Photos: my dogs, Charley and Babe;

Michael Bay and his dogs (photos from Elle Decor).

So the other day I was flipping through the latest edition of ELLE DECOR (I get way too many magazines–hardly have time to read any of them). I was planning just to flip through and then give the magazine to a friend, but the pictures you see here caught my eye. Someone else has a pair of mastiffs!

Apparently film director Michael Bay has a house in Miami Beach–we’re practically neighbors–and a pair of mastiffs. I’d never heard of Bay before, but he directed Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and other films I’ve seen. This paragraph from the article caught my eye:
“Everything else [in his house] is fair game for the dogs, who collectively weigh in at nearly 500 pounds. The mastiffs schlep from the swimming pool at the edge of the waterway, through the sliding glass doors, and slosh into the expansive living area, leaving a trail of water across the limestone floors and Indian hand-knotted silk rugs. They flail their enormous tongues, splattering nearby furniture. Bay, who is accustomed to micromanaging every aspect of his films to ensure perfection, simply ignores this. “You get used to the drool flopping ten feet up on the walls,” he says, laughing. He may control the action on set, but here in Miami, he admits, “the dogs rule.”
LOL! I thought I was the only one (well, one of the few) that copes with slingers hitting me upside the head while I’m working. Mr. Bay, if you see this, here’s to your great taste in canine companions . . . and your house looks very nice, too. 🙂


  1. Anonymous

    It takes a very special kinda person to live with the excitement that the mastiffs bring to a room! I know that I could never be equal to it. Have a hard enough time getting my “kids” not to track kitty litter out of their box! Clyde

  2. Anonymous

    Everything about the mastiff’s is great, except the slinging drool. You just never know where it is going to land. And, the enzymes in the saliva will eat through many finishes. If you don’t mind that, then you have a great deal of patience and love for the great hairy beasts,.

  3. Kay Day

    He has to have Mastiffs, anything else would be disproportionate.
    Wow, even they look small in there!

  4. K

    Were there mastiff dogs in “Turner & Hooch” movie which Tom Hanks starred in years ago? I remember drool was quite a part of that movie so was curious… 🙂

  5. Angela

    Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux, a french mastiff. Mine are English mastiffs. There are also Tibetan mastiffs, Neopolitan mastiffs, and many more varieties. There was an English mastiff in SANDLOT, so I usually refer folks to that movie.


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