It's been awhile since I blogged about the Imagine litter. They turned 5 months old with the New Year and all their families were awesome about sending me new photos, so I thought I'd do a post with a few updates and a continuation of the "head study" collages I started with this litter. I really find these fascinating! First - here are their 5 month "mug shots". I think they are all beauties!
The puppies are truly growing up fast! Jo Jo is very nearly as big as his mother! He has not been weighed for awhile so I don't know what he weighs but I know he is STRONG! He has managed to pull me down once on a walk! We have been intently working on "walking nice" since then with modest progress! Both Sadie and Aurora had occasion to visit the vet in the past couple weeks and they are both over 30 lbs now. Kiki has caught up to the others also weighing in tonight at just over 36 pounds! I think these girls are all going to be substantial elegant Dalmatians weighing just around 50 lbs at maturity. Maxwell is more substantial than Jo Jo who is nearly as big as his mama so I think they will both top out closer to 60 lbs.
We meet up almost every week with Maxwell and Aurora's families for a walk. Sadie was able to join us once and hopefully will some more. It's so great to get to see them all together and watch them grow up! Some highlight photos of those walks were in the video I posted last week, so I won't put more here.
Everyone is pretty much done with losing their puppy teeth. Jo Jo just finally lost his canines last week. It is so nice not to have those needles piercing my skin anymore! I think all their bites seem good. Bad bites aren't common in Dalmatians but it can happen that they are over or undershot which is a fault in the conformation ring.
They are all full blown adolescents now. That means they are very busy finding new ways of getting into trouble. All of them have the inherent Dalmatian counter surfing gene. Kiki has become very adept at finding puppy gates accidentally left ajar and escaping into off-limits parts of the house to wreak havoc. Aurora has mastered getting attention through "vocalization". Maxwell and Jo Jo are boys and very interested in their own boy parts! Jo Jo actually lifted his leg on a tree today during our walk! None of them show any remorse for any of their misdeeds! Imagine that! Here are a few fun photos.
We need to begin working on training for the show ring. Hopefully there will be dog shows on a routine basis somewhere besides Florida, South Carolina, Alaska and Texas soon! But in the meantime, these puppies do a fair job of just stacking themselves! Here are a few of them!
Last but not least, following are the collages of each puppy's head shots from 1 day old to 5 months old. It is really interesting to me to see how their heads develop and change! Until next time.....Please stay well!
I like to keep a diary of the puppies as much for myself as for prospective puppy buyers and interested friends. Sadly my blogs for Lucy's and Baili's litters are no longer available due to legacy systems, but I saved them off as pdf's and was reviewing them last night. It was a good refresher on all kinds of things and brought back lots of good memories. Looking forward to Imagine memories too!