Jackson is 5 Months Old

Where did the time go?! Last I checked, Jackson was 25 pounds and 3 months old. Now he’s 50 pounds, has started to get feathers in his adult coat, is walking like a champ, is gaining more freedoms by the day, and is acting more and more like a dog every day.

Handsome man!

Handsome man!

We survived Jackson’s teething and lived to tell about it. Honestly, the bulk of his teething took place in a span of about a week and it was the most difficult and trying week that we’ve experienced with him. He was absolutely miserable and wanted us to be right there with him. We got through it and his adult teeth are almost all completely in now! His mouth looks totally different.

Morning cuddles with Alex and Jackson.

Morning cuddles with Alex and Jackson.

Lately Jackson hasn’t been sleeping in a confined space at all – for a while he slept in the bathroom because it was too hot for him to be locked in his crate. Now, we just put a gate up to keep him upstairs and he transitions between sleeping in the bathroom and sleeping in his bed in our room.

He's allowed on one chair.... this is it. I don't think he'll fit here for long!

He’s allowed on one chair…. this is it. I don’t think he’ll fit here for long!

Jackson continues to surprise us with the mature decisions he is able to make all on his own. When Alex and I retire to the couch to watch TV or read, Jackson usually knows it’s his time to go to bed. There were two nights in a row that Alex was on the floor holding his bone for him and Jackson just got up and walked into the bathroom and went to bed for the night. I can’t believe he can make that decision!

Finally turning into a Golden Retriever!

Finally turning into a Golden Retriever!

Our little man really wowed us at the dog park over the weekend. He was so independently interested in the water we could hardly believe it. Then he floored us when he actually retrieved sticks and tennis balls out of the water and brought them back to us! We were astounded that he’s finally turning into a golden retriever.

Jackson and Alex at Marymoor Dog Park

Jackson and Alex at Marymoor Dog Park

We continue to be amazed at what a great dog he is turning out to be. I’m looking forward to introducing him to Alex’s parents and my dad over the next week and a half. I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store for us with this growing fur ball!

Such a good dog!

Such a good dog!