Ana Ear Watch 2016!

Unless this is the first time you’ve visited my blog, you probably know that my husband and I adopted an all-black German shepherd pup named Ana this past August.  One of the many joys of puppy ownership is watching how fast they mature and grow.  In Ana’s case, it’s all about the ears.   Below I share a 3-month timeline.

To make it a little more fun, let’s make it a contest!  Comment on the blog with your favorite by midnight on Midnight on December 25.  Santa will send one lucky winner their choice of any of the four books in my Downward Dog Mystery series, including A Fatal Twist, which launches on January 8!

Good luck!


Ana ears 1: August 4th–almost six weeks old!


Ana ears 2: August 15–the day she arrived at our home. The carpet hasn’t been clean since!


Ana ears 3: August 29. Starting to look perky!


Ana ears 4: September 6th. Maybe I should have named her Ivy!


Ana ears 5: September 18. One up, one at half mast.


Ana ears 6: September 28. The crossed-ears days.


Ana ears 7: October 5. More like a steeple now.


Ana ears 8: October 16. One up, one leaning.


Ana ears 9: October 26. It’s hard to hide when your ears are so big!


Ana ears 10: November 6. Right ear straight up, left a little floppy.


Ana ears 11: November 20: Kind of like windshield wipers, don’t you think?


Ana ears 12: December 4th. Ah, perfection. And just in time for the holidays!

Isn’t the speed of her development amazing?  Don’t forget to vote on your favorite in the comments.  Include your e-mail address (i.e. Tracy(at)WholeLifeYoga(dot)com) so I can contact you if you win.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Tracy Weber


All four books in the Downward Dog Mystery Series are available at booksellers everywhere!

113 thoughts on “Ana Ear Watch 2016!

  1. Cathy Ganschinietz

    Ana was an adorable pup and she has matured into a regal looking dog. I am sure that puppy curiosity will provide you will plenty of stories to share and her poise will make you proud.

  2. Dagmar Finch

    I always have loved no. 5.
    I can not believe what a gorgeous girl she has become. Thank you again for sharing her with us. I hope you will keep it up.

  3. Gaynol Flora

    I love Ana ears 4, the one up and one down is adorable! But I’m very pleased she achieved ear perfection on my birthday?

  4. Daniele K

    I have to pick just one? I’ll go with Anna Ears 5, but I truly love them all. I have so enjoyed watching her grow (and reading about her antics). Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

  5. Paula Lopez

    Ana is such a regal and beautiful German shepherd. It’s hard to pick just one, but my most favorite of her is Ana ears 5: September 18. One up, one at half mast.

    Thank you!!

  6. Jodi Jessen

    I think #5 is the perfect Ana portrait, but I must say, since you are releasing A Fatal Twist, then #4 has to be the poster child for your new book.

    Twisted ears, twisted tail, twisted leash, twisted harness, twisted ivy, mildly confused look on her face. Perfect Downward Dog.

  7. Barbara Hawk

    I love Ana’s ears in picture number 4. She is so cute! Love reading your posts about your adventures with her! Happy Holidays!

  8. Lisa

    Love them all! #7 Super Spy Dog practicing her new WiFi/Radar skills. Will be major Asset in future crime solving!


  9. Christi King

    If I have to pick just one, it’s #4. Ana looks so cute in the ivy! #6 is a very close second. Of course, they are all adorable!

  10. Marlene Ezell

    I like #1, not so much for the ears, but for the expression on her face. Her ears have come along very nicely.

  11. Sharon Forrest

    I have to say # 2. Love the floppy ears and the sweet puppy face. German shepherd is on our list of choices when we are ready to get a puppy again. I’ve read they are very loyal and devoted. We want a breed that will be good with our grandchildren.

  12. Shannon Joyce

    #4. Adorably floppy and still with the velvety puppy fuzz. It’s also just cute overall. Spcarneal (at) msn (dot) com

  13. Dianne Casey

    Ana is a beautiful girl! German Shepherds are one of my favorite breeds. They are so loving and loyal and they give you all their love. She is so lucky to have you and your husband and you are lucky to be able to give her a good home. My favorite picture is #5, one ear up and one at half mast. She looks so regal and full of mischief. Merry Christmas!

  14. Mary Jane Hopper

    I love the puppy ears in No. 1, but No. 5 is so funny and the final is awesome. Favorite: all of them. So if I win, I would like A Fatal Twist. Thanks for the chance.
    mjhopper (at) cox (dot) net

  15. Joanne Kocourek

    I love two. The first innocence of puppy hood. And, the last displaying the magnificence of the breed. servedogmomATyahooDOTcom

  16. Rachael Brown

    Ana is a beautiful dog! My favorite photo is the second one that was taken on August 15th. That picture is so adorable!

    lovebooks2015 (at) att (dot) net

  17. Janet Silverman

    #2 is my favorite, but she is gorgeous in all of them! Wishing you many years of love and companionship. Enjoy every minute ?.

  18. Malka Essock

    i am an ear girl! i love her most recent “oh so noble ears”, but i also do love the floppy baby ears. someday, you will outsmart her!

  19. Robin L. Coxon

    I’ve loved watching Ana’s growth and it’s really hard to pick one as a favorite. But if I really have to pick one it would be Ana’s Ears 9 where she thinks she is hiding from society in the bush. This pup has more personality than some people even do. Thanks for sharing her with us as well as your wonderful books.

  20. Marihelen Ligon

    Ana, so incredibly cute and down to earth and yet so regal at the same time!! She is so adorable it’s hard to choose which picture is my favorite, but I gonna go with #8. She looks like she’s listing to one side!! chettysmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Jeanie Dannheim

    What a beauty! I am really torn, as I think #2 is adorable, but #9 is priceless! She looks like a well-loved, happy pup!

  22. K'Tee Bee

    All are precious, but ‘Ana ears 7: October 5. More like a steeple now’ is divine. I call it black on red; a study on ears! That chair has never looked better than with Ana on it.

  23. Carol Edwards

    I love Sept 18 where they are trying to stand up. I have loved reading about her antics and how much she has changed and somewhat matured.

  24. Melody Gonser

    I like picture one. Ana has such a precious look on her face. She looks great in all her pictures. She is so beautiful and has grown so much. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Kaye L Killgore

    I really loved all of them. But Number 1 is soooo cute. I have loved her journey from then to now. Merry Christmas.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

  26. Whole Life Yoga Post author

    And the winner is Kaye Gilgore! Those of you on my mailing list, stay tuned for another contest on this blog article, especially for you!

  27. Sandra M

    They are all such cute pictures, but my favorite is #3.
    What a beautiful dog! She looks like a lot of fun and energetic.

  28. Linda Kuzminczuk

    Although I know that Ana ears 12 is the proper ones for a German Shepherd, I love the softer Ana ears 2.

  29. Christine Lowe

    Your Ana is a beautiful girl.I like #6. She still looks like a vulnerable pup. This stage passes so quickly it’s hard to remember all the sweet puppy looks. I am a big fan of books with dogs and am looking forward to reading youur first book. I’ve had dogs most of my life and have worked for dog rescue for many years. We share our home with an English Mastiff and a pound pup who may be a shepherd mix.

  30. Dianne Casey

    Ana is such a beautiful dog! I really love #3. I love pictures of young pups and that is such an adorable picture. It’s amazing how quickly they change. It’s so unbelievable that the ears start to stand up by themselves as she gets older.

  31. Whole Life Yoga Post author

    The winner of the Ana Ears Watch contest from my mailing list is Claudia Kennedy! Congratulations!


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