Brody’s first birthday is tomorrow.
I’ve got some great recipes to use for a birthday cake. The kids wanted a birthday party- it’s all their fault, I swear- so we will have one this weekend.
I had a nice long list of all sorts of amazing luxury collars and various sundry goods that I wanted to get for Brody for this once in a lifetime event- and honestly, this is the first time I’ve had a young one year old dog to celebrate a first birthday with, so this really is an unusual thing for me. But I changed my mind.
Last week, I had to go to the shelter to get dog licenses in order. While I was pulling in, I saw a sweet little pit bull peek up from her resting spot in her cage. She stood up hopefully, wagging her tail as I walked by, and as I joined a line of people passing her by, settled back in to wait some more.
I think this was her- Roxy. There was just something about her, a longing mixed with resignation.
There were several people in the office, all inquiring about the same dog- a little chihuahua puppy. No one was inquiring about the little redhead girl with the inquisitive eyes. What can I say? I didn’t either.
And in that moment I remembered what the primary directive is, of our lives together, of the experiences we all share with each other. We need to take care of one another, and remind ourselves each day why we work so hard to make the world better for animals. Because they make the world better for us.
So yes, there’s another donation badge off to the right. I hope if anyone feels moved by the Birthday Spirit, they will consider tossing in some spare change in honor of Brody, Roxy, and all the pets waiting to make life amazing and bright for someone else.
Instead of buying a pile of presents for Brody, I’m going to buy some of my favorite things we’ve come across this past year and share them with you all. There will be giveaways, oh yes, there will.
In addition, if I get at least $50 for this shelter, I will also buy a Kuranda dog bed to donate to a shelter in need. Or more than 1. Who knows.