14 February 2011

the birthday boy :)

Dooley love is 12-years-old today!


I think its a pretty special milestone for him. And it deserves a big blog post about just how cool he is. Today is his birthday. In all honesty, we can't remember the exact day that was listed on his birth certificate but its in February. So we decided to celebrate his birthday on Valentine's Day since he's our little love. (How mushy is that???)

In honor of little man bringing twelve years of happiness and fun to the family, I give you the Top Ten Reasons Why Dooley is the Best Westie in the World:

1) He is an expert napper:

2) He knows when I'm feeling blue and leans against me with a simple hug that makes everything seem better instantly.

3) He's always happy to see me. Even if I've only been gone for ten minutes. It makes me feel like a rock star.

4) He cleans up well (and fits neatly in the laundry room sink):

5) He is an excellent car rider. He is also good at supervising his property:

6) He has every single toy that has ever been brought home to him. He plays gentle with them and treats them like his little friends. Its the perfect picture of sweetness.

7) He lets me have entire conversations with him and listens to every word. He never judges, just hears me out.

8) He appreciates my handiwork (note the blurred tail from the frantic wagging):

9) He helps me bake. He aspires to being Head Tester for Quality Control but settles for Supervising:

10) He has discovered the joys of the heating pad (I use it for my back aches) and cuddles up all sweet and snuggly while we watch t.v.:

Its hard to admit that my little friend is old. He spends a good portion of his time in dreamland and a walk is now defined as a short trip down the driveway to the mailbox. He can't get up onto the sofa without a boost and has to ask for help when he wants down. His arthritis medication sits next to the coffee maker to make sure he gets his "bouncy" pill every day.

But the mischievous twinkle in his eye is still there, same as the day he came home to us at the spunky age of four months old. He's been there for me during some really hard times and I cherish every day I get to spend with him. (Even the ones when he's bored and walking around the house barking at me to entertain him.)

Little man is getting a wee cupcake from the Cupcake Factory (plain vanilla minus the frosting) to celebrate and a big old hug and cuddle from me. Much love to my little fur friend.


Vicki W said...

Awwww, how cute!

Anonymous said...

He is SO stinkin' adorable!! How big is he?

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

That is awesome!

Gisela Towner said...

Awwww -- Happy Birthday Dooley!!!

(And big ol' sniffs from Bugsy!)

jen said...

He is lovely. We have a Westie called Molly. She has been a tripod now for nearly 12 months. She lost her front right leg to cancer. She will be 9 years old in July.

janice said...

Happy Birthday one day late little Dooley. I love to visit you. You are such a little sweetie.

Anonymous said...

You are my new hero! I love you and Dooley! You have made fabric printing so easy. Thanks! Allison