Colt: Then & Now

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What do you do after moving to a state where you know no one but your husband? You get a dog, of course. Welcome home, Colt!

THEN

Colt

Colt

Six short months ago Zack and I brought home our very first animal to make our small, Texas family. Through potty training and teaching commands, Colt has grown up into a beautiful dog that I’m proud to call mine. Even though he has chewed on a couple of shoes. And wakes up at 2 a.m. to play with his squeaker toys. And sleeps on my feet so I can’t move.

When he was around 3-4 months, his ears were only partially up (only the tips fell over). We had discussed taping, but I didn’t want to force it. Then, eventually, they stood up! I think it happened because I kept telling him that he was ugly with those floppy ears, haha!

Colt is half Australian Shepherd and half German Shepherd. He has a very fluffy coat (he feels like fleece) and he constantly is whining. His favorite thing to do during a walk is to find a stick and bring it home, playing with it all the way. That’s my boy!

NOW

Colt on Bed

78 Comments

  1. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Oh, my goodness–he is STUNNING! And love his earsssssss ๐Ÿ™‚ So cute. HA, my dog sleeps on my feet all the time, too. I always say he’s my heating pad ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      He is my feet warmers!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks!

  2. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Awww! He’s grown up so handsome!! I love it. Our little Harley Girl was not supposed to get any bigger than when we had but she has and it is so amazing to look back on her photos from only a few months ago and see how much she has changed. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Colt with us.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Colt probably won’t get any bigger – he’s been fairly constant for the past 3 months

  3. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing him! I moved to my husband’s home state, too (from San Diego…what a change). We had an Australian Cattle Dog (aka Blue Heeler) puppy and unfortunately, he passed away a week ago. Your boy is gorgeous. The Australian breeds are great dogs. Enjoy him!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Aww! I’m so sorry to hear that.

  4. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Awww! He’s adorable! Got so big and even cuter. Pets are great companions and yes, even good to keep you warm on those cold nights!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      And I cut his hair this week – now he looks even cuter! haha

  5. January 16, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Oh, my goodness–he is STUNNING! And love his earsssssss ๐Ÿ™‚ So cute. HA, my dog sleeps on my feet all the time, too. I always say he’s my heating pad ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      He is my feet warmers!

  6. Ance Antovska
    May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    So cute dog. Spending time with our dogs can help us feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Yes, I love having the company of a dog, but he is so whiney that it’s more stress inducing

  7. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Squeeee! So cute. My cat has a heating pad at the foot of the bed that she often leaves and goes to sleep on me! lol Pets are so awesome!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      My mom took my cat when I moved because he has lived there for four years already. I miss my kitty!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Thanks!

  8. January 16, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Awww! He’s grown up so handsome!! I love it. Our little Harley Girl was not supposed to get any bigger than when we had but she has and it is so amazing to look back on her photos from only a few months ago and see how much she has changed. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Colt with us.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Colt probably won’t get any bigger – he’s been fairly constant for the past 3 months

  9. January 16, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing him! I moved to my husband’s home state, too (from San Diego…what a change). We had an Australian Cattle Dog (aka Blue Heeler) puppy and unfortunately, he passed away a week ago. Your boy is gorgeous. The Australian breeds are great dogs. Enjoy him!

    • kkinsley
      January 16, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Aww! I’m so sorry to hear that.

  10. January 16, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Awww! He’s adorable! Got so big and even cuter. Pets are great companions and yes, even good to keep you warm on those cold nights!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      And I cut his hair this week – now he looks even cuter! haha

  11. Ance Antovska
    January 16, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    So cute dog. Spending time with our dogs can help us feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Yes, I love having the company of a dog, but he is so whiney that it’s more stress inducing

  12. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Your dog is a handsome guy! I hope he stops chewing on shoes. I am dealing with the same type of behavior with my new pooch.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      He hasn’t chewed in front of us, so I can’t reprimand him on it with the water bottle. I hope I catch him so I can correct his behavior!

  13. January 16, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Squeeee! So cute. My cat has a heating pad at the foot of the bed that she often leaves and goes to sleep on me! lol Pets are so awesome!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      My mom took my cat when I moved because he has lived there for four years already. I miss my kitty!

  14. CourtneyLynne
    May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Omg what a cute fur baby you have!!! He has definitely grown a ton!!!!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      He went from 8lbs to 46lbs!

  15. January 16, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    Your dog is a handsome guy! I hope he stops chewing on shoes. I am dealing with the same type of behavior with my new pooch.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      He hasn’t chewed in front of us, so I can’t reprimand him on it with the water bottle. I hope I catch him so I can correct his behavior!

  16. CourtneyLynne
    January 16, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Omg what a cute fur baby you have!!! He has definitely grown a ton!!!!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      He went from 8lbs to 46lbs!

