My, How Puppies Grow!

by on September 14, 2012

It’s hard to believe it was just over a month ago we brought our little Lexi home. My, oh my.  How quickly things change.

There is the obvious change, Lexi is a weed. Every day she gets noticeably bigger and we have begun counting the days until when we’ll no longer be able to pick her up. A couple weeks ago we had a six day shoot in NY, and upon coming home we didn’t even recognize our little puppy.

Can you believe this was only about a month ago?

The funny part is that everything doesn’t grow at the same rate. One morning you’d look at her and swear her ears doubled in size. The next day it seems like she was put on a limb-stretcher overnight and her legs and body length added a couple inches. She’d be all gangly, big-eared and long legged but still with a little head for a day or two until her noggin caught up.

Of course our daily routines are now continually distracted by puppy rwarr s and other “you gotta see this” moments. If we suddenly hear a “thump, thump, thump” running down the hall, we know Lexi snagged something and is running off with her prize. She thinks she is a puppy-ninja, sneaking into the bedroom to find shoes, socks, or other unmentionables. However her escape needs a little work ’cause every time she’ll give herself away with the “thump, thump, thump” down the hall.

iPhone shots of trouble in action

Sierra has had the biggest change of all.  She is no longer our “little one”, although at the pace Lexi is growing, I don’t think it will be long before Sierra is the little one once again. She’s transitioned from being the center of our affection to sharing the belly rubs, being the big sister, and allowing herself to be used as a walking chew toy.

At first she was tolerant, however I’d hesitate in calling her over-joyed with the addition of Lexi to the household. She would watch over and occasionally play with our new tenant, but there would also be a few times that Lexi would innocently push a boundary Sierra didn’t want crossed and she would quickly put Lexi in her place.

iPhone Cuteness & Sierra Exhausted

Then there came the day we busted out the tennis ball, Sierra’s favorite toy. After a few rounds of Sierra fetching and Lexi chasing, nipping, and getting ran over by a focused boxer, they both laid down in shade, nose to nose, panting away. Sierra still had the ball in her mouth while Lexi respectfully watched and waited.

It was the next moment when I knew Sierra decided we could keep Lexi. Sierra dropped her ball and let it roll over to Lexi. As the precocious puppy started gnawing on the prized ball, Sierra just watched and seemed to say, “you ain’t so bad kid.”

iPhone Moments

Since then, they have been the best of sisters. All of the torment which Sierra used dish out to Dante, she now patiently receives. The two of them will spend nearly every day playing and gnawing on one another, only taking breaks for the occasional squirrel chase or for their daily siesta. Our girls are happy together.

-Todd

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathleen @ksugarandspice September 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Love this. And love the new addition.

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2 Jen Yu September 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm

*love*

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3 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I’ve been following Lexi’s cuteness on Instagram! Hard to believe how much she’s grown! Cuteness overload :)

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4 White on Rice Couple September 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

Thanks for the IG likes all the time! It inspires me to keeps posting them on a regular basis. We think she’s cute, but you never know what others think until you get the feedback!

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5 JulieD September 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Love that they are so happy together! Charley was so happy to meet his new little sister and he quickly became the old guy and no longer the puppy. My how things change so fast but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I know that Lexi is so lucky to have you guys be her pup guardian and to have Sierra as a big sister.

**As I’m writing this, Curtis just said to me, “I don’t think Angel realizes how much joy she has brought into this house”. I wonder if they do know, Angel and Lexi. I’m about to embark on some travel myself here and it’s tearing my heart strings…I’m gonna miss her and Charley too of course.

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6 White on Rice Couple September 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

I don’t think they know, but they don’t need to. If they did, they would probably be even more trouble. Use it against us! ;)

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7 dervla September 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Wow, she really has grown a lot in 4 weeks, hasn’t she? What a cutie pie and I bet Sierra loves her more than you realize.

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8 White on Rice Couple September 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

Sierra is definitely “all in” regarding Lexi now. As much as she loved Dante, I think she loves Lexi even more. It took a little bit, but they now do everything together. Sierra has her little red shadow and loves it. We’ll have to get you out here to see them!

