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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Dog bears uncanny resemblance...to a bear! Owner's Leonberger is mistaken for a wild animal on walks... and it isn't fully grown!

The owner of a huge dog in Norway claims people mistake her pet for a bear while she's out walking it.
Gentle giant Runny, a one-year-old Leonberger, often stops shocked passersby in their tracks when she's on a stroll with owner Marit Lillejordet in the forests of Oslo.
Despite the 50kg canine's seemingly intimidating size, Marit insists Runny is in fact a total sweetheart who loves to meet other dogs and humans.
She does emulate a bear's characteristics, such as enjoying long walks in the forests and taking a cooling dip in the lakes.
She is not yet her full size and is expected to weigh around 55 to 60kgs when she's fully grown.
Marit, 57, a mental health therapist, said: 'She is kind to everyone she meets, both humans and other dogs. She loves to play with other dogs - big and small. She is really a gentle giant.'
Gentle giant Runny, a one-year-old Leonberger, often stops shocked passersby in their tracks when she's on a stroll with owner Marit Lillejordet in the forests of Oslo
Gentle giant Runny, a one-year-old Leonberger, often stops shocked passersby in their tracks when she's on a stroll with owner Marit Lillejordet in the forests of Oslo
Despite the 50kg canine's seemingly intimidating size, Marit insists Runny is in fact a total sweetheart who loves to meet other dogs and humans.
Despite the 50kg canine's seemingly intimidating size, Marit insists Runny is in fact a total sweetheart who loves to meet other dogs and humans.
Marit, 57, a mental health therapist, said: 'I have had Leonberger for 27 years and I am deeply in love with this breed'
Marit, 57, a mental health therapist, said: 'I have had Leonberger for 27 years and I am deeply in love with this breed'
Runny does emulate a bear's characteristics, such as enjoying long walks in the forests and taking a cooling dip in the lakes
Runny does emulate a bear's characteristics, such as enjoying long walks in the forests and taking a cooling dip in the lakes
The one-year-old Leonberger is not yet her full size and is expected to weigh around 55 to 60kgs when she's fully grown
 The one-year-old Leonberger is not yet her full size and is expected to weigh around 55 to 60kgs when she's fully grown
The canine enjoys spending her days exploring the scenic and varied wilderness in the forests of Oslo, Norway
The canine enjoys spending her days exploring the scenic and varied wilderness in the forests of Oslo, Norway 
With her huge paws and large, hairy coat, Runny the Leonberger can easily be mistaken for a wild bear in the woods
With her huge paws and large, hairy coat, Runny the Leonberger can easily be mistaken for a wild bear in the woods
Runny shows off her impressively long tongue on a day out in the woods near the Norwegian capital of Oslo
Runny shows off her impressively long tongue on a day out in the woods near the Norwegian capital of Oslo
The giant dog enjoys a sit down in the picturesque forest where she regularly enjoys walks with owner Marit Lillejordet
The giant dog enjoys a sit down in the picturesque forest where she regularly enjoys walks with owner Marit Lillejordet
Runny was much smaller as a puppy and despite her impressive size now, she is expected to grow even more
Runny was much smaller as a puppy and despite her impressive size now, she is expected to grow even more
Passers-by often mistake Runny, described by her owner as a gentle giant, for a more wild animal in the forest
Passers-by often mistake Runny, described by her owner as a gentle giant, for a more wild animal in the forest
The canine already weighs 50kgs but that is expected to rise further to 55 or 60kgs as she continues to grow
The canine already weighs 50kgs but that is expected to rise further to 55 or 60kgs as she continues to grow
The enormous Runny poses majestically deep in the forests of Oslo, Norway, where she is often mistaken for a roaming bear
The enormous Runny poses majestically deep in the forests of Oslo, Norway, where she is often mistaken for a roaming bear
Runny enjoys a swim in one of the lakes in the forest where her owner regularly takes her for a scenic walk
Runny enjoys a swim in one of the lakes in the forest where her owner regularly takes her for a scenic walk
Her owner said: 'She is kind to everyone she meets, both humans and other dogs. She loves to play with other dogs - big and small. She is really a gentle giant'
Her owner said: 'She is kind to everyone she meets, both humans and other dogs. She loves to play with other dogs - big and small. She is really a gentle giant'
Runny shows off her impressive tongue as she roams the forest, where she regularly goes for walks with her owner in Oslo
Runny shows off her impressive tongue as she roams the forest, where she regularly goes for walks with her owner in Oslo
Particularly in snowy conditions such as this, the gentle Leonberger can be easily mistaken for a wild bear
Particularly in snowy conditions such as this, the gentle Leonberger can be easily mistaken for a wild bear
Runny enjoys exploring the wildflowers of Norway on one of her regular forest walks with owner Marit Lillejordet
Runny enjoys exploring the wildflowers of Norway on one of her regular forest walks with owner Marit Lillejordet
Mental health therapist Mari Lillejordet, who owns Runny, insists she is 'deeply in love' with the Leonberger breed
Mental health therapist Mari Lillejordet, who owns Runny, insists she is 'deeply in love' with the Leonberger breed 
The owner added: "Many people stop and talk to us when we meet them. They also say she is beautiful and ask how much she eats'
The owner added: 'Many people stop and talk to us when we meet them. They also say she is beautiful and ask how much she eats'

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