Nyxie Noodle (One of our silly names for her - an offshoot of Noodle Cart Nyxie - don't ask, we're not really sure.) never had that super lanky, noodly GSD look, though. And her ears stood pretty quickly on their own. As she grew, she looked like a tiny version of what I see today. A mini German Shepherd with fairly even proportions. This was something we were surprised by after watching so many other GSD puppies go through the long legged, ears falling into themselves and every which way stage. Unmistakable adolescence - you can see it a mile away. We've been told this was due to her diet. The raw diet being more appropriate for a dog, so therefore the stages of growth were more even. Maybe this is a myth, but we saw it in action. Her head, especially those enormous ears, and her paws were the things that stood out and gave us a hint as to her future stature.
In an effort to socialize this growing girl, and blow off puppy energy with zoomies, my friend Jamie and I had weekly play-dates with our pups at one of the Portland dog parks. She would bring her delicate (but speedy) little Italian Greyhound, Vinnie. And I would bring my clumsy little pup, eager for playtime in the grass rather than on pavement. They were about the same size, and when Nyxie's excitement would get too much for Vinnie, he would let baby Nyx know in no uncertain terms. Puppy Lesson # 3681 learned. "THAT was too much bitey-mouth..."
"I'm ok, mom, I've got this ladybug!"
We hadn't left the parking lot before she was fast asleep.