I’m not a mother, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a baby: he’s just more of the fuzz variety. You know this guy, so I don’t think an introduction is really needed.
Today – August 19th, 2010 – is Grady’s fourth birthday. While you have seen many photos and read many tales about this pup, there are a few facts you might not know about him:
Grady was my wedding present from Hans. It was the week of our wedding and I was in major panic mode about our organist cancelling on us four days before the big day. Instead of freaking out, Hans decided we should go look at a litter of Golden Retriever puppies. If that’s not a stress reliever, I don’t know what is!
His name was almost Sloopy. This should come as no surprise that we are diehard Ohio State fans. At our wedding reception, we walked into “Hang on Sloopy” for goodness sake. We decided to name him after the Cleveland Indians’ center-fielder instead.
He gets really bossy if you have cantaloupe or popcorn around. I try not to feed him an abundance of “people food”… but how do you say no to that pup face?!
He knows his tricks by word, number and hand signal. Point down, he sits. Put your hand up high, he’ll give you a high five. Say the word four, he lays down. He’s one smart pup!
He knows he’s not allowed to eat chocolate and grapes. Probably because I freak out and shout “NO GRADY NO!” every time I drop one. Since they are considered “toxic” to dogs, I made sure he learned these were not good treats for him early on.
He’s easily freaked out. Did you see this article from WebMD how dogs automatically and voluntarily imitate the behavior of their owners? No wonder the dog has anxiety issues! Like mother, like pup!
He’s a lover and not a fighter. Case in point:
…and he’s excited to be having all his fellow blends (that’s blog friends) over for a birthday celebration in the upcoming week! CLE Bloggers: you and your pup want to join the party – let me know!
Do you celebrate your pets’ birthdays? Is there a dog bone “birthday cake”, or a special can of wet dog food for them on their special day? Am I the only crazy-dog lady out there?!