Three years ago today, my handsome man was born to Lacey and Copper Dunn of Locust, NC. Lacey only whelped two pups (her first litter) and Nugget's sister didn't make it past the first night. So for 9 weeks, Nugget had his fur parents and breeder parents and siblings all to himself. What a chubby, little rolly polly chunk of love... And SPOILED rotten already! (See? He came that way!) When I saw his pic (below) in the classifieds of our local paper, I knew immediately I had to make him mine.
We brought him home in mid-October and it took me approximately 1/252,286,773rd of a second to fall in love. Just LOOK at those eyes!
He was nearly perfect from the start. He immediately slept through the night and had only a few accidents in the house. He also made it very clear that he prefers LOTS of attention. Having been the only pup, he was certainly used to getting plenty of it! For awhile, I contemplated getting an automatic tennis ball launcher in order to give my arm a rest!
One day I came home from work to find this:
Houdini had somehow escaped his kennel and shredded a back of printer paper and used the leg of the desk as a teething ring.
And sometimes, he required impromptu baths... (Yes, that's mud on his nose!)
But Nugget has always been an extremely well-behaved and easy-going dog. I am so lucky!
We've been through a lot together in 3 short years... and it feels like an eternity! I cannot imagine one single day without him. He has been and continues to be such an amazing blessing not only in my life, but also in the lives of others through his work as a therapy dog.
I love you, Nugget George Houdini! You make my world better just by being YOU!
Happy 3rd Birthday, sweet man...
NOW LET'S GO TO THE LAKE AND SWIM!