Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dogiversary

It's hard to believe, but it's been a year since Dakota, AKA the doogles, has come into our lives. It was a very big day when Dakota came to live with us. After a thorough adoption application and interview process, B and I were very excited to welcome D. Jones (another nickname, and p.s. neither of our last names are Jones) into our home. Noreen, Dakota's "foster mother" from the Bill Foundation, brought him over to our house and spent a couple hours with us while we all got to know each other better. Then, she took our picture. Our very first family portrait.

This past year has been so wonderful and now I can't imagine our house without the pitter patter sound of little puppy feet against our wood floors. (We call him puppy, even though the educated guess is that he's at least 4 years old.) We don't know much about Dakota's past life before he was rescued, but we have a feeling he was abused. :( Though he has fully bonded with us and is very comfortable around people he knows, he remains skittish and unsure in new settings. The upside is, he has retained all the wonderful training he picked up while under the care of Noreen and the Bill Foundation, and we haven't let him down in that regard (we take our "parenting" very seriously)!

Our trip to Sedona last week marked our first family vacation. B and I hadn't been on a vacation, short or long, in a while. He had the month of April off while he was between movie projects, so I decided to take off a week so we could go and do something fun. We decided to bring along the doogles, and I'm so glad we did! Though we weren't able to do as much hiking with him as I had hoped, we did a little, and anyway the trip wouldn't have been the same at all if he weren't with us. I think he had fun, too! Among other things, he was introduced to "vacation eating." We are such suckers. Yes, he is a bit of a spoiled pooch, but hey, what do you want from us? Could you resist this face?

Happy Dogiversary, doogles!

15 comments:

Disentangled said...

Yay Doogles! Man he really loves his bear!

Kara said...

oh pup! What a cutie.

lori said...

so cute. your trip sounds like it was a really fun (and well deserved) get away.

talking about dogs that eat differently on vacation, last week i saw a few dogs being served their own cup of gelato on the streets of venice!

YummyYarnMJ said...

No matter how old he is, Dakota will always be your little baby--er, puppy! And what a cute nickname, Doogles. (We call our Puppens.)

Mouse said...

He's adorable! Happy Dogiversary!

dlittlegarden said...

Aww, congratulations! Dakota looks like such a sweetie.

I just adopted a dog myself, and can't wait to take a nature hike with him!

Jennifer said...

Happy dogiversary! What a sweet face he's got. Yay for rescued pets. We've only adopted rescues (cats though) and think it's so important to do so!

Madge said...

Aww, y'all look so happy together. Adopted furry friends are the best.

Happy dogiversary! And many more to come with Mr. D.

knitzalot said...

How sweet! I'm glad you all had fun on your trip.

mle said...

So cute! and what a nice family portrait!

Marnie said...

Firstly, Dakota is MUY GUAPO! There really aren't enough pictures of him on this site ;)

Congratulations on a wonderful first year. It sounds like it was a big win all around.

Warning, it's totally addictive to do doggy friendly vacations. Now I'm aching to do a family outing with our newest member.

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

Happy doggiversary! I love that last photo - you can see how wonderfully sweet he is.

Nasus said...

Omedeto!

kat coyle said...

Ah, what a cutie. No, I can't resist that face. Mwaaa!

dee said...

Happy dogiversary sweet, sweet puppy!!