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Family Portrait: August 2014 (Happy Birthday, Pearl!)

What happened to that little puff of a puppy we brought home in October?


Well, now she’s a really, really big puff. And we sure do love her. Happy 1st Birthday, Pearlie!

Happy Birthday, Pearl WarLock

Here’s our little family (cats not pictured :D), month-by-month.





Family Portrait: July 2014

Oh, hey… just running a little behind here, as always.

Pearl WarLock, 11-Months-OldThe doggone pup is 11-months-old, and we’re facing an expiration date on the “she’s just a puppy” excuse. It’s been amusing to me how often I feel compelled to say that, when Pearl is more enthusiastic than polite. It’s not an excuse, it’s a truth. She’s just a puppy. This has been one of the tricky bits of raising a gentle giant- remembering that Great Pyrs grow fast and mature slow, and tailoring our expectations to her age rather than her size. She’s just a puppy. A massive, happy puppy, who does us very proud. And it’s okay for her to be silly, as long as she keeps her paws on the ground.

Here’s our wonderful dog, month by month. Only one more photo to go, and we can hardly believe it.



Family Portrait: June-uary 2014

Another month come and gone. After an unseasonably warm May, we have an unpredictable, shifty June-uary. Is that not the most delicious portmanteau? I can hardly stop using it, though it might be one of those black licorice words that you have to savor sparingly, or people will start to think you’re weird.

Regardless. It’s been a hot and cold month in many ways, but we’re getting through it. The same could be said of 10-month-old Pearl’s most recent phase… we’re hoping there is more consistently sunny weather and attitude in the forecast.

Pearl WarLock, 10 Months Old

Our young miss is sweet and sour these days. We tell her to sit, and she does- by perching herself on the edge of the couch. Well played, dog. Training has become a battle of wits and wills, and at 75+ pounds, she’s a heavy-weight contender. But not the champ. Sorry Pearl, we are the bosses of you.

Luckily we are patient people, accustomed to fickle weather. We’ll wait out Pearl’s tween-aged sulks and sass, and will heap on the praise when she’s obedient. Because when she’s good, she’s the best- bright and beaming.

Here’s our sunshine, month by month…

PS: Yes- I cut most of my hair off! Yes- it’s asymmetrical. Yes- it was on purpose. I love it!



Family Portrait: May 2014

Yes, we skipped our April family photo. It was a bad hair day for all of us: Adam was still refusing to cut his, I’d made a not-so-bright decision with a box of very bright red dye, and the pup was sporting a shaved belly from her spay surgery. Not a moment we were keen to photograph and publish.

So here we are (accordingly trimmed, dyed, and fluffed) with our 9-month-old Great Pyrenees.

Pearl WarLock, 9 Months Old

Pearl could hardly sit still for a photo this month. If you can’t guess from our boots and baseball tees, it was dog park day. Good thing we remembered our picture before Pearl’s dip in the lake and roll in the dust… or you might not have heard from us until June!

Here’s how our gorgeous galumpher has grown…