Today is the day we celebrate Ninja’s birthday. Today she is 11!
To put 11 years in perspective, I think of having had a human child in 2009 and how I would be the father of a sixth grader right now. That boggles my mind, as does leafing back through the events of the past 11 years and considering how big a role she has played. What she has been there for, all of the things we have been through together, especially that time in 2013, which was one of the hardest. I sometimes wonder if Cameron and I would have made it through—happy and where we are today—if it were not for her. How do dogs do what they do?
I love most when she is content and lying at the foot of the bed. I sit on the floor before her, rest my chin on the blankets, petting the feathery hair on her head, scratching behind her ears, looking in her eyes. I stare at her softly staring at me. We stare at each other for a long time, and I feel so thankful, like everything is going to be fine.
Happy Birthday, good girl. I hope you are loving your life. I am for sure loving you!