Shine was about 17.6 pounds last week at the vet's. I don't think she's up to 20 yet. She and Fezzik adore each other and Fezzik is overjoyed when Shine comes back after being away for the day (I think he's afraid he's not going to get to keep her).
Shine and I had our first Puppy Kindergarten class last night. Shine got to meet seventeen new people (thirteen people who came with their puppies and four trainers) at class and nine (of ten) new dogs:
Wembly (black male Newf - about 45 pounds -- Shine was not at all intimidated by the big black dog, who was, after all, smaller and less bouncy than Fezzik)
Sasha - terrier/beagle mix (the bigger of the two white-and-fawn short-haired dogs, maybe a little taller than Shine, but lighter)
Amore - terrier mix (the smaller of the two white-and-fawn short-haired dogs, about two-thirds of Sasha-the-mix's size, constantly wanted to wrestle with Sasha-the-terrier-mix)
Penny - b&w hound/boxer mix (tallest puppy in class, maybe 25 pounds, but very shy, she ended up sharing the dedicated "small puppy" area with Maggie and Libby. Penny and the two terrier mixes are all rescues from southern states)
Sasha - the younger/smaller black Lab girl (roughly shine's size)
Summit - the older/bigger black Lab girl (a bit bigger than Shine)
Maggie - Shi zhu - with couple & two middle-school girls (Maggie is teeny, tiny, probably weighs less than a pound - Shine didn't actually meet her)
Libby - Maltese (very small but she seemed to like Shine and Shine knows to be respectful of small white dogs on account of the one she lives with at home)
Thorn - fawn male PB (about Shine's height, but stockier and heavier)
Bella - blue female PB (a little smaller than Shine and maybe the same weight as Shine)
DogSchool Staff: Karen, Allison, Jen, & another trainer whose name I've forgotten (and I left out the other puppies' owners' names -- only three of which I remember -- because I'm pretty good with dogs but not so good at people!)
We had introductions and some play time, worked a little on sit, down, and come (all interspersed with more playing), went out for a potty break, and then sat in a circle and passed all the puppies around the circle. Each time we changed puppies, we gave them treats and did something with the puppy in our laps: looked in their ears, played with their feet, jiggled their collar, held them in our lap, etc. (The two little girls with Maggie were given string cheese, which was the best treat on offer at class, to give to the puppies.) Then the puppies got to play a little more before class ended for the night.