Family with 7 Newfoundlands say looking after them is a full-time job

Barking mad? Family-of-five who own SEVEN huge Newfoundland dogs admit they take three hours to groom, cost a fortune to feed and they haven’t been on holiday in over four years

  • Emma Bone, 33 and her husband, Mark, 40, live in Hexham, Northumberland
  • Couple say looking after enormous pets is a lifestyle choice and full-time job
  • Admit giant dogs which weigh around 10st each are a ‘highly addictive breed’
  • Have run of the house along with their three sons and people are always amazed 

Some people might think they’re barking mad but this family love sharing their home with seven huge Newfoundland dogs.

Emma Bone, 33 and her husband, Mark, 40, who live in Hexham, Northumberland, spend hours on end grooming and walking the pups and even skipped their own honeymoon to be at home with their beloved pets – but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

The couple got their first Newfoundland seven years ago and now live with seven of the giant dogs – which on average weigh around 10st each.

The hounds, called Granny Bay, Moonie, Dom, Roo, Monroe, Tuppence and Kit, also share the cottage with the couple’s three sons, Wade, 10, three-year-old Tate and one-year-old Zach.

Emma Bone, 33 and her husband, Mark, 40, who live in Hexham, Northumberland, are the proud owners of seven huge Newfoundland dogs

Mark Bone, pictured being mobbed by one of his Newfoundlands, spends hours grooming his pets

They have the run of the house downstairs and are treated to regular grooming sessions which can last up to three hours.

Emma and Mark, who run Newfangled Newfoundlands – a licenced show kennel – admit that the breed is ‘highly addictive’ and they had to put a cap on how many they could manage.

The couple haven’t been on holiday in years and struggle to go to the toilet alone thanks to the affectionate nature of their pets – but despite this, they wouldn’t change them for the world.

Emma said: ‘The dogs pretty much have run of the downstairs of our house, although they aren’t allowed upstairs as its hard enough to keep the downstairs clean as it is, and with any giant breed they shouldn’t habitually use the stairs as they are prone to joint issues.

Emma and Mark, who run Newfangled Newfoundlands – a licenced show kennel – admit that the breed is ‘highly addictive’ and they had to put a cap on how many they could manage

The couple haven’t been on holiday in years and struggle to go to the toilet alone thanks to the affectionate nature of their pets

‘It is difficult to navigate around the kitchen, especially while cooking. It’s like trying to get into your pan cupboard with eight bags of wet sand laying in the way.

‘I also haven’t been to the bathroom on my own for years. There is always an audience because Newfoundlands love to be with their family.

‘When one wants a cuddle they all do, so more often than not my husband just lays on the floor and lets them mob him.

‘The dogs are fed on various dry foods depending on their life stage, it costs an absolute fortune to feed everyone but at least it saves on bin liners for the rubbish.

‘It takes me around three hours to groom each one and we aim to get them done at least once a month with regular brushing in-between.

‘We do not go on holiday, in fact we haven’t even had a honeymoon and we have been married for four years.

Emma says it’s difficult to navigate around the kitchen, especially while cooking, adding it’s like ‘trying to get into your pan cupboard with eight bags of wet sand laying in the way’

‘We go away for one night for Crufts showing a couple of the dogs each year for and for that to go ahead we have to split the remaining dogs between several friends and family members- it’s a military operation and logistical nightmare.’

Emma and Mark moved to the countryside to give their precious pups more space to roam and now the lucky ‘Newfies’ have their own stream and access to the river for swimming – something which Newfoundlands are notoriously good at and enjoy.

Emma added: ‘Newfoundlands are definitely a lifestyle, not just a pet. They are hard to maintain, hard to clean up after and hard to groom. It is a full-time job.

‘Training isn’t optional, you simply cannot have a dog that potentially weighs more than you doing things that smaller dogs can get away with.

‘They are notoriously stubborn and if you allow them to, they will walk all over you – literally.

The hounds, called Granny Bay, Moonie, Dom, Roo, Monroe, Tuppence and Kit, also share the cottage with the couple’s three sons, Wade, 10, three-year-old Tate and one-year-old Zach

Emma and Mark moved to the countryside to give their precious pups more space to roam and now the lucky ‘Newfies’ have their own stream and access to the river for swimming

Emma says: ‘People always react in amazement. They most probably think we are mad and in all honesty, we probably are’

‘But the hallmark of the breed is their wonderful temperament and their natural love for small children, which is completely endearing. They really are the nanny of the dog world.

‘They have a huge presence and that isn’t just down to their size. They are sweet, fun, quirky, cheeky and absolutely wonderful.

‘People always react in amazement. They most probably think we are mad and in all honesty, we probably are.

‘The food bills are big and the vet bills are even bigger but the love they give us makes up for all of that. They aren’t the breed for everyone but to us, they are our world.’

For more on the family’s life with their dogs visit their channel, Living with BIG dogs.

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