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In the old days on DT, whenever someone posted pics of their Dobes with long nails they would usually get a quick reply post(s) with a one word admonition:
"NAILS!" Haven't seen this on DT in a while.

Some Dobes that go cross country hiking or perform agility need the longer nails for better grip, from what I've read in past posts.
You should've told Jess you were testing Hope for agility skills those weeks she was gone, thus reason for the longer nails. (y)
I'm usually much quicker on my feet with retorts/quips/deflections but this time I was too mired in feeling like a clown!
 

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Yesterday was an interesting real world test of Hope's demeanor and training and I am so very, very proud. We brought him to the vet for his last monthly weigh in and then picked up wine for this weekend at a local vineyard. As we walked into the above courtyard, two fat little puffballs that resembled Maltese tore away from a table and made a big show of barking and repeatedly lunging at him. He gave no response, looked at me, looked at Jess and calmly walked past them.

As their owners cooed and and coddled their little unrestrained nightmares back to the table, everyone including the staff commented on how well Hope handled the situation. One said that he was beautiful, asked his age, and was again impressed at his reserve at "only 7 months."

As we picked up our wine, a staff member who saw the fracas showered him with praise and treats.



We didn't have much time to reflect on what happened because when we walked outside, it happened again. The same two snarling furballs ripped out from under the table and made another loud scene, but this time a full grown standard poodle, a bit larger than Hope, walked around the table and approached him. This got Hope's attention, and he stared the poodle down until it stopped and looked away.

At this point the drunk harridans had collected their embarrassments for the second time and I had moved between the poodle and Hope. Its owner wouldn't even look at me as she grabbed her dog, which is fine because had she seen the disgusted sneer on my face, she might have said something, and I most certainly had some choice words for both her and the black hole of class that her table represented.

I am honestly still in awe of the way Hope handled himself. He gave no notice to the loud non-threats, he made it very clear that he had no fear of the poodle with a "F around and find out" response with zero actual interest in a row, and focused on us for cues how to proceed.

We sat at a private table for a while and Hope got a few drops of chardonnay as a reward.















I hope everyone has a great weekend, as always. Today is our 10 year wedding anniversary so we plan to revel in the memory for the next few days. With our amazing, loving, red Handler of Business who is a very, very good boy. :)
 

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Good boy, and happy anniversary!
 
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Happy anniversary!

You got yourself a good kid there. 🙂
 

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Thank you both so much! We had a great day and dinner yesterday and plan to spend the rest of the weekend doing absolutely nothing. :)
 

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7.5 months, 57.5 lbs. Not much weight change, which is again surprising since his head alone seems to have grown enormously.






































We've had a nice, relaxing weekend, with a few hours left to pretend this bewildering world doesn't exist and it's just us.

I hope you all had a great weekend, as always!
 

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The holes in the rug crack me up because it brings back memories of almost EVERY dobe puppy we've ever had - LOL!! They do usually grow out of chewing holes in good rugs.
 

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He's turned into such a handsome young gentleman. (I know, ha ha! But I got the handsome part right!) :)

I will never get tired of seeing those ears flapping in the wind as he's running!
Thank you! His ears are such a huge part of his expressions and also his adorable factor, which is obviously off the charts for us. He's been surprisingly tame since Jess returned and his personality and character beyond that of just PUPPY MODE: ENGAGED has started to shine through.

He's attentive, and he listens to us. While there are times when it's clear that he's debating whether or not to listen, we've been impressed with how consistently he choose to do the right thing and follow the command, which gets him all sorts of praise and positive attention. He thrives on it.

So far, so good - Fingers crossed that things continue this way!


The holes in the rug crack me up because it brings back memories of almost EVERY dobe puppy we've ever had - LOL!! They do usually grow out of chewing holes in good rugs.
My wife chose not to destroy me when she saw the altered interior decorations, so I've got that going for me. Which is nice!
 

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My wife chose not to destroy me when she saw the altered interior decorations, so I've got that going for me. Which is nice!
I have a hole in the seat corner of an antique chair that has been in my family for 3 generations - it reminds me that I wasn't watching the puppy - haha!!
 

