How did it happen that this amazing girl is 11 years old already? I'm struck by a mixture of emotions. I want to bring time to a screeching halt so she never gets any older and I have her with me forever. I've only had her with me for 7 years and I want to make up those years that I didn't have her with me. I adore her and my whole heart belongs to her - and she knows it. I look back and I am amazed at all she has accomplished and all we have created together as a resource for others with double merles and with blind/deaf dogs. She has been a trail blazer for so many others coming along in her path.
She has touched so many people's lives - some in person and some from afar. So many people know her and know of her, that I am humbled over and over again. I go over so many moments in my heart that are etched there forever. I see her slowing down. I see her aging. My mind doesn't want to comprehend that she's getting older.
But then I put on her party hat and pulled out her favorite treat - homemade frosty snacks! Turkey doggy ice cream with special dog treats frozen into it. And she shows me that age is all a number in my head. She has no concept of these things I burden myself with. Her love of life and ice cream, the way she greets me when I come home, how she snuggles with me at bedtime and gently licks me awake in the morning, or how she puts her tiny feet on my leg to get my attention - these are the things that make my heart sing daily.
Just looking at her brings a smile to my face and a rush of love to my heart. She's my girl and I'm her person. Together we are an unstoppable team. I am so grateful that I started this blog 7 years ago when Treasure found her way into my heart and my home. I started it as a way to share with others so they could learn along with us. And I've created a beautiful memoir of Treasure's life and accomplishments. I hope you take some time to go back and read some of our posts that you may not have seen before.
Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day, my beautiful Treasure! I raise a toast of doggy ice cream to the blessing of many more years together as friends and partners. Love you, Sweet Pea!