Bixby and his crew. Scout is doing great. She’s outgrown the scale here at home, so I’m not sure her weight this week – she was 42 lbs when the vet weighed her last week. She might almost be 50 lbs now. She got her first nail trim this week and did very well.
The ducks have had a couple of great days – it rained last night and they enjoyed wandering around playing in it – and this morning they got to dig around in a very muddy yard. I am happy to see that all the areas above have grass popping up everywhere. I may need to reseed a couple of areas, but off to a good start.
Scout loves her time outside. Bixby will be in snoozing on the couch and she’s happy to be out in the yard, curled up with a stick and contemplating her place in the universe. Or bothering the ducks.
Sometimes I can get them to sit still long enough to photograph together. But I can’t make them not blink at the same time. The vet and I had a discussion about Bixby’s red eye and it seems to be just allergies and irritation, not severe enough to warrant any additional intervention.
I have been swamped with work and now company! As you can see, Scout has found her new best friend. I love it because I have a picture of Bixby and Little D at about the same time, so you can see how both have grown.
Scout is 17 weeks now and I did manage to get photos last week – at 16 weeks – but didn’t get around to posting them. She is no longer cooperating with our milestone Scout and Bear posts.
In case you forgot – here is her first photo shoot. It took me a good 20 shots (thank you burst feature!) to get this one.
Most of them look like this:
I’ll try and get some with her and Bixby today, because that’s the only way to really see her size now. She can still walk under him, but barely. She had her final vet visit which means we can start walking out at the ponds next week. We’ve been pretty confined until she was fully vaccinated. There’s been a big parvo outbreak in our county, so the vet wanted me to be extra cautious.
She has been the sweetest puppy and as much as I wanted Bixby to grow up and get big (face it, I’m a Great Dane person, so I want them full-sized, LOL), I’ve wanted her to to slow down a bit. I’m enjoying her snuggles and when she falls asleep on my shoulder. But there’s no stopping them…
Bixby is the BEST big brother, which is why she’s so easy, I’m sure. He sure holds my heart….
That look you see there is what happens when I put Scout in timeout for chasing the ducks and then drag her out for a photo shoot. I was working on the recipe post earlier and I saw Maddie running past the window, wings out and booking it across the yard…and then she ran back the other way. NOT. GOOD. I went out and stopped Scout from chasing her. And then…time out. She was not amused.
Finally had our vet visit – the vet had the flu so that delayed him for quite some time – and she was 26.5 last week, today I weighed her and she was…32 lbs. So you can tell, sleep is important around here. Also one of the few times I can get good photos.
That is the table. Nothing is safe now.
This is what they do all day. Bixby is back to his very happy self. And it wears Scout out most days, so even though she gets into everything…it’s short lived trouble because she needs her naps.
I have more photos I’ll post tomorrow. Until then…
Kids were playing soccer in the street. Scout was happily watching and Bixby seemed to be keeping an eye on her. Later I caught them playing “the floor is lava” (at least that’s what I assumed as they jumped from furniture to furniture without touching the floor). Bixby has no clue he’s not a tiny puppy.
Scout cannot get enough of Lucas. She sits on my lap and watches and wags her tail. I can’t with all the cuteness!
This little girl loves her heat. I guess I can’t blame her. The vet was here on Thursday and she weighed in at 26.6 lbs, but she is all legs and ribs. There’s not an ounce of fat on her to keep her warm. Even with her cute little jacket, the mornings have been too cold for her.
She has started complaining loudly when she’s cold and the heat is not emanating from her favorite vent. If whining doesn’t get her what she wants…well then she’ll issue a sharp bark and give me a look that clearly means I’m failing at my obligations.
Unbelievably, Scout is 12 weeks old. As a comparison, here is Bixby at week 12. Scout is a slender 25.6 lbs. Bixby was a very solid 30 lbs. She’s not that far behind him, but I swear where he was all muscle and chest, she’s all leg and a skinny-minnie.
She’s really come into her own. She trots around the house (sounding nothing like a puppy and more like a herd of Danes, with those big feet of hers) confident of wherever she is going. We are, knock-on-wood, fully potty trained, with just a few incidents when she waits too long to ask to go out. And very close to ringing the bell.
She LOVES to be outside and will stay outside even when Bixby has come back in. She finds a spot in the sun, grabs a stick and happily lays around watching her ducks. She has learned not to chase the ducks, BUT, she often walks over to them and sniffs around them – looking at me like, “what, I’m not bothering them, I’m just over here sniffing stuff” – definitely pushing the limits wherever she can.
She has come to realize that the front of the house is much different than her backyard and if she can go out the front door, adventures await. When we go out the front yard, we walk on our leash or go in the car to fun places. I will often find her perched on the couch, looking out, waiting for her next adventure.
Leash training is going well, but we are limited because our vet came down with the flu and 12 week shots have been delayed. So we are content with walking around our block.
She is a good girl.
Scout is growing and growing. Don’t take my word for it, check out our first Bear photo shoot here.
She continues to be adorable. Bixby has been so patient with her. No matter how much she climbs, bites and antagonizes him, he gently corrects or redirects her.
Having him around has made things so much easier. He will distract her when she is bothering the cats, entertains her when I’m trying to get things done. And she follows him around and clearly idolizes him. It all works for me.
Had a fun photo shoot today…