A year and a half ago after years of talking about it I decided to reach out to a local breeder to see if they were due for a golden litter anytime soon. After a year of waiting we were finally able to pick you up and call us ours. Two weeks before picking you up we were on a trip of a lifetime in Hawaii. It was one last selfish trip to take before becoming responsible puppy parents. I remember talking to your dad on that trip about how our lives will change and just how crazy that felt. After years of living our lives just us two – going on weekend brunch dates, taking spontaneous trips, sleeping in, and working out whenever we pleased. We knew life would be different especially at first but we were so excited to meet you and welcome you into our family.
I was so nervous the day we picked you up. I remember thinking how much I wanted to give you the best life. You were the cutest little fluff ball I had ever seen and I couldn’t believe you were ours. Everyone stopped us on walks to pet you and say hi to you. You were a little hesitant about your new life but you began to trust us pretty quickly.
The first couple months were hard. Waking up in the middle of the night, countless trips to the vet, leaving you for the first time during the work day, adjusting to a new 5 AM morning routine, driving you to your puppy care, cleaning up accidents in the house, and training you right from wrong. The first month I actually felt a taste of what it might be like to be a real mom – sacrificing everything to keep you safe, happy, and healthy – leaving my needs to the side for a little bit.
At the same time I never knew you were the missing piece in our lives. A part of me wasn’t sure if I would be ‘ok’ giving up my freedom and if I would do a good job. You’ve made me more content with life and make me appreciate family even more than ever. Every time I see you, you put smile on a face and everything is ok. Selfish worries don’t seem as big of a deal anymore because our family makes me the most grateful and my heart has never been more full.
My favorite moments with you over the past year are our long walks in the morning, when you come up on the couch to cuddle with us or when you lay by my feet, how excited you get when you get to see your family, when you play with all your many toys, when you find something you shouldn’t and prance away with it to be chased, our trips to the Bethany beach, our morning drives to Rover made my morning commute so much more bearable, sharing the new experiences with you, coming home to you wagging tail and puppy hugs, showering you with affection, and ending each day with you by our side.
You’re such a sweet and sassy soul. You love people and dogs so much. You want say to hi to anyone just put a smile on their face and make their day. You love to play with your sister and cousins SO much. You’re a smart cookie. You picked up tricks like a champ but know how to take advantage of me because you know I’m a softie and let me have it when you don’t get your way. You LOVE carrying sticks in your mouth on walks and looking out the window. You’re so happy when your daddy or I come home from work (it’s the best feeling). You’re such a sweetie and you have the best heart.
With that – HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY Sadie! I love you so much. You’re the greatest gift of all <3
*I hope my grammar is ok. I keep re-reading this and finding mistakes but I honestly can’t stop crying every time I read it again!