I had a Newfoundland - Chow mix dog. He was awesome. He was a smokey blue color, thick plush coat and really combined the best of both breeds. Smokey got so many compliments when I walked him. People would always stop and ask about where I got him.
Unfortunately, due to his size, he had trouble with his back knees. The vet told me I had to stop feeding him so much. But all he ate was one dish of dog food per day. The size of a 2 pound margarine dish, which is way less than recommended on the bag. Smokey just had a slow metabolism. His weight, no matter how much we walked, was 117 3/4 pounds, at least part of that weight was his thick coat.
The day finally came when his 2nd knee gave out. Our vet said I'd have to take him out of state for surgery and that because of his size, the surgery may not cure his problems. I cried like a baby when I had to have Smokey put down, but it was the best for him, as he was in pain because of those darned knees.
The comment about the Newfoundland/Basset Hound mix reminded me of Smokey. I have lots of dog stories to share, since I have had at least one dog every day of my life and I am 46. :)