Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 Things at 12 Months

The day before Thanksgiving, Kyle turned one. Due to the business of the holiday, I am just now getting around to writing a post to celebrate my boy. In honor of the holiday and Kyle's birthday, here are 12 reasons I am thankful for Kyle.
  1. I am thankful for Kyle's cuddles. Just the other night I sat on the floor to work so that Kyle could lay on my lap and doze. He's too big to really make a ball in my lap anymore, but he still loves to sleep while touching me.
  2. I am thankful for how easy Kyle is to take in public. He is ace! This dog was born for guide work--and not just because he was born in the GDB kennels. I've had friends ask me how I trained him to do so well. The truth is that I didn't do anything. Kyle just how to behave immediately. His partner will love taking him out and about.
  3. I am thankful for my new alarm clock. Kyle is a morning dog, and I am not a morning person. He used to let me sleep in, but now he wakes me up if I try to sleep in. That would probably annoy most people, but I appreciate having motivation to get up.
  4. I am thankful for Kyle's playfulness. He reminds me to lighten up and enjoy life.
  5. I am thankful for the laughs Kyle provides. Just yesterday I giggled like a child, hiding in my closet while playing hide-and-go-seek with Kyle.
  6. I am thankful for Kyle's eyebrows. They make his face incredibly expressive.
  7. I am thankful for the new people Kyle helps me meet. It's impossible to live in a bubble when you have a stellar dog at your side. I've met more people from my community in my seven months with Kyle than in the previous four years.
  8. I am thankful for my puppy club. Because of Kyle, I get to associate with an incredible group of friends. They alone are reason enough to keep raising.
  9. I am thankful for exercise. After unsuccessful gym memberships and failed pedometer challenges, Kyle gets me up and moving. He loves our walks so much that it is hard to deny him.
  10. I am thankful for Kyle's company. I really enjoy having him at my constant side. Even tasks I hate, like shopping, are enjoyable when he is trotting next to me.
  11. I am thankful for Kyle's maturity. Just when I couldn't stand anymore teenage hormones, Kyle has grown up over night. There's not much of a puppy in the dog at my side now. Kyle is going to be an incredible dog.
  12. I am thankful for Kyle's love. Dog's really are a man's best friend. Someday he will be an amazing partner because I know what a great puppy-in-training and friend he is for me.
This post is going to be picture-less because I need to get it up before another week passes. I'll post pictures of Kyle soon. For now, just know that I am thankful to be raising an incredible, one-year-old, dog.

1 comment:

  1. LOL I love #6! Happy Birthday Kyle!!!

    Oh, and I did forget about your questions regarding the Adult Dog Program GDF has, they recently started bringing in adult dogs, as I bELIEVE (don't quote me) they needed older dogs, since most of theirs were puppies at the time. TOo my knowledge its mostly only in GA where one of their Field Reps is, and she is picking the dogs out and placing them in PR homes. I know they've had several request for homes recently so it seems to be something they will be doing frequently. I don't know exactly the success rate, just yet, but I trust our Field reps knowledge, so I'm sure its good.

    I thought about doing it but I've been burned with Wilderwood and their adult dogs, and I just like having a little more moldability with smaller puppies is all. :))

    Hope that answered "some" of your questions!

    Erin & Pompei @ <a href="http://puppiesintraining.blogspot.com>Pompei's Progress</a>

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