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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today is Wally's Birthday

Today Wally turns three years old and every minute of his life has been worth celebrating.  Since Wally came to live with us not a single day has passed without the best kind of warm fuzzies.  Some folks say we humanize our dogs too much, but I have to wonder if it’s not the other way around and they, in fact, humanize us.  Certainly they bring out the best human qualities in those of us who love and care for them.  I’ll never regret a moment of our mutual selfless devotion, nor will I feel sheepish or silly or extreme in my affection for Wally and LuLu.  However you explain this bond, it’s as genuine as anything between humans.

We celebrated Wally's birthday a little early when we were both home from work.

The presents are in the bag…

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The happy birthday boy smiles his thanks.

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I think he likes it.

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Of course, there had to be two presents so he could share with LuLu.

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Happy birthday, Wally!  You can’t imagine how much you mean to us!


44 comments:

  1. Lovely photos Leslie. Happy birthday to Wally.

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  2. Watched these with tears - and to think that I got to meet these beautiful "kids". Wonderful photos. Happy Birthday Wally!

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  3. You put into words so beautifully the feelings I too have for my four legged friend (Belle). Yes you summed it up nicely just how we feel about them!
    Thanks for sharing these Cute Birthday Pics with us...
    They make me smile!!

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  4. Oh happy, happy birthday Wally! Wish I could give you a birthday hug! Wonderful pictures of Wally and Lulu. You know how I feel about people who do not understand our love for our animals, sad for them, its their loss!

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  5. Happy Birthday Wally, The photos are wonderful Leslie. They look so happy with their new toys. Wally and LuLu share something in common with my two Lab's and the Queen - they all have two birthdays.
    Give the big boy a happy birthday cuddle from me, and of course now you'll have to give one to LuLu too.

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  6. Oh yeah, what a wonderful tribute to Wally on his birthday.....my Nellie will be 7 this year, and it scares the heck out of me, I want her with me forever...they are so much a part of our family, a great post!!

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  7. Aw, this brought a tear to my eye, Leslie! You write so eloquently. And Wally is just so darn handsome! Happy Birthday, Big Guy.

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  8. Happy birthday to Wally! Loved the slideshow!

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  9. Happy birthday Wally! The photos are so precious. My baby girl, Maggie Mae is also 3 this year in about another month.

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  10. Happy Birthday Wally!! I've got 2 dogs of my own so I know just what you mean

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  11. What delightful pictures in the slide show . Thank you for sharing with us.

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  12. happy birthday Wally. Been a while I haven't checked out your blog. Some nice cards and lovely pics of the dogs and garden.
    Thanks for checking out my blog. Have a great day
    I'm finally subscribed to yours via email again.

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  13. Francie (Montreal)June 27, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    How do I wrap a hug for the birthday boy? Please hug him for me, while I figure this out. What a delightful family you are and you are such an eloquent spokesperson for the group. I perfectly understand your feelings toward your pups. I wish everyone in the world would take lessons in behavior & values from our animals. The world would be a much nicer place.

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  14. HaPPy BiRtHdAY to WALLY! I am in great company, since today is also my birthday! Hugs all around. Sincerely, Beverly.

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  15. Leslie, you summed it up perfectly & no doubt all us animal lovers can relate to your feelings. Plus look at all the joy your two little buddies bring to so many of us. Talk about power!!
    Happy birthday, sweet boy.

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  16. Wonderful tribute to Wally, Leslie. Pets are such a part of our families and dogs are especially appreciative of us. Loved the slideshow.

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  17. Happy Birthday Wally! - Pet's are "family" for sure and Wally (I keep wanting to type Walla) is just so handsome and I know so loved. So happy to see them both happy and yep, spoilt rotten! May you have many more happy years with both Wally and Lulu.

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  18. Wally helps mend sore hearts too. Thanks Wally! Happy Birthday to a dog with great spirit and character.

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  19. Happy Birthday to Wally, yep they are just like our kids, it was funny my son in law asked my daughter if I know the animals don't understand when I talk to them and she said sure they do, he thought it was so strange how I talk to them all the time :)

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  20. Happy Birthday to Wally. I feel the same way about my pugs. I would not want to just treat them like a dog...they are my children. Always happy to see me and make me feel loved.

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  21. Happy Birthday Wally! The photos of you that your mom shares always brighten my day!

