Looks like he had a blast! I love to see your photos because my Valentino is the same color. I keep him cut shorter though...seeing Sam helps me know how gorgeous Valentino would be with longer hair! Kudos to you for the time you spend on him so he can look so handsome So glad spring has "sprung" there...we are enjoying it here in Dallas too!
Sam had to have a complete bath to get out all the mud. I knew he would be a mess when we got back from our walk so I brushed him really good before, so I could plop him into the laundry tub when we got home.
Thanks! We think Dusty's adorable, but personally, I like her with her bangs in her eyes. Her color is something like chocolate sable irish pied. She's definitely a chocolate, with the brown pigment and hazel eyes. The brown has a lot of color variation though. The hairs go dark and then light again. She currently has some very light coloring coming in on her back. She also had tan markings as a puppy from the photos I've seen (we got her at 7 months), and when she was born she had a white muzzle and one little white spot on her forehead. The rest of her face was brown. You can still see the brown on the ends of the hair. Her dad had a white head like she is getting. I'm fascinated by her coloring. I haven't seen any photos of other chocolate dogs that look like her. We'll have to see how she changes. She'll be a year old in a couple of weeks, and her adult coat is barely starting to come in, so I don't think this is the end!
The nice thing about chocolate is the dirt blends in. We call her Crusty and Musty and Dust Bunny when she starts needing a bath! Trouble is, all the places that are hard to keep clean, she's white!
Debbie, I've only posted 2 in the Gallery...Melissa had to downsize them for me or I wouldn't even have those on there! Since he's cut shorter it may be harder to see his color but his markings look just like Sam's! How long did it take for his coat to get that length? Vicki p.s. I think they are almost the same age too...mine was born 12-7-05.(Pearl Harbor day...hummmm!)
Vicki: I looked in the Gallery but didn't see them, I'll look again. Sam is 14 months old now, since I show him he has never been trimmed. They say it can take 2 years for a full coat, that is scary his coat is long enough now.LOL
I have read that if the black tips of a sable are cut off they don't come back. I love his color so I don't think he will ever have a hair cut.
Found Valentino in the Gallery. He looks like Sam's sister. Sam DOB 12-29-05 very close.
Debbie, Lily was the same, but we did groom her and she is now cream. When I got her, I knew nothing about Havs and had no idea that the black tips would come off. So she def. looks like a differnet dog than I expected. She does have black hairs in her ears & tail that do all the way to the roots, so she does have some black. I also have noticed some more black hairs growing on her back - since the last few groomings. Maybe she will change back?/
I used to love the spring. I liked nothing better than taking walks thru my neighborhood to see all the plants starting to bloom. The other day I even spotted a Cardinal in my yard.
But, now I have my two angels. When they come in after a little thaw or rain, I make sure the towels are at the back door first. The best is when they have been digging and they look up at you with their muzzle all covered in dirt. It's almost like they know they are going to be washed and they start to back away from you, especially when they see the towels.
I wondered about cutting the black tipping....Izzy has a lot of brown/gray under her black tips on her head. I really did want a black and white dog, but it will be interesting to watch her change. I've always thought I'd keep her in a puppy cut, but with this color change, I'm not sure now. I'd hate to loose the black....
This is a grooming question....is it OK to bath your puppy once a week, or is that too much? This springtime mud gets a little smelly!
I just got the conditioner and shampoo that many on the forum recommended...I'm not at home right now so i can't remember what it's called....( Pure Paws conditioner and a different brand of shampoo, I think)...it came this week so I thought I'd give it a try. I had to order from two diffferent sites, but thought if the products were recommended here, they must be good!
I don't want to get any in her eyes so I'm not sure how to wash that little face! Thanks for the response Debbie.
Leeanne...send some snow to Dallas! I actually wasn't ready for the early spring we got! I'm sure I'm in the minority, even here! I've always loved the winter but being a native Texan I never have gotten to experience too much of it! Now that I have Valentino I would love to watch him in action! Vicki