The “tail” of a little rhodesian puppy

Back in January, we put a deposit down for a Rhodesian Ridgeback. At the time, we thought it would only be a few short weeks before a litter would be available. But we had to wait almost 6 long months before bringing a puppy home. In the end, we got the perfect dog and couldn’t be happier.

In mid-June, we got to meet a litter of 10 puppies (5 males and 5 females). We immediately fell in love with the “red” collared male. He was the most curious puppy out of the bunch and didn’t whine and run back to the pack when we played with him. He also loved to snuggle and stay close to us. We made our decision and couldn’t wait for the next two weeks to pass.

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June 29th finally arrived and we couldn’t wait to get our Duke. He had already grown so much!

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Exploring the neighborhood

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Every dog owner warned us how difficult the first few days would be. Crate training and making it outside in time was definitely challenging the first three days. But sleep deprivation hit us the hardest…

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Duke’s sweet temperament and adorable face made up for the lack of sleep 🙂
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In the first week home, he mastered “sit” and “down”. Hopefully the rest of his training goes just as smoothly.

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Meeting my in-laws dog “Lexus”

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Duke loves taking naps. The first two weeks, we let him sleep on the couch with us. But he decided on his own that the dog bed was more comfortable. He now prefers the floor when we’re home and the crate at night.

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Wasn’t a huge fan of the camera the first week home

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We find him in the funniest sleeping positions.

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Loves the car and coming on errands

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Meeting his mom again at 11 weeks. They loved running around and exploring the yard together. He was so submissive with her compared to other dogs. I don’t think he’ll ever forget who his mom is!

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12 weeks old and growing like a weed. He was 14 lbs the day he came come and now almost 30 lbs. We start puppy classes in two weeks and let him socialize with other puppies every day at Greenbriar. We love our newest addition!

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