Yesterday, Happy turned 11 months old. But by the rate this little pupsqueak has grayed during the time we’ve had her…you’d think she turned 11 years old.
Back when we got Little Miss Happy Tails, she was mostly black (okay, a really, really dark brown that just looked black) with a few white patches on her forehead, tail, and paws.
In fact, The markings on her body were what really caught my eye when we first saw her at the shelter (who am I kidding… the ears drew me in, too—they kill me EVERY time!). Basically, this pup exudes cuteness, and now that she’s started to gray, she’s gotten even cuter!
I don’t think her graying comes from age, though. I think it’s just how her breed (or whatever mix she is…basinji/bordercollie/terrior mix?) transitions from puppy-hood to adult-hood. Okay, so the previous sentience signifies that maybe it does have something to do with age (cut me some slack, I’m taking a break from using my brain this weekend…). What I’m *trying* to say is… I don’t think Happy’s graying follows the typical graying pattern of a normal dog… like a blacklab.
Let’s take a further look… starting with some puppy pictures depicting the “star” on her forehead.
Yep, that’s a black and white face with a prominent white “star” on her forehead…
Yes, shoes. because that’s totally normal (uh, not…).
In addition to the big star on her forehead, you can also see that she had zero gray hairs behind her ears…
Likewise, there were no gray on her shoulders blades, either…
And no gray on her “flapps” (aka… her butt), either.
Happy looked pretty much the same for 3 or so months after we got her. Then, December hit, and I noticed the “star” on her forehead began to shrink.
The markings on the sides of her body have had some changes as well. She’s grayed behind her ears, on her “shoulder-blades” and on her hind-leg “flaps”.
Take a look at the graying behind her ears…
…aaaaand check out the grays around the shoulder-blades!
And grays on the Flapps!
(Sidenote: we actually have nicknamed her “Flappy” because of the grays she’s developed on her butt-flapps. I probably call her this nickname half the time I talk about her. It’s said with love. I promise.)
Even her tail has gotten more gray! And it’s “filled out” more, too
Of course, we’ll love Happy no matter how much she gray’s. She’ll always be adorable in our eyes. I mean really, just look at that face…
Have you ever noticed a change in your pet’s coat? Do/did your animals gray with age? Or did they gray “prematurely” due to the type of breed?