Drinking my coffee and watching Maggie and Molly this morning. Those two couldn't be closer if they were mother and daughter. It's a bit strange how much they appear to be mother and daughter. Folks comment on it all the time. Maggie is 4 months old. That went by fast. She doesn't look much like when I brought her home.......other than the coloring, she could be a different dog. If there is st. bernard there, then she didn't get the body type or size. I suspect another breed, I'm just not sure which one. Rottie might still be there, but again, I'm not seeing the stockiness. So other than the shepard mix part (which is obvious) we're a bit iffy considering who daddy was. What breed it was....well, she's definately water repellent and loves water to an extreme. She was fuzzy as a tiny baby.....and is sort of fuzzy now only not so much, her fur is much shorter than her moms which was somewhat longish. Maggie does this thing with her ears I swear to heaven above I've yet to see another dog do and I've been exposed to a lot of breeds/mixes over the years. She seems to have fine control over both of them, turning them whichever way she wants. Reminds me of a coyote to be honest....as they're the only ones I've seen do such a thing. If I'd known she was going to develop this ability as a tiny baby I'd have named her Radar as that's the way she seems to use them. They rarely line up anymore. It's funny. It also makes her adorable in an impish sort of way. She's mostly tan now with a dark stripe from neck to tip of tail along her bad. She has a few black spots on her tongue with indicate chow somewhere in the mix maybe a few generations back. She has hit the lanky gangly stage.....and it's cute and makes us laugh. Obvious there is much more growing to do. She is trying hard with this house training thing and Mom is trying hard to have patience. I've had other pups that would have random accidents throughout their first year up to 18 months for various reasons. Hers seems to be, Mom missed the single. It would be easier if the signal would not change periodically, which I keep telling her but she's not listening. Normally she'll go to a door and jump, usually the back door as she's using the back yard almost exclusively now, but if it's urgent, any door or window will do. The message is clear, she needs out NOW. But sometimes it it's urgent she'll come up and grab me like she wants to play or be petted......and I wind up missing the signal. Doesn't help that she can go out 4 times in 45 mins in the morning either. I have to regulate water intake, otherwise I'd be hauling her out every 10 mins. She drinks too much, too often and I'm going to ask the vet about it. Maybe it's normal for whatever breeds she has but I want to make sure. When the boys come.......I have to watch her closely because she get so caught up with playing with them that it's a definitely last minute warning, sometimes she doesn't make it to either me or a door. But my carpet isn't new by any means and has need shampooing anyway, not to mention has had much worse on it than mere puppy waste that is cleaned up immediately. Maggie has boundless energy. Reminds me of Molly when she was little. Only this time I know to both give her plenty of playtime but to limit it and to teach her self play, which I didn't Molly until much later when she began to dive me insane wanting to play non stop. She now not only walks 2 miles with Molly daily, but she's walking with Rowdy too.....which is a much smaller distance but she's encouraged him to double his distance this week, so that is a good thing. He's moving a bit better now. Not much, and it worries me for winter....but better. I bought her 2 frezbies and am going to try to teach her. Ought to be fun cuz I've never tried that one before. But she has the moves, trust me. She can do a flip mid air that makes your mouth hang open. She's getting pretty good at fetch, so I think if she can figure out how to catch it, it will be a source of great fun for her. I did try with Molly once, she just looked at me like I was totally stupid. Then brought me her ball. LOL I have got to fix the gate and the hole in the fence though so she can run the whole back yard and play with Molly that way. Right now she's using Rowdy's lead/run and that gives her a lot of area but I prefer them not having to use it. But she's still small enough to fit between the slats in the gate. What stinks is if she's playing with Molly or the cats they sometimes unhook the clasp of her lead. Then she can get loose. So far, she only comes either to the back or front door and asks to come inside. Thank goodness. Today while I"m back at the cleaning she'll not be put on the lead because when Travis hauled out trash.....she was on the lead fine.......he comes in to get another one.....opens the back door and there she is tail wagging and grinning. So now she can only be on lead when someone is downstairs and can keep looking out and checking on her and can hear her should she get loose and come to the door. Which stinks for her because she loves to be outside and can't be out there much. So, while I'm not sure exactly what breed combos she is.....it works for her. She is sweet through and through. Loves everybody and everything. Had to laugh yesterday as Bruce likes to sleep in laundry baskets with clean clothes (makes me so mad), well it toppled over on him because I had it on a kitchen chair. Next thing I know Maggie is barking ferociously. So I come see.....and the barking has stopped and she's trying to figure out if Bruce is ok. I think she thought someone knocked over the basket and hurt Bruce. Surprised me because he actually let her close enough to sniff and check him out. First time I ever heard her ferocious I mean business bark.......and though it's puppified right now, it will be right up there with Molly's once she's grown.