Harper Lee from A to Z: O is for OBEDIENT

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I am a very obedient girl. I ought to be. I’ve been attending training classes since I was six months old . . . that’s more than four and a half years of school. I started with the beginner class, completed the intermediate class, and graduated from the advanced class. Then some of the humans in our group decided that they wanted to continue with training. To be honest with you, we dogs really had all the commands mastered, but I guess the humans decided that they could use a little more work. Anyway, I’ve been doing what my human mommy likes to call “post-graduate work” ever since.

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Here’s a class picture from about two years ago. That’s me on the left with my classmates (from left to right) Lexi, Hazel, and Raven. Don’t we look like an obedient group? I’m going to let you in on a little secret. At the beginning of the class, our trainer teaches whatever new command we’re working on to all of the dogs. That takes about five minutes. Piece of cake. Then, for the next 55 minutes, our trainer works with the humans in hopes that they too can learn the command, which has led me to this conclusion: Humans tend to be slightly less obedient than dogs.

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Harper Lee from A to Z: N is for NANNERS

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Is there anything more absolutely fabulous than nanners? I think not.

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My human mommy and I have made lots and lots of doggy treats that contain nanners. We’ve made Strawberry Banana Pupsicles on a hot summer day and Bow-WOW Banana Biscotti on a cool autumn evening. We combined nanners and oats to make Banana Oat Cookies. We even added nanners to a batter and produced the perfect cake for a Golden Spring Fling.

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But do you want to know my favorite way to eat nanners? Right out of my human daddy’s fingers.

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Harper Lee from A to Z: M is for MOMMY

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This is my human mommy. She’s my behind-the-scenes blogging assistant. She’s only made an appearance on my blog once before, when we participated in the Meet the Bloggers blog hop. Daddy likes to say that Mommy is my constant. She’s always been there for me, and she says that she always will be there for me . . . and I believe her. When Mommy first met me, I was five weeks old. She didn’t fall in love with me immediately. That’s ok. I knew that she still had a soft spot in her heart for Talbot, the Golden Retriever who preceded me. I also knew that I would hook her; I just had to give her time. One week later, Mommy came for another visit. That’s when she fell madly and deeply in love with me. Two weeks later we became practically inseparable.

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Mommy loves hugging and kissing me. I’m not super fond of hugs and kisses. I’m an independent spirit. But I always know where my mommy is, and I am always close by. I hope that Mommy and I will be close for years and years to come.

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Harper Lee from A to Z: L is for LEAVE IT!

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Of all the obedience commands, I think “Leave it!” is my absolute favorite. I am super good at “Leave it!” Perhaps that’s because I hear “Leave it!” so often. When I go for walks, I just love to stop and smell things. My humans are not as interested in stopping and smelling things, so I hear “Leave it!” and we keep moving. When my humans put food on the coffee table, I sometimes get a bit of a wandering eye . . . not to mention nose and mouth. Once again, those two little words–”Leave it!”–put an end to any chance of a little taste that I might have had. But the best time of all to hear “Leave it!” is during obedience training and class . . . because “Leave it!” is always followed by these two beautiful words: “Take it!”

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Harper Lee from A to Z: K is for KITCHEN

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The kitchen is my all-time favorite room in the house. Magic happens in the kitchen, and a lot of the time that magic is intended just for me. Yum! I’ve helped my human mommy make Valentine’s Day treats to share with my canine friends and a yummy doggy cake for my Golden Spring Fling. We’ve made Banana Oat Cookies, Strawberry Banana Pupsicles, and Healthy Apple, Carrot, and Brown Rice Cookies.

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Today, Mommy surprised me when she reached into the freezer and pulled out a bag of frozen Your Dog’s Diner Mutt Meatballs. A few months ago, I helped Mommy prepare the meatballs from a package that came in my BarkBox. We added one egg and some very lean ground beef to the all-organic contents of the package–organic rolled oats, organic spinach flakes, organic red bell pepper, organic parsley, and organic basil. Mommy mixed the contents and then made little teaspoon-sized meatballs. (Can you believe that she didn’t trust me to do that part?) We baked some of the meatballs and then froze the rest for another day. Boy am I ever happy that another day finally got here! I think I’ll go ahead and hang out here in the kitchen . . . just in case Mommy has a little more magic up her sleeve.

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Harper Lee from A to Z: J is for JOINTS

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Today, I would like to address the subject of joints. Oh, wait a minute. Maybe I should be a little clearer. I’m not talking about the kind of joints that were just legalized in Colorado. I’m talking about my joints . . . specifically my hips and elbows. When I was a little less than a year old, I was diagnosed with hip and elbow dysplasia. (You can read more about my happy hips and elbows by clicking here.) As you can imagine, this was a hard diagnosis for my humans to hear.

But we are all pleased to report that, more than four years later, I am doing quite well. I take daily walks to strengthen my muscles; I maintain my girlish figure; and I go to rehab (not the Lindsay Lohan kind) every other week to exercise on an underwater treadmill. I also take daily doses of Dasuquin and fish oil tablets. Dasuquin is a joint health supplement, and studies have shown that taking it with fish oil tablets can improve its effectiveness. If nothing else, the fish oil keeps my golden coat beautiful.

My humans and I aren’t certain what the future may hold . . . but, then again, who is. For the moment, we are all happy with my joints . . . I mean my hips and elbows.

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Harper Lee from A to Z: I is for INCHES

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My blogging assistant, who also happens to be my human mommy, was a little stumped when it came to the letter I, so she asked my Instagram friends for some ideas. Get it–asking Instagram friends for a little help with I ideas? Anyway, my very good Instagram friend @johnanng of 3 Crazy Retrievers fame suggested inches. Little did she know what Mommy would do with that, and little did I know that I was about to become a crazy science project of sorts. Mommy decided that she would measure various parts of my body. Apparently this was quite funny, because Mommy laughed the whole time she was measuring. Whatever. Without further ado, I give you Miss Harper Lee in inches:

Intelligence lump to tip of nose: 10″

(The intelligence lump is the little knot on the top of a dog’s head; humans do not have these; hmm.)

Intelligence lump to base of tail: 36″

Base of tail to tip of tail (including hair): 16″

(Apparently, I am one long dog.)

Elbow to tip of toenail: 14-1/2″

Knee to tip of toenail: 14-1/2″

(Mommy decided that it’s probably a good thing that the two measurements above are the same.)

Height at shoulders: 24″

Neck: 17″

Chest: 31″

(Mommy says that may not attract the human men, but the boy puppies will be impressed.)

Waist: 25″

Wrist: 5″

Ankle: 6″

Length of ear: 5-1/2″

Longest whisker: 2-1/2″

So, admit it: Those of you humans who have dogs in your homes are running off now to find the tape measure so you can conduct your own crazy science project. My apologies to your dogs. And with these measurements in hand, some of you just might be running off to build your own Harper Lee. But wait, I forgot to tell you the most important measurement of all:

Heart: Infinity . . . which just happens to be another I word.

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