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9 Cheryl September 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

RR’s are the best companions EVER! I love my pals. Yours is gorgeous.

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10 White on Rice Couple September 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

Totally agree. After our first RR, we knew we would always need to have a ridgie in the family. It has been too long for us to get a new puppy, but Lexi was worth the wait.

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11 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

What a sweet post & YES she has grown like a weed! Hopefully that slows down by the time she reaches 100 lbs or so :)

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12 White on Rice Couple September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

We’re guessing she’ll “only” top out at 70lbs. :) She was the runt of the litter and the breeder doesn’t like her dogs getting too big. She tries to keep the boys around 100 lbs and the girls about 80 lb. to stay true to their origin. They should be quick and agile, not necessarily big. “Only 70″ works great for us! ;)

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13 Eileen September 15, 2012 at 7:18 am

Adorable is all I can say!

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14 Jen September 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

Adorable photos and I’m glad to read that your dog has accepted this sweet little pup!

Jen
Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography
http://www.fetchlight.com

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15 Andi September 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

Ahhhhhhhh they are so so so cute!!!!!

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16 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

Such a cute puppy. We are thinking of getting a dog – such a big decision though.

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17 White on Rice Couple September 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

It is, but one that may bring more love into your life than you thought possible. At least it did for us. However for some we know, it just adds to more chores around the house. For those who have the desire, when the time is right lives can become forever changed.

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18 Lindsey September 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Adorable puppy pics! Takes me back…we have a Rhodesian Ridgeback and he grew about 10 pounds every month when he was a puppy (50 pounds at 5 months, etc…) and just kept growing right past 100 pounds. The breeder said they bred them on the large side but we had no idea we’d have a 130 lb. dog that most people mistake for a Great Dane! He’s a gentle giant though; Ridgebacks are great dogs :)

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19 Stacey S September 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Love, love love. xo

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20 Diane September 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hey, that’s my sock she’s chewing on ! Love her no matter what.

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21 sally cameron September 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

She is so cute! Puppies are a hoot. We had the same experience with our Tate when we brought him home. He seemed to grow overnight! He’s 9 months now, and still has a fetish for socks and anything paper. So Funny. With the way you two travel, I’ll bet you miss her to death when you are gone! The puppy phase is so sweet, yet fleeting. Enjoy her!

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22 Jaina September 17, 2012 at 3:33 am

Look at her long legs! She’s put on a lot of height.

I love how puppies grow and their different parts all grow at different rates. I’ve always had German shepherds and their ears always grow quicker than any other part and then just flop.

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23 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 17, 2012 at 5:50 am

She’s such a cutie and I can’t get over how big she’s already gotten!

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24 Angela September 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

Adorable. I especially love the photos with the 2 dogs together.

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25 Megan @ whatmegansmaking September 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I love this post. My dog is one of the best parts of my life and I love to read about others who feel the same way! :) so sweet!

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26 Shut Up & Cook September 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Our 5 month old Louise is 50 lbs and gaining 2 lbs a week…she is a bruiser!

Love these pix!

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27 Diana Mieczan September 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

Awww..what a sweet puppy. We have two dogs and when they were little they had the biggest ears ever:) It was so funny:) xo

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28 Paige Thomason September 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I have showed this picture of her to so many people, it is such a crack up. She is so long and silly looking. So funny. Keep them coming. Lots of us out there that love our pets the same and can relate.

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29 Miyuki September 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Lexi is adorable! Love those pictures of her. I especially love her big ears and that one white paw. Too cute! I know Sierra will be a great big sister. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

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30 White on Rice Couple September 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Good thing Sierra is so patient! You know how much a troublemaker Lexi can be! Thanks so much Miyuki.

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31 Tracey @cookingwithloveblog October 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Sooo adorable! I have a weakness for puppies! I look back at my dogs puppy pictures and just melt. I’m sure you are enjoying her.

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