Murphy is now 6 months old, and approx 60+ lbs of crazy, silly puppy nonsense. He's got the body of a 'teen' dog - all legs, clumsy & gawky, with lots of filling out to do before he truly looks like a golden retriever.
He's learned quite a few good things in his time with us....ringing the bells at the front door when he wants to go out, or go for a car-ride with us (more about car-rides in a moment). He can sit, shake/high-five, speak, catch a treat (or pancake) when its tossed in the air, and fetch. We're working on some other tricks, like sitting up/begging, and catching treats off his nose...and he'll catch on soon.
He's pretty reliable about his house breaking habits now, and rarely has to go out during the night. He LOVES his toys - especially his 'Hoggie'. Hoggie is a hedgehog that is soft, but makes a crinkly sound, AND a little squeak-like grunt, too. Murphy & Hoggie are close buddies.
Car-rides.... Murphy LOVE LOVE LOVES to go for car-rides. He thinks he HAS to go with us everywhere. When Blake takes the boys to school - Murphy is the first one to hop into the van. When he hears keys, he gets all excited & stands at the door, ringing the bells, 'asking' to go. And when you say the magic words 'Car Ride!' you better mean it, because he's going! And when he's gallopping to the car, he's just like a little kid ~ grabbing a toy on the run (usually a stick) to take with him. When we're going down the road he's always happy to look around and see where we're going....unless he's in the back chewing up a stick, or that old sleeping bag in the back of Blake's van. (TOTALLY destroyed now.) Murphy also loves to greet the band kids at the high school when we go to band practice to get Cole.
One of the funniest things he does is 'smile' when we come home. He actually bares his teeth in a full toothie doggie smile! It looks like he's snarling like a wolf, but it's just his silly doggie smile. I'm working on teaching him to do it on command, and hopefully get a picture of it soon. So funny!
On the other hand - Murphy has some other 'interesting' traits/habits....he hoards things. He collects his toys, rags, sticks, shoes, undies, hairclips, hats, gloves, plastic bottles, and worst of all MY GLASSES... just about anything he can get his paws/mouth on & takes it back to his bed in the kitchen. Some things he plays with and/or chews on, but mostly he just collects them. Which is a good thing considering how many shoes could have been destroyed it everything he collected had been chewed up. He recently got a hold of a little canister of Cole's paint. Luckily, he took it back to his bed & chewed it there...because a big smear & splat of paint on a doggie bed is not big deal, but paint all over the living room carpet would have been a whole different story. And awhile back he found a little container of glitter...yes, I said GLITTER. I heard him chewing on something - so turned the light on to see what he had...and discovered a pup AND the carpet covered with sparkling glitter. I really wish I had stopped to take a picture of it ~ but in the moment, all I could think of was how to get him out of the house without a sprinkle trail of glitter the whole way. AND, yes, the next day, his poo was shiny and all glittery pretty. YIKES! (I couldn't bring myself to do it, so Blake took a picture of it. No - I'm not going to share THAT picture.)
|Learning to catch a frisbee????|
Here are some pictures from a little walk in the yard today with Murphy....
|Don't let that dignified look fool you. |
He's pure goober-hound, and full of mischief.
|Blake & Murphy|
|Bobbin says 'I'm prettier.'|
|Murphy found a couple of milk jugs we used to drip-water the blueberry bushes. To him, they are toys...so we turned it into a crazy game of catch the milk jug!|
|Lets do the Murphy Dance ...|
Dancing with the Stars ~ Golden Retriever style?
or is it a Highland Fling?
|Air-Murphy jumping for the milk jug.|
He's completely off the ground!
|Blake threw the jug & Murphy is running around it. |
(That white spot at the top of the pic. is the jug.)
|Chasing it down at full speed.|
|I love that crazy intense look of 'I'm gonna get you!' on his face!|
|Power Sliding to a stop... I almost got it!|
|Got it!!!! |
10 points for Murphy!