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They Grow Up So Fast

Puppies are cute, rambunctious and sweet, aren’t they? You can pick them right up and cuddle them, and they won’t think anything of it. What more could you ask for?

Isn’t it funny to think about how fast little pups grow up? Their true babyhood only lasts a few weeks, so before you know it, they are opening their eyes, starting to walk and growling at each other. They even attempt to eat whatever dog chow they can get their paws on – in between trips to mama’s milk bar, that is.

If you’ve been following my last few DFR entries, then you know I’m in California attending a few dog shows and snapping some pictures. Something you might not know, however, is that we (my mom and I) have some puppies at home.

Before I left Utah, they were just barely starting to walk around. Their teeth weren’t ready for mushy puppy slop and they definitely weren’t ready to go outside and play. A few were growling, but that was about it. In fact, this is kind of what they looked liked. . .

Three chunky monkeys (I mean Beagle puppies.) Photo courtesy of Leah Bertagnolli.

This was their first photo shoot and, as you can tell, they couldn’t even stay awake for it.

So all of a sudden, my mother sends me some recent pictures of these same little guys. Although it seems like a very short time has passed, the puppies are already going outside, standing like show dogs and eating puppy mush!

I had to ask myself, “What happened to those little squishy-faced babies?”

After a couple of weeks, the puppies have started exploring outdoors. Photo courtesy of Leah Bertagnolli.

Think about it: the stages puppies go through in their first few weeks of life go by so quickly. It’s been only two weeks since I last saw them, and I can’t wait to see these guys again before they grow into adulthood!

I’m glad that when I return home next week, they will still be in the prime of their puppyhood cuteness! For the moment though, I can’t believe how much they’ve grown up!

Puppies Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
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  • Robin January 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    And that is the very reason I raise litters of pups for other breeder/exhibitors…I can’t get enough of all things puppy with my own litters (since I don’t breed for myself often enough), I get my puppy fix from other people’s litters.
    The best part is when the pups are all grown up and at shows and they see me, they drag their handler over with them to get some love from me.

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