Ah, your best friend. You adopted each other while he was a puppy at just 8 weeks of age and the last 9 years have been the best moments of your life, together. You’ve shared laughs, you’ve cried, you’ve bonded over fetch and snacks – heck, you even share a bed!
Life has been nothing short of wonderful since adding your furry pal to your pack, he’s come a very long way and you couldn’t be more proud! But if you’ve ever found a box of old photos, a teeny tiny collar, a small crate or even gone through your iPhone or Facebook albums you’ll know that even the best of us can somehow enter this deep dark hole of puppyhood memories that is incredibly difficult to crawl out of. Of course you love your dog just the way he is, but do you remember when he used to fit into these little boots!?
From the time that they are weaned from their mothers to about 6 months of age, most puppies tend to be quite clumsy. Some of their favorite activities include attempting to run without falling over, tripping over things that are not there, getting stuck on their backs after they’ve rolled into the unknown and other general silly behavior.
While it can be time consuming and keeps us on edge, always checking in to make sure that our pups are safe, puppy clumsiness is definitely entertaining! Now of course our adult dogs also have their quirks and make us laugh, but when you think about how long it has really been since Bruno tripped over his own feet – well, you can begin to feel a little like he may not need you as much anymore. (Even though you know he couldn’t live a day without you!)
Sure Bruno has a beautiful coat now, after all – you do add a slew of vitamins and supplements to each of his meals, brush him regularly for hours on end and take him to a recommended groomer that costs more than three of your hair cuts put together! But, it should come as no surprise that his coat is just not as soft as it once was. Everyone knows that there is simply nothing more snuggly than that of a puppy’s coat! Now if only we could harness that ability to be born with a luscious head of hair and we’d be all set! Can you say #hairgoals?
If you’ve ever woken up four hours too early on a Saturday morning to the abrupt sound of your Great Dane barking like he is the largest pooch on the planet (and at something in the yard that is likely not even there), then chances are you are definitely reminiscent of the puppyhood days. An adorable little yelp is also much more welcoming to strangers on the street, kids at the park and well, just about anyone than that of your mastiffs relentless and obnoxious, baritone bark. But what can you say, you love the big doofus!
Okay, so if your dog is on the smaller end of the size spectrum then this issue might not even be an issue for you! Of course, they do appear older in other ways as time goes on, however breeds such as shih tzus, chihuahuas, even Jack russell terriers rarely grow to become much larger than they were as a puppy. That said, the question of portability definitely comes into play if your dog is of a bigger breed such as a dalmatian, a Newfoundland or even a boxer. While every puppy is a lap dog and super easy to bring everywhere and anywhere that permits them, attempting to carry a full grown retriever may land you with a broken bone or two.