October 8, 2012

7 Years

Seven years ago today these furry little butts entered my world, and I'm hoping for another good seven before they leave it. Gracie and Cooper have been with me through a fizzled relationship, living alone, all of college, three moves, meeting my husband, getting married, working from home, losing a loved one, and everything in between. They are the most constant things in my life, and if I love my children one day half as much as I love these dogs, well... everyone will be really, really loved. :)

Happy birthday, babies. Mommy loves you more than you'll ever know...













Read more of Gracie and Cooper's story here.

61 comments:

  1. Aww Happy Birthday to your pups!! Dogs are seriously the best.

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  2. i want to squish their little faces. so freakin' snuggly

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  3. Happy birthday to Gracie and Cooper! Have a great celebration!!

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  4. Jenni- I have literally said the same thing about hoping to love my children half as much as I love my dog. Too funny!

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  5. Happy Birthday Gracie and Cooper!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Gracie and Cooper!! Their story is a miracle :) I've been waiting for the right time to finally adopt a dog, but for now I have my cat Stella who is practically like a dog. She's been my buddy through all the trials in the past two years of my life. Isn't it amazing to look back on the years with our pets and see the love and special bond that continues to grow?

    It's a beautiful thing :) So glad you've had those two cuddly pups to keep your heart warm through all of life's obstacles :) xo

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  7. Awww! Happy birthday to your pups! I love seeing their appearances on Instagram :D

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  8. LOVE! Hope they get a special treat!

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  9. i dont think i love any other blog dogs as much as i love yours. for reals.

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  10. By now--you have probably realized that I am a huge fog lover---well animal lover. Haha. And your post about their story is truly amazing. You do have such sweet pups. They are adorable!

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  11. This makes my heart happy! Happy Birthday sweet babies :)

    I know that they will enjoy the day with there Mom!

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  12. Isn't it crazy how much we can love our dogs? Happy birthday, doggies!

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  13. Happy birthday sweet puppies! :D

    What a lovely post!

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  14. So sweet! Happy birthday Cooper and Gracie!! :)

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  15. I could look at your doggie pictures all day. They are just the cutest together!

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  16. Happy birthday to two of the cutest dogs in the world!!

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  17. they are beyond adorable.
    you are a lucky mamma!
    xo the egg out west.

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  18. They are precious! I love dogs! And I love mine just as if she was a real baby :)

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  19. Awww they are so cute!! Happy birthday to them both