Not an all weather dog

Roux is now three months old.  And more and more things are becoming obvious.

If her feet and excess skin are a reliable indicator, she will be a big dog.  60 pounds big (at last weigh in – 16 lbs.)

She has ample retriever skills.  I have never experienced this before.  If I throw something she brings it back.  The boxers always assumed that if you threw something, you didn’t want it.

She is very smart.  She will sit, shake a paw, and sit up for a treat.  She will also, take punitive actions against herself if she breaks a rule.  For example, if you find her in her kennel, and you didn’t put her there, you better look for where she has had an accident on the floor.

She is NOT an all-weather dog.  First, she does not like to go out in the rain or wet grass.  This is a boxer trait that I am familiar with, none of my previous dogs liked the wet.  I was hopeful that a retriever might be different.  And ice.  Having recently experienced snow and ice, Roux has made it clear we don’t need to live in a cold climate.  You would have thought she was walking on hot coals as opposed to ice.

So this is going to be a different kind of experience.

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