Love.

I love this photo of Keira.  It perfectly shows the few puppy wrinkles left, along with the giant paws she has yet to grow into.  She is no longer as awkward as she was 9 weeks ago when we first brought her home.

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She is sporting a new harness which I decided to splurge on, mostly because the weight range is 31 to 55 pounds, and she is still at the low end of this.  Hopefully this will get some good use until fall, perhaps?  Regardless, I take her on some long walks and she is starting to have a pretty powerful pull on her leash.  So far the little jaunts around the neighborhood have been with far less pulling.  (And I figured the hubby would like this harness because of the little bells and whistles:  flashlight holder, attachments for little bags and custom labels, etc.).  Oh, and I’m guessing Keira likes it as well, from what I can tell anyway.

So we have one more day of puppy kindergarten.  She’s one smart puppy, and I can see how she will be very trainable.  However, that smartness also has a bit of capriciousness in the form of stealing socks, baseball caps, shoes and flip-flops – all which belong to me.  Hmm.  I will just call this a sign of affection for the person who likely spoils her a little too much.  As she gets older (and stronger!), I’m realizing there are plenty of things we need to nip in the bud now.

Some predictions.

Keira had a check up at the vet yesterday, finalizing the rounds of immunizations until next year.  The scale put her in at 32.5 pounds, though that thing is a little iffy when other dogs are in the room and Keira would rather socialize than stand still to be measured.  Our morning routine usually involves a big slobbery good morning wake up  while I’m still asleep so she definitely is up there in weight.

Gosh, she is growing so fast.  If not for the energy and curiosity, I would just assume she is a full grown dog.  But the vet estimates she will be around 60-65 pounds full grown.  I imagine 65 pounds of Keira jumping up on the bed for early morning kisses will soon become a rude awakening if she doesn’t learn to steer clear of the human she is pouncing on.

We all love her so much.  I never understand “dog people” before, but now I totally get it.