Today is Windsor's first birthday!! Where the heck did that year go?! This first photo is of our sweet boy, before we'd even brought him home. He was maybe 6 weeks or so, and we'd gone to visit him at the breeder's house. We knew he was the one we wanted, but we had to wait till he was 8 weeks old to bring him home. Just look at that sweetie-pie face and his little button nose. GAH. So cute and tiiiiiny.
This one was shortly after we'd brought him home. Melts. me. to. bits.
Today, our sweet boy is one year old and we're so thankful for him. What a blessing he's been. It seems like it hasn't been that long since we lost our sweet Riley dog and yet it seems like we've had Windsor for a long time now. It didn't take long for this sweet baby to help ease the hurt in losing Riley. Windsor certainly hasn't been an "easy" puppy.....you remember the surgery he had at 6 months old because of stuff he'd eaten and shouldn't have, that got caught in his intestines (parts of toys, pine cones, etc.). He learned nothing from that surgery episode! Haha. He also went thru a crazy faze when he was about 4 months old, where he literally lashed out at me every time I walked in the room. It was bizarre, but that adorable little puppy in the photo above, apparently wanted to dominate me and let me know it every chance he got. He would bark and growl and snarl at me, and then he'd bite me. My ankles, if I was just walking by....my hands or arms, if I was trying to pet him. Not sweet little innocent puppy chewing either....he'd actually bite while he was rather visciously snarling. It wasn't pretty. I cried. More than once. ;) But we went thru training with a puppy trainer shortly after that and I'm happy to say that now, he's suchhhhh a sweet, lovey boy. He doesn't even seem like the same dog he was back then. Bartley says he's a mama's boy and while I think he's definitely a daddy's boy too, I have to admit that he does follow me around like a lost little.....well.....puppy. :) And I also have to admit that I love that so much.
Our sweet boy has been such a huge blessing to us. Despite the struggles that can come with raising a puppy, particularly a little independent guy like ours, I can honestly say that I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The blessings far outweigh the challenges. And the payoff is great, when this sweet boy stretches out next to us on the floor and wants to snuggle. The payoff is great, when he sits next to me at the kitchen table (on the floor, not in a chair! Ha!) and lays his head on my knee while we ask the blessing, because he knows when he hears Aaaaaaamen at the end, he's gonna get a treat. :) The payoff is great, when he can't wait to visit the neighbors because he loves them so much (and they return that love!). The payoff is great, when our friendly, happy boy runs to greet every person and dog at the dog park, because he wants to be everybody's friend.
Our lives are so much richer, for taking care of this big boy. We're so greatful that God saw fit to heal our grief over losing Riley, by blessing us with another puppy to care for and love. Our hearts are full.
We're away on vacation today and not at home with our boy to celebrate his big birthday, but we know he's happy as a clam at home with his Aunt Gracie and Uncle Chris-o who will spoil him and give him lots of extra lovin' today, for us.
Thank you, Lord, for our sweet boy.
We love you, Windsor McVey!