Kip grew like a weed in the first year of his life. I think he is about 6 months old in this photo and around 25 pounds. Even though the vet told me otherwise, I was convinced that he was full grown at this point. And of course, he kept right on growing for another year or so. This was the first little apartment I lived in by myself during my senior year of college, and Kip would sit on those steps and watch me do homework. Still to this day he sits on steps like this - with his butt on one step and his paws on the other.