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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hard To Believe Another Year's Gone By

Today our Blueberry Girl turns nine years old.  I remember seeing her turn two.  Where does the time go?

I'm not lucky enough to have pictures of Blue as a puppy.  I can well imagine that she was a beautiful little thing.  When she came here at two years old, she was a wild child, just unbelievably full of herself and knowing that she was pretty enough to get away with just about anything.  She's still pretty enough to get away with just about anything.  I can distinctly remember sitting down with her on her third birthday and telling her that now she was a big girl and needed to start behaving like a young lady.  She blew a raspberry at me and went on her merry way.  Her fourth and fifth birthdays passed in much the same manner. 

Honestly, I think Blueberry might have stayed a puppy forever, but one event seemed to change her overnight.  When Treat passed away, Blueberry realized that the role of Miss Perfect was open and that she wanted it. Suddenly, the spot on the other end of the couch was filled by Blueberry.  She spent a few minutes cuddling on the bed each night before hopping off to sleep in her favorite spot on the floor.  I think her heart still belonged to my husband, but she seemed to be more in tune with my need for canine companionship than Treat or Hawk had been. 

When we'd chosen a new hound for our pack, Treat had always been the one to help us choose.  After losing her, we took Blueberry with us to the kennel when we went to look for a new hound.  She turned her nose up at every dog they brought in for us to meet.  I remember really starting to despair and to think that Blueberry was absolutely no help.  By the time the woman at the kennel offered to let us meet a new dog that they'd just gotten in, I felt half-hearted about it, but in Bunny walked and leaned right up against me, and Blueberry didn't hate her.  She didn't act thrilled with her, but her reaction to Bunny was by far the best of the day.  We still laugh about Blueberry chasing down the foolish male named Try who made the mistake of, ahem, getting fresh with her and teaching him a bit of a lesson.  I doubt he's looked a female in the eye since.

She seemed content after Bunny came home to let me cuddle with her and make that bond, while she went back to being Daddy's Girl.  Yet, she's still the one who will seek me out when I'm upset or having a bad day.  I've also noticed that since Morgan has joined our family that she's more actively seeking time with me.   While it's sometimes tough to juggle Blueberry and Bunny both together, I've come to really enjoy the time that I have with Blueberry.  She's grown from a dog who could launch herself off the floor from a sit and take the food right out of your mouth to one who always has her eye on you to see what your next move is going to be and if it includes her.  One of my deepest wishes and hopes is that she will be as long lived as her mother because every year with her gets a little sweeter.  She has done wonderfully since her surgery for the cancer and is dealing well with her broken toe.  These things are reminders to us to be thankful for every day that we have with our beautiful girl.  We have been blessed to share the journey with her!

Happy Birthday, Blueberry, and many happy returns!
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61 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Blueberry!!! The Sibe pupsters' day was yesterday! Have fun!

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  2. Happy birthday Miss Blueberry. Wow, nine years old, in our books your still a pup. Next year when you become a member of the double-digit gang, we'll talk.

    All of the hounds at the garden wish you a very happy birthday with a whole lot more to come.

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  3. Hope Blueberry has a wonderful furday, I mean birthday!! She is absolutely beautiful!
    Karen

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  4. Happy Birthday Blueberry! You are a beautiful lady!

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  5. Good question. Where does the time go ? Nine . The nicest age of all ?

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  6. Happy Birthday, lovely Miss Blueberry! We're happy to read your cancer is in remission and your toe is healing. We hope you have a terrific birthday party, this year and for many years hereafter.

    Jed & Abby

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  7. Happy birthday from Song and me. We hope you have many many more.

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  8. Lots of stinkin' kisses to Blueberry on your very special day! Happy, happy B-day!

    With love from James & Billy in Sweden

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  9. Happy birthday Blueberry! May you have many more!
    I laughed when I read your mum had a talk with you, to tell you you should behave like a lady. I had one with a cat in the past, a rescue cat who ignored us. I told her it was not fair, that we loved her and were hurt by her behavior. This was in the morning, in the stairs, just before leaving for school and work. And from that very evening, we found her waiting for us each night, and she had turned into the friendliest cat ever :-) Who says pets are just animals???

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  10. Happy Birthday, Blueberry.

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  11. Happy Birthday Blueberry! You are a very special girl! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  12. Happy Birthday Blueberry! We wish you many many more happy years too!
    You are an elegant lady and we all love you very much! Have a terrific day!!!

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  13. Happy Birthday Blueberry! You are a beautiful girl. We hope you have lots of fun today with presents, treats and family.

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  14. Happy Birthday Blueberry! The years do pass so quickly ...it so important to slow down and be grateful for every day.

    Your pal, Pip

    P.S: My post yesterday was misunderstood. I was only thinking of dear Bunny. I just didn't want her to push herself too hard. BOL!

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  15. Happy Birthday to Blueberry and may there be many, many more. Oh, and Blueberry, you look much younger than nine. Maybe someone has made a mistake there.

    Many birthday licks from both of us.

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  16. Have a Happy, Happy Birthday Blueberry...and many, many more!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday sweet Blueberry! She's always been so easy-going in your stories that it's hard to imagine Blueberry the youngster.

    She is so beautiful and makes me want to hug her. Her coat is subtly gorgeous.

    I've been thinking of her during her recent health travails and hope that she speeds back to normalcy.

    My dogs serve as my reminder that time is flying by - so I know exactly how you feel. Happy 9 year Birthday sweet Blueberry!

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  18. Happy Birthday Blueberry!!

    Erin,Bubbles,Texas and Pompei

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  19. HAPPY BIRFDAY BLUEBERRY!!! I hope you have a day of fun and foods. May you have MANY MANY treats and pressies.

