Petunia was our pick out of our breeding of Parsnip to Goliath. ( Ch. Brookside's Goliath, on "Brooksider's" page here)
Conformationally she had some tiny issues at the time that we picked her. She turned into a HUGE bitch of terrific type and as expected, her flaws grew with her! LOL. Her biggest conformational issue is her topline obviously. As a tiny pup she had thr faintest dip behind the shoulder. Even knowing that, she was my pick because I loved her BREADTH and SIZE and her tremendous correct apricot coat COLOR ( though the texture is too neat in my opinion. )
Petunia is suspicious of strangers and takes a long time to decide whether or not they are ok. She is on guard most of the time and isn't your typical "plug and play "dog. Wariness of strangers isn't totally incorrect for a mastiff ( remember these are guard dogs in origin!). But her temperament gave me pause in terms of going forward with her and ultimately the choice was taken from me when she developed a pyometra at age 2 and needed to be spayed.
( We do not believe in attempting to treat pyometra medically at this point. Of course it can be done; but I have always thought that if a bitch pyos, it's not meant to be. When they pyo my only concern is for the bitch and getting her cleared of infection and healthy and happy the sooner the better. And be done with it. If they pyo once they will probably do so again. )
Petunia is the RESIDENT QUEEN of Owenspride at this time!
Ron and I love her so much ; she brings us so much joy and fills the house and home with her hilarious expressions and antics! She is a great soccer player just like her mother was.
We are extremely proud of her and blessed to have her.
OFA prelims GOOD, elbows NORMAL, OFA Cardiac NORMAL ( practitioner and ECHO) PENNHIP .53/.50 40th percentile, no DJD; PRA DNA clear by parentage; CERF(#194754) retinal folds; UPENN cystinuria negative