Saturday we celebrated Jenny's 10th birthday . . .
with a long walk on the trail at Asylum Lake
and special dog treats -- dog-hamburgers on the grill and special doggy-cones at our neighborhood ice cream parlor.
Jenny enjoyed all the special attention (and JoJo loved tagging along for the fun).
But it go me thinking . . .
Ten years . . . they go by in the blink of an eye.
(But in dog years??? Even faster!)
The summer we got Jenny - as an 8-week-old pup - Erin had just graduated from high school,
and Brian was a gawky high school freshman!
We had recently lost our 14-year-old German Shepherd, Jake, and were all still grieving when Jenny came along to fill the hole in our lives (and hearts).
She fit right in to our family, and quickly became a beloved member of our "pack."
She's been very healthy and low-maintenance -- except for her two "knee replacement" surgeries, of course. But those surgeries were totally worth it -- as she now has "bionic knees" and shows no signs of arthritis. (She's in for the long haul.)
It took awhile, but she's (pretty much) forgiven us for bringing JoJo into her life 4 years ago.
Even though Jenny is quite a diva about the whole thing, she and JoJo get along well and seem to enjoy sharing the same space.
There's some healthy rivalry there, sure. JoJo's youthful exuberance drives Jenny crazy sometimes . . . but there is no doubt, really, about who is boss.
Happy birthday, Jenny . . . our Decade Dog!