Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Commander Zander weighs in

We took the pup to the vet on Monday for a recheck and more puppy shots. They couldn't believe it was the same pup - he's gained TEN POUNDS since they saw him just a two weeks ago. Zander now weighs in at 28 pounds. He's ten and a half weeks old. Wow!

Zander loves to sleep in funny ways. We can almost see him growing.

He's had some important milestones lately. He can now go up and down the stairs by himself - thank heaven. He was getting too heavy to carry!

He loves to destroy everything. Just like Kai did when she was younger.

Wow can he eat! He's gone from five or six small meals a day to more like 3 big meals and a couple snacks. He's learning to eat with Kai so he doesn't develop any of the food aggression behaviors. And he's gotten really snugly with me. His legs are getting really long so he's starting to run like a dog instead of that teeter-totter little puppy run-hop.

After an epic battle with a lot of wrestling.  And destroying everything.

Puppies go thru a development phase where they are really impressionable, as my friend SD says. We call it the scardy-pup phase. He'll come out of it really fast but we are being careful that nothing really bad happens to him or that he doesn't become frightened of anything. Mostly tho he's so good natured that he'll breeze right thru this.
Finally they both went to sleep, two peas in a pod.

Zander and Kai love playing together. Its hilarious to see him play-growling at her. He'll crawl up on her back and chew on her ears and pull at her mane. But she just shakes him off and starts the game again. The older dogs are getting tired of his constant playing. So we've been giving them a "reverse time out" and letting them be in the living room with us while Kai and Zander have epic play battles in the dog area.

In other news, we've had about 3 inches of rain in the last couple days. We're thrilled that our trenching project seems to be working. Now that the weather has passed we'll be back in the trenches.

Happy Thursday everyone! Can you believe its only a week until Thanksgiving!?!


Samantha said...

Zander! He's growing so fast!

I'm not prepped and ready for Thanksgiving yet. I need another week or two!

Sonja said...

Awwwwww look at that sweet belly, just begging for a tummy rub.

Puppies.... work hard, play hard, sleep hard.

Dreaming of Chickens said...

Big pups do grow fast. I had a mastiff at one time and we he was a pup, wow! Sometimes I'd leave for work in the morning and come home to find someone had obviously swapped my pup for a larger one.

Beth of the Rocks said...

Holy cow he's gonna be a monster! My puppy is only 22lbs at 12 weeks darn it! Puppies are so cute and snuggly wuggly. :)

Mary Ann said...

Oh, my, what happy dogs!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Isnt it crazy how fast he's growing, Samantha? Wow!

There's lots of tummy rubs here, Sonja.

Hi DOC! Yep we are stunned at how fast he changes. Right now he has a lot of loose skin - so another growth spurt is coming.

Mary Ann, they are so much fun to watch. Lots of good times.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hey BABL! sorry I missed you .. yep I love him sooo much! He's still snugly but at some point he'll be too cool for me to smooch him.

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