At eight months old, Walter is a teenager. Walter is the bane of his elder brother’s existence. Both he and Levi are Great Danes.
I don’t particularly like to spread stereotypes because they are often untrue and maligning. However, I will say that Walter is the embodiment of every teenage stereotype there is….as long as we are talking about the negative stereotypes!
Here it goes:
Obstinate – You can yell NO till you are blue in the face. If you use the old “squirt him in the face with water trick” he just blinks and licks his jowls. He loves the taste of Bitter Apple. Loud noises don’t phase him in the least. If you slap his butt, it doesn’t even register. The only thing that works is to get his nail clippers out. He’ll back off then! The nail clippers are his kryptonite.
Loud – If he doesn’t get his way, he will bark, and bark, and bark some more! I have tried scolding. I’ve tried ignoring. The only thing that seems to work is to give Levi attention as soon as the barking starts. Walter does not like that at all! He wants to be the center of attention.
Eats us out of house and home – The boy can eat. He will eat anything and everything. He’s a food magician. Just like any teenage boy, he can make food disappear in an instant.
Fights for dominance – At eight months old, you wouldn’t think he would turn into a Tasmanian devil if Levi gets near his food bowl. Oh, but he does! He started challenging Levi from the time he was 2 months old. Levi weighs at least 50 pounds more, but that doesn’t matter one bit. Don’t even think about treats! I now have to feed and give them treats separately. He has the rebelliousness of a teenager like I have never seen. Walter is going to be a force to be reckoned with!
Boisterous – You never have to wonder where Walter is. He is always at the center of activity. He’s a whirling dervish. He’s the thunder and the lightning. When he is trying to engage Levi in play he hops like a bunny on the floor, on the couch, and on us! There is no limit to the energy of a teenager!
Besides all of that, he has the most obvious hallmark of an adolescent. Much to my chagrin, Walter has acne!