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Have I told you about Boudreaux yet?
This little nugget joined our fur family in late January. The Cupcake picked him out from a litter of bulloxer (1/2 American Bulldog + ½ Boxer) puppies of our neighbors’. We’d visited a few times and she was head over heels, counting the days until he could come live with us.
On the morning that Boo was ready to leave his brothers and sisters, I drove over to get him at 6 a.m. He was waiting with a big blue bow on, probably suspicious something was up, and not liking the bow at all. He snuggled into my neck as we pulled out of their driveway, and began to shiver a little the further away we got from his house. I could barely keep from tearing up. Luckily, it wasn’t far and we snuck into the Cupcake’s bedroom so he was there to wake her that morning. There was no turning back at that point, and both puppy and 8 year old were over the moon happy. And yes, I get mom of the year award for letting her stay home that day to bond with her new best friend.
You forget how much work puppies are when your other dogs are 9.5 years old…The reminder that they do not sleep through the night is painful.
The potty training, the absence of boundaries, the lack of manners, the TEEHING… no wonder Boudreaux has name-confusion, we call him “Jaws” half the time.
How are puggies? They are not happy with their new brother. We are 2 months into this new arrangement and Beignet is still pissed off. Beaureguarde thinks puppy is okayish. He’s kinda happy to have someone to chill with outside since Beni is a stick in the mud with her health challenges these days. But I think Beau would be a lot happier if puppy would dial back his exuberance to half. And keep his paws off Beau’s toys.
Regardless, it’s the new normal and now we are just trying to keep up with his crazy growth. What we thought would be about a 40ish pound dog (mama was only 35 lbs, dad not a lot more), might have been foolhardy. When we got him in January, he was around 8 or 9 pounds. He fit nicely in a wagon full of girl scout cookies.
At his one month appointment, he was more like a 16 pound bobble-head, but scrawny.
I switched his food, and he shot up in height and put on almost 11 pounds and has actually filled out to a healthy weight.
And the vet keeps teasing me that Boudreaux’s daddy was actually Great Dane, saying, “but look at his paws!” Yes, let’s look at those paws that he’s growing into.
I know, SMH, he’s going to be a beast. I swear he looks bigger just when I come back from running errands. I mean seriously, stop it. I thought you were going to be a medium-sized dog!
My takeaway from this super sonic growing dog is that what he eats (other than the dead rat he brought me this week – EWWWWW) is really important for his overall development. And that we’re going to need a lot of food for him. Like, a lot more than the little puggies eat!
But also, Boo has really different nutritional needs than our later in life puggies with joint problems and a host of allergies have. So I’ve partnered with Just Right by Purina to make sure that he gets food tailored for his unique — and expansive — nutritional needs, and I get the convenience of subscription delivery. This is a win-win for the both of us.
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I love that I can see real people, real pet owners, that are working to make this food the best it can be, and absolutely “Just Right” for our not-so-little anymore monster.
Want more puppy pics? Good news: I have a long-tern partnership with Just Right by Purina to share stories of my puppy and his personalized dog food supplied by Just Right by Purina, however, all opinions are my own.