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  20. Happy Birthday to Miss Blue....she looks so much like my 'Blew'. I really hope you enjoy your day Blueberry...lots of gentle ear scritches to you!

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  21. Happy Birthday Blueberry! Have a GREEAAT day!
    Lotsa Licks
    Casper Bear

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  22. A FURRY Happy Birthday to Blueberry!! Hope she has the mostest wonderful day!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

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  23. Oh! Blueberry day! How cool is it mom gave me part of her blueberry pop-tart this morning! It's like it was MEAN TO BE Blueberry day!!

    Hope you get lots of yummy noms and lovin' Berry!

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  24. Happy birthday most charming Ms. Blueberry! Wesa hope you gets spoiled with undivided attentiums, rubbins', and of course, special treats and toys...or possibly new fashions!!
    Much luvums,
    The Slimmer Puggums
    George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, and Mimi

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  25. Happy Birthday to the Beautiful Blueberry! It has amazed me with my own pack how things change when you lose one of the pack. We still don't have an alpha dog here since Dixie passed and it is just weird. Give the Blueberry lots of extra treats today!

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  26. I wish the happiest of birthdays! Nine is not old, Emmy told me so. She will be turning 11 soon. Oscar is already 11. I am only 3 and that, um, other dog is not even one yet. Gramma says he is still a puppy and I should be nicer to him and play with him. Not gonna happen! Should I ever get the chance to meet you and your sisters, I promise I would be on my very best behaviour! Ladies, I like the ladies.....

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  27. Happy Birthday Blue! May you have many many wonderful birthdays with your pack and may you be spoiled rotten today and everyday of your life.

    woofs n licks,
    Dommy & Piper

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  28. We love Blueberry! Happiest of Birthdays to you, my furiend! And many more to come!
    -Corbin
    ps. we really loved reading your story of Blueberry!

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  29. Oh daggumit, I didn't knows today was Blueberry's birfday...I knews it was coming up but NOT today!
    HAPPY BIRFDAY MISS BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hehehehe...acting like a lady at 3...bwhahaha!

    Puddles

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  30. Happy Birthday to Blueberry - we hope you have a wonderful day today and many more birthdays to come. We love your Mom's words about you - isn't it amazing how the sweet can get sweeter and sweeter every year!

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  31. Happy Birthday beautiful beautiful Blueberry.

    You are a true Princess and it's been lovely to read that wonderful post from your mum about your early years.

    I am sure you have many more happy years ahead of you with your family because I get the feeling you are clearly a very independently-minded and determined hound - even if you do cause your mum and dad a few headaches and worries along the way.

    Lots of love and birthday licks, Winnie

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  32. What a sweet tribute! I'm glad Blueberry got her day!

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  33. Happy Happy Birthday Miss Blueberry. We would have never guessed you were celebrating 9 years of life. Your Mom did a great job on your post and we can tell you are LOVED very much. We wish you many many more Birthdays. The HoundDogs

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  34. We never knew that Blueberry helped to choose Bunny! Bunny is lucky, huh! Happy birthday, Blueberry!

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  35. Woof! Woof! Just wishing you ... Happy Happy Birthday. Have a wonderful day. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  36. Happy Birthday Blueberry. You are a beautiful girl and loved by many. Have a GREAT AND SPOILED DAY

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  37. Happy, happy birthday, Beautiful Blueberry! This was a Most Sweet and Heartful postie your momma wrote about you. You are very lucky to be so luved and they are very lucky to have YOU. I hope you have the bestest day that ever, ever was!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    mayzie

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  38. Happy Birfday, Blueberry! You are indeed a special girl!

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  39. Happy Birthday Blueberry! We love you!

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  40. Happy Birthday Blueberry - we're so glad you're our friend.

    XOXO
    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

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  41. Much love to you Blueberry on your Birthday! Nothing can beat a pup who is is tune to your feelings. We would LOVE to have seen you whip that boy's tail!!!

    Kitty and Coco

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  42. Hi! Blueberry! It's me Buddy, Loved reading your birthday story! It's your birthday! The party's for you! Have a good time!

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  43. Happy birthday Blueberry!!!
    Princess, we wish you all the best!
    Hope you get lot's of presents and a big cake!
    Kisses!

    Jack, Kaiser & Farrusquinho

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  44. Happy Barkday Blueberry and yes, many happy returns of the day!! You don't look a day over 8.
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRD and Hootie

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  45. Happy birthday Blueberry! And what a wonderful life you've all had together!

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  46. Happy birthday dear Blueberry, best wishes of happiness to you and your loving family !

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  47. Happee Birthday sweet girl
    Benny & Lily

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  48. Happy birfday, you gorgeous girl! Hope you get bacon-wrapped meatloaf for supper (that's our b.d. treat here).

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  49. What a beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful girl! Happy birthday Blueberry!

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  50. Happy Birthday Blueberry, you are a beautiful girl. I hope your toe is feeling better.

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  51. Happy Birthday, Blueberry!
    I loved your post!
    Thanks a lot for sharing her with us!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  52. Happy Birthday! What a sweet tribute. And such beautiful collars too.

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  53. A happy, happy birthday to you, Blueberry. May you have a great year, filled with happiness, health, and lots of games of chase. :)

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  54. Very happy birthday to you Blueberry. Loved all your photos!

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  55. miss blueberry,

    super mega happy 9th birthday to you!!!
    it's pretty easy to see that your mama loves you bunches 'n tons. :)

    *woof*
    the booker man

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  56. Happy birthday to Blueberry! You are a special girl and I am sure you received many lovely gifts. Hope you had fun celebrating!

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  57. What a very special girl she is x x x

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