Sue Markham was beyond thrilled when she brought a tiny Jack Russell terrier puppy home from the local animal shelter. After months of begging her husband, Robert, he finally agreed to a small family dog. Elated, Sue ran to the shelter and started looking through the rows of available puppies.
From the moment she spotted little Yogi, Sue was enamored by his teeny frame and sweet personality.
She couldn't wait to make memories with her new best friend! But as the weeks progressed, her puppy kept growing and it hit her that maybe this pup wasn't a Jack Russell at all – maybe it was something much larger...
The weeks turned to months, and Yogi continued to grow. Robert toldThe Daily Mail that their drooly pup didn't resemble any Jack Russell they'd ever seen.
"I thought a big dog would be a lot of work and could be trouble. We only have a small living room. I thought, 'How much trouble can a Jack Russell be?'
By the time he was five months old, he was bigger than any Jack Russell he came across at the park and he had this big tongue that lolled out of his mouth and a tail like a baseball bat."
Sue and Robert sat back and watched in horror as Yogi topped out at 210 pounds. A quick look at him made it easy to tell he was a massive, adorably dopy Great Dane – not a small, energetic Jack Russell terrier.
Now, nearly a decade after the Markhams brought him home, Yogi has the run of the house and acres of land for his long legs to roam. He even gets to sit on the couch with Sue and Robert for their evening television programs – he truly is like another human in the family! One that is large enough to deter any potential threat.
He may be nine years old now but Sue told The Daily Mail Yogi doesn't let his protective nature slide.
"Bear [Yogi's nickname] sees himself as one of the family. He certainly thinks of himself as a real person. He sits on his own sofa and watches the TV with us. He's very protective of it. If a stranger comes in, he won't let them go and sit on his sofa."
While Robert was steadfast about no big dogs in their house before Yogi, he can't imagine life without him. He's giant in size and holds a giant place in their hearts!