Tuesday, March 13, 2018

To My Youngest on Her Second Birthday

Dear Sweet Potato Rye,

On your second birthday, I find myself struggling to find the words to express what you mean to me. That might be because I'm not sure you've sat still for more than 30 seconds at a time since your last birthday and it's hard to gather thoughts when you're in the middle of a tornado. You are the busiest little dog that I've met.


The past year has been such an adventure. We've moved on from obedience class to agility class and barn hunt lessons.


We've had to work through some issues--like reactions to Jeeps, off-leash dogs, political signs, and mail carriers.

You have found even weirder ways to sit on the furniture and you're even more certain that you're a cat.



We've gone on solo adventures and you've learned that exploring nature might not be so bad (even though you still prefer shopping).


This weekend, we celebrated your birthday by entering our first agility trial. I didn't know what to expect from you, so I expected nothing. My only goal was to make sure that we left together at the end the day. You blew me away, little pup. You were patient between runs. You were confident with other dogs and their people. You were focused and happy on the course. You kept me from being anxious and I had the very best time with you. I am so proud of you, my tiny terror.


Our adventures are just beginning and I can't wait to see where the next year takes us. Happy birthday, little Rye. I love you more than songs can say.

12 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Congratulations on your agility success too. Every family needs a crazy free spirit. We have Bailie and you are it for you family! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you! She definitely enjoyed her birthday party at the agility trial!

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  2. Woot! What a wonderful goal you had for the Birthday Trials - and look what happened! We love your busy little terror too. Happy Birthday, Rye!

    Cheers,
    Chris from Boise

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    1. Thank you! It was the perfect birthday party for my wild child ;)

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  3. This is such a sweet post! Happy Birthday, Rye! You have certainly enriched your Mom's life, even if you do wear her out at times! :)
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Cricket is helping me realize that Rye probably is going to keep me going for a long, long time! These little beagle dogs have to be part energizer bunny!

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  4. Wow, what a start to her agility career! I think they're expecting nothing is probably the best attitude to have. He gives your dog space to outpace every expectation! Happy birthday Rye!

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    1. Thank you! Now the trick is going to be trying to stick with the zero expectations even though we've had some success!

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  5. Happy birthday little Rhino! Aunt L loves you! <3

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  6. Happy belated birthday Rye!

    What a lovely letter, Beth. They are so special!

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    1. Thank you! She is a sweet girl--even if she keeps me on my toes all day every day ;)

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