Today is Ana’s second birthday! I could never have predicted the joy, frustration, and chaos this sweet soul would bring into my life, but I wouldn’t change a thing! Please help me celebrate my second soul dog with the photos below of our time together — so far!
I fell in love with this little sweetheart from the first photo I saw of her. She was a little over 4 weeks old at the time.
A week and a half later, I flew to California, and we met for the first time. Ana looked much cuter than I did.
I named her Ana, short for Ananda, which means unending joy. I failed to consider what that might look like through the eyes of a puppy. A week after that, hubby and I drove back to Sacramento pick her up. We had NO IDEA what we’d gotten ourselves into.
Her true personality emerged within a week.
Hence, her first Halloween costume.
She soon developed an obsession with sticks.
Which so far, she hasn’t outgrown.
Our first real challenge was figuring out how to contain her. She could slip every harness, jump on the kitchen counters, and scale 5-foot fences by the time she was 5 months old. We finally figured out a fence that could contain her. You can’t see the cement moat we poured underneath it. Here she is, strategizing how to get out the day it was installed. She was 6 months old at the time.
As she grew older, a vet finally figured out that her hyperactivity was due to food allergies, and I started the long process of rebuilding her health. We still struggle, but there are many more good days than bad.
She finally grew in to those ridiculous ears.
And her teeth grew in to her.
She rejected her job as guard dog.
Making it clear that she was a lover instead.
Unless you’re a squirrel, that is.
Ana and I have become best friends. We’re never far apart for long, but when we are, it is always a joyous reunion.
I can’t imagine my life without this girl, and frankly, I don’t want to. Here’s hoping we have at least another decade of birthdays to come!
Happy birthday, little sweetheart! I adore you!
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