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The age stages of my dogs are fascinating…

As they age and mature – they seem to express themselves a bit more flamboyantly than others. 


Some say this stage of life for dogs can begin as early as eighteen months of age. That’s when the well-mannered puppy you fell in love with, turns into a little terror. I got through this phase with a whole lot of patience, and plenty of red wine. #blessyouyellowtail

We’ve all been there and “totally” understand how easy it is for a puppy to earn this affectionate and appropriate pet name. Lot’s of what they do is somewhat terrible.

Your ability as a human to comprehend how in the world your puppy just peed on the carpet after two accident-free months is unconceivable. You are astonished and have no words other than to say “that’s terrible.”  These are the longest 12 months of your life.


But hold up now – just because you’ve survived that earlier era, don’t go on Amazon and order a t-shirt. #tooearly If your pup is anything like my furry little Demon Doodle, then he/she is only warming up. This is the age/stage where instead of begging “Calgon take me away” you feel like shouting “Oh sweet Baby Jesus take me now.”

Practically every morning I have to follow Jaxson around and ask him “nicely” to give me back the sock he’s got dangling from his mouth. He’s swallowed socks before (terrible two stage) and I’ve been fortunate to get it up before an expensive vet visit.

The morning sock game has become a ritual, one that I would rather not have. I really could utilize those 12-15 minutes doing something more productive. All of this could also be avoided if Doodle Dad would not leave said “sock” on the floor -but that’s another blog post for another time.


As Jaxson’s fourth birthday countdown begins – his fiesty, determined, stubborn behavior has become bolder, and much more “front and center” than ever. It’s as if he’s experiencing selective memory and hearing loss when it comes to following my commands. 

When I ask him to come and he doesn’t want to – he just doesn’t…


More playful than he’s ever been – he’s got a new game, one that neither Doodle Dad nor I are fond of.

You call, he stands still. You tell him to come, he stands still. You decide to then approach him…


He’ll wait until you get real close, and then he bolts…


And has the Doodledacity to look back at you…


Could every age have its own share of stages? #readon


I had a box in my office the other day, I opened the box, retrieved the contents and left Harley in my office to run an errand…


Couldn’t have been gone more than 10 minutes and I came back to this…


Talk about out of character. This is so not like him. Is he practicing for the “Terrifying Ten’s?

Forever grateful though, when it comes to my Boys – every day, every stage, and any age is welcome #withwine

As your dog ages, are you noticing new and questionable behavior?

Please let us know in your comments below and tell us what you’ve named these age stages.


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Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm ❤️

  • Shadow's & Ducky's Mom
    August 26, 2018

    Ah yes, the “terrible twos”! Ducky went through them from the time we adopted her until the morning we said goodbye to Callie, three years later. And then again when she was four years old. She’s mostly a good girl these days – she’s a “grown up” 6-1/2 – but she does keep us on our toes at times.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2018

      Jaxson should have been named “Peter Pan” I don’t believe he will ever grow up!

  • Emma
    August 27, 2018

    My mom applauds when I do something like what Harley did, it gives her hope that there is still puppy in me even though I’m almost twelve. As frustrated as she gets with us at our different age stages, she always keeps in mind that one day she will miss the naughtiness when we are old. Enjoy all the life experiences, even when you don’t have time for them…believe me, Mom is always short on time around here.

  • Kristin Clark
    August 27, 2018

    The looks on their faces!!!! Your boys are soooo cute I can’t even handle it. And yes, I can relate. To all of it. I used to foster dogs, from puppies to seniors…and there were a lot of “sweet baby Jesus take me now!” moments. And yes, a lot of wine too. Lol. Love this post. My dogs are through a lot of those moments now…although they definitely still push. And push. And then think it’s funny to push some more. Lol.

  • Monika & Sam
    August 29, 2018

    Every day is a new adventure.

  • Lindsay
    August 30, 2018

    LMAO! Reading this had me in stitches. I see it’s not just our house that has these age issues. LOL

  • Jan K
    August 30, 2018

    Luke is almost 5 now, and we still can’t leave a tissue out anywhere he can get it. Just like you with Doodle Dad, it seems harder to train my hubby to stop doing that! He’ll steal socks too, but hubby is a little better about putting those away. 🙂

    As I remember, it’s really hard to get mad at a senior dog when they do something puppy-like! You’re only as young as you feel, right, Harley? ♥

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