Puppy Mew at sixteen weeks

Four months old and full of life, Mew's a real character

Close up of Kelpie Molly, facing the camera, with border collie puppies Maddie and Mew close behind her
Young Kelpie Molly's another of our favourites. Here she has a very serious-looking young Maddie, and her friend Mew in close attendance, with Isla in the background.

Some very welcome sunshine this morning prompted me to take the camera out with me when I took the dogs for their twice-daily run. I noticed that Mew's still eager to get into whatever picture I'm taking, while her close friend Maddie (from Kay and Oliver) is more camera-shy.

Mew and Maddie's characters are very different. Maddie's very serious and already taking an interest in sheep, while Mew seems to think that life's just a huge game! That doesn't stop them being great friends though, especially when there's a ball nearby!


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Mew’s update!

The weather's turned chilly, but Mew's not bothered!

One of the less well known but nonetheless amusing sides of puppy rearing, is the way the youngsters seem to grow in stages.

Close-up of a young border collie with one ear up and the other down
Hector's ears went awry for a few weeks when he was growing up, but they soon sorted themselves out (Click to enlarge)

The most obvious example of this can be the ears, but often the front legs grow later than the back ones, or the body seems quite large, while the head is still small - and so on. Fortunately, all is usually nicely balanced again by the time the dog reaches maturity.

The fastest growing part of young Mew seems to be her coat at the moment. She really is remarkably fluffy, and a light sprinkling of this morning's frost, set her fluffiness off beautifully. That thick coat will no doubt keep her nice and warm through the coming winter months.

Mew is one of Meg and Ezra's latest litter and of course, granddaughter of the sadly missed Mel.


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