Happy National Golden Retriever Day From Kirby

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Kirby At 16 Months

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His annual checkup elicited great results, and he weighs 66.5 lbs. Still very much a puppy. 93% adorable, 7% Hellbeast.

Yuletide Greetings

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Cemetery Dog

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Kirby Is 14 Months Old Today

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An early morning trip to the Dog Park was in order, so here’s a photo of Kirby in our backseat, looking out the door.

We Brought Kirby Home One Year Ago Today

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He still loves car rides. And he still puts a smile on people’s faces when they see him. Kirby is a very good boy.

Dogs Making Friends

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Kirby at 13 Months

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It’s so much fun seeing him gallop at the Dog Park, and playing with other dogs.

Tug Of War

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Happy 1st Birthday To Kirby

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It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire year since this adorable goofball was born. Several chewed-up rugs later, here we are. One look at that face tells us he’ll always be a puppy. An 80 lb., occasionally-crazed Hellbeast, but still an adorable puppy. And we love the little guy.

Dog, Woman, Cellphone

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The Tail Of The Escaping Kirby

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Kirby At 10 Months

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Kirby’s a happy, mischievous puppy these days. We’re thrilled. Exhausted, but thrilled.

Faceoff

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Kirby Is 9 Months Old Today

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Treats and belly rubs are clearly on the schedule for this Very Good Boy today.

Every Dog Has Its Day

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Traumatic Timeline Cleanse Courtesy of Kirby

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Kirby knows there’s been lots of sad news since yesterday. But he wants to assure you there are treats and bellyrubs on the horizon.

Alone With A Good Dog

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Pedestrian Crossing

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Kirby At Eight Months

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He’s still a handful, but Kirby has become far less a Hellbeast in the evening hours. The last few weeks with him have been a lot of fun. He’s a sweet (not so little anymore) puppy.

Kirby’s Lashes

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Your Official Kirby Timeline Cleanse

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It’s been a rough day here in Brooklyn. Kirby would like to brighten your mood.

Kirby Is 7 Months Old

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Paw is healed, Cone Of Shame is removed. And check out those gorgeous blonde eyelashes!

Kirby On The Mend

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Over the weekend, Kirby was not himself, and developed a swollen back paw that began to bleed. Our veterinarian cleaned the wound and prescribed an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Kirby’s mood improved dramatically, especially after being carried up and down the stairs, and getting extra treats and lots of attention. But he hates that cone with a passion.

Kirby At Six Months

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On the left is Kirby at 2 months, the day after we brought him home. At right, Kirby on his 6 month birthday.

We sure got ourselves one adorable puppy. Kirby is a lovable ball of fur. And the HellBeast only emerges for an hour or so each day, usually mid-evening.

His health is great, his potty training is back on track, all his vaccinations will be complete in another week, and we love the little guy. How could you not?

Guess Who Celebrated his 5-Month Birthday With an 11 PM Emergency Visit To The Vet?

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Kirby is fine. Even after swallowing a latex glove that a neighbor dropped on the sidewalk in front of him. Kirby’s a regular canine garbage disposal unit. In the past, we’ve pulled rocks, cigarette butts, tissues, screws, and pieces of plastic out of his mouth. This meal turned out to be a bit pricier, but our pet insurance should cover it. Most certainly the first of such late night trips to the vet, knowing this little rascal.

Kirby Would Like You To Know That Today Is National Golden Retriever Day

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Please celebrate with appropriate treats and bellyrubs. #nationalgoldenretrieverday

Drawn To Blue

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Kirby’s First Snow

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Well someone really likes snow!

We got about four inches of the white stuff here in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn this morning, and Kirby is having the time of his life.

Hope you are having a good day wherever you are — with or without snow. Or puppies.

The Kirby Era At 60 Days

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Two months with a puppy (he’ll be four months old on Monday) seems a lot longer. Much of that is sleep deprivation, but there you go.

We love the little guy. Even if he’s not so little anymore.

The biting? No so much. But he’s still a baby. And he’s teething.

 

An Early Christmas Present

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This was Kirby when we first met him, at 5 weeks old.  He’s tripled in size since then, and we’re delighted he was our early Christmas present. Hoping your holidays are equally fun, but with considerably less rambunctiousness. And fewer pieces of furniture chewed on.

Kirby’s Favorite Christmas Present

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Kirby At Three Months

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Kirby is 14 weeks today, and nearly 30 lbs. No bathroom incidents in over a week, and he’s sleeping through the night without trips outside.