December 29, 2007

Britta Update

Filed under: dogs — Brian @ 8:57 am

Don asked about Britta, so here’s a quick update and some photos.

She seems to have stopped growing at about 56 pounds. Small for a retriever, I’d say. Not quite miniature, but she certainly looks small after the 70+ pounders we’re accustomed to around here. That’s a sofa pillow she’s laying on. She’s not so small that you’d think she could fit on it, but dogs are remarkably shrinkable, as you may know.

Britta on Pillow

She’s an incredibly fast learner, mastering most commands after just a few repetitions. She reverts to old behaviors almost as quickly if you don’t work with her, though, so it’s a constant refresher course. Which is fine.

She’s become very social, frequently seeking out the humans in the house to see what they’re up to, and announcing her presence with a gentle but firm nudge with her snout. She’s less gentle with doors. If you go to take a nap behind a closed door, don’t fall asleep too quickly, ’cause there will soon be the sound of a bang at the door. Just one, but it’s quite a bang.

This morning it was a little cold, so we sent her outside with Louis and waited for them to return to the sliding glass door. Britta didn’t realize it was closed. Thank goodness she came at it from an angle, or we’d be dividing our day between the new door store and the veterinary ER. She left a nice smear of dog snot. I’ll try to get you a picture.

Britta with Rope

We’re having quite a time raising her, and she’s showing great promise.



  1. She’s beautiful and those are very nice photos.

    Merry Christmas to you and Jennifer, by the way! :-)

    Comment by Gwynne — December 29, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  2. What a beautiful dog. I bet she brings you a lot of love.

    Comment by 4urpets — December 29, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

  3. Good dog!

    That second shot is terrific. Good Brian!

    Comment by Jim — December 29, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

  4. […] I mentioned in the last post, she was fine. Completely uninjured. Didn’t even stop to shake herself […]

    Pingback by Britta’s Collision - the Aftermath « BeanQuest — January 1, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

  5. Thanks, Gwynne. Merry Christmas to you, too!

    4urpets – she sure does. We are quite fortunate to have her around. I love your handle, by the way. “What’s an urpet?” was my first thought. (I get it now…) I like your animals’ new years’ resolutions. Are they any good at following them?

    Jim – lol. Thanks.

    Comment by Brian — January 1, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

  6. She’s so beautiful!!!

    Comment by Rach — January 3, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  7. Britta says thanks, Rach. She’s quite a pup.

    Comment by Brian — January 3, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

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