I sometimes wish I’d known you when you were a puppy. I know I could have provided the love and security that every dog deserves from the beginning.
But that isn’t our story. Our story is a far different one.
Our story began when I agreed to adopt a 2 to 3 year-old Chocolate Lab named Ginny, sight unseen. Our story also almost ended on that day. In fact, for some people, it would have ended. But when you finally gave in to your exhaustion, and fell asleep with your head on my knee, I knew our story would be great.
I just didn’t know HOW GREAT.
Our story is one full of challenges and learning experiences, patience and frustration, failure and success, sadness and joy, mistakes and forgiveness.
Our story is about two strong-willed individuals who learned to trust each other and eventually to work together as a team. Our story is a complicated, but beautiful story. It is a story about heartache and hope, faith and kindness.
Our story is all of these things and more, our story is a story of great love.
Today is the day we chose to celebrate your birthday. It is a day of happiness and joy, a time of reflection, of thinking back to where we were and where we are now. It is a day to celebrate the amazingness that is you.
Because you really are amazing. You’re smart and stubborn, sassy and fun, focused and determined. And loving, oh so loving.
You’ve grown into an amazing dog. A good dog. Anyone who knew you in the beginning, knows exactly what that means, and how far you’ve come.
So today, on a day we choose to celebrate the wonder of you, I want to thank you. Thank you for hanging in with me and being patient in your lessons. Thank you for licking my tears when I’m sad, for jumping for joy with me when we succeed, for guiding me home when I feel lost, and for loving me when I feel unloved.
You have been one of the greatest challenges of my life, but you’ve also been one of my greatest joys.
Happy 12th Birthday Delilah, I love you to infinity and beyond.