Happy birthday to my youngest dog Pearl, who is turning five years old today. I don’t know what is more mind-bending: remembering Pearl as a puppy, or realizing all of the things that have changed in my live since she came into it.
Pearl’s biggest adjustment this year is our new home. The home has four floors, but right on top of each other. This means we’re all in closer proximity to each other, and I think this makes Pearl happy. On the other hand, the yard is super small, and that means less charging around like a loopy moose-dog. Thankfully, Sedagive? has been taking her on walks this spring, and I hope we get to spend more time outside together as the weather improves.
The second thing on Pearl’s adventure list this year was when her toenail snapped halfway up and we had a little pet emergency at the old house. Luckily I had built a first aid kit in the house, and we learned the hard way about the effectiveness of our planning and our skills. She’s completely fine now, and we’re working with her (slowly) to get her acclimated to more toenail clipping.
Not the proper technique for a French pedicure.
I noted last year that Pearl has become more and more affectionate, and that definitely continued this year. I don’t know if she’s in the “golden years” of wanting to love us and be loved by us, or if it’s part of her personality. Most of the time, Rosie just wants to be the center of attention, but doesn’t really care if she’s getting attention unless someone else is. Porter is so nonchalant about everything that he’ll hang out with us if we’re near him, but for the most part he’s just a snuggly lump of beagle and hound dog.
Pearl, on the other hand, wants to be near one of us at all times. She doesn’t have to be doing what we’re doing, as long as she’s doing it near us. It’s endearing, and she is the first face I see in the window when I leave, and the first to greet me when I come home.
Finally Pearl is brave enough to make room on the couch.
Happy birthday to you, Pearl Bunny. May you have a million billion more.