Yes, I know it's not 2007. It's just that this day 3 years ago is a very special day for me and Hans. It's the day that Cody was born. Granted, on this day in 2007 I didn't even know he existed, I still cherish the date. Cody has brought such joy to my life. How could I not cherish the date?
Cody first made me laugh as a cute, fluffy puppy. I'd crack up as he'd slide across the kitchen floor. I'd smile as he stretched out and gave a little puppy yawn. My heart would leap every time I saw his tail wag as I walked through the front door.
As he's grown he's continued to make me smile. Cody gives me someone to cuddle with on the nights Hans has to work late. He gives me protection when I'm in a "scary" situation. He's a work-out buddy, a blanket, a teddy bear. Cody was the inspiration for me going to dog training school, and he's been a great mascot for my budding business. Everyone loves him, but I don't think anyone loves him as much as I (Hans is a very close second).
So, to celebrate such a great day, Hans and I had some special, Cody-time planned. Unfortunately, most of the afternoon was spent with clients and running errands, but that was probably for the best. Cody had a late night with his best friend, CJ, and he needed to rest up for the rest of the day. When Hans got home, though, the fun began!
Last July, I mentioned a place nearby called Texas Beach. It's a dog-friendly beach on the river, and we hadn't gone since last summer. With as hot as it's been, that seemed like the only logical place to take Cody. It's been dry and hot, and I was concerned the river would be low and crowded. Thank goodness I was wrong. There were only a few people, and only 4 or 5 dogs. Cody was thrilled! He greeted all the dogs with a wagging tail, and then it was off to go swimming..
When we went last summer, the water was slightly lower so there were more rocks. This time Cody really got to swim. He wore out quite quickly, but was able to climb on rocks and get a break. Then he'd jump back in a swim some more. He'd swim from person to person, dog to dog, and always return to Mom and Dad. If Mom and Dad were in a deep part, he'd give a pitiful face until we held him up or walked back to the rocks. Some people even brought a frisbee, and Cody had a blast with that. He made me laugh yet again as he jumped and dived for his favorite toy. We left the river with a happy, tired 3-years-old puppy.
After the river we were all hungry, so we decided to go to a great, nearby burger place, Carytown Burgers and Fries. Of course, since it was Cody's birthday we got him a burger and fries too. Yes, I know it's not the healthiest option, and I know he doesn't even know it's his birthday, but I love having the opportunity to pamper him. Cody, needless to say was quite appreciative of the special meal.
Now we're home and Cody is passed out. He had a great night, and so did Hans and I. I, of course, was Mrs. Forgetful and forgot the camera, but I do have this great after-picture. Isn't he adorable when he sleeps? I also have these great puppy and growing-up pictures.
A tired puppy.