Sleeping dogpile with Bull Mastiff Rottweiller, Beagle, and Wendi
Nina the Bull Mastiff Rottweiller waiting for Pete to come home
Bull Mastiff Rottweiller puppy with Beagle
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Nina the Bull Mastiff Rottweiller in her shirt
Nina the Bull Mastiff/Rottweiller as a 10-week-old puppy!
Nina the Bull Mastiff Rottweiller with shades

This is Nina, our Rottweiller/Bull Mastiff mix. Nina has been with us since she was a puppy of only 10 weeks. Believe it or not, she only weighed 20 pounds then. I think her tongue weighs that much now! (Her tongue plus the rest of her weigh in at about 90 pounds.) Nina is a pretty happy-go-lucky dog whose biggest fault is probably that she's a little too friendly. You have to be quick to ward off her slobbery kisses!

In some of the pictures above, you can see Nina idolizing her little big brother Max, a Beagle/Bassett mix. Max is no longer with us, but he will always be remembered. Nina now tries to fill his shoes of being the mature furry kid of the house, keeping everyone else in line. She's been invaluable in showing Hiway the ropes, and I think they are quickly becoming good friends.

Nina loves to catch a biscuit sitting on her nose. Another of her favorite games involves our nightly feeding ritual. All you have to do is tell her to "Go get your bowl!" and she'll run into her crate, grab her food bowl, then race to meet you by the doggy kibble. After sitting and gently giving over her bowl, she waits patiently for the "Time to eat!" when she sprints back to her room and waits for her dinner to be delivered. (Sometimes she's so anxious that she'll sit perfectly still with a steady drip-drip-drip of slobber falling to her feet.) This is an energetic routine that we started with Nina, but now with three dogs getting in on the excitement, it's a regular stampede! Nina is still the old pro, but the other two are catching on quickly.

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