Anne knew that it's not often that a Newfoundland is up for adoption at the Animal Humane Society. She and her family decided it would be a good idea to get a young Newfoundland as a companion for their 13-year-old dog, a Newfoundland mix named Latzke. He's been a beloved member of the family since he was less than a year old. Anne checked the AHS web site every day and on a Saturday morning, she was giddy to see a photo of the adorable face of a Newfoundland mix. She rushed to the AHS Golden Valley location, concerned that there might be a line for this rare find. "I was like a little girl: so excited and the dog was very wonderful," Anne says. When it was time to take him home, the whole family gathered at AHS and celebrated the special, happy occasion.
The family named the young pup, Obie, in remembrance of Anne's father. Obie was just five months old and 48 pounds when he was introduced to his new, much bigger brother, Latzke. The little guy bounces all over and seems to keep Latzke more active than he would be alone. They stick together and Latzke perks up a bit as Obie tries to get him to play. "Our older dog doesn't have to go outside as much, but when we open the door for the little one the big one goes too. It's like Mini-Me (the character from the "Austin Powers" movies). They're so similar when you look at them," Anne says.
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