Hope’s Exciting Eighth!

Eight years ago today, I helped deliver the tiniest little puppy & her two sisters, right on my bed. I knew I was going to keep one of those puppies (if not all of them!) but I instantly started to gravitate towards one in particular. Hope. As we celebrated her eighth birthday today, I sat back and reflected on everything we have been through together: fights, my divorce, moving a dozen times in one year just to move again the following year, financial drought, me having my two kids, travel, flyball competitions, Petsmart modeling, hiking, camping, a rattlesnake bite, & so many other little things in between. Hope truly is my heart dog and every year I try and give her a day where she is a little extra spoiled. She is, after all, another daughter to me. So what did we do today to celebrate?

We started off with a hike to Monument Canyon in the Superstition Mountains. It is a fairly easy hike & you get to run into some cool old fireplace remains at the end. The only downfall to the hike is all the rocks, which Hope wasn’t too fond of this time around. I think with age her feet have gotten more sensitive & as soon as we hit the rock trail, she slowed down. Once we got to the little fireplace we sat, ate a protein bar, took some photos & then just took in the view of the city below us. As we headed back, I carried Hope out of the rockier areas. Little did she know where I was taking her next.

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All that is left of an old 1930’s home in the Superstition Mountains. Read about the trail/house HERE

What would a birthday be without a Puppaccino from Starbucks? Well, Hope didn’t have to find that out because Starbucks is where we headed next! Mom got an  Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte and Hope got her Puppaccino. She was overwhelmed with excitement & had then entire cup devoured before we could even get home. Who knew a little cup of only whipped cream could be so delicious! (I think it would make me sick! LOL.)

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After Starbucks, we went on home for some much needed R &R. Although, I don’t think I did much resting, or relaxing. Hope, on the other hand, passed right out & stayed that way until we went to pick Maddy up from school at 1:15 p.m. Once we had Maddy, we made our way to Petsmart!Hope got some birthday love from some fellow customers & she even made a few doggy friends as well. She ended up with a “Birthday Girl” cookie, Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Bites for dinner, some oatmeal/aloe shampoo & of course…a shiny new tennis ball (as if she didn’t have enough already). You could tell she knew all of this was just for her. Her tail didn’t stop wagging the rest of the day.

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I had planned on giving her a bath before the night was over, but I was reminded today was my grandfathers 83rd birthday & there were plans to go out to dinner & celebrate. So for the first time, all day, my sweet little girl had to go in her crate & wait for me to get home. Upon getting home, two hours later, Hope was out of her crate & playing fetch with my daughters until they went to bed.

How do you celebrate your dogs special day? I would love to hear about it! I am always looking for new & creative ideas every year. If I had the time, I would have definitely thrown Hope a full scale birthday party. I used to laugh at the people who threw birthday parties for their animals and then it hit me. Animals have emotions. They have feelings. They can also definitely tell when you are doing something for them that is extra special. For all the times our pets are there to comfort us, get excited with us, love us unconditionally, & protect us…the least we can do is give them a little something extra on their special day. Don’t know their exact birth date because you adopted them from a shelter? Celebrate their “Gotcha Day”, the day you brought them home from the shelter & their lives started with you. I know Hope would have been happy with just a 99 cent tennis ball, but I decided to take the day a few steps further.

Remember. Your pets are the only creatures that will love you more than they love themselves. They will always put you first & never be selfish. So go cuddle your pet tonight & start planning their next birthday festivities. Watching their faces light up is one of the best feelings in the world!

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Hope wants to remind us that it’s the little things that matter most. Just like this rock matters most to her!

 

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  1. Bryn Nowell says:

    What a lovely way to celebrate your pup’s special day together! We’ve never done the Pupachino’s from Starbucks. Maybe we will sometime soon and share photos! Wishing Hope a wonderful birthday and many more amazing ears to come.

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    1. Thank you so much, Bryn! I think your pups would definitely enjoy a puppaccino! Can’t wait to see photos!

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  2. FiveSibesMom says:

    Happy Birthday, Hope! You are such a pretty girl! What a fun way to celebrate! Can’t go wrong with Puppaccinos! I bet your cookie was delish! We celebrate here something similar – I do an ice cream birthday cake with treat crumbles on top, and of course, toys! The birthday Husky gets to get first licks of the cake, and then the rest of the FiveSibes come in and join in! I hope you have a very special and super happy year, Hope!

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    1. Thank you so much! The cookie was amazing, indeed. That sounds like a fun celebration, we will have to try an ice cream cake sometime! Maybe for the next pups birthday in our pack.

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  3. Hope is beautiful and one lucky pup to be yours. We celebrate Eddie’s gotcha day with extra love and kisses.

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    1. Thank you! She is my heart dog and SO SO special to me. Extra hugs and kisses are always a great way to celebrate!

