lil guy is all grown up

Happy Birthday Stig Nation!

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Stig as a pup and all grown up.

As today is Stig’s 2nd Birthday, I thought I would write about how far he’s come (rather than making a homemade bday cake, putting a hat on him and making him pose).

Feels like just the other day he was 16 pounds and easy to carry around. 60 pounds later he’s finally grown up and still causing trouble.

And, while he’s not been the easiest pup to raise, he’s worth it.

A Little Training Goes a Long Way

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Dog Training, his trainer Melinda, and a lot of hard work, Stig finished his private lessons last week. We worked on loose-leash walking, impulse control (for when he sees other dogs, rabbits or squirrels), and some fun tricks too (notice the “easy” button in the photos).

Next up I’d like to get him certified as a Canine Good Citizen and eventually a Therapy Dog by his 3rd Birthday. So, here goes to more hard work!

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Man’s Best Friend, and More

lebkuchen_loft_stig_bdayIt’s definitely true what they say. Somehow this four-legged guy has not only been a good companion, he’s given me a lot of strength lately…

Sometimes I think God gave me Stig as a reminder to be strong in times when I need it most. Because, with a tough past year, whenever I’m sad or lonely I’d look around and he’s right there…

Xo,
Melanie

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