Remember last month, when I introduced you to our new German Shepherd puppy, Bär? Well, this is what she looks like now:
She's a fast-growing baby, isn't she? Three months old this Friday. We all swear she looks a little bigger every morning. She's on the larger end of the size scale for female Shepherds, so when she's full-grown (which won't be until eighteen to twenty-four months!), she'll weigh around eighty-five pounds. A rather nice sentry to have inside the back door—which is already one of her favorite places to lay.
For comparison, the picture on the right was taken on her first day with us, and the one on the left a little over a week ago.
She may look more mature, but Bär is very much the puppy still—which mainly translates, "still teething." Her favorite chew toy is an eight-inch piece of elk antler, which is hard and heavy enough to withstand even Bär's industrial-strength chewing. (I should not like to meet an elk wearing a full set of those things.) And boy, is she smart. When you swing a toy on a rope for her to chase, for instance, she doesn't follow it all the way around the circle; she judges where it will be swinging back and goes there to wait for it.
In quieter moments, though (usually when she's tired out), we get glimpses of things to come. She likes to lay by the woodstove in the parlor and keep us company in the evenings. (When we begin having fires in the evening, she may find that spot a bit warm for her with that thick coat.) I think when she's grown up, she's going to be a wonderful kind of dog to have for a writing companion.