Bull in a China Shop.

Happy 11.11.11! Grady, AKA Grady Bear, Mr. Bear, Shady Grady, Baby Grady, “Wow that dog is going to be huge,” etc., is 21 weeks old today and nearing the 5-month mark.

yo. 11/11/11

little man at 8 weeks.

Needless to say, he’s changed a lot. And since it’s been a while since he’s been on the blog, here’s the big stuff:

Size: We haven’t taken him to the vet recently, so we’re not sure exactly how much he weighs, but my best guess is that we’re nearing 60 pounds. It’s interesting because his changes in size and shape are much less rapid and more subtle than in the earlier weeks. He’s as tall as the kitchen table, but thankfully has zero interest in human food. He also has a huge mouth. Many of the toys he was given as a puppy I’m now convinced he can swallow whole. What is more, he still thinks he’s tiny and tries to do things [crawl under the table] he could a month ago. He’s a bull in a china shop with a dinosaur tail.

Biting: We’re pretty sure he’s through teething, mostly because his biting has declined significantly. It’s a beautiful thing. But there’s been an upswing in what I like to call “stealing,” most recently manifested in a desperate attempt to stuff as many pairs of clean socks into his mouth as he could while I was putting laundry away. He tries to run away, so he clearly knows its wrong. Stealing doesn’t always lead to chewing [he’ll often take the thing to his bed and leave it there], but one of my slippers begs to differ.

Climbing: Who knew all it would take to get Grady to climb the stairs in the house was for us to stand at the top and say, “touch!” That’s sort of a lie, it actually took a half hour and lots of puppy tears of desperation, and us standing at the top saying “touch,” but he finally climbed up the stairs. It’s opened up a whole new world for him. Going down? Not as graceful. I don’t think he really has control over his huge legs yet. He’s getting there though. It’s nice because it gives us the opportunity to work upstairs or lounge around in bed without feeling like we’re ignoring Grady.

Hiccuping: He still suffers from puppy hiccups, albeit less often than in the past. That’s thanks to a dog bowl my mom gave us that slows down his eating. Now, he only gets them when he’s crazy excited or scared.

Sleeping: Looks sort of like this:

8 weeks.

Except he takes up about three times as much space. We actually bought him a second dog bed that we keep at the foot of ours, and we’ve started letting him sleep upstairs, rather than in his crate. We still crate him when we’re out, but he’s been sleeping upstairs for about a week now. It’s nice because he doesn’t crash around in his crate in the middle of the night; but it’s less nice when he sticks his nose in your face at 5:45 AM, ready to go [remember, as tall as the table].



His coloring is changing significantly, too – the brown is turning to rust and the white is spreading. He really is gorgeous. Tomorrow: his [and my] first trip up Skyline Drive to Shenandoah National Park, which is free in honor of Veteran’s Day!



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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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4 Comments on “Bull in a China Shop.”

  1. November 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    What a cute dog!!! I miss having doggies. 🙂

  2. Michelle
    November 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I noticed that Grady has the same kind of “hoof” action going on with his front paws as my dog does. When he (Mickey) sits, his toes separate in a particular way like Grady’s do in the top picture.

    Grady’s little brow markings are so cute! They give him an air of importance, which is probably nicely juxtaposed by his puppy antics.

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      Thank you! Yes, his markings are quite regal, but his actions are often not. That’s a good point about the paws, too. Do you also have a bernese?

      • Michelle
        November 17, 2011 at 12:45 am #


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