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Raising a Puppy: 28th week in his new home

A day in the life with Bruno the Boxer puppy. Bruno's 28th week—34 weeks old, 76 pounds, 24 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).

Bruno the Boxer sitting on a blacktop with snow in the background

About 7 1/2 months old

Exercise

Allie and Bruno the Boxers walking on a blacktop

Bruno has gotten a lot better at not trying to play with Allie when he walks. Both dogs are walking very well on the leash. They do not pull and I am able to walk by barking dogs without a scene. Bruno sometimes requires a tug on the lead to redirect his attention away from a barking dog or person walking down the street. He thinks all humans were put on this earth for him to lick.

Bruno the Boxer with his mouth open and his tongue out standing in a yard

Another midnight golf cart run. It's freezing cold outside, we humans drive the golf cart and the dogs run after us. What fun!

Bruno the Boxer looking up the driveway at a UPS truck that is driving down

Bruno sees the UPS truck! "Oh boy, Oh boy, here comes that guy to see me!"

Bad-Puppy Moments

Bruno the Boxer sitting in front of a newly delivered goat water tub. And cats are walking up to it as well

We had a new water tub delivered, one that the goats could more easily reach. I looked out the window and saw Bruno playing tug-of-war with the plastic wrapping. "Hey, NO!" Bruno walked away from the tub. He seems to understand my corrections much quicker than he did when he was younger.

Thick black wire in a cardboard box that is chewed up

Oh Bruno, why did you chew daddy's box? Not everything on the porch is put there for your pleasure!

Bruno and the Frog

Bruno the Boxer sitting on a stone porch with a frog being held up to his eyeline by a person

Bruno had something in his mouth, "Drop It!" Bruno, it's winter and frogs hibernate, SO where on earth did you find that frog? It's 30 degrees outside. The poor little fella must have been hibernating somewhere. He was alive but lifeless in his hibernation state. I put him in the springhouse.

The Snow

Bruno the Boxer has a chunk of snow in his mouth

It has not snowed all that much this winter, however there are chunks of snow all around and Bruno LOVES them. He picks up hunks that look way too large for him to be carrying around.

Bruno the Boxer licking a chunk of snow

He eats it...

Bruno the Boxer looking up with his paw on a hunk of snow

…and paws at it like it's a soccer ball. Silly puppy!

Yikes! We Missed a Walk!

Bruno missed his walk today. It was freezing cold outside, temperatures in the teens with wind. I can do cold temps, but add in the winds...not happening, I'm a popsicle, and so are the dogs. The winds had died down, and it's a good thing, because at 11:00 p.m. Bruno was an absolute spaz.

Bruno the Boxer licking an arm

He was trying to play with me, gnawing every so lightly on my hand and arm...

Allie And Bruno the Boxer playing around in the house with a pile of shoes in the background

Trying to play with Allie...

Bruno the Boxer laying off to the side of the dog bed trying to get a dog bone on the bed

Tossing his bone around like a nutcase. So he was in a playful mood, what's the big deal? Well...it was 11:00 p.m. on a school night and if you know anything about a Boxer, you know they do not play quietly. There is a loud growl that goes with the play, and a BIG pounce followed by a BIG BANG as his 76-pound body lands onto the floor and his tossed bone crashes to the ground. "Bruno, Quiet! Everyone is in bed!"

This pup’s got a lot of bottled-up energy and there is only one thing to do with him...take him out for a run!

Bruno the Boxer holding onto Allie the Boxer's collar by his mouth as he trots across the fenceline

So at 11:10 p.m. we are off for a run down the pipeline. Bruno is so wound up he decides he must walk Allie himself. Oh the things Allie puts up with!

Allie the Boxer running and Bruno the Boxer has Allies Collar in his mouth

Bruno! I do believe Allie can walk herself.... That is Allie's stretched-out collar Bruno has in his mouth.

Bruno the Boxer running with something in his mouth

Bruno got in a good run. At one point I took a picture of him, and that is when I saw it...Bruno had something in his mouth. Chunk of snow?? I don't know, he looks really into what he has. I better go and check it out. "Drop it...Bruno...Drop It!" OK, it cannot be snow; he is WAY too into whatever it is. He is usually really good about dropping things on command. I have to say it with more authority..."DROP IT!!" Bruno drops it. It's dark and I still cannot see it. I decide to take a picture of it so I can preview the picture on the camera to see what it is....

Close Up - dead raccoon head

Folks, this is why you do not let your dog lick you.... OH, GROSS, BRUNO! It's a raccoon head!

Close Up - Underside of dead raccoon head

Oh yes, it’s gross all right. "No, leave it!" I kicked it off the trail. "No, Leave it!" Bruno turns to finish the run without the skull.

Bruno the Boxer laying in a dog bed with a dog bone under his paw

After the run.... This is more like it. Good night, Bruno...