Thursday, May 24, 2012

Birthday Boy

This little guy turned 1 year old today. 

The tiny puppy is all grown up! And in only one and half short weeks, my mom will have to turn him in to Paws with a Cause to complete his training at "college".  It was a sad experience when my mom turned in her first Paws dog, Fisher, but this is a much bigger deal for me. Fisher was a great dog, but I didn't know him as well. I lived on my own, and only saw Fisher during visits home.

Hogan is a different story. He's a part of my household... a crazy, psychotic, and annoying part of my household. He thinks he's a lap dog. He pushes Riley around. He barks and barks and barks when he wants to play. Just yesterday my mom spent a half an hour taping together an instruction sheet that he ripped apart.

But he never fails to come running for an "ice cookie" every time he hears anyone get a glass out of the cupboard. He chases his tail round and round and never seems to get sick of it. He brings your shoe to you and looks at you with adorable guilty eyes because he knows he shouldn't have it. He nudges your arm and puts his paw on you when you're reading because he simply wants to be close to you. He lays his head in your lap and cuddles up close whenever you're watching T.V.

He's the most crazy, energetic, loving, and adorable dog I've ever met and I'm going to miss him so much.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog 

**Photo credit and puppy-raiser credit to my mom, Kristy Roeser

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