Saturday, April 11, 2009

Seven Paws

Today was my baby girl's seven paw birthday! I can't believe it- seems like just yesterday that I drove out to the middle of nowhere Maryland with B (that stands for Bench) and Little to "just see" you. Just to look at you- not to buy. Famous last words! The breeders opened the door and this adorable four month old baby girl came running outside to greet me. They kept you for their daughter but school was about to start and they decided to find another home for you. I was just going to look but it was love at first sight. The little girl called you Oreo. But seeing as how I think Oreo cookies are as foul as all things cake and I prefer regular names for my family members, that name just was not going to work. For years I thought I would name my then future dog one particular name. But when I met you, I just knew you were not that name after all. You were a Sadie Kate if I had ever seen one! You sat next to Little in the back seat and were so scared on the LONG drive to your new home.

This is you refusing to let me take a birthday photo.

B (that stands for Bench) had to then drive all the way back to the Hill- poor thing- good thing we eventually moved there too! But Little and her teeny tiny baby girl, Sophie (also a dog- not a child- just wanted to be sure I am clear on that), were staying with me for a bit. So the moment we introduced you to Sophie, you were a happy girl. Soph, not so much as she is sooo type A. She used to kick you out of your bed and force you to sleep in her bed instead. So your head and legs would hang out of Sophie's small bed and teeny tiny Sophie would take up about 1/3 of your bed. So funny. But you didn't care. You were a lover right from the start. You love all creatures great and small- from dogs to people to squirrels to kitty cats.

I loved you from the start but I didn't fall head-over-heels-in-love with you until about one week into our relationship. It took us several days to get to know each other. And even longer to get you potty trained. But we found our routine and our bond and now you are my little shadow. You love belly rubs but your very favorite sort of rubby from Moma is behind the ears. You give kisses first thing in the morning and when I am struggling to do an ab workout. The latter is sweet but not overly helpful.

I know a lot of people don't understand feeling that a pet is part of the family. But you will forever be my baby girl! I love you so much Sadie!! Happy birthday!


Wila (aka Ali) said...

Happy Birthday Sadie Kate! What great prezzies you got! xoxo ali & wila

Anonymous said...

Awwww! Dogs are just the BEST things ever! Happy birthday to Sadie Kate! Glad to hear you didn't "just look" when you met her!

c said...

happy birthday sadie!!

Sarah said...

Aww how cute! Animals are SO family members. I don't care what other people say, pets are for life! (well, their life anyway)

Gifting Gumshoe said...

Happy birthday pretty girl!

Lauren said...

Happy birthday Sadie Kate! My mom has a Sheltie too- Sophie- they are the best dogs.

Black Labs and Lilly said...

Happy Birthday Sadie Kate!!! Love your fabulous cupcake plush toy!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Sadie Kate!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sadie,

I am very sorry to be tardy sending Birthday greetings, but there you have it.

Please blame Mommy. She has been derelict in her duties, and now I am more than mortified to be sending Happy Birthday wishes after the fact. But here goes anyway: Happy-Happy Birthday Miss Sadie!

Silly Tilly

Hollie and Janie said...

Happy (belated) Birthday! I have been on vacay, so I didn't have my laptop handy! I hope you had a spectacular day! ( I have a feeling your precious moma made sure of that!)

Kate said...

Happy belated birthday to your pretty girl :)

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday, Sadie! I understand exactly how you feel. I have 3 dogs but my newest is a 9 month old sheltie boy named Lincoln. I think Sadie would like him. :)


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