picture, where his head is level with his back. He's getting ready to stuff his head between Jeffrey and his sisters. (In case anyone wondered, Jeff at 6'4" and 230 pounds can surely haul his 3 sisters, each of whom tips the scales between 110 and 120.)
"Roo!" With head pointed upward, this means, "Can I join in the game?" If no one pays attention, he'll then take up head butting people.
"OOWWW HMMM Roo OWW!" means he has heard one of our cars or the gate, and someone he loves is coming home. This usually occurs when Thor's on the porch.
"ROO ROO ROO!" means "You are not one of my people and I demand that you leave my property/sidewalk/street at once!" A proper introduction will stop this. One pedestrian had the audacity to tell my 13 year old to shut that dog up, because he was a menace (although the dog was inside a 6 foot high fence), and the child responded, "You have no right to interfere with his constitutional right to free speech."
And for Mango, the handsome brindle mastiff from Massachusetts, Thor weighs in around 250. He spends as much time as possible romping with his boys, and the "Bone Happy Dance" is the only dancing he does. Glad to know another big guy!
And I should add for Crabigail, Thor doesn't shed much. Le had a white lab for years, and he shed much more than Thor does. Because he's shorthaired, and we brush him once a week, he's a pretty clean guy, especially when you consider his size!
Happy Thorsday, everyone!