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Old 04-16-2014, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Legend has always been on the small side, nothing wrong with him but he's just been slower to develop and reach certain stages in his development. I figured he'd change a bit in the week I was gone on vacation so took a few pics of him before leaving.



On Sunday afternoon I picked him and Nikon up and was pleasantly surprised! I don't know that it really comes across in the photos but he looked fabulous, much more like a 5-6 month old male GSD puppy than the scrawny 34lb gangly thing I left behind! I'll get a new weight tomorrow. He's got all but one of his adult teeth in now, coat is nice and thick, ears are back up straight. He and Nikon are both entered in a show this weekend.
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Unfortunately he likes Nikon's game of dunking toys into the water pails.
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Nikon had a bloat scare while I was gone so that was terrifying (I think more so for the dog sitter), but all was fine. He got into a bag of kibble that wasn't secured, fell off a table, and spilled and ate about 5lb of food. She thought he was bloating but really he was just uncomfortable from all that food! I've been road-working him this week (he gaits next to my bike) to keep him in shape, kind of cramming for the show since I was gone for a week and the week before that he had a toe infection and could not exercise. Now he's busy teaching Legend important lessons like "always carry a ball/toy when outside" and "lie down in the sandbox to cool off". Legend had NO idea that we even HAD a sandbox! He arrived 9 weeks old just before Christmas so everything was already covered in feet of snow (had to dig him paths and potty areas). When I took him to the pet sitter my backyard was still frozen. The day he came home was a warm day, all the snow/ice is gone, and he realized we have a *sandbox* where I keep loads of toys he never knew we had
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He's gorgeous

Delgado loves that game as well, he'll stick his whole nose in and blow bubbles in the water while he 'hunts' for his toys, it's hilarious to watch but the slobber afterwards Yuck!
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He is such a handsome puppy!

I love the pictures of him with his daddy, they melt my heart.
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He just reeks with confidence! It looks as though he's saying, "This is MY world!" Love this pup!
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Another beautiful "blend"!!

He's growing so nicely.


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He's a fun puppy, not as confident or neutral as Nikon was, but fun nonetheless and usually catches on. His ball drive is really picking up now so we've been playing a lot of fetch and I can start tugging again now that the teeth are out. My family is pressuring me to sell him and I have someone who has been very interested in him (to train and work him, tons of shepherd experience), but when I got him back after vacation he came running to me at the fence and I wasn't sure I could ever let him go! With time we will see how he matures and where he will be the best fit.
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You can really see the change in that week!

Phew - glad Nikon is ok. Yeah, I bet he felt awful

Note to self - get a stainless pail with handle for outside. That would be so much easier to fill than the big stainless bowl I use without a handle.

Love this pic. My caption is:

"this is how I roll - so what" LOL

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Really beautiful pup, gonna be quite a handsome adult! ENJOY!!! Bob
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Mom, dropping toys in the bucket is so much fun! You really need to try this before busting us dogs for doing this.

He is maturing very nicely. Thanks for sharing the great pics and stories.
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Yeah the ball drive is evident lol Handsome boy
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