It’s my Birthday, Gonna party like it’s my Birthday!!!

Hi Friends –

As I often do, I wanted to share my weekend with all of you. This time our weekend started early mostly because Dad put off taking vacation time for a few reasons.  1. Mom doesn’t have as much time off as he does so he just goes to work. 2. He likes his job most days and forgets to take it. 3. He likes to save some days in case he gets sick. All of this makes me wonder what his problem is; humans are a strange breed. Take some advice from a working Dane: You should take more naps and play more! I’m only staying awake long enough to dictate this post. I’m tired! Why was I here? Ah yes, the weekend.

I have to say it started good. Dad rested in the morning before getting restless. If you know him this is an improvement because we don’t rest much. After we did get moving I helped him at the hardware store to pick up things he needed to fix a handrail that the human puppies helped to pull out from the wall. It took a couple trips because we didn’t check to see what was behind the drywall before we left so we bought anchors we didn’t need. (I know, I know an amazing amount about DIY work. That’s what happens when you are raised at SDP.) All is well though because we did get it right on the second trip and the rail is now safe again.  He says we need to make the handrail pretty now. I talked him down for the day and we just ran a few more errands and took it easy. The temporary rail and refinishing can wait. Dad seriously needs to learn to relax. We all spent a quiet evening at home

Saturday came and it was my birthday! (Mom made me wear the hat for the pupparazzi) I got a new toy and a new bag of food from my favorite store, Kibble-N-Stuff (It’s wonderful! We hit the door and the man inside smiles, puts a bag on his shoulder and gives me my food! He usually even carries it to the car, but this time mom didn’t let him because he had another customer.) after getting our morning fix of coffee (I only get sniffs, but I love me some coffee shop sniffs), of course (my family runs on Dunkin!). We just had to get out with such a clear beautiful fall day none of us felt chores were the priority. We talked it over in the truck with Mom and she was on board, so we decided to go for a short drive north and look at a piece of property that Mom & Dad fell in love with. To be clear, this is not something that we could decide is ours to move into tomorrow, but it is something that makes us feel good when we place ourselves there and imaging how it feels to live there. I feel good knowing that Dad can do this now. There was a time when he couldn’t allow himself to. It’s really good that he can be in the flow of the moment. This is something all your pets can teach you, by the way. If you don’t believe me, ask them two questions. 1. How much money do you have? 2. What time is it? If you tried it I bet they had no idea what money was or why people feel the need to accumulate it. (Dogs don’t worry our basic need can always be met) and as for time, their answer was simple: It’s now, the only time that matters. As you can see, I had to spend time training my person, it’s exhausting.

Looking back at it the next part of the day was just payback, a sort of train the trainer scenario. I didn’t see this coming. Mom said lets go for a walk. My tail wagged and Dad smiled so we did. Of all places we went to a cemetery. It was a beautiful 270 acre piece of land in the center of Hartford, called Cedar Hill Cemetery. I recommend it. If you’re not in the area you can see it online and from my Instagram feed.  As it turns out I was a little over anxious and pulled too much. This started Dad thinking, which is dangerous for sure. He thought: wait, no interruptions from admirers, plenty of space, this is a perfect place to work! I thought silly boy, there’s no wifi here…then we quickly started with the one step crawl. We one-stepped for the next half hour. Mom seemed to be so far away, and the only time we got close was when I walked with my ribs at his hip. I caught on quick and was happy when we loaded up in the truck. Oh great, Dad found a new place to train together. We were all tired after that but it was a satisfied tired.

