As many older siblings will know, accepting a new baby brother or sister into the family isn’t always easy. And it seems as if the same is true for animals. At least, that was the case with one Great Dane: in fact, when he first met his mom’s new puppy, he wasn’t amused in the slightest.
That big dog belongs to Lindsey Heinz and her husband Ryan, who live in the small community of Moyock in North Carolina. Together, the couple have three young children – two boys and a girl – and a whole plethora of furry friends to boot.
Among the family’s menagerie of animals, moreover, were a couple of cats, a collection of kittens and three dynamic doggies. And at least one of the Heinzes’ canines stood head and shoulders above the felines in the household. That’s because there was a Great Dane among the clan’s trio of dogs.
Great Danes are often among the tallest dogs in the world, in fact. And the biggest recorded example of the breed is Zeus, who was measured at a towering 44 inches from paw to shoulder. However, while Great Danes may be giant in size, they are also typically gentle in nature.
And Heinz’s dog Bagheera seemed to follow that trend; she’s even previously referred to the colossal canine as the family’s “silly Great Dane.” What’s more, she has found the animal’s antics so charming that she has often shared footage of him on the video uploading site Rumble.
Adorably, one of Heinz’s videos shows her and Bagheera dancing together in their kitchen. Another of the clips, meanwhile, seems to highlight Bagheera’s soft nature when his owners introduce him to a litter of kittens. At first, the Great Dane looks to be confused by the tiny fur balls around him; he soon appears to warm up to them, however.
In that footage, Bagheera sniffs at the kittens, who seem equally as fascinated with him. One particularly brave baby even starts to climb on Bagheera’s massive front leg. Seeing this as a confirmation of their friendship, the dog then lifts his paw and starts gently petting the tiny cat.
However, it seems that Bagheera’s affection does not stretch to the young of his own kind. When Heinz brought a new Great Dane puppy into her family, for example, the dog was not impressed. In fact, he couldn’t hide his jealousy one bit.
“Talk about a drama queen,” read Heinz’s description of a video of the dog and the puppy on Rumble. “Bagheera the Great Dane is super jealous of the new puppy in the family. He just can’t stand to see his owner holding and petting the puppy instead of him!”
And in the accompanying footage, Heinz is seen cradling the sweet puppy in her arms and indulging it with repeated strokes. As she does so, though, the deep barks of Bagheera can be heard in the background. Then, before long, the humongous dog arrives to sniff out his perceived rival.
Perhaps sensing her pet’s discomfort about the new arrival, Heinz seeks to reassure him. She softly tells Bagheera, “I can pet him too. It’s not all about you.” However, the older Great Dane isn’t apparently buying a word of his human’s reassurances.
Clearly feeling left out, the dog climbs up the side of his owner until he’s towering over her. Now with his paws resting on her shoulder, Heinz tells Bagheera, “You’re so dramatic.” But the animal apparently doesn’t mind what she says as long as he’s still firmly got her attention.
And there’s not much chance of Heinz ignoring the dog. As Bagheera balances on his hind legs, she has to dodge his massive paws, for one. On a couple of occasions, she even nearly receives swipes to the face. But, luckily, the doting dog owner understands how the Great Dane may have felt.
“We all get jealous sometimes; it is only a natural instinct,” Heinz wrote in the description to the clip. “We were jealous of our siblings, of the toys our friends had – basically, of anything that we thought we were lacking and thought we had to have!”
“Adjustment can be difficult for people,” Heinz also pointed out in defense of her doggy. She added, “Can you imagine how difficult it must be for a dog, one that can’t really understand what you are saying to it?”
So, for the time being, Heinz was willing to make exceptions for Bagheera while he got used to his new sibling. “We can only imagine what he must feel like, already having one brother and now another?” she continued in the video description. “It seems like only just yesterday that he was Mommy’s favorite lap puppy!”
Towards the end of the video, meanwhile, Heinz somehow manages to prise Bagheera’s paws from her shoulder. She then lowers him to the floor before switching the camera off. And while she still has the new puppy in her arms, it seems as if her original silly Great Dane will always have a place in her heart.
After Heinz posted the video online, meanwhile, it turned out that she wasn’t the only one who found Bagheera’s attention-seeking behavior worth a watch. Her video received more than 11,000 views on Rumble, for instance, as well as an additional few thousand views on Facebook.
And on the social media site, people couldn’t seem to get enough of Bagheera and his breed in general. “I’ve had four Great Danes. [My] most recent is Thor,” one viewer revealed. “Absolutely love them, sweet [and] caring, and [I’m] very jealous.”
Then after Bagheera had gained quite the online following, Heinz decided to give the dog’s fans an update on how he was getting on. And, luckily, he’d finally allowed the new puppy into his fold. “The puppy’s name is Baloo. It worked out,” Heinz revealed on Facebook.