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  4. Joely Smith says:

    Hope is a gorgeous and lucky dog to have such a dedicated owner! Looks like she had one great day!

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    1. Thank you Joely. She did have a great day & she might be a tad bit spoiled 😉

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  5. Nichole says:

    Happy Birthday Beautiful! What a wonderful story. Hope you enjoyed the Puppacino!

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    1. Thank you Nichole! She definitely enjoyed it. It was gone within a minute haha.

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  6. hbethp says:

    Happy Birthday Hope! You are absolutely stunning, and I’m glad to hear you had such a special day. I’ve never heard of “gotcha day” – love it!

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  7. spencerthegoldendoodle says:

    Happy Birthday Hope! Thank you so much for sharing this post with us! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much! You all have a wonderful weekend as well. We are going to lay low this weekend…it’s been a busy week!

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  8. Cathy Armato says:

    That sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate Hooe’s birthday! AZ has such great hiking, I miss it! We’ve been so bad about celebrating the dogs’ birthdays, I have to get on that!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Thanks Cathy. AZ definitely does have many different landscapes to hike. Such diversity! I didn’t always celebrate the dogs birthdays like this because life was so busy. But! I realized we only have them for such a short time and should celebrate with them any chance we get…especially on their birthday’s!

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  9. What an absolutely glorious way to spend Hope’s birthday, it sounds delightful! We love that particular trail – my family lives in the area and we get there every now and again. We have not tried the Pupuccino yet, but will on Sunday! We like to bake a special doggy salmon birthday cake and invite the neighborhood dogs to come over for some birthday fun when we celebrate!

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    1. Thanks so much Rebecca! I didn’t know you lived in the area, what a small world. Enjoy your puppaccino tomorrow and thank you for the great idea for Hope’s next birthday!

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  10. Happy Birthday Hope from Kilo the Pug. What a lovely celebration you had. He would have enjoyed the treats- not sure about the hike. We make our Dog Licks funny treats and give Kilo a little party with my daughter and human and plush friends.

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    1. Thanks so much Kilo! That sounds like another fun way to celebrate a birthday. I know it is a little more difficult for the bracheocephalic (sp?) breeds to get out and hike, especially when it’s warm out!

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  11. Our pets really are the best companions ~ I loved reading your story and hearing about your celebrations.

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed our post @pawesomecats =)

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  12. Ruth Epstein says:

    What a wonderful memory and Happy Birthday Hope

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruth!

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  13. What a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday and your special bond. Ruby’s adoption day anniversary is November 24. She’s never had a puppuccino so maybe we will give that a try.

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    1. Thank you. Awe Happy early Gotcha Day, Ruby! Yes, give a Puppaccino a try! They are free. And then you can get a drink as well =)

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  14. We’re glad you had such a wonderful birthday, Hope! We don’t go out for our birthdays, but Mommy always gives us special treats and lots of extra hugs and kisses.

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  15. Happy Pawsome birthday Hope:). I celebrated Princes by spending the entire day with him would take an off from work, long drives, trips to get ice cream and so much more

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    1. That sounds like such a great idea! And thank you =)

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  16. Sounds like Hope had a fantastic birthday! I’m glad you were able to celebrate it together in so many awesome ways.

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  17. Kim says:

    Happy birthday and what a great way to celebrate

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  18. Dash Kitten says:

    She is one happy looking eight year old. Look at thoe bright eyes and that alert look 🙂 I agree about just eating the cream too. I had a doughnut once that had a LOT of cream in it. What seemed a great idea actually wasn’t at all!!

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    1. Haha sounds delicious! She is a happy, healthy girl for sure! Thank you =)

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  19. Robin says:

    Happy Birthday to Hope! It is wonderful that you have been in her life since the beginning. 🙂 It sounds like she had the best birthday party ever. I bet that Puppiccino was gone in a flash!

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  20. raisingyourpetsnaturally says:

    Oh, so sweet. Thank you for sharing Hope with us. Happy birthday! Sweet face.

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  21. Happy Birthday Hope. That puppacino sounds delicious.

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  22. What a fun day! Puppaccinos from Starbucks are a fluffy favorite ❤ Happy birthday!

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  23. Happy Birthday! I absolutely love how you celebrated Hope’s special day. We usually get a cake for the dogs and make sure they have an outdoor adventure! Pupacino’s are always in order although I feel like we just do this for fun lately. A lot of spoiling happening around here!

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    1. Thank you! And that sounds like a fabulous way to celebrate. We did a cake last year but I just did not have the time to make one this year =( But she is definitely spoiled!

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  24. Happy Birthday. Mr. N has never had a puppacino, I guess we’ll have to try it for his birthday.

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    1. They are Hope’s favorite! And Thank you =)

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