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Ted’s essays

Bosco at 5.7 months

He is shaping up to be an excellent dog. Yeah, the German Shepherd Dog (GSD) side needs employment … OR ELSE … they self-employ … and the owners are guaranteed to not like their ideas. But, dang, they make great family dogs. I suspect Bosco’s ears are a month from standing up like proper GSD ears, but his head seems otherwise dominated by his American Pit Bull (APB) half. Both are described as athletic and strong; both traits desirable in a country dog. Puppy Chart .com estimates my 68.6-pound 5.6-month-old will be a 100-pound adult. *WARNING* Stay on top of training. You won’t want an out-of-control Big, Strong, Athletic, Inventive dog. Dogtime.com is an EXCELLENT reference tool. The peculiarities of […]

find your puppy’s adult weight

www.puppychart.com is a website for estimating how much your puppy will weigh as it grows into an adult dog. I’m tracking our mixed-breed puppy as he grows. Their estimates certainly seem reasonable. Our big-footed, lanky 4 1/2 month-old Shepherd/Pit is apparently headed to crest 90 pounds. The trajectory shifts a few pounds either way as I weigh him on his weekly birthday anniversaries. In his case it does not change the estimate whether I list him as a German Shepherd Dog or an American Pit Bull. There is actually little difference between those two breeds according to puppychart’s weight standards that they borrow from Wikipedia.

Bosco at eleven point seven weeks

The photo does not capture how BIG his feet and forelegs are. This boy has a sturdy foundation. Better still, he is super attached to HIS PEOPLE. He prances up to us any time and all the time with long tail waving all the way. Of course he still is a puppy and eager to chew on us and everything else that comes his way. We need to make sure there are acceptable things to chew on always available. According to puppychart.com, he is destined to be 95 pounds as an adult, which is larger than the standard for either part of his mix, German Shepherd or Pit Bull … and he was not the large Alpha in the […]

cultural divide

In responding to my daughter who felt our Montana reunion last summer was a disaster, I found I could not share most of my thoughts. They would be quite unhelpful. Her San Francisco family of three along with an Idaho mother in-law and her brother’s Utah family of eight rented a vacation lodge. While there were some frictions there, they increased when that group combined with the Bitterroot elders, and further while visiting the homesteading family of six. I realized in the 1990s I did not fit the California culture, and, significantly, that I could somewhere else. Shopping online I found a more appropriate community, moving to Idaho late winter 2000-2001. A dozen years later I snuggled into an even […]

shame on us

My postings here were distracted by impressive events on the home front. We trusted, loved, gave without measure of ourselves and resources. We were building family: a strong nuclear, multi-generational family in an extraordinarily healthy community. In our dream the kids, who had a bad habit of moving on every year or two, would find our world so perfect in every way that they would cherish, treasure, and work together with us to build a dream we all could share. After all, they said so. Repeatedly. The Woman and the Snake An old woman was walking down the road when she saw a gang of thugs beating a poisonous snake. She screamed at the thugs and rescued the snake, taking […]

lap lab

GG and female #4. Pretty hard to not be happy around puppies. To touch these babies … finer than silk more precious than gold.

Martini arrives

Missy came home yesterday evening with her “Baby Martin”, 3/4 Martin or, as I offered up, Martini. Missy likes the name. It is likely to stick. She LOVES the guitar. It draws her to picking, strumming, studying and playing. It is a pretty little thing and sounds nice. Even Scooter seems to be happy to be nearby when Missy is picking away. Of course Scooter always likes being near Missy any time she isn’t bustling about and banging things around. If Martini is what it takes to get Missy to keep still, Scooter is going to really like Martini. […]

signal flags

Bob’s boat name in signal flags Bob’s boating pictures