Nick and Sam,
I thought I’d finally send you a photo and an update on Otis (Mr. Tuxedo). I’ve attached two photos that are very similar, but taken a year apart—one when Otis was 12 weeks old and a current one of him at one year and almost four months old. He has grown from an adorable puppy to a very handsome dog. He’s 43 lbs and about 20” high—his coat is gorgeous and ended up quite curly which we love. He has been a super dog and we couldn’t be happier with him. He’s sweet, super friendly, loves everyone and is a pleasure to be around. Luckily he is a great “car dog”, since I take him everywhere I can with me while I run errands and carpool around town. He also spends a lot of time in the mountains with us. He loves to hike and just be around people. We’ve been in the mountains the past week and he’s been to the farmer’s market, an art show, two kids’ adventure races, out to lunch and dinner, several hikes and he even went up the mountain on the gondola today. He gets lots of love and pets wherever he goes and he is happy to receive all the attention. I’ve (well really Otis) have/has been a great ambassador for this breed. We get questions about him everywhere we go and have given your name out numerous times. He’s been easy to train and is a very well-manner guy. Our only challenge right now are his recall skills—I feel as if he’s now a “teenager” and the commands of “come” or a whistle to come…are completely optional in his opinion. So for now he is on a lease or a long lease (when hiking) and it is something I’m going to work on this fall when I’m hoping to have a bit more time.
Hope all is well with you. I’d be happy to send more pictures if you are interested. Thanks for such a wonderful dog!