It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since the New Year. I took a nice hiatus from technology over the holidays and it was definitely not missed. The break was a great way to recharge and start the year fresh, clear headed, and ready to go.
For the first 2010 post, I thought I’d share one of my highlights thus far for this year. It should come as no surprise that it has to do with one of my favorite blog subjects, my buddy Oliver. We recently celebrated our sweetest family member’s 11th birthday by throwing him a party with his “friends”.
I remember picking him out from the Santa Monica pound when he was roughly four months old and wondering what I got myself into. Never growing up with a dog, I had no idea what to do with “George” (his name when I adopted him), the mixed Shepard. Now, I couldn’t imagine life without him.
I’ll never forget when I first saw him. He was tiny at nineteen pounds with beautiful brown eyes that looked like they were lined with black eyeliner, a black muzzle, floppy brown ears, a wet nose spotted with bits of light pink, and ginormous puffy paws (a good sign that he was going to grow into the ninety pound giant he is now). To top it off, he had a purple collar with an ice cream cone print. What caught my eye was his silence and stillness. I’m pretty sure he was trying to mimic a statue. While other dogs at the pound were vying for my attention, this little guy wanted to melt into the background and go unnoticed. Fail. So, I walked away and continued to look at the other dogs that were much in need of homes as well. Finding an ounce of courage while I stepped away, I heard the pitter patter of “George’s” clackity untrimmed nails making his way towards the door of his cage. I turned around and saw him looking at me curiously and as soon as he saw me catch him, he retreated back to his corner and played mannequin again. I was sold. He was the one. He chose me. And I am happy and so thankful he did.
Oliver, I hope you enjoyed your birthday pizza and a day at the park with your pals. I love you.