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I have a hole in the seat corner of an antique chair that has been in my family for 3 generations - it reminds me that I wasn't watching the puppy - haha!!
Besides the rugs, there's a couch pillow or two that we have as reminders to get alarmingly concerned whenever we no longer hear him jingling around the house. Besides the sporadic nap, which is rare these days, nothing good ever happens when things are quiet!



Hope is 8 months today. He's still just under 58 lbs, and hasn't gained much weight, but there isn't much of the physical puppy left. He still seems to have a bit of paw to grow into, but that gap is closing compared to the old look of his oversized "Hulk hands."








My wife is laid up from recent heart surgery but recovering well, so once again I fruitlessly fought to get him to sit still for the above pics. His adolescent insolence mode:




Flares sometimes but he spends most of his day inquisitive:




And playful:




And generally being a good boy:



















It's been two weeks since my last check in, and I hope everyone is well, as always, and having a great weekend!
 

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Great photos! Hope sure looks like one happy pup. He's pretty lanky. I'll bet he puts on a bunch of muscle mass in the next few months,

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Great halo effect, even though it sounds like he doesn't always deserve one.



And at the risk of being repetitive, I LOVE his ears.

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He's been good. Very demanding and receiving of attention, and he was watched by friends while we handled the hospital. They stayed at the house and had mostly positive things to say about Hope, although it seems he took a constant humpy liking to one of them. Which is new and of course manifests when we are away. He now starts it with me, but kills the program on a sharp No.

We missed him. Getting back to him was a fortifying motivation.

Great photos! Hope sure looks like one happy pup. He's pretty lanky. I'll bet he puts on a bunch of muscle mass in the next few months,

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Thanks, John. I hope you had a great weekend.

It should be interesting to see his final size. I'm guessing he won't shoot up much more, and will instead fill out as you said. It's consistent with what I remember of the pics of his dam and sire. He is already surprisingly powerful, but he does let me carry him into the bedroom at crash time - I've been doing it since day one, and I haven't been able to give it up.

He's snoring alongside me right now, no doubt dreaming of the avian nemeses in the yard and how he plans to bark at them.
 

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Sigh. Under the advice of the forum, I've tried so hard to stop him from jumping, but for some reason Hope has taken to being a supercharged energy terror in the morning and he's leaping everywhere and off everything.





He's been prodding me awake around 7 a.m. every day, which isn't so bad since I'm usually getting up at that time anyway, but he gets relentless and pushy and loudly barky if I try to ignore him.

















Happy 4th of July everyone! Not much planned here besides finishing Castlevania and running the Red One around a bit in the yard. And food. Lots and lots of food!
 

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There's only so much you can limit when it comes to natural jumping. I was never terribly successful with Sypha, either - her nickname is "Bean", which evolved from "Jumping Bean." Because...she never stops. And she was always like that. I was just cautious about things outside the house as much as I could be - tried to keep her away from concrete walls, because I knew she wouldn't think twice about leaping off! And, of course, my agility trainer is really cautious about puppies - they don't start jumping for a really long time. You can do damage to joints with that kind of repetitive stuff. But the more "natural" jumping they do I think is kind of hard to limit.
 

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If I bring him to the higher part of the yard with its varied slopes, he'll literally bound from ledge to ledge so I only run him on the flats to preserve his young joints.

It doesn't seem to be too jarring inside on the carpet, but he does bottom out sometimes when he gets too excited and fails to stick the landing, which I definitely do not love.

I've been meaning to ask this since I've been obsessed with the Castlevania series (and a certain queen of Styria) for the past month:

Belnades? 😎
 

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This week Hope is down a pound to just under 57 lbs. I'm not particularly worried about this since he seems so healthy, and that one pound is within the bounds of scale error, etc., so perhaps his growth has plateaued for now. Or maybe for good. I do expect him to fill out a bit as previously discussed, but if he does not get any taller/longer than this, we are fine with it.



It's been hot here, so our time outside has been cut to pretty much just bathroom breaks with no real exercise until we can work/play inside the house. He's OK crossing either the deck or concrete walkways to get to the yard, but if he stands still for any real amount of time his paws get real hot, real fast.





So we have more inside shots for this week:


























I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday, as always.
 
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