Here is an updated photo of Judah. At 6 months old he is now 78 lbs and couldn’t be any more beautiful. His training is going great and boy is he smart. He truly has lived up to everything you said he would be and more. We will see you in the Spring!
Judah at 6 months!
I apologize for the delay on Spirit updates. I just wanted to send you a couple of photos so you can see how enormous he is! We just took him for a weigh in and he's at 80LBS (for almost being 6 months, how heavy do you think he'll be?) What a love! He has his frisky puppy moments, but he is all heart. My Wife, daughter and I normally get to wake up to his gentle licks every morning.
Did I mention how bright he is? We've had a personal trainer for some time now, and Spirit picks up on commands very quickly. He's doing great walking on a leash, shakes hands and all the other basics...
He is an exceptional watch dog. He has a doggy bed on the landing of our staircase which overlooks the front door and entry way. If any junk newspaper delivery boy or stranger period gets close, he let's em' know what's behind door #1. His variety of barks are pretty hilarious...the big boy bark of course is for anyone who get close to the home or my family while on walks, the second is a high pitched let me in or out please bark and the third is a wimpy high pitched, someone come and give me attention, take me for a walk or play fetch with me bark.
Thanks again for this awesome family member...I'm still lobbying with my wife or a brother or sister playmate for Spirit.
The Smith Family
Spirit at 6 months!
Spring will soon be upon us & I wanted you to see how handsome my "Little Man" is growing up to be. As I curl up with him, he welcomes my touch, his heart is soft & sensitive. When he is at attention, he is sharp as a tack & anxious to please. He still is a little shy, but given the 2 seconds to redeem himself, he's off like a light chasing whatever it is that has caught his attention. He is growing big & strong & I hope you can see him soon.
These beautiful animals are a joy to love, I thank you again for him.
Good luck at the show this weekend, wish I was coming but distance keeps me away, for now. Please know I am rooting for all the Kings to be winners, as they truly are every day!
Kathy & Orion
Orion at 5 months!
Here he is in all of his glory. I have been meaning to email you and tell what a great 10 month old Desi has become. We took him to the vet Saturday for a distemper booster and he weighed in at 110.4 pounds. We have been religious about his supplements and so forth and he has become pals with Luci and Ricky. You may recall we have 5 1/2 acres so he is getting plenty of exercise. In the next few days I will be sure to take a couple of digitals for you. He has the traditional black and tan coloring and is as friendly a dog as can be. We have an invisible fence (he learned fast) but our neighbors do not so their mutts come over onto our land. Luci is in charge (of everything) but particularly our turf so she taught Desi to chase the intruders away. He has a very funny howling "woo-woo" sound that doesn't seem to go with his buffalo body.
Desi at 10 months!
I hope you and your family are doing well. I wanted to send you a recent shot of the "boys". Grizzly is going on 3 years and Kodiak just turned six months. On his six month birthday Kodiak weighed 80 pounds and is about 26 inches at the shoulder. In your experience how does this project out or compare to some of your dogs? Kodiak is a great pup. He has a wonderful, fun, temperament and we are really enjoying him. He has completed his puppy obedience class and is now in an intermediate class.
Grizzly and Kodiak at 6 months!
I wanted to tell you a few things about Odin. I have never before had a Shepherd like him. Odin is by nature very gentle, enthusiastic, and protective. He uses his paws a lot to communicate. For example, if he thinks you are feeling sad, he will come up to you, place his paw on your lap and just look at you. Sometimes he will then lay his head down on your lap (keep in mind he is still sitting on the floor).
My son practices Chinese Martial Arts 4-5 hours a day. He has often "worked out " with Odin. Apparently Odin has learned to "fake him out". Odin pretends he will move in one direction and purposely moves in another. My son has taken videos of him and it is really incredible.
Whatever breeding brought about his temperament is awesome. My neighbor said he was the most obedient Shepherd she has ever seen. My son helped me to send this picture of Odin. He turned 3 in February.
Here are photos of "Leroy". The first two of the attached pictures were taken at four months, while the "bamboo stick" is in the jaws of our five-month beloved puppy.
Leroy at 4 months!