Dog retrospective – number 2 in the voted on posts.
Teddy is a 15-month-old tri-color collie who has been a part of our lives for just over a year now. He is the latest addition to our family which includes our 8-year-old kitty Cedric and our almost-5-year-old golden retriever, Daphne. Daphne could end up being jealous that Teddy is the subject of this dog retrospective, but he is the easier subject! Not only do I have but 1 year of Teddy photographs so far, all of his shots are easily digitally accessible. I was certainly using digital photography in 2005 when Daphne came into our lives, but we have been through several hard drive failures in the years since her puppyhood; internet storage and flash drives were not so prevalent or cheap in those days! Because I love having prints and photo albums, I have pictures of her early days, but I’d have to scan them to share them. Perhaps some day!
We first met Teddy when he was about 6 weeks old. A teacher that I work with owns beautiful collies, and they had a litter of 10 puppies. We went to visit and decide if there was a puppy we’d like to have for our own. We decided to get a male dog, since we already owned a female, and thought they would probably get along better.
The poor little thing went without a name for weeks! I felt bad, but we were having a difficult time deciding as a family what to name him. We’ve always been particular about animal names around here. We’ve never been fans of the typical. Past pets have been named Ralph, Beau, Fred, Phooey, Phineus, Milo and Fergus. We usually prefer “human” names (with the exception of Phooey) to the usual animal names. You will never find a Bailey or a Rover or a Fluffy living here. Finally, when I saw him looking like this…
..I decided he looked like a teddy bear. I proposed either “Teddy” or “Bear” to the family. They liked Teddy. It was perfect with the button eyes, sweet round nose and perky ears that ever-so-slightly flopped forward.
By October, when he was 7 months old, he still had that teddy bear look to his face, but his nose, or muzzle, was starting to elongate into the adult collie style. It still had a long way to go, but it is noticeable here:
(Freshly washed, clean dogs!)
…which you can see in this picture from my “Dog Walk” post
Now, at 15 months, I’m not sure if Teddy is done growing. While we were relaxing on the deck the other evening, I was looking at the size of him, and thinking maybe he’s still going. There is a reason why his nickname around here is “Roadblock” :