Happy 7th Birthday, Ryker!

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Seriously, has it been seven years already?  It’s honestly hard to believe that such a vast amount of time has passed since your little wiggly puppy self came into this world.  In these many years, you have taught me so many valuable lessons in not only “dog stuff” but also a few lessons on a personal level as well.  You were not only the dog I wanted but the dog I needed and for that, I am beyond grateful for you to have come into my life.

The trials and tribulations we’ve faced over the years are nothing in comparison to the fun adventures we’ve had.  There are those special moments in time when I could have just hugged you to death because we faced something as a team that I had some serious measure of doubt in – like our first UCD leg.  No matter how terrified I was or how utterly unprepared I felt, your cool brown eyes looked into my soul with an “I got this, Mom.” look and I knew we had it.

Here is to many, many more years, my friend and partner.  You are my heart and soul.  You are my teacher and my student.  I don’t know what I would do without you.  Happy birthday, baby boy.

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