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Had Quinn to the vet the other day so was able to get him on the scale. He is now 109 pounds. That's a 30 pound weight gain since the beginning of August when he was brought to the shelter. The vet was very pleased with EVERYTHING and I think we can finally say that Quinn is one big HEALTHY pup!!

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 23, 2016 at 10:53am

Thanks EVERYONE!! I often look at the pic of Quinn on the day he was brought to the shelter. It amazes even me, and it sometimes makes my eyes fill a bit. He was such a wreck and yet such a sweetheart. It's painful to think of someone letting him get to that state. Thanks for the lovely quote from the Herriot book Dianne, I read that one long ago and have a set of others that I have been slowly working my way through. They are a treasure. That's our back yard, Lorie. We are lucky to be backed by over 50 acres of woods and we fenced in a large area when Gracie was a puppy. It's very peaceful. Tammy, Quinn is an Irish Wolfhound/Standard Poodle cross. He came from an area that is known for puppy mills and he was sold as a pure IW, but it was pretty clear he was not pure. We very much saw the doodle in him and had our vet do a blood draw DNA. Sometimes his behavior is pure IW and sometimes it's pure doodle! He definitely got the best of both breeds :)

DonMarie, unfortunately we are still struggling with the chewing. A couple of days ago, he chewed out a large section of one of the back pillows from our very nice sofa. I almost cried. The chewed items are often still very wet when we get home, which tells us that he doesn't start chewing until well into his alone time. It seems he is good for up to about 5 1/2 hours. We now put a couple of very heavy, very large old spreads over the sofa and are hoping that will keep him away from the sofa itself. We have wracked out brains for a way we can contain him, but just can't come up with a way to do that. The typical gates and barriers will not hold up. He will for sure jump up on them and that will be that. Plus we know there will be stress if he is separated from Gracie and we don't want to contain them together as Gracie needs to be able to get away from Quinn when he wants to play. My husband works in retail so he tries coordinate his schedule so there won't be much alone time. I feel like we sound crazy. I do obedience classes with Quinn and agility classes with Gracie, so it's not that we don't train. The problem as I see it is that we didn't get the small puppy time with Quinn, and now he is too big to crate or contain. Since he's only 15 mos., we are pretty certain he will grow out of this, and in June I retire, so basically, we are trying to keep a band aid on situation until then.

Wow, this got long! That's what happens when I sit here with my morning coffee! As I look out the window I am watching winter storm Jonas unfold. It started here just a few hours ago and we are projected to get 6-8 inches. We are close to the 8-12 inch line so it could be more, but still not as much as those south of us. To those of you who are also caught in this--stay safe and stay warm!

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on January 22, 2016 at 9:56pm

Reminds me of the "All Things Bright and Beautiful" book by James Herriott and the quote "Haven't I made a difference to this dog!"  (What a great series to read if you have not already done so!)  You have, indeed, made a difference to this dog!  Makes my eyes water!  He looks SO good, and kudos to you for sticking through the tough parts to get him to this glorious state!  :))))))

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on January 22, 2016 at 6:35pm

He's looking spectacular!!  

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on January 22, 2016 at 2:30pm

Big, healthy, happy and handsome!! CJ, you, your hubby and Gracie have done an amazing job!! 

Comment by Lorie & Piper on January 22, 2016 at 12:33pm
Awesome pic of Quinn & neat scenery too.
Comment by Tammy and Raven on January 22, 2016 at 11:55am

holy moly!! he is huge!! LOL he looks very happy and im sure all the love has helped. is he a standard doodle???

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 22, 2016 at 10:36am

That's a great photo of Quinn.  It really shows his size!  He looks so healthy too.  Any luck with his new found destructiveness?

Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 22, 2016 at 9:18am

Wow Quinn! 30 pounds is great. You look amazing and most of all....happy. Nice job CJ.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 22, 2016 at 12:29am

Looking good Quinn!

109!  Wow!  More than my two combined, lol ;)

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