  17. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    OMG your new dog is o cute!! I would looooove to pet him. I absolutely want a dog too but with my travel lifestyle, it’s a bit impossible for me now.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      I know! We’ve tried to take trips, but feel bad for leaving him in a pet hotel. One night made us feel guilty!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you Nisha! I grew up with pets and I find it difficult to live without them.

  18. January 17, 2017 / 7:07 am

    OMG your new dog is o cute!! I would looooove to pet him. I absolutely want a dog too but with my travel lifestyle, it’s a bit impossible for me now.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      I know! We’ve tried to take trips, but feel bad for leaving him in a pet hotel. One night made us feel guilty!

  19. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    What a handsome boy! Oh man, his ears do stand up pretty, but I am a sucker for big floppy ears! I think they are so cute! We have a rescue dog that is part Shepard and I swear, she is the softest dog that I have EVER touched!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Colt feels like fleece! He hasn’t grown out of the soft fur and I hope he never does

  20. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Wow — he has grown a lot in 6 months. And boy is he cute! I probably would have gotten a dog too if I was in a new place where I didn’t know anyone. They’re the perfect way to keep from feeling lonely.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      I even met a few neighbors with dogs because of him! He helped me socialize ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you Nisha! I grew up with pets and I find it difficult to live without them.

  21. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Half Australian and half German is one of my dream dogs! He’s a beautiful pooch!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      I love that he is staying petite, because cheaper vet bills!

  22. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Oh he is so sweet. I love him already. We do lots of animal rescue work at our farm and it warms my heart that you two found each other. Lives are so much better when we have our fur babies to love. They are truly special.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Aww, that sounds amazing to be around so many animals! I have a friend who grew up on a farm – they have lots of kittens that they take care of and adopt out.

  23. January 17, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    What a handsome boy! Oh man, his ears do stand up pretty, but I am a sucker for big floppy ears! I think they are so cute! We have a rescue dog that is part Shepard and I swear, she is the softest dog that I have EVER touched!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Colt feels like fleece! He hasn’t grown out of the soft fur and I hope he never does

  24. January 17, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Wow — he has grown a lot in 6 months. And boy is he cute! I probably would have gotten a dog too if I was in a new place where I didn’t know anyone. They’re the perfect way to keep from feeling lonely.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      I even met a few neighbors with dogs because of him! He helped me socialize ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. January 17, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Half Australian and half German is one of my dream dogs! He’s a beautiful pooch!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      I love that he is staying petite, because cheaper vet bills!

  26. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Spending time with our pets can help.us unwind and relax .Thanks for sharing

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Actually, he causes more stress some days, haha.

  27. January 17, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Oh he is so sweet. I love him already. We do lots of animal rescue work at our farm and it warms my heart that you two found each other. Lives are so much better when we have our fur babies to love. They are truly special.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Aww, that sounds amazing to be around so many animals! I have a friend who grew up on a farm – they have lots of kittens that they take care of and adopt out.

  28. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Pets become a part of your family & infact they become an important partner when you don’t have much contacts outside. Colt looks adorable and I am glad you have him with you who could bring some happiness all around the day!!

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Some days its really hard to go to work when I want to stay home with him :p

  29. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    What a beautiful dog. I guess I would also get a dog when in a situation like that. Colt seems like a super nice dog. I also love his ears and the mix of colors.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      I had “nothing else to do” but get a new family member!

  30. January 17, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Spending time with our pets can help.us unwind and relax .Thanks for sharing

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 5:15 am

      Actually, he causes more stress some days, haha.

  31. January 18, 2017 / 12:01 am

    Pets become a part of your family & infact they become an important partner when you don’t have much contacts outside. Colt looks adorable and I am glad you have him with you who could bring some happiness all around the day!!

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 5:15 am

      Some days its really hard to go to work when I want to stay home with him :p

  32. January 18, 2017 / 2:47 am

    What a beautiful dog. I guess I would also get a dog when in a situation like that. Colt seems like a super nice dog. I also love his ears and the mix of colors.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 5:14 am

      I had “nothing else to do” but get a new family member!

  33. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    He looks so comfy on that bed. I almost adopted a dog last week but it was not a time for me to have one yet.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Aww, I don’t think it was really right for us to get him (we don’t have a yard since we’re in an apartment), but we did and we love him. He’s so smart that we got through potty training quickly and I try to teach him new things

  34. January 18, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    He looks so comfy on that bed. I almost adopted a dog last week but it was not a time for me to have one yet.

    • kkinsley
      January 18, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Aww, I don’t think it was really right for us to get him (we don’t have a yard since we’re in an apartment), but we did and we love him. He’s so smart that we got through potty training quickly and I try to teach him new things

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