Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dear Doggy!

Little Puppy with a Toy
Big Puppy with a Toy
Little Puppy in the Yard
Big Puppy in the Yard
Somebody turns 4 years old today! Can you guess who?

I've heard it said more than a few times, "we may not get the dog we want, but we get the dog we need." I don't know about that. I know I wanted a dog that I could take anywhere, would love people, enjoy greeting new doggy playmates, swimming, and kayaking. I wanted a dog that would be my enthusiastic agility partner for years and years to come. So, do I need a reactive dog who does not like new people, dogs, or situations? Do I need a dog who does not like swimming or kayaking and is currently too anxious to continue with agility trialing? I don't think so. I don't think I need any of this; I've learned patience, compassion, and how to overcome disappointments in life, so I'm not sure what I'm getting here that I am in such desperate need of. I need a break. I need a money tree. I need ...a lot of things, but I don't need any of what is on poor little Z's list of issues any more than she needs them.

It's okay though - I don't have to need what I get from my dog (although the endless kisses and unconditional love are appreciated). I just have to love and care for her, and I do - very much. It's my job, my duty, and (most days) my pleasure. In the end, I suppose what is important is that each dog receive the owner that they need. 

Where would Zainey be if I did not come across this picture of her online several years back? I can't imagine. All I know is where she is today - safe at home waiting for her birthday cake!

Party on, Birthday Dog!


  1. Put on the party hat doggy! Just take it easy on those treats. Gotta watch that wasteline. Oh never mind, you burn it off so fast it'll be okay for a day. Go for it. And, Happy Birthday!


  2. Those pictures are adorable. Big hug to you and Z. And a belated birthday to Little Nugget from Sophie and me!