Guess who turns one tomorrow?

Discussion in 'Dog Pictures and Pet Photos' started by Toller_08, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Toller_08

    Toller_08 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Messages:
    8,359
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    That's right, Journey and Merlin do! But I'll be internet-less the entire weekend so I figured I'd say a happy early birthday now.

    Words cannot express how much I love this girl. She’s blown me away since day one, and I couldn’t possibly be more grateful that she’s mine. She truly is growing into everything I’ve ever dreamed of in a dog, and honestly I never thought that I’d get that. Not everything has been perfect. Most things have been, but there have been a couple of moments (granted I kind of panic temporarily sometimes over even minor things). But anything that’s ever concerned me about her doesn’t last long, and I just have to remember that she’s still a baby and not everything is going to go super smoothly all of the time, but that it’s likely not worth panicking over. And as soon as I do worry about something, in a couple of weeks whatever it was is totally gone anyway.

    She is just the happiest little dog in the world. She’s infectiously full of life and joy and just wants to party and have a good time. Every moment of every day. I love how much she loves people. I never thought I would, and I didn’t expect an Aussie to be quite so friendly, but it’s such a nice change from my other dogs (aloof or shy) and I’ve met so many nice people because of it. Nearly everyone who meets her falls in love. She’s absolutely nuts with my/her friends (cause she’s grown used to having them get her all crazy haha), but with other people we’re not close too, she’s just the most gentle, kind dog and so many people have thanked me for letting her cuddle with them for a few moments and making their dog. Such a small thing that makes people so happy.

    And for as much as she adores people, I also love how clear it is that she is my dog and I am her person.

    I love working with her. She learns unbelievably quickly, and is so enthusiastic about it. She loves thinking for herself and figuring things out, and I love watching her do it. She doesn’t care what she’s rewarded with, and I love that too. She’ll work her wiggly little bum off just as hard for a crumb as she will a toy or simply a very happy “Yes! Good job!â€.

    I love taking her places in public. It doesn’t matter how crowded or noisy or how weird of a situation it should be for a dog, she just takes everything in stride. Always has. She’s so go with the flow.

    She’s so playful and quirky. Personality plus! She never, ever fails to make me laugh. I’ve never laughed at a dog so much in my life, and life honestly has been pretty tough for me this year with a lot of unexpected and not necessarily for the best changes, and I’m so glad I’ve had her through it all. She came into my life at the most ideal time, and even when I’m having a down day, she makes sure I have fun too.

    She is also the sweetest, most snuggly girl. I totally did not expect this, as when I got her she was pretty wild and was the puppy I swore I was going to name after some species of shark (sometimes I still wonder! Haha), but for as wild and crazy as she is, she also knows how to turn it completely off and just relax and cuddle and be with her people.

    She truly is a once in a lifetime dog, and the one all of my future dogs will (however unfairly and not on purpose) have to live up to. I am so excited to see what the future brings with her. She’s just a naughty teenager right now and already she’s wowed me on several occasions. I am excited to start getting way more involved in sports and competing with her, but I am also just looking forward to hanging out with her and spending what better be many, many years with her. She’s simply the best, and I can’t help but brag and fall more in love with her every day. It’s still a little surreal to me that I watched her grow up in pictures, thanks very much to Fran, not at all knowing that she or any of her littermates would be mine. Funny how things work out sometimes and I really could not be happier.

    And because no first birthday thread is complete without pictures!

    My little beached whale. Always on her back, even now. And I’ve always loved that black patch on her chest. So cute.

    [​IMG]

    One of the cutest filing cabinet puppies ever.

    [​IMG]

    She was so fluffy and adorable.

    [​IMG]

    Voicing her opinion at an early age. She has a lot of opinions.

    [​IMG]

    Such a pretty little pup.

    [​IMG]

    With her adorable brothers Merlin and Beau. This was such a lovely litter. I still just love all of these puppies.

    [​IMG]

    Looking all sweet and innocent. I know she definitely was anything but haha.

    [​IMG]

    And one of my most favourite baby puppy pictures of her! She’s looks like an adorable little seal pup. Or something haha. Focusing so hard at her first puppy class with her breeder.

    [​IMG]

    One of my favourite pictures that I took. Our first trip downtown for socializing and not just passing through for work.

    [​IMG]

    More (of course!)
     
  2. Toller_08

    Toller_08 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Messages:
    8,359
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    First family photo…

    [​IMG]

    How things change…

    [​IMG]

    With her best friend when they were both four months old…

    [​IMG]

    And they’re still best friends today. Journey loves visiting her.

    [​IMG]

    She got to meet some sheep and loved them. She gets to go again next weekend.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I am really looking forward to what some more maturity brings to her. She's so pretty.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Toller_08

    Toller_08 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Messages:
    8,359
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    And some photos from today!

