Baby Steps

I realized last night that Mac is officially 1 1/2 years old!  I seriously cannot believe we’ve had him for almost that long!  Crazy!

mac 8 weeks

Well I guess if you consider how his size has changed…

mac

…then perhaps, it makes a little more sense. 😉

*Then if I consider how big his food and water bowls are:

mac's new bowls

and how the very first bowls we bought for Mac only held about a cup of water or the amount of food you see in this big bowl.

* Or what about the fact he has now reached the age that we had to switch over from puppy food to adult dog food.

adult dog food

* What’s probably the biggest sign Mac has grown up (and for which Dave and I are EXTREMELY thankful) is that we can leave him at home by himself now!

For about the first year we had Mac, Dave and I lived in our condo in the city.  Mac had pretty severe separation anxiety which did not allow us to leave him alone… ever.  He would bark and whine and howl as soon as we left (and the neighbors made sure to let us know.)  Normally, we would’ve let him bark it out until he learned but because we shared walls with other units, there was no opportunity to teach any lessons.  And so, we were forced to find someone to watch him while at work and if we wanted to go out at night, we had to make arrangements for Mac.

When we moved to our new house, not only was he a bit more mature, but he now had the chance to learn that being on his own wasn’t the end of the world.

First, we attempted the giant cage in the garage…. and well, let’s just say that didn’t work out so well.  We ended up giving in and letting him roam around the garage while we were away.

Fast forward 6 months and now…

mud room

Mac can stay inside by himself!  (Well, almost.  He still has random days where he chews things to pieces so we’re not quite comfortable yet letting him have at our furniture without supervision!)

mud room 2

We blocked off the mudroom with a gate to keep him out of the rest of the house.

mac's bed

He’s all set up with a bed, toys, and food & water!

Mac seems to like this little arrangement and hasn’t chewed anything up or had any accidents thus far!  It might seem like a minor development but these baby steps are a big deal in our house! 😉

little mac

All I know is no matter how big or grown up he gets, Mac will always be a puppy in my eyes!

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