A post about Ryder… just because

Brian and I take the dogs to the park every morning.

Tansy is 3 years old and 100% puppy energy. She runs after the ball at lightning speed.

And then there’s Ryder, who still loves to fetch the ball, but takes more of a frolic approach to chasing it.

At 9 years old, she can’t quite keep up with her little sister.

It’s still a wonder to me that Ryder is a big sister.

She is, after all, my baby. My first baby.

Me and Baby Ryder, March 2002

When I look at her, despite the grey covering her chin and spotting her paws, I still see her as my little puppy.

Ryder, 9 years old - still my baby

Ryder has been with me for so many milestones, both good and bad…

Ryder and me the day of my Brown graduation, May 2004

My first apartment…

College graduation…


Losing Bismarck

Adopting Seth


Meeting Brian and Tansy

Moving to NYC

Moving back home

Losing Seth

Getting engaged to Brian

Through it all, Ryder has been there with her gentle, calming presence.

I won’t lie… even though I still see her as – and call her – my little puppy, I think about the fact that she will be 10 years old in January. I see her age in her eyes. I know her hearing isn’t as sharp as it used to be.

I want Ryder to be a part of so many more milestones with me… like when I marry Brian and when we have (human) children.

My sweet old girl… I just love her so much.

She makes it so very easy to.

My baby girl, 2011

I just wanted to let the world know.

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  1. 10.27.11

    *cry* Seriously…tears streaming down my face. You are such an
    awesome dog mommy and they are so lucky to have you! Sweet, sweet Ryder. You really can see so much wisdom in her eyes, but most of all love and security. You have given that to her. I hope I can meet her in person one day. I would just love to love on that adorable face of hers! She WILL be with you through many more of life’s important events, especially your wedding. Give her a huge hug from me, please! xoxo

  2. 10.27.11

    Ohhhhh, now what we have our own black lab (Star), I am sort of wistful that she is already three years old and we’ve only had her for 3 weeks so far. I know time goes so quickly, I just want to pack as much “happy” into the rest of her days as I can. I’m pretty certain Ryder is just about the luckiest dog in the planet to have been in your family. That face just says a content, “Barooooo?”

  3. 10.28.11
    Nancy said:

    Such a sweet and loving post. It made me teary. It is obvious that you and Ryder are a perfect mommy and baby.

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