Happy Birthday!

Can you believe it?  Inez turned ONE on May 2nd!  Where did the time go?  It quite literally feels like I was just bringing her home to start this amazing puppy raising journey, and now we have less than six months left together!  The thought of that makes me teary and emotional.  I have fallen completely head over heels in love with this sweet yellow girl, and just like it was with Helaine, it is impossible to think of a single day where she isn’t mine.  Of course, I know that it is entirely possible because it is exactly why I am raising her, but I still feel the twinge of sadness knowing that our time is dwindling down.

In order to celebrate her birthday properly, we headed down to Seattle for a day filled with adventure. We began her day with a trip to a pet boutique and bakery that I had found while browsing online. Here she was able to pick out a new toy, and I picked up a couple of sweet treats for her!

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The place was very cute and the lady behind the counter gave Inez an extra special Mariners themed cookie for good measure.  She gulped it down with glee, and continued staring with hopes that she would give her just one more.

From the bakery, we made our way down to the waterfront.  Spring has sprung and I was hoping to find some fresh flowers at the world famous Pike Place Market.  It was an absolutely stunning day in Seattle.  The weather was perfect and warm, which brought so many people to the market.  It was also the first day of cruise season and we had the first cruise ship of said season dock in Seattle that day.  The city was buzzing with people from all walks of life and there were many many people, sights, and sounds that Inez has not experienced before.  Living in a moderately rural county, there are some things she just won’t see here.

We found decent parking about three blocks and a giant hill away from the market.  Thankfully because the weather was so unbelievably perfect, we didn’t mind taking a walk through the city and down that giant hill.

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Inez is a great girl.  She is so patient and focused when she knows she’s working.  Of course, she has her silly side but she is all business when it’s time to work. It never ceases to amaze me just all the things she is capable of handling.  Pike Place Market becomes incredibly crowded, and because it’s so narrow, people are very close together moving in all sorts of directions.  She handled the crowds exponentially better than I did, and didn’t even bat an eye. Even though she was undoubtedly getting stepped on and moved around with feet and legs of strangers, she just kept her focus on me and trusted everything I asked of her.

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Of course no trip to Pike Place is complete without visiting the gum wall…which is disgusting.  I truly couldn’t get her any closer to it than that.  Because it was so warm, it smelled sickly sweet in the alley, as the gooey germ-ridden gum released it’s stale scent into the spring air. We didn’t stay long…just long enough to snap a few photos.

After we adventured through Pike Place Market and enjoyed lunch, we headed north towards the Fremont Troll.  For those of you who don’t know, under Aurora Avenue lives a giant troll!  It is an art piece that was sculpted by four different artists, and is a very popular tourist destination.  I have lived in Washington State my entire life and I had never visited it, so I made my way down since I was in the area and looking for adventure!  Inez was not impressed.

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After our little adventure to the Troll, we made our way to the final stop on our trip, which was Kerry Park.  Kerry Park is nestled on Queen Anne Hill and offers a panoramic view of the Seattle skyline, Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier and more.  Kerry Park is yet another place I have never visited in my 26 years as a Washingtonian, so it made sense to add it to the list of adventures.  Here I met up with one of my oldest friends, whom I have known for about 19 years and counting!  It was great to spend some time just talking and catching up.  We don’t see each other often, but when we do we talk for hours and it seems like no time has passed.  Inez lay quietly at my feet and took in her surroundings.  She was so patient and comfortable.  She’s so incredibly sweet and takes everything in stride, whether we’re super busy or totally relaxed.

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After our visit with my dear friend, and a few photos for the memory book, we made our way back to our little valley.  It had been an incredibly long and busy day, and it was certainly time for us to go home, relax, and give Inez her special birthday cookie after she had her dinner.

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My girl is growing up and I can hardly believe it!  She has become such a precious little puppy, filled with confidence and wisdom far beyond her year.  She is brave, loyal, and so funny.  She is teaching me something new every day and I love her deeply.  I look forward to the rest of our adventures together and for what the future holds!  Happy birthday, my girl!

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