Jasper got his shortest groom ever today and no more beard. He is going with us to a birthday party at my mom’s house for my older sister and needed to look sharp. I miss the beard though - it hid my mistakes so much better! 😂 His feet need some touch ups. It’s almost like it tickles his feet because he becomes very playful and even tries to bite to clippers.
Jasper went to the vet this afternoon for his final puppy shot. He is free and clear to go all the places! He is a whopping 39.6 pounds today! He has entered into a "fear period" where things that didn't once bother him, he is at least cautious of. Thankfully he warmed up to my Poodle-loving vet and staff quickly. The treats helped. The vet said he is becoming more aware of himself and surroundings which is why he is more alert/cautious. She encouraged me to continue taking him places and exposing him to new things, which of course we will do anyway.
We practiced sit and down while waiting to be seen. It kept him focused on me and disinterested in the door that slammed, a puppy crying in the next room, and phones ringing.
Our pasture was baled last week so Jasper got to explore out there for the first time today. He was very good and stayed close by. His Greyhound brothers were too fast and he didn’t want to play with them anyway. We worked on recall but mostly he got to explore more of our property.
A photo dump!
I am amazed at how intuitive this puppy is. He is normally a very active dog and always up for more. Well, yesterday I was unable to keep food down and had a massive headache. I stayed in bed most of the time, except to get the dogs out to potty. Jasper seemed to understand the change in me and slept with me throughout the day. Today I am feeling much better and had lots of my own energy to burn. We started off walking the freshly mowed pastures…
He walks a little ahead of me but checks back often to see if I am still coming.
Then I decided to organize my cookware cabinet. I pulled everything out so I could sort through it all. Nosy pants just had to check out the cabinet.
I had to give him a kong to get him out of the way. 😂
I also noticed that seemingly over night the razor teeth are gone and gradually being replaced by large pearly white adult teeth. Currently Jasper looks like he is wearing dentures. He last canine tooth came out in one of his toys. Is it weird I kept it?
We had two days of rain and areas near us were flooding. Thankfully no flooding here, just a bit of standing water in our pastures where the cows congregate. I took Jasper out during a break in the rain to burn off some energy. In true water retriever fashion, he found both of the puddles in the yard.
Not bad you say? Jasper says challenge accepted
The pure joy on his face kept me from calling him away
Plus it ensured I had a very tired puppy on my hands
The beard is gone completely. 😭 I was just going to do feet and sanitary then got the idea to see what his face would like entirely without a beard. I just have to remind myself that Poodle hair grows fast. (P.S. his top knot needs a touch up but that will be another day)