Monday, July 25, 2011

9 months

I realize it's summer (not according to Mother Nature, but the calender says so), and I should have galaxies worth of photos to show you, but I don't. The last time I brought out my SLR for a photo shoot was at the end of May. Horrible. Disgraceful. Especially when I have a handsome growing puppy.

At 9 months Reckon is a handful. Clocking in at 59.3 pounds, he's a big handful. He's not a bad dog, he's just exuberant. At 59.3 pound. I've also noticed he's going through a bit of a fear stage. Men are a bit scary. And when in the car he barks at people, dogs, inanimate objects. For the most part he's in a kennel, but if he's tired I'll leave him loose. I also toss cookies when he's loose and sees stuff and doesn't bark. His barking in the house hasn't decreased much. Yayyyy teenagers!

We're still going for 2 hikes a day and I try to do a bit of training with him everyday.
Saturdays we have French Ring Training with Chrystal in Chilliwack. She hasn't seen him since our initial "meeting' back in April. Well, she is impressed. His bite is deep and calm, and gaining confidence! I got him a larger tug to practice with (and save my hands) and he's getting better and better at tugging. I don't expect to get anything trophies or titles, but it gets us out training, and keeps him busy and my sanity in check.

I've also noticed for at least the past month he's started to lose the hair on his nose. At first I thought it was due to him rubbing himself on his kennel or x-pen, but that quickly got nixed. Now if you look at his profile, there is a slight raised bump under where his hair is thinning. Hmmmm. Needless to say tomorrow he is coming into work with me so we can get a skin scrapping sample. He will be knocked out with some good drugs. He's a wiggly happy boy, and won't stay still for a razor blade to the nose. Can't say I blame him...

Now to look at some handsome photos.

Quite a few people have mentioned that his color is darkening too. I see him everyday, so it's hard for me to tell. I'll post some pictures of a few months ago and recently to compare.

From these photos it sure looks like it! I like his black overlay. Hope it sticks around:)