I’m so excited to tell you about our newest addition to the family!! His name is Mozart, and he’s our new great dane puppy!! YAYAY!! He is a fawn merle great dane. Cool, huh? I love him. He has the cutest freckles ever!
TOO MUCH CUTE! He’s 8 weeks old here.
We’ve wanted to get another dog for a while to be a brother to our other great dane, Quinn, so Quinn could have a playmate. But since that’s not happening until Mozart gets a little bigger, WE get to enjoy him while he’s young!
And we’re REALLY enjoying him! He’s part of the family already!
Quinn doesn’t really know what to think of Mozart yet. He’s so accustomed to other people’s dogs visiting all the time that he might just think that Mozart is a guest. Quinn can tell Mozart’s just a puppy, and can’t play as hard as he wants to play, so he basically just lets Mozart play around him.
The above photo KILLS me. It’s my fave. And it already reflects his personality so much, with the leaf in his mouth. Mozart is a VERY curious pup. Much different than Quinn as a kid.
Typical Quinn, with stuff stuck in his mouth. Tee hee!!
He’s so super smart already. He recognized his name after about a day (his name before we got him was Spike…) and he also already rings the bell beside the door (hanging by a string) to go outside to potty or play.
Now, food is another thing. From the get-go, Quinn never went crazy for food. Quinn learned the command “wait” after only two days, by making him wait to eat his food until I said so. But this new guy….whew! He goes crazy. He has NOT learned to wait for food. So that’s new for us! But we’re trying!
Looks like Quinn wants some attention.
So why the name “Mozart”, you ask? Well, we originally wanted “Amadeus” for our next great dane, but we realized that a 4-syllable name would be too hard for him. So we went with the next best thing, Mozart (since the composer Mozart’s middle name was Amadeus)! And we definitely weren’t going to go with Wolfgang. (But neither did the composer. Mozart went by Amadeus in real life. Fun fact!)
But we still sing him the song, “Rock Me Amadeus”: “Come on and rock me Amadeus…Amadeus Amadeus! Amadeus! Amadeus Amadeus! Amadeus!” Never heard of it? It’s a German song from an 80s movie about Mozart. And there’s your 80s pop culture factoid of the day!! See a video of the song here.
Quinn has had a song from the beginning, too. And if you don’t know it, then the “oldies” station in your hometown was already playing 80s music when you were growing up, and therefore you are too young! Quinn’s is “The Mighty Quinn” of course, by Manfred Mann.
We love our new puppy, Mozart, and hope you do too!!(p.s. to all my friends north of Texas – yes, those are indeed shorts and tank tops that I am wearing. And the green you see is grass all over my front yard. That’s what you get in Austin in February – 70 perfect degrees!! Come visit!!)