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June 22nd

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Dear Nelson,

A year ago today, I signed the paperwork at the pound to bring you home.  During the drive home, a story on Willie Nelson aired on NPR. In that moment, you became  Mr. Willie Nelson Mandela.

Nelson: year 1

You were abandoned at the night drop with no ID, wearing just a thin black leather collar. No chip. (Those fools!) You seemed as ready to shake that joint as I was. Lethargic in your pound cage with a bunch of other dogs crowding your space, you soon bounced back to life. I brought you to a home that was new to me too, and we played in the backyard. I swear you were smiling.

Willie Nelson Mandela

You lasted all of three nights in the kennel before you firmly staked your claim at the end of my bed. You’ve been there ever since.

nelson

So here’s the thing, dog. I rolled my eyes at those crazy pet people for 31 years before you showed up. I pointed at their stupid bumper stickers. I chided their devotion, reminding friends that “they are just pets.” And well, then you had to come along and shake up my cynicism. You’ve made me better many ways. You make me exercise when I really, really don’t want to. Even when it is snowy. You make me smile first thing every morning when you nuzzle up against me and paw at my arm. You make me feel all warm and silly every single time I come to the door and I’m greeted like, “Oh my! You came back! I thought you’d never ever ever ever ever come back!” No matter if I’ve been gone to get the mail, or haven’t seen you in a few days.

Never mind I wasted $100 on obedience classes and another $80 on a bed bed you laid on all of one time:

New bed day

You still bark at the postman like he stole your favorite toy. And you still love to greet me sitting at the front mat with a tail wagging, proud of your latest escape from the back yard. The best obedience class for you has been time. You’ve chilled out and even occasionally make dog friends these days. (A rather nice improvement from your  previous “I WILL HUMP YOU ALL” dog park policy.)

Happy dog

Don’t get me wrong — you aren’t all peaches and cream. You are a boy tried and true. Your taste for woodland animal excrement is unbelievable. I will never understand why nothing makes you happier than rolling around in another animal’s poop. You also like skunk. And there was that time you got fleas. Well, we got fleas.

New hat for Duda

Halloween 2011

But let’s be honest, Nels. Every time I rub your belly and you flash that sweet smile? Well. I know you were meant to be my furry companion. To a great year of ridiculous photo sessions, hikes, car trips, walks, squirrel chases and morning snuggles.

Nelson: year 1

You are, without question, the best dog ever.

xo,

Tall Lady

P.S. Yes, you can have a few friends over for a party in the backyard to celebrate your 3rd birthday, 1st year with me. Yes, I am making treat bags. Yes, I do plan on both your Uncle Cody and your Uncle Adam to ridicule me. You’re worth it.

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17 Responses

  1. Jenn Hoskins June 22, 2012

    Happy Birthday Nelson (& Kelli)! Enjoy!

  2. Amazing Kelli and Happy Birthday Nelson!

  3. Eduarda June 22, 2012

    Sweet sweetness for you and sweet Nelsito. Hugs.

  4. I am so happy you have each other. Pets are the best!

  5. Melanie June 22, 2012

    He’s totally worth the ridicule. Happy Bithday Nelson! May you and Tall Lady have many more years of happiness together.

  6. I’m teary right now….Happy birthday, to both of you!

  7. Happy Birthday Nelson…you have the best home and human companion I know. You are one lucky dog, but I have to say you both are very blessed to have each other!

  8. Happy birthday to you both. How lucky you are to have each other!

  9. Has it already been one year? Happy Birthday! Just a warning… Lucy LOVES rolling in chicken poop…

  10. “…So here’s the thing, dog. I rolled my eyes at those crazy pet people for 31 years before you showed up. I pointed at their stupid bumper stickers. I chided their devotion, reminding friends that “they are just pets.” And well, then you had to come along and shake up my cynism…”
    Ha! Welcome to the dark side–hee hee. Isn’t it so much better over here with the “furkids”, belly scritches and milkbone “cookies”? Happy birthday Sir WNM, and congratulations to you both on an extremely important and happy anniversary! Hugs–Kat (and furkids, Moo and Squid)

  11. Happy birthday and happy adoption day, Nelson!

  12. Alaina June 22, 2012

    Nelson rocks! And your gift with words expresses the gift of unconditional pet love. They indeed have a great deal to teach us tall folks.

  13. So special 🙂 Eva licks my elbow excitedly every time I put my right hand down to serve her food. It’s like every single day, they remind you why you adopted them.

  14. Happy Birthday sweet Nelson! 🙂

  15. Carolyn Savage June 23, 2012

    Happy Anniversary, Kelli and Nelson! So glad you found each other! And so happy you have now completed one year of being a fellow “crazy pet people” person, Kelli. Welcome to the club. 🙂

  16. Big Mama June 25, 2012

    Yes, Kelli, welcome to the dog owner’s club! What joy! This has to be the CUTEST post EVER, of course, you are speaking about my granddoggie……

  17. That has got to be the most photogenic dog ever! Such a cutie. 🙂
    Happy Birthday WNM!

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