And the winner is …
(Sam wins because he is a sweet happy dog with lots of time in the woods, good treats to snack on, and great friends.)
(For contest details, see here.)
Right after Sam gained 5 lbs in a week (that would be week 13), I spent some time looking up canine growth rates and adult vs puppy weights. The best guess I could come up with went something like*:
(Weight at 14 weeks) x 2 + 7.5 % will be the dogs weight at 6 months.
Then, (depending on breed) 6 mo weight x 10% = adult weight.
Sam at 14 weeks weighed 25 pounds. So the estimate was 53.75 pounds.
Today, at 6 mo, Sam weighted 53.7 pounds. (Yeah, go figure. Spot on.)
And the Guesses:
Diane – 41.5 lbs Bekah – 45 lbs Liz – 46 lbs, 5 ou Barb Cooper – 48 lbs Kmkat – 52 lbs
Linda – 53.5 lbs –> Linda knows Sam in real life and she does not knit. Therefore, she wins a hat. (Also, freaking good guess.)
Leslie F – 55 lbs –> Excellent Guess! (For the record, I was guessing 55 pounds. And hoping for less.) Leslie wins yarn (of my choosing but I will offer a selection) or I will knit a hat.
Gwendolynne – 57.2 lbs Marfa – 63 lbs ValleyGal – 67 lbs Gayle – 75 lbs –> Sam says he would happily accept food bribes.
*And this particular formula only works for dogs whose adult weight will be about 50 – 70 pounds. Giant dogs (over 120) and miniatures have vastly different growth rates.
And mostly, it seemed like a wild-assed shot in the dark.
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