Yesterday we celebrated Ruby's third birthday. I don't know her actual birthdate since she came from a (terribly dismal) shelter in Arkansas, but since I adopted her at around 7-9 months old in August of 2013, it's a fair guess. I love the number '11' and couldn't resist the echoing date. Boca's chosen birthday is May 11th, and my horse's actual birthday is April 11th.
I was so lucky to get to spend the day home with my birthday Border Jack - my office was closed for Veteran's Day. Denver received its first real snowfall of the year it was a great day to spend equal time playing outside and cuddling up indoors. We ran breathlessly through the undisturbed snow in a nearby field, where Ruby ran along with her head buried like a little snowplow. Later I threw Ruby's flying disc for her on the long-line - she made a few impressive mid-air catches!
The Ginger Sisters had a two course birthday dinner: first up were frozen Kongs filled with Nature's Logic sardine dinner and Only Natural Pet biscuits. After that I scrambled some eggs in coconut oil and mixed them with Stella & Chewy's Surf N Turf dinner patties and some raw goat milk. Plates were cleaned and lips were licked! Ruby seemed tired after her flying disc session, but she did not let me forget her nightly game of tug.
I feel incredibly lucky to have such a brilliant, expressive, playful dog in my life. Ruby has taught me so much in our time together and I have her to thank for an increased understanding of dog training, dog behavior, and of course - this blog! She is the youngest dog I have adopted and I am looking forward to a deepening relationship for many years to come. Happy birthday, Ruby Pearl!