Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Chase!

14 years ago today, my baby Chase was born.

As I reflect about the past 14 years I can't believe the time has passed so quickly.

He has seen me through love breakups and the death of my mom and my sister and countless other life challenges(like breaking Greg in as husband! HA!).

Just about 2 years ago I almost lost him to pancreatitis.

I have some photos, of photos, from my scrapbooks I would like to share. Chase is a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and his official AKC name is Gnome's Magnanimous Chaser. He was born September 11, 1994.

He was the easiest dog to raise. I got him when he was 8 weeks old. He was raised by a very loving human mother that had 3 human boy children that picked him up, played with him and socialized him well to come and live with me. When I took Chase home, his first human mama was crying as she gave him over to me. Yes, he has been well loved since he was born.

Back in 1994 I had purchased my first home and was excited that I could finally get a dog. I had done a ton of research to determine what kind of dog I wanted. I knew I wanted a non-shedding small dog. A breed with lots of personality. I decided on a Yorkshire Terrier.

Remember way back 14 years ago. You couldn't just go on the internet to see photos of potential family members!

I found this home breeder in the Seattle Times classifieds and something about the ad called to me. I called my sister Cheryl to find out if she would go with me "just to look" at these Yorkies. At the last minute I put my checkbook in my purse and drove over to my sister's house. Next thing I knew I was coming home with a new family member!

I had read that puppies can go to their new homes and cry at night so I was prepared for a sleepless night. Chase slept through the whole night-no crying or whining. He was easy to housetrain as well. Within 2 weeks he had the hang of it and was very reliable. He even figured how to scratch at the door to let me know he had to go out to do his business.

Here we are 14 years ago on the day I brought him home. He was 2.5 pounds.

Here is Chase's baby photo. I love this photo of him. His coloring has changed a lot!

Here is Chase with his Yorkie parents.

He was not too cooperative in letting me take his photo today as he was hunting around for food in the kitchen. Here is my sweetheart who turned 98 years old in dog years today. Each year that passes and we can celebrate his birthday is a real milestone.

Seriously I can't imagine my life without this little guy. He has definitely enhanced my life in ways I never could have imagined.

Happy Birthday Chase!


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Deb said...
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Deb said...

Oops--didn't check my spelling well enough the first time...just wanted to say that I think Chase is very lucky to have you!!! You two were made for each other. He honestly is the cutest thing ever! If I ever got a dog, I'd go with a Yorkie too!!

bizyhands said...

He is so adorable! Congrats on another year, Chase. What a lucky guy.

Elise H said...

Happy Birthday Chase! Looks like neither of you has aged much in 14 years! I miss hearing from you, but love that you are having such a great time in retirement!

all the best.

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday Chase!!! Chris and I are so happy you are alive and kicking! Come visit us!

Jamie said...

Happy birthday Chase! Chris and I are so happy that you are alive and kicking! Come visit us sometime!

Gail said...

And here's the untold part of the story: Chase is so fortunate to have YOU as his Human Half. You have been such a loyal, loving, caring angel to him. You and Greg provide a paradise for your little ones.

Happy birthday Chase, and may there be even more happy years for you!

crookedneedles said...

Chase doesn't look or act anywhere near his age - a sure sign of a good life! He is fortunate to have you and Greg as his doggie-mama and doggie daddy!