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  22. Happy Birthday, Beautiful Wally!! Thank you for sharing these adorable photo's of Wally enjoying his birthday bash!

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  23. What a wonderful post today Leslie. Happy Birthday Wally! The contentment on Wally's face says what we all know. He's loved by a wonderful family. Thank you for the slide show.

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  24. I absolutely agree with your comments regarding your love for Wally and Lulu. Our pets are a special gift and not a single day goes by that I don't think of how grateful I am for my dog. Your dogs are beautiful. May you have a long time ahead of you of being "humanized"! I especially loved that comment. :)

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  25. Give Wally a Happy Birthday hug from me! I've never seen his "baby" picture before. OMG! He was as beautiful then as he is now. I'm totally in agreement with you about our pets. My cat brings out the best of qualities in me & makes me see the world in a totally new light. I thank God for him every day of my life. He brings me more joy than I could ever pay him back.

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  26. Happy Birthday to Wally from me and 'Lissa and Zoe. And Spencer may be a cat, but he likes dogs (there's always one weirdo in the family tree), so he sends his best wishes too. LOL =)

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  27. I always knew there was a good reason why I like you so dang much and this post if proof! I'm so happy to see that you and Rich celebrated Wally's birthday in style. Good for you! ...and Happy Birthday wishes to that sweet and handsome boy of yours (Wally).

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  28. Aww, Such a handsome young Man he has become! Happy Birthday Wally! And such a gentlemen to share his presents with his little sister Lulu! 8-) They just make my heart happy! Thanks so much for sharing them with us Miss Leslie! 8-)

    Hugs
    Shannon

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  29. Lizzie and Sammie send birthday wishes to Wally!! They truly are man's & woman's best friends!

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  30. Happy Birthday Wally! Thanks for sharing the photos with us....love your babies!

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  31. OMG......what a fun birthday celebration for Wally, Lulu, mommy and daddy :-) LOVE your photo collage too........all adorable. TFS

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  32. Awe! This is so sweet! I am sure Wally had the best birthday. I don't think we can love our pets too much. You are both fabulous doggie parents. :)

    Hugs~

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  33. I've always believed that we underestimate our bonds and relationships with these sweet and forgiving creatures. They teach us so much. I love the quote, "Help me be the person that my dog thinks I am." Happy birthday, Wally!

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  34. Happy belated Birthday Wally! We were celebrating my male Husky, Vik's Birthday the same day. He's now 6.
    I adore the photo album of Wally, he's just so ADOGABLE!

    Ter ;)

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  35. Happy Birthday Wally..Woofs and cuddles from My Skye and Brodie xx
    He is such a Gorgeous boy Leslie and he's got a kind and Gentle heart to share
    with Lulu.Thank you for sharing your Photos with us
    Take care Hazelxx

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  36. Belated birthday wishes for Wally. Please give him a big birthday hug for me. I know how much Wally and Lulu mean to me and I'm on the other side of the world in cyber land, so quite understand how you both feel about the furry children. I loved revisiting Wally through the photo slideshow. Thanks Leslie for sharing.

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  37. Happy Birthday Wally! I agree they are the best thing in life (next to kids ofcourse) and I am so glad he has a loving family. It does look like he enjoyed his present. hee hee

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  38. Donna in IllinoisJuly 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Wally!

    I come to your blog each day because I just love the pictures of your dogs! (The fact that you are a card maker is a plus too!!!) I, too, am a dog lover and share your feelings and thoughts on dogs and most animals. They are truly God's wonderful creatures. If only humans were like animals, the world would be a much better place! My dogs are my children, as yours are to you. No such thing as too much love! Thanks for the time you take to blog; you bring a smile to my face and I leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling to start my day.

    Hugs to your puppies from Chicago!

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  39. A belated Happy Birthday to sweet Wally!! I remember when you first brought Wally home and what a sweet little guy he was and how smitten you were then, and still are (rightly so!). Thank you for sharing with we, your blog readers, a bit of the fun and sweetness you share with Wally and lovely Lulu.

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  40. My Google Reader has over 600 posts in it, so I was just about to Mark All Read, but decided to just check out a few blogs before doing so. I'm so glad I didn't miss this post. Happy Belated Birthday to Wally! It is truly amazing how much joy our furry friends bring to us. We are completely gooey about ours as well! Love all your Wally and Lulu posts!

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