Room to Grow

Time, like a puppy, is a funny thing. Time does funny things to puppies and puppies do funny things to time. Penny’s only been home with us for two months – no time at all – but already I have a tough time remembering what life was like with just one dog. And as is the case with all puppies, Penny grows at a prodigious rate which seems to defy all natural law.

As always, I have a theory. Backed by zero science. About how that growth happens.

Here’s Penny shortly before she came home. By my estimate, at birth Penny already had about 90% of the total skin she’ll ever have

With each romp all the skin gets thrown forward

And then thrown all the way back again. Therefore, my research suggests puppies grow by virtue of shaking their bodies back and forth in order to expand

Penny’s already wiggled herself to double her original size, but by the looks of it she shows no signs of slowing down.

Plenty of room to fill out

Ok, so maybe my theory is not the best. But I guess Penny ends up weighing around 70 pounds as an adult. Eko is around 90 pounds, for reference. He, like Penny, was a wrinkly bundle of extra skin.

I know paws are a favorite indicator of many people, but does anyone have any other tips for what to look for when estimating how much a pup will grow? I’d be interested to know if there are any signs I should look for with Penny.

40 thoughts on “Room to Grow”

  1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a “wrinkly bundle of extra skin” and still be so darned cute. I’d love it if you could come up with one of your wise and clever scientific theories about how a wife, mum of twins, one dog, five cats and six fish, living in Australia could achieve this!! He! he! Seriously, though, I’m going to go right out on a limb and say that with that amount of romping, playing and running gorgeous Miss Penny may even work that skin so much that she might end up being bigger than handsome Mr Eko! BTW – you are so right about designer clothes for kids! xoxoxox

  2. Amazing amount of extra skin. My puppy has quite big paws for his little body, so we are expecting him to grow [relatively] much bigger. However he sports no extra skin like Penny, but he has more than doubled in size in the almost six weeks he has lived here and if that is any indication I could well end up with an elephant sized pup! 🙂 I’m sorry Will, I’m not sure what that does to your extra skin theory though…..

    • Oh well, I guess this just means it’s back to the drawing board for me. I’ve watched Penny quite closely but never been able to figure out when she finds time to grow.

      • I have hat same conundrum Will – I look at this little chap and all his untrammeled joy in life and the energy that is expended every minute of the day [except when he collapses exhausted] and wonder how on earth there is anything left over to actually impel growth – yet he gets bigger and chubbier by the day! It’s a mystery 🙂

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