Little dogs grow faster than big dogs, maybe because they have less growing to do. Well, not to them. Anyway, a toy breed dog reaches physical maturity at about nine months of age. A giant breed dog finishes growing at around two years of age.
Henry, at five months, weighs a whopping 6.6 pounds. At nine weeks, he weighed 3 pounds.
Henry is leggy, his torso is longer now. The other day while wet from a bath, he resembled a Rat Terrier. How very symbolic in this stage of Henry's development. (Massive heartfelt apologies to all Rat Terriers!)
So, we're in the yard. Henry moves his gangly self under the bird feeder and immediately finds something with his mouth.
What is it that he is about to swallow? A stick perhaps, that will poke a hole in his intestine? Some bird poop carrying a bird disease against which his young immune system cannot fight?
I bellow, "drop it!" Henry knows the 'drop it/leave it' command.
The mystery substance still in his mouth, he looks me in the eye, then squats to pee. Such a good boy does his business outside. He moves his gangly self to a flowerbed...