Sunday, June 30, 2013
I'm not going to go through all 25 photos, but I'd like to take this opportunity to reminisce about my large puppy's growth during the past two years I've known her.
Kate was born with relatively floppy ears, which remained roughly the same size while the rest of her body grew. You can tell how much Kate had grown between months by the proportion of her ears to the rest of her.
The red Kong bone-shaped chew toy in the background was one of Kate's first toys. It has outlasted all her other toys, to this very day. Kate doesn't play with it as much anymore, since she's more interested in catching (and eventually deflating) bouncy balls and chewing on bone-shaped rawhide, but she occasionally picks it up like a trusty baseball bat, swinging like a champ!
Around this time, Kate's ears stopped sticking up. I guess Kate settled on an ear-do and is mostly sticking to it. Random ear configurations are for less-than-one year olds, apparently. (Kate turned one in April of 2012.)
Anyhow, I included this gravity-defying photo from August 2011 because it is hilarious. I'm sure I have other photos of Kate twisting herself in ridiculous configurations, but I'd rather not embarrass my dog (more than I do currently). Kate would explain these positions as dog yoga. Kate is a dog yoga instructor, after all.
In February of 2013, Kate developed a nasty ear infection (as opposed to the non-nasty variety). Other than the first time she got massive diarrhea during her small puppy days, this was Kate's most worrisome health problem so far. After several trips to the vet and various pet meds, the infection thankfully went away.
Kate turned two this past April. I didn't know Kate for the first two months of her life, so I can only imagine the sort of adventures she had with her litter, and why she ended up in a reputedly high-kill animal shelter, while her siblings did not. Back in June of 2011, there were two or three other interested parties for Kate, so in an alternate universe, I'm sure that Kate, or whatever name she'd have, would have a similarly good life. This alternate-universe Kate probably wouldn't have as many pictures of her or blogs about her or LEGO creations that loosely resemble her, but it would still be a good life, hopefully.
Well, that's two years' worth of Kate for everyone, free of charge. Here's to many more years of photos and stories of Kate, even if I'm the only one to enjoy them. If you enjoy the random adventures of Kate, too -- we salute you! As with every blog about Kate, I'll repeat the sentiments contained in this posting in the future, likely next April and June, if not beforehand!