Puppyhood

At almost eight months old, Claire is the size of an adult Berner -- at least in terms of height. She will fill out and get a bit taller, but already she is hard to tell apart from her mom and grandma when you look quickly.

At this age/size, it is so easy to forget that these puppies are still babies. Claire is wild, bouncy, and silly. She chews things, puts her feet on the counter, grabs shoes and clothes whenever possible, and in all ways is a giant-sized PUPPY.  

When we see these oversized babies as the puppies they truly are, our expectations follow accordingly. It is when expectations are unrealistic that we feel disappointed, frustrated, etc.

And so while your reactions to Puppy Antics may well reflect Sparkle's...

...it is important to remember puppies can only be who and what they are: Puppies. 

3 comments

by Lori S. on Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:51

Wow, the family resemblance runs deep among those three!

by CA Heidi :-) on Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:47

I love the strong family resemblance. It's great to observe as Claire grows.

I know puppyhood can be frustrating (around 9 or 10 months, Bravo discovered nibbling the walls, after going through an entire small puppyhood chewing not a single thing), but their silly exuberance makes up for the rest, I find. <3 I finally had our walls fixed, but I confess I left a small spot, because I want to keep that time close to my heart. That memory will comfort me one day.

~H

by RobinS on Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:08

So does the concept of letting puppies be puppies include those adorable ear fuzzles?

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