Happy birthday, Scout! It’s hard to believe that today is Scout’s six-month birthday. It seems like yesterday she was just coming home with us, her pudgy puppy belly wider than the rest of her entire body.
Scout would “howl” when she wanted something, a sound I regret to this day we never recorded. It sounded, you might remember, exactly like a Star War’s wookie. She also let out enormous burbs after eating, and was just as food-obsessed as she is today. In fact, we would carry Scout to her crate for breakfast and dinner, and while in our arms, her little legs would run as fast as they could, as if this would help her reach her food faster! So, so cute.
It’s hard for me to believe that the dog we have now started off like this. For all of the challenges of raising Scout, what has been most rewarding for us is seeing how good a dog she is, and knowing what this means for the future. There have been times I was overwhelmed, times I thought we’d gotten ourselves in over our heads, and times I was so frustrated I didn’t know what to do with myself, but throughout it all, Scout’s smiling face has made it worth it.
I wouldn’t say that raising Scout to this milestone has been easy, as those of you who have followed this blog can attest, but I would say that the folks who said raising a puppy was one of the hardest, but also most rewarding, things you’ll ever do, well, they were right.
When it’s all said and done, we wouldn’t trade her for the world. And maybe one day, Zoey will say the same thing :)
I almost forgot to share the news! Scout passed her puppy test yesterday. Hooray! We even got a snazzy certificate with her name on it and everything. She walked like a champ (of course), and even caught her treat in the air when we demonstrated Catch. Roll over is still her most hated trick, so we’ll be dropping that one from our arsenal, but we’ll keep Catch. She liked that one. Now we’re considering whether or not to try for CGC, an AKC-run training program that stands for Canine Good Citizen. It sounds like something Scout would really enjoy, since the dogs get to mingle with one another, and it teaches good manners, which is a plus!
Speaking of walking, we introduced Scout to the training collar last night. All of my nightmares were unfounded. Scout acted like we’d put a ribbon on her neck. No reaction at all! But she did walk to the car like a dream. Hopefully with some practice this will solve all our walking woes.