I thought for this week’s Photography Friday I would share a year of puppy pictures of our dog Harry. It’s fun to look back over the year and see how much he has grown. What the pictures don’t show is how he transformed into a pretty cool, easy going dog. While he still has quite a bit of puppy in him, he, for the most part, is a pretty chill dog and a perfect fit for our family.
Harry arrived home on the 14th of August 2016. He was a small, bundle of fur who was absolutely adorable.
Harry, is named after my youngest daughter’s favourite character Harry Potter.
Having never owned a puppy I truly underestimated how much work was involved, but I was committed to doing whatever it took to ensure Harry remained safe, healthy and a well-behaved member of our family. Almost right away we signed him up for puppy school and we kept life pretty consistent at home. He has exceeded our expectations in many areas but is still a work in progress in a few.
The first few months we all kept a close eye on this little guy. We had heard horror stories of big vet bills from swallowed socks and other objects. Our goal was to avoid this if at all possible. This meant when he wasn’t in his crate or a sleep someone was watching him. Thankfully we made it through the first year without any major incidents.
October was a difficult month for me because I lost my mom. Having Harry around was so good for my soul! Our daily walks were also really helpful as they forced me outside when I think I would have otherwise buried my head under blankets. My little therapy puppy!
With the days getting colder and short on daylight I was really thankful to have Harry to get me outside. I love to walk and having a dog to walk with was wonderful. His outside manners were often challenging, but I persevered.
We were all happy to have Harry around for the holidays. Golden Retrievers love to be in the middle of everything and that made it extra special for us. I was a little concerned about the Christmas tree, but he was actually really good around the tree.
January and February
January and February was cold and snowy. Harry loved the snow but found the frigid weather a little challenging to walk in. I bought him boots, he didn’t like them much but they were helpful for walking on the frosty. cold sidewalks. The boots kept his feet safe from frost bite.
March brought warmer temperatures and more enjoyable walking conditions. Both Harry and I were happy to bid the winter goodbye. During March Break we took a trip to Florida and Harry spent the week at a dog sitters. While we all had lots of fun, we were all happy to be reunited at the end of the week.
April and May
With spring in the air Harry’s outside manners became really challenging. He had become bigger and stronger over the winter and now with his hormones racing, bunnies hopping and dog walkers everywhere I needed help. I hired a trainer to help me and she taught me some wonderful walking methods. He continued to be a work in progress, but he was at least progressing. Thankfully inside he was a dream.
Harry turned one in June and we celebrated his birthday with a home made cake and a big steak on the BBQ. We celebrated this wonderful, beautiful animal that brought so much love into our life. Love we didn’t even realize we needed. He was a gift to all of us and we wanted him to know how much we all loved and adored him.
Harry was now much easier to walk and a complete joy. It had been a year of love, a year of patience but most of all a year of joy. Our Harry is a dream come true. He has taught us so much this past year, and we are so grateful that he is ours.
There is so much joy in photographs as they hold precious, beautiful memories. I believe Harry was meant for our family and I look forward to taking thousands of pictures of him as we share many more years with this amazing dog.