Yes, Bear’s adorable relationship with Toffee is testament to his sweet nature. Because while he might be monstrous in size, he’s certainly not scary in nature. In fact, as Robert came to learn, he’s a gentle giant in every sense of the phrase.
Yet despite Robert’s initial reservations about owning a Great Dane, Bear grew to be a massive part of their family. “He certainly thinks of himself as a real person,” Sue explained. “He sits on his own sofa and watches the TV with us.”
"He’s a very good-natured dog,” Robert said. “[And he has] a lot of character. So, it would be hard for anyone not to love him or be angry with him.” Consequently, the family decided to keep Bear.
"By the time he was five months old, he was bigger than any Jack Russell he came across at the park,” Robert added. “And he had this big tongue that lolled out of his mouth and a tail like a baseball bat.”
Furthermore, with Bear’s help, the Markham family have grown by another member. You see, in 2014 an elderly stray cat began visiting their home to get warm – and Bear decided to take her under his wing.
Nine years later, then, Bear had grown to an astonishing size. Indeed, he now weighed a colossal 210 pounds and needed a three-acre paddock in which to exercise. Plus, the big dog had an insatiable appetite for food.