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PUPDATE | Ellie: 8 Weeks vs. 8 Months

Two photos of the same golden retriever puppy standing outside looking at camera side by side with "Ellie: 8 weeks vs. 8 months" in pink text box

It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that we took Ellie home, but somehow it’s been six months!

Golden retriever puppy lying outside with black water bowl

I realised the other day that today would mark her 8 month birthday (Christmas puppy, aww), so I went back to read the blog post I wrote when we took her home at 8 weeks. Turns out, I’d planned to do regular “pupdates”… which I didn’t actually do! In all fairness to myself, I didn’t properly live with her until I moved back home for the summer at the end of May, so I missed quite a lot of her initial growing up!

If you didn’t catch my post from February, Ellie is my golden retriever puppy (Ellie Gould-en retriever, get it? … Yes, my puppy is named after an Ellie Goulding pun). She came home with us as a little fluff ball and was just the cutest puppy EVER, except she had a habit of biting feet and wrists. Now, she’s still a fluff ball except on a much larger scale, and she still loves biting feet and wrists (we need to get that sorted…).

She’s obviously still a puppy, but she’s changed so much in the last few months. We’d never owned a dog before her, so the most normal changes amaze me. Like, she barks when she needs out to pee – no more training pads! And she’s developed a love for food (any food, anyONE’s food). Her favourite word is “Dentastix” and will literally come bounding up the garden if she hears it, and she absolutely loves going on walks to the beach next to our house, though she always ends up coming home either soaked or caked in sand… or both!

My favourite thing of all is her loyalty to her little friend here:

Golden retriever puppy asleep in bed with red blanket and stuffed toyPUPDATE | Ellie: 8 Weeks vs. 8 Months - whathannahwroteGolden retriever puppy standing and looking back at camera with stuffed toy

We bought this little puppy because it had a little pack inside that mimicked a heartbeat (sounds freaky, I know). When we first took Ellie home and she was alone without her brothers and sisters, we’d put the puppy in with her and she’d snuggle in under it and it calmed her straight down. Obviously, now, she’s well outgrown it, and I think the little heartbeat pack came out after she realised it wasn’t as active as her other puppy friends – but she still takes it everywhere like her own little puppy! When she wakes up in the morning, she even carries it out to pee in the garden with her. So cuuuute!

Anyway, I know most of you will be here for golden retriever puppy photos. Here you go!

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  • Little Chef

    She’s so cuuuuute!! šŸ’œ
    I share her love of food. Anything works, anytime šŸ˜€

  • enisette

    “Ellie Gould-en retriever” is one of the funniest dog names I’ve ever heard omg šŸ˜‚ and she’s such a cutie!!

    • whathannahwrote

      My dad was very proud when he came up with it haha! She’s my fave <3

  • sunlightofthemind

    Oh my word! Such an adorable post and pup! ā¤ļø

  • Rachel McGuigan

    Omg Ellie is adorable! Such a cutie

    Rachel |

  • Hannah Louise

    Oh my gosh so so so cute! I always get so surprised at how fast dogs grow! xo

    Hanney |

    • whathannahwrote

      She’s growing waaay too fast! I just want to keep her as a puppy! Xx

  • rachyblogs18

    This has to be the most cutest post ever! x

  • Kayleigh Zara

    Oh my she is so cute! She’s grown so much from your photos too, it’s crazy seeing the changes in a pet as they grow the same happened with my kitten. It’s great when they don’t need training pads anymore x

    Kayleigh Zara šŸŒæ

    • whathannahwrote

      It’s mad, some of the puppy ones were from her first week, and then I came home again like three weeks later and she seemed huge! I wish they’d stay small just a little longer! Hahaha yes, the training pads stopping was definitely a plus! x

  • Molly. (@MollyyRees)

    Gosh isn’t she just gorgeous! I have a Labradoodle and I miss him being so little sometimes. Love him to pieces though! The slideshow is an amazing touch.

    xo Molly

    • whathannahwrote

      Ahh I love Labradoodles! I don’t want Ellie to get any bigger, I already miss her being tiny! Aw, thank you! I knew everyone would want photos rather than me describing her hahaha! xx

  • Aww this is so cute! She’s getting so big! Happy 8-month birthday to your pup!

    Valerie –

  • There is nothing cuter on the planet than a golden retriever puppy! That little stuffed pal you bought for her is just so sweet. And how adorable that she still loves it so much! I hope you’ll be posting more pupdates in the future šŸ™šŸ™!


    • whathannahwrote

      They’re the cutest little partnership! I’ll definitely start doing more pupdates, I had no idea how much she’d changed until I went to do this one! xx

  • Irish Aoife

    She is the cutest thing ever! such a clever name x

    • whathannahwrote

      Credit to my dad, he was very pleased with himself haha! x

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