There was her first Thanksgiving where she snuck her way up to the table so stealth-like and was able to steal herself almost a half of ham. I think the most amazing part was she was only five months old and had never had a bite of people food in her life. She knew whatever it was it was good, and she was going to get it. Then of course she had so much curiosity when our house became transformed for Christmas. So many new smells and items placed throughout the house to check out… so of course the stockings got pulled down numerous times, the tree skirt was pulled from under the tree, and a few bows and tags showed up missing from gifts. For a while we were beginning to think we were raising a scrooge of a pup the way she kept messing with all of the decorations.
I loved the walks we would take in our local neighborhood to look at Christmas lights and decorations and trying to get that perfect holiday photo where we couldn’t get her to hold still long enough to get one just right.
On Christmas morning she loved watching us all open gifts and would love to steal the bows and wrapping paper all lying around to play with. We then brought out a bunch of gifts for her and she sat there so eager with anticipation as if knowing that those gifts were for her. We even wrapped them up so that after each one would be unwrapped she would play for a second only to quickly lose interest hoping the next item would be for her as well.
But most of all I love her love. No matter how big she continues to get she still thinks she’s the tiny pup I always wanted laying on my chest the week we got her. Especially the colder it gets the more she likes to cuddle and during the short winter we have in Southern California, I take in all of the cuddles I can get. Her love is the gift I never want to return and no matter if it is belly rubs, a game of fetch, or some new toys in her stocking she loves all of my gifts equally and would never consider returning any of them.*This blog post was entered into a holiday pet story contest with Trupanion Pet Insurance.