Finnegan turns four today! I am as excited about his birthday as I would be if it were my own. I kept the whole day free so we can do whatever Finn wants to do, which pretty much means lots of fetch inside with his new ball, frisbee outside with his new frisbee lips, an hour long walk, two breakfasts, and some tug of war with his rope. If the weather stays nice this afternoon we will maybe also go to the dog park.
He's starting to look a bit like an old dog lately... the hair on his chin is greying and so are the tufts of hair between his paws. I feel like he still acts like a puppy, but when I remember back to the first few days walking with him, I remember how far he has come! Our walks now are easy peasy compared to the first 6 months when he would drag me into ditches and across traffic at the mere scent of another dog.
In celebration of Finnzo, here are my top ten favourite things about him!
- High Fives. Hold your hand up high in the air, and say "High Five!" and Finn jumps up to high five you. We do this a LOT because tons of things are worth high-fiving. Like cookies, extra coffees, shifts at Needlework, and finished cute dresses.
- His grunty sighs when he lies down. Especially at night, he circles twice to lie down and let's out this huge "Arrrrrrrrgggghhhhhuuuuuugh". So awesome.
- Bowing to say "yes". He knows the word "Bow", but mostly he bows to let us know he wants to do something. I ask him questions all the time so he can say "yes" this way. Do you want to go to he park? *Bow*
- How excited he gets when Jay gets home. It's the cutest. At about five he starts checking out the window for the car, and when he finally hears it he leaps up and runs to the door to wait for it to open, then he leaps all over Jay and runs beside him around the house, prancing in place.
- His ball obsession. Other people complain that their retrievers don't retrieve. We have never had this problem. Finn will go and get whatever you throw. If another dog gets it first and doesn't bring it back, Finn will follow the dog until he finally drops it, grab it, and bring it back to you. He is DEDICATED to retrieving things.
- His love of the water. Especially if you combine retrieving AND the water.
- How he always bring toy offerings to the kitties to entice them to play. It melts my heart, even if it doesn't melt theirs.
- It always seems like Finn thinks today is the best day of his life. Every day. This has totally opened my mind to appreciating the little things in my life. If Finn can be THAT HAPPY that a stranger knocked on our door to sell a newspaper subscription or whatever, then I can definitely take some time to really appreciate my morning coffee.
- Finn gives great hugs (half climbing on my lap and putting his paws around my waist/shoulders). He's so snugly and solid.
- Knowing the names of all his toys. You say "go find Leonard!" and he will go bring back his blue squeaky frog. We also play hide and seek with him all the time, and he can find most of his toys by scent, even if they are buried under blankets or pillows.
I know that dogs aren't for everyone, and Finn definitely has more energy than we initially anticipated, but I can't believe how much he has enriched and improved our lives. I can safely say that not a day has gone by yet where I took him for granted (I think that's true of Jay as well). Happy Birthday, Finnzo!