Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday To Stanley!

My youngest turns 4 years old today.  Where has the time gone?  How did that much time fly by?  I still remember the day he was born, arriving in Scottsdale with Max for an agility trial and logging into my computer to find out the Maude-Dazs babies were finally here!

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I had high hopes that one of those little potatoes would be a future family member and watched them all grow up with interest, visiting as often as I could.  Stanley was full of presence from the get-go and impossible to ignore the older he got.

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Flash-forward four years and I have a bright, funny, extremely outgoing and eager boy who I can no longer call a puppy!

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Stanley has always excelled at anything I asked of him.  Once he understood the conformation ring, he went out and showed his little heart out, easily finishing his American and Canadian championships.  We worked sheep intermittently for one summer and breezed through his HT at the 2008 National.  He’s always loved obedience and would have more than a couple rally titles if only I trained him seriously.  Agility though, that is his real love and LOVE it is – Stan wants to run hard on those courses.  I am lucky to have such a wonderful eager partner.

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It’s always fun to watch something you raise from a young age develop its own personality quirks and preferences.  Stanley spends his mornings sprawled on the bed, or on the bathroom floor but within visual range, watching me work. 

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He insists that Jeff take a nap with him every afternoon.  He’s vocal about his opinions, using a wide range of yodels and grumbles rather than bark.  He’s playful at all times – yesterday he ran around the driveway and yard with a 4-foot-long branch in his mouth, bouncing with glee and showing his prize off to everyone.  He’s flirtatious, with humans and other dogs.  He has a natural ability to track, and I use him on mornings where Jeff and Cujo leave for solo walks to follow their path through the neighborhood until we catch them.  He’s an utter foodhound and does not miss a meal, yet I can’t get him to eat from the Cujo’s dog food bag in the garage (I suppose this goes with no counter-surfing or eating inappropriate objects – in his mind, food only comes from humans).  He’s the cuddliest of all our dogs, spending the evenings on the couch with his head in a lap.  He’s exuberant with people who can take it, but remarkably gentle with small children and the elderly.

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I am forever grateful to Beth and Pat for breeding such a wonderful boy and for entrusting me with him. 

Happy birthday, little man!  Every day is your favorite day but we’ll make this one extra-special with cookies and agility class!

17 comments:

mtanner said...

Happy Birthday! I love him. I met a beardie the other day who I fell in love with. I love how we love our *kids*.

San said...

Wonderful post for an obviously wonderful dog. Makes me want one too. If only I wasn't allergic.

Happy Birthday Stanley.

D said...

What a muffin. Happy Birthday to Stan & you! :)

ADC said...

Happy birthday Stanley!!!

Kiersten said...

Happy Birthday Stanley! Molly, you are an amazing doggy mommy!

heather said...

Happy birthday Stanley!

Obviously you have the magic touch that can get food from the bag to the bowl too. My cat Riley is in awe of my magic abilities as a food pourer. He won't even try to get food out himself. That is the purpose of humans.

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

Awww, Happy Birthday Stanley!!!

Meera said...

Happy Birthday, Stanley! You were born to be adorable!

Bertie said...

I must say, I have not spent a lot of time around dogs... but I have instantly fallen in love with Stanley! Suuuuch a cutie! He's got the looks and brains by the sounds of it!!

Good job Mom!

beardies3 said...

Smooched to Stanley from Nan and me. Bounces and woods from the other two.

SSB said...

Happy Birthday Stan! Springer says the same. At least I think that's what she's saying... she does that weird talking/growl/yodel thing too.

Doreen said...

How adorable! What a great pup....Thanks!

Kim said...

he's the cutest!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday Stanley! Love the pictures. "everyday is your favorite day"...such a cute thought.

D said...

CUTE puppy pictures of a very handsome birthday boy! Hope Stanley has an extra special birthday!

Charisa said...

Happy birthday - he is so sweet :)

Clarese said...

Happy birthday, handsome!! He is so adorable :)