Same puppy as pictured here, but twice the size now. I wish I’d weighed them all that first day, just for curiosity’s sake, and so I could say with statistical authority, ‘yes, it’s a proven fact. They’ve doubled in weight.’ Oh well. You’ll just have to trust me.

We’ve been calling this one ‘Hippo.’ He was born the largest and has maintained that status with his blind but unerring sense of direction and quick scrabbles toward his mama’s milk. Mama’s been eating well on a primo dog food formula, plus fresh farm eggs and cottage cheese. Everyone has shiny, glossy coats. (Even the cat, who’s typically curious but also a bit disturbed.) The puppy, after all, is occupying her spot.