Steve's First Thanksgiving

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We woke up in the morning and proceeded to prance because he knew something was up.  He patiently chewed his bones, checked on me blowing out my hair (I never do this, he was very concerned it was trying to eat me), and then he was all but squirming out of his skin when the leash came out to head on an adventure.

We went to my parents place where he and Axel proceeded to tear a race track in the backyard.  5 hours of non-stop play left me with one stinky, happy, puppy.  My mom's house is a nice place for a photo op so here is Steve:

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Jes...Steve looks great....How old is he now? and just like a human child , there is nothing like the eyes of a puppy.

 

 

oh Steve you are cute!

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Oh Jes.. thank you for sharing Steve with us.. GREAT looking guy!

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He is so cute! and his ears are looking awsome!

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His eyes are very soulful....good looking boy you got there!

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aww so cute!!!

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I'm very prone to aging Steve up because he is so big! But he is almost 5 months old.  Thanks for the compliments... I'm a very proud dobermama.

Hope you all had a great Feast-giving as well!

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My first reaction when I saw that photo was "Wow has he grown". I was so used to seeing the puppy in the Avatar, we sometimes lose track of how old these kids are really getting to be. His is a fine looking young Dobie. He's getting almost to big to be a lap puppy isn't he?

If you happened to weigh and measure him at 18 weeks you would have a good ideal of his full growth size. Princess was around 35 pounds then and wound up at 70+. You are definitely going to have a big boy.

Almost 5 months old ?!?! He's gonna be one good size boy . He looks realy good .

Next Thanksgiving he'll need his own turkey LOL .

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His own turkey.. his own car.. we joke if he's ever going to cuddle in the bed with us we'll need to upgrade to a King-sized bed.

I should probably update the Avatar, but he was SO CUTE when he was small.  Now he's bigger than most of the dogs he plays with.

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Does Steve sleep with you, or is it just for an occasional snuggle?

I have a true story for you posted here a while back. I'll recreate it if I can.

A few months ago we took Sofia in for her teeth cleaning, nail trimming and bath. A full day at the spa as they do put the girls to sleep while cleaning their teeth. I picked her up around three and the girl was stoned.. BLIND DRUNK.. she wobbled inside and curled up like a cocktail shrimp on her own bed as she was too toasted to get up on the sofa. Little by little she came out of it and when my husband got home, he felt sorry for his baby and invited her to sleep with us. ( The girl just had too many martinis at the spa and was woozy, that's all..  but I digress.)
Sofia did jump up on the bed and like a perfect little lady curled up at the foot.. all was well til around three in the morning, when I found myself hugging the very edge of my side and Mike doing the same on his own side. Sofia was sprawled kitty corner snoring like a freight train. "Okay,. so this wasnt' a good idea" huffed Mike as he took pillows and comforter down to the sofa leaving me with 90 pounds of hung over Doberdiva.
" Come on Sofia, off" "
"That's a good girl, mommy has a treat for you."
"DOWN"
( she's playing dead with her eyes scrinched up as tight as she could get them)
" SOFIA OFF THE BED RIGHT NOW AND I REALLY MEAN IT"
I was ignored.. Got on the side and tipped the mattress to kind of let her slide off.. she clutched the edges with her newly manicured nails and hung on with all her might. I finally got her off and as she stood blinking at me ( Sofia blinks like a cat) I said.. "There that wasn't so bad was it?"
Within a split second she was back on the bed.. back to her "dead dog act".

I joined Mike on the sofa..

 So form your own conclusions as to inviting your puppy to sleep with you..If Steve leaves when you tell him to, that's amazing.. But once the bed is claimed.. it belongs to them.. and all the cajoling in the world won't budge him
 

I am hoping rgreen will share his "bedtime" story, as he's seen this before and has one about his Princess.

Sweet Dreams!!

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Haha - when I was single I let my animals pile in with me.  I had a shepherd rescue who was about 50 pounds and he and Miles would squish in on my full bed with me.  Brody (shepherd) loved to punch up blankets and nurse them all night long.  Miles is like a velcro-attachment to my side and if I move he panics that I'm kicking him out so he squeezes in tighter.

Currently I let Miles and old-man Harry sleep in bed with us and when my mom's dogs stay over.. one of her dogs sleep with us... and my sister's dog when HE'S over tries to sleep with us.. the idea of possibly ending up with all these dogs at one time or another is enough that Steve can happily sleep in his crate for the next year, maybe on the floor after that.

I do have to say that when I was a lot younger, I had a mass of cats and dogs at any one time, they'd all sleep with me and my ex more than once toppled out of the bed because me and my "crew" would stretch out and sleep soundly in a kitty-dog pile.  I don't see Eli EVER tolerating that.  ;)

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It's funny.. Sofia is not much for cuddling. We will share a snuggle for a bit then she will pull away and curl up. She loves her eyes rubbed and ears stroked, she hums and purrs and will paw at the air for more.But when she's had enough she gets to be sort of a 'touch-me-not'.

 Never has she tried to sit on our lap or snuggle in close like some of the Doberkids do. ... Mike took his strained Achilles tendon back on the courts too soon and was really in a lot of pain one night.. he stretched out on the sofa so he could moan in peace.. Sofia laid her head right on his ankle and I promise you.. ( this is almost too weird to write).. he started feeling better and went to sleep.Whether it was a coincidence or she truly IS a therapy dog I don't know. She has always sensed our pain.  I have some pretty bad arthritic knees (too many years of spike-heeled shoes and dancing.) When it gets really bad, she always knows, and is extra solicitous. They are treasures. THAT I'm sure of.

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I don't remember a tale about Princess as she has slept in her crate every night since I picked her up. Red is sleeping out of his crate now, on a pad in the living room. I am about to move it to just outside my door as I have noticed during the day when I am taking a nap he is sleeping in the doorway.

While I was entering the above, I was aware of the familar weight on my feet, but I was wrong as the "weight" suddenly stood up and it was Princess, and it is normall the Red Man.

The story that Lady Kate was remembering was my first female Windy whom I started allowing to sleep on my bed when she was a puppy. It was then quite natural to allow the new male puppy (Hans) to join us when he came to live with us. As Hans grew, it was apparent that I would not have a lot of room left.

The crowning event happend a few years later when I was awakened during the night. The bed was being assaulted. I turned the light on and was treated to the sight of Hans attempting to mount Windy while both were standing on the bed. Poor Hans, he spent the rest of the night in the bathroom. Poor me as the cried, whined, barked, yelped and howled the rest of the night. The next morning on my way to work he was dropped off at the kennel for the last 10 days of Windy's perfume phase.