Sunday came and I was convinced it was still my birthday, so I woke Dad for the morning walk and breakfast. I was so happy that he didn’t bother to correct me. We did get some of those chores done early that we put off but the fun was not over. The best part of the weekend was still to come. I love birthday surprises. What was to come was pretty amazing. We loaded up for another short ride, but this time it had nothing to with training and everything to do with FUN. You all remember my story that was on the news and blogs surrounding it? Well, as it turns out because of that Mom connected with Kristina, who read the blog. She has a Dane named Hiccup, from a breeder in Maine who donates some of her dogs to WALK and who is training with them to be a therapy dog. Dad drove us down to meet him. We could hardly contain ourselves from our cars. We were driving slowly on back roads so I convinced Dad to put the window down so we could track each other.  When we got to the park we exchanged barks to let each other know we’d protect our cars and people. As soon as we got out though the greeting was smooth and simple. We figured WALK and SDP are like family so maybe we are too. I can tell you this much,  when we were let off lead to play and run it surely was a happy time. We ran, jumped and played until we were exhausted. Hiccup is a little younger than me so I shared some service secrets, but we decided quickly it was time to play some more. We shared three or four long rounds of play.  Of course we kept checking back to ensure our people were getting along as well as we were.  I was so happy to find them bonding as well. There really should be no doubt, Dane people are Dane people, and we know how to pick good ones.  It’s still good to make sure. After we loaded up and napped (with doors & windows open) our people kept talking and promise to keep in touch. I’m really excited to have a new friend and can’t wait to play again soon. I slept all the way home. Another day of satisfied tired. I’m sure my humans are catching on to how abundant we all are. Let’s just call it another service this Dane provides for the small price of love and kibble.

written by DFS

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9 thoughts on “It’s my Birthday, Gonna party like it’s my Birthday!!!

  1. tisdeh October 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply

    It sounds like you all had a great Birthday weekend! We love reading about your daily experiences. We humans can learn a lot from you!

  2. Hilda October 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Hi, sweet Casper. So happy that you had a wonderful birthday weekend. One of the girls who follows SDP, Shari, made all kinds of birthday greetings for you and your siblings. She is very talented. It was wonderful to go back in time and see you and your brothers and sisters when you were first born and as little pups……good memories. And, of course, recalling that you were the little fellow born in the van. You had us all on edge and we were so happy to hear that you were just fine!
    What a lovely weekend you had with mom and dad and meeting Hiccup; so glad that you found a wonderful friend in Hiccup. And, yes, we humans can learn a lot from our pups; we have to learn that what we need, God gives us and we should all be so very thankful. Have a lovely week, Casper and family… you, birthday boy. ❤

    • casperthedane October 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

      We just LOVE all the wonderful photo collages that Shari makes. Did you see the Casper the Friendly Ghost one?

  3. Lu Summers Freeman October 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm Reply

    WOW! Now THAT’S what I call a birthday WEEKEND. I’m grinning from ear-to-ear over the great times you all had! I’m sure the Fall leaves were beautiful and fun to play in as well! So glad it was so special! You ALL deserve it!

  4. Sharon kbtz-AZ October 22, 2013 at 11:35 am Reply

    Oh, Casper, sounds like a great week-end for you and your family. It was productive, a learning experience and FUN too! Can’t beat that. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Ellie October 22, 2013 at 11:19 am Reply

    I know I’m terribly late, but I’ve been stuck sick in bed, so I hope you forgive.
    Happy (belated) birthday, dear Casper! Here, have a big smooch on your lovely nose and a – unfortunately only virtual – huge dog cookie.

    Hiccup is a cutie, and judging from the photos, you two got along great. I bet that was a wonderful birthday surprise and made up for the training the day before (though we all know how important that is). Your mom and dad will have a hard time topping that next year. ;o)

  6. Margie coldrick October 22, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    Another great blog.

  7. Laura Fahey Hron October 22, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply

    Wow Casper, it sounds like you had quite a Birthday weekend and made a new friend on top of it all. Just wanted to tell you Happy Birthday and am so glad that you, mom, dad, and the human puppies can share all your adventures with us. You be a good boy now and follow all of dad’s commands and I am sure that dad will take you on more adventures real soon.

  8. Nancy October 22, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

    So glad you had such a good weekend and so did your Dad and Mom. You need those every once in awhile. Yes us humans should definitely listen to the dogs on how to alleviate stress and worries. Have a Great Dane Day.

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