    I am totally biased, but I just love how she's grown so far. She's so moderate and feminine.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Happy Birthday, Jelly Bean! You're the best, happiest, quirkiest, funniest little black dog around! Here's to many more.
     
  4. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2004
    Messages:
    55,144
    Likes Received:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Happy Birthday to both youngsters. They are incredible young dogs. Hope their coming year is as exciting and full of love as their first one has been.
     
  5. Kootenay

    Kootenay Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Messages:
    1,456
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses
    Location:
    BC Canada
    Happy Birthday Journey!! She's such a gorgeous girl :)
     
  6. Sekah

    Sekah The Monster.

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,339
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Toronto
    I love Journey. Still think of the band every time I see her mentioned (... sorry!). She's all growed up and looking wonderful.
     
  7. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Messages:
    17,761
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Not enough.
    Location:
    Wales
    She really is a beautiful dog. I'd love an Aussie :)
     
  8. yv0nne

    yv0nne Vizsla mom

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    1,152
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    1
    Location:
    Cape Breton
    Home Page:
    Happy birthday to Journey (and Merlin too)! She is absolutely stunning& your photos certainly don't hurt her cause! Enjoy the sheep :D
     
  9. Georgygirl

    Georgygirl Uffda!

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Messages:
    1,610
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Illinois
    Happy Birthday Journey! You are a stunning girl!
     
  10. JacksonsMom

    JacksonsMom Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2009
    Messages:
    8,694
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Maryland
    I cannot BELIEVE those two are one... that is simply INSANE... time goes by too fast. Journey turned into a gorgeous girl. Happy bday!
     
  11. Sit Stay

    Sit Stay Not a Border Collie

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2010
    Messages:
    2,814
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Ontario
    Happy birthday, baby girl! Journey is such an incredible dog and it warms my heart the way you talk about her. I'm glad she had such a good time with the sheep - you'll have to post updates next time!

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! I especially love the last one in your 2nd post, the one of her and her buddy on the round bale, and the last one of her running down the hill. If you're ever down this way for an Oracle meet up or something, we must get together - I will pay you to take pictures of Quinn!
     
  12. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2005
    Messages:
    7,788
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    7
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Happy birthday pretty girl :)
     
  13. Oko

    Oko Silence, peasants.

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Messages:
    2,138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, cats, dogs, oh my!
    Location:
    MA, USA
    Happy birthday! She's matured into a gorgeous girl, I can't believe it's already been a year, for all of last fall's puppies. Time really flies.
     
  14. thehoundgirl

    thehoundgirl Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Messages:
    2,353
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    I love your post about her! Glad she brings you so much joy! Happy birthday pretty Journey! <3
     
  15. Toller_08

    Toller_08 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Messages:
    8,359
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Thank you! And yes, that they are! Both of them. :)

    Thanks!

    Thank you! Haha, that's ok. Most of the rest of the world thinks of the band too when they hear her name. When I named her that hadn't crossed my mind at all, and I also didn't know how popular her name was lol. Oh well. It suits her!

    Thanks! I think they're fantastic. I had no idea I'd love one so much. I knew I'd like them, but she's surprised me in many positive ways.

    Thank you!

    And we will! I am looking forward to seeing what she'll be like again.

    Thank you!

    Thanks! It is pretty crazy. Time does fly by when you're having fun, though!

    Aw, thank you so much. And if/when I head out that day one day, we will definitely get together! Without pay haha. Your pictures are just as nice!

    Thanks!

    Thank you! And yep, almost all of this year's puppies are all grown up now. Good thing there are still a couple of puppies around and you're getting a puppy so we all still have puppy pictures and stories. :D

    Thank you!
     
  16. Barb04

    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    27,406
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Happy Birthday! I loved looking back at your puppy pics!
     
  17. Danegirl2208

    Danegirl2208 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2006
    Messages:
    1,181
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    What a stunning girl... happy 1st birthday!
     
  18. ACooper

    ACooper Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2007
    Messages:
    27,771
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    IN
    Happy Birthday Journey!

    I don't know how I missed this one when I posted on Merlin's!
     
  19. Beanie

    Beanie Clicker Cult Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 17, 2006
    Messages:
    14,011
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Illinois
    Home Page:
    I refuse to acknowledge this post because she looks SO grown up. It's like she transformed from a little puppy-head to a beautiful dog almost overnight. Holy cow.

    NO. PUPPIES FOREVER.
     
  20. SaraB

    SaraB New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2011
    Messages:
    5,798
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    Where has time gone?!? How can she be one already?! She's grown up to be so gorgeous. I'm so happy that she's everything you wanted and that you guys are such a great fit for each other!
     

Share This Page