Kip's round milk belly has been replaced by a nipped waist and gangly legs. His tail seems to be growing at a rate that makes us tease he's part kangaroo. A few red dots mark where his razor-sharp puppy teeth were and a glint of white promises new teeth are coming in. Thankfully the biting has slowed down a bit...as I glance at the ripped t-shirt I've earmarked for the rag bag once this phase has passed.
The grounds of Paletta Mansion are perfect for outings with a new puppy. It's a short drive away with a few paths that we can lap until Kip tires out so we're never very far from the car. The lake sits at the end of a lawn dotted with waddling geese. Ducks float on the stream and we've even seen a loon. The mansion is a popular choice for weddings and as a backdrop for engagement photos. While we were there last week a photographer asked a bride and groom to hold their pose while he walked over to pet Kip. They didn't seem to mind having a few minutes to themselves.