Six months old.
It seems like yesterday that I brought home this little bundle of floof as my first puppy. In the four months that we’ve had Harper – it’s been quite the process. But oh how you’ve grown.
A dog is quite the undertaking, as I’ve learned. From the lack of sleep at times, to you (and all around you) having to learn so much of the human world, it’s been one hell of a process. Sometimes it’s been good; sometimes it’s not been good.
The financial commitment, too, has been something else. But that was something I had actually planned for coming into this.
Six months is a milestone to be proud of. This, according to the AKC newsletter I get, is the start of the “teenage years.” I’m seeing that a bit already. I’ll look forward to the end of April when you turn one year and hope adulthood soon follows!
I can honestly say you will likely be my only puppy in my lifetime. Depending how long you are with us on this Earth (hopefully a long time), you might be my only dog. I thing we chose a good one, though.
You have personality. You have spunk. Your confidence is growing. You’re loving, kind and playful. You’re a little shit, too, but that’s to be expected.
You’re curious, too. You love sniffing and exploring. You also love grabbing too many things when we are out and about, but I think you are starting to learn that no matter how hard you try and no matter how strong that jaw is, if you get something and I am in panic mode – you will not be keeping it!
It’s funny when I think about you.
After having you for two or three weeks, I was at the end of my rope. I had emotional and likely mental breakdowns with everything. I was ready to give you up as a rehome or to call the breeder back.
But, we plodded along.
I think back to those moments often. Especially as I walk around the house and I see your toys all over the place. You really don’t care where you drop them! But there are certain toys I see and I get a little teary eyed because I know if I had given up on you, there would be a pretty big hole in my life.
And we’ve had the chance to watch you grow!
You are probably around 40 pounds now and you are lean and a mini machine. You dove off the ladder at the dock by yourself not once but three times! You scored not one but two points at toss and fetch (and though it was after the time ended, you actually grabbed a third!)
You are friendly to everybody – maybe too much so! You don’t bark unless you are really playing or when you don’t want me to take you off the couch! If other dogs bark, you sit right down and watch them wondering what they are yapping about!
Harper, you are definitely something else. We believe you were the runt of the litter, but you are far from the runt in our eyes.
You love your treats and toys. You love being pet and scratched. You love your bully sticks and elk antlers. And sometimes you love naps at my feet, even if that means one of my feet goes numb because you are on top of it for too long!
Today, you are six months old. Happy “half” birthday and here’s to many more milestones ahead!