On Wednesday, March 27th, Leo will turn 1! As his birthday approaches, I can’t help but reminisce about Leo’s puppyhood. Almost a year ago, Leo entered the world looking like a little potato with a head, legs, and a tail, and about two months later I brought home my tiny, 13-lb Leo. Sometimes it’s hard to believe how much he has changed and grown in just 1 year! Even though he still thinks he’s 13 lbs, he’s now about 80 lbs.
In the past year, we’ve had to worry about so many things regarding Leo’s health, behavior, and growth. During his puppyhood, it was all about positive reinforcement, socialization, and making sure everything that was happening was ok. I can’t tell you how many times I googled things like “when should my 4-month-old puppy lose his milk teeth” or “what happens when my puppy loses all of his canines in 3 days”. Yeah, I’m serious. In a span of just three days, Leo lost all of his canines and looked like a toothless goof (see 4th picture below). Thinking about it now, it’s hilarious, but at the time I was worried something was wrong. It seemed as though every week throughout Leo’s puppyhood had a different experience that trained both us and Leo.
I have fewer worries now, of course. I no longer worry Leo’s going to get hurt when the dogs at the park gang up on him, nor do I worry that Leo isn’t going to be a well-behaved and well-socialized dog. We must’ve done something right! Now, I worry about keeping his nails trimmed, teeth brushed, and weight maintained. I’ve read and have been told that it’s so easy for dogs like Leo to become overweight. Also, whenever Leo jumps into or out of my car, I can’t help but think about any joint problems that Leo could have as he gets older. I’ve started him on joint supplements already to keep his joints strong.
As for his birthday, I will be throwing him a little party and want to bake him and his pup friends some dog-friendly cupcakes. If anyone has any good recipes please send them along (I am not a good baker).
Stay tuned next week for pictures from Leo’s birthday party!