Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Cricket- Her Story!

GUESS WHO IS TWO YEARS OLD! ;-) can you believe it?
















Today is Crickets SECOND birthday. I can not believe how time is flying. I could not have asked for a dog that is more perfect for me. She is so much fun to play with, so exciting to train with, and so comforting to snuggle with. I just plain could not think of anything I would change about her.

In honor of the big day I figured I would share Crickets story...especially since her birthday has me remembering...

I had been looking for a puppy when I found that her litter had been planned. I asked around and friends in the area told me that they really liked the puppies her dad had produced, everyone from the area said all of his puppies that they knew were fun dogs.

I talked to her breeder and got on the list to get a puppy, but I got cold feet and backed out right before the pups were born. The pups were all spoken for when they were born, I was pretty comfortable knowing those pups were not meant for me.

Weirdly enough, as often happens with litters, plans changed and things fell through so a couple of the pups were looking for homes when it was time for them to go to their forever homes. I saw a video posted of "Abby" (Cricket's litter name), playing with her moms co-owner Lori,little Abby was available to the right home. I plain nad simple fell in love with her. I thought she was as cute as a bug, and I loved that she just seemed focused on the people and on playing. I got a really good feeling about her, it just seemed so right to get her.

Once I talked to Crickets breeder things moved fast and Cricket was on her way to Southern California in about two days. I spent the day after I found out that Cricket was mine on a buying spree -making puppy food, setting up xpens, buying toys and assembling everything for her arrival. Cricket arrived her on the Thanksgiving weekend so I was not able to get a ticket to go pick her up so she had to fly here alone ;-(, that was the first time I had ever had to do that and the first time I have had a dog that has flown anywhere.

I got to the airport about an hour before Cricket was to arrive because I was worried about holiday traffic, and Cricket was about an hour late getting to the cargo area, so I sat waiting for a long time, I was sooo nervous.

When I finally got to go and get my puppy I will never forget seeing that little freckled face looking out of her crate at me. She did not look anything like I had expected, she was fluffier and had freckles which I had not seen before and she just had such a cute expression on her face.

I had talked to some other people picking up pups and they clued me in on the best potty places for puppies just coming off of the planes. Poor Cricket had some horrible diarrhea before I got her, when I took her to potty and try to clean her up a bit she only wanted to cuddle with me, for about ten minutes she just cuddled her diarrhea soaked body into my neck, LOL. After she got her fill of cuddles she got down on the grass and immediately started playing and tugging with me. From those very first seconds it just always felt so right.

For the last two years I have not spent more then a few hours here and there away from my Crickster and we have just had the most amazing journey. I have learned so much and of course I think my relationship with Cricket has benefited from all I have learned and all the mistakes I have made with my other dogs. I do not think environment or training explains just how perfectly she fits with me, and how I think we both bring the best out of each other, she is just an amazing dog and I am so lucky I found her. I really think the way it worked out we were really meant to be together.

So anyway, on Crickets SECOND birthday I thought I would share the video I did on her FIRST birthday.

18 comments:

Tammy Moody said...

Wow! Is she really two? Time flies so quickly. I am so happy everything turned out so well for the both of you. Happy B-day CrickStar;)

Kathy said...

LOL, Tammy you are so clever, I think you have come up with a great nick name CrickStar, I LOVE IT!!!

Sara said...

Oh...Happy Birthday Cricket! It has been so much fun watching you grow up.

Enjoy your special day.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Happy Birthday Cricket! Can't believe she is 2 already! Here's to many, many more years of happiness together!

Diana said...

Happy Birthday to the perfect dog!!! Some things in life are just meant to be!!

LauraK said...

TWO?! I feel like I just started reading about her as a little puppy! Wow, time does fly. She is such a fun dog to watch and I'm sure she is very fun to own. Thanks for sharing her story, it's a special one :)

Cricket, I hope you get lots of spoiling today! (Although I'm sure that happens every day!)

Jules said...

Happy Barkday Chricket! Things absolutely have a way of working out. I hope you had/have a great day and weekened with her.

Dawn said...

She's adorable!!! Happy 2nd birthday Cricket!!

Kathy said...

Thanks everyone, blogging is so cool and it has been so much fun to share Cricksters puppy hood with everyone, the support, the comments and all the help has added so much fun, THANKS so much for being a part of our lives!

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

Happy belated birthday to Cricket! How time flies!!

Steffi said...

Happy 2nd birthday to Cricket!!! And I love Cricket's story and how you describe your relationship with her - definitely sounds like you two were meant to be together. And I think her freckles are adorable.

- Steffi

Geraldine said...

Happy birthday to the Crikstar what a great name for a great dog.Jive says Happy Birthday to his great drivey little sister.

Stacey Steimle said...

Happy Birthday!!! Uippee!!

Elli the cat said...

Happy Birthday, Crickster! So glad things are working out so good for you and your mom---you've sure done a good job of training her! Of course, you knew she'd be putty in your paws, when she snuggled with you right out of the crate with your, uhhhhh, less than fastidious appearance. She's a real good mom!

Nicki said...

Happy birthday! Some things are just meant to be!

Morganne said...

What a wonderful story! I think it was destiny as you and Cricket are such a great team. You are going to have much fun together.

Sarah Duke said...

Cute puppy!

Sagira said...

Happy Birthday...all the great pups must have b/days in September. Bokeh's is Sunday! I can't believe my little ball of fluff is all grown into a handsome boy and is will be the big ONE.