Last week, I was napping in my bed and spooning Maggie. Her body is perfect for spooning â€“ long and soft. I stroked her pretty fur, lovingly counting each of her little black and brown spots. As I stared into her big, brown eyes, I noticed something startling.
Maggieâ€™s brown eyebrows are going white.
It was a sweet â€“ but sad â€“ moment. My little fur girl is growing up. Today, she is seven years old!
The Husband and I adopted Maggie back in August 2006. She was two years old and had been â€˜relinquishedâ€™ to an independent rescue organization for being needy and difficult. Sheâ€™s still needy and difficult, but I like to think that we understand her. We got the love of her life, James, six months later. We were both 22 years old, living in a $400 a month one-bedroom apartment, and surviving mainly on Ramen noodles and love. It was perfect.
I know there are dog people and cat people and no-pet people. So maybe a lot of you canâ€™t understand how I can love a 19-pound tube of sweetness so much. But Maggie is something truly special. She makes me happy on a
daily hourly basis. Dogs are a lot of work, and the decision to get one shouldnâ€™t be taken lightly, but I promise â€“ for every time Iâ€™ve had to take Maggie out in the rain, clean up doggie puke, or give her a bath after she rolled in a dead animal, itâ€™s been worth it.
So â€“ Happy Birthday, Maggie! I hope we have many more birthdays together.
Since Maggie is currently on a vet-ordered diet, she didnâ€™t have cake this year.
Instead, she had some sunflower seed breakfast with her kibble.
And I had some, too. Sunflower seed butter, that is. Not kibble.
In honor of Maggieâ€™s birthday, I am going to give away a 5-pound bag of her favorite organic doggie food, Organix. This giveaway is hosted by yours truly.
We fed Maggie and James Organix because it contains organic, free-range chicken; no wheat, corn, or soy; organic quinoa, organic flaxseed, organic brown rice; and lots of other organic fruits and veggies. In other words â€“ only the good stuff, and none of the bad! It makes their coats so shiny; thereâ€™s an actual visible difference between Organix and other brands.
If youâ€™d like a chance to try Organix for your pup, simply leave a comment describing why he or she makes you happy! You can either use the bag of food for your own pup or Iâ€™ll donate it to a shelter in your honor.