There was a time that I never thought I'd be open to a bi eyed dog haha. But now that I know she's mine I think she's completely adorable. I am so happy she's mine and am really looking forward to getting to know her. She sounds fantastic.
The bi-eyes are definitely a change from brown eyes, but I think they're stunning. I think it's so interesting to see how our preferences for looks and temperament change depending on the dogs we get.
And I absolutely love the name Everest. It's been on my "name list" forever (but for a male). Also the names Everest and Journey just go so well together. I'm excited to watch her grow and see all that you two accomplish together!
It is funny how preferences change or become irrelevant. Before I got Journey I was all about red merle and nothing else haha. Now I love all of the colours and find I care less and less about appearance in general. I've discovered that I'd never turn a dog down based on appearance at all, and end up loving my dogs regardless of their colours. Already I think Everest is the most adorable little puppy ever and I'm sure I'll be used to the bi eyes in like an hour of meeting her or less lol. I think she's beautiful already. It's just something different. I've never had an interesting looking dog before.
Journey is docked and not docking isn't necessarily a policy going forward. These puppies have their tails based on the types of homes that were interested in them and because their breeder decided it would be interesting to see just how much of a difference tails may or may not make. I'm not sure what she'll do with her future litters, though.
I love her name. And there are so many cute nicknames that can come from it.
Updated pictures of the Glitch. While he was not born to the bets of circumstances, and did not come to me trough the best of circumstances or at the best of times, I am so thankful for him. He is smart, confident and the exact dog I was looking for. Everything I have asked of him, he has moved bravely forward and done to the best of his ability.
At the moment, we are having major tooth loss, and the poor little guy is down to 1.5 canines, but it hasn't slowed him down a bit.
Copy of his glamor shot. It's a picture of a picture, so excuse the weird light on top, but it shows how pretty his colors have become
He is now 5 months and up to 23 lbs. He's going to be a monster!
Working on a down/stay among the Science Diet at work. Just like Gimmick, he's obsessed with those little crack nuggets
My boss would crap if he saw this, but Glitch hopped right in the dryer on command, even though it moved underneath him. Finding a snack in the lint trap was a bonus in his mind
Whippet Tantrum because he couldn't get the vines on the other side of the fence
I have to brag about how good my puppy is. We spent last week at a lake cabin with some friends - 5 adult humans, a one year old baby, 2 adult dogs, and the puppy. Hazel was so so good. She stuck around the cabin and came when called, though that's not shocking since she's still little. She was calm in the house and didn't have any accidents until the last day (compared to 2 a day at home). She was super well behaved when we went to my friend's parent's house an hour away to watch the World Cup, and his dad even liked her enough to let her on the couch (he's so not a dog person, and the adult dogs weren't allowed on furniture). He was carrying her around saying "I like this one! She's so soft!" lol We went for ice cream and she charmed all of the little kids and was super calm and patient in line and while we were eating.
The most surprising thing is that she was awesome with the baby. I figured she would knock him over or nip him, but she was extremely appropriate and sweet with him. The adult dogs avoided him as much as possible, but she seemed to genuinely enjoy interacting with him and didn't get nervous or upset when he was a little grabby.
So proud of this puppy! I hope she doesn't turn into a terror in a couple months because she's just perfect right now. Her only fault is that she wasn't interested in swimming. She would play in the shallows and attack the waves, and fell into the lake at least twice a day (off the little ramp thing that lead into the water), but she never seemed interested in swimming out on purpose.
We are finally starting to get in sync over here. Housebreaking is going muuuuch better, we are having a good amount of accident-free days, and on days where he does have an accident it has only been 1 instead of the 3-5 that he was having daily. I have gotten smart and put him out on the tether when I get ready for work in the morning and when I come home for lunch, he's not the biggest fan of it and usually just sits at the door waiting, but this way I can be efficient with my time and get done what I need without slacking on supervision.
We're starting to put cues to sit and lie down and he's catching on to that. Getting more responsive to his name and it's adorable when I call for him and he comes running around the corner and leaps at me and grabs onto whatever he can and tugs - which is usually my hand/arm. I'll sacrifice my body parts if it makes him excited about coming to me.
Not a big fan of being crated at home, unless it's "his" idea (I'M NOT TIRED LET ME OUT), however miraculously he's a perfect angel for the 10 hours he's crated when I bring him to work.... I finally unpacked my Manners Minder though so I've been working on it at home with that. I'm just so worried about upsetting the neighbors if they hear him crying.
I'm also really freaking impressed with how well he walks on a leash. He doesn't put on the brakes or spook or do any silly nonsense... he just waddles along and carries his leash in his mouth.
Interesting - that's basically the same as where I expect Hazel to end up. Not sure how much her mom weighs, but judging her next to Watson I would guess less than 40lbs. Watson is at the upper end of the 40's. I'm surprised he is starting out so much smaller that her. It will be interesting to see how he grows. Maybe she will slow down growth before he does.
Maybe Welshies are just big puppies! Both Watson and Hazel have been about the same number of pounds as weeks old. So 8lbs at 8 weeks, and 14lbs at 14 weeks, give or take. Hazel was actually 14lbs at 12 weeks I think. They are pretty big boned though, with big paws and thick little legs.
Watson's brothers are over 50lbs but I think they are overweight. Thin and trim Watson is about 45lbs.
Gunnar seemed to go in even increments when he was growing- 40lbs, 4 months, 50lbs 5 months. He was 70lbs at 7 months and then slowed down. He's about 90lbs now, but was around 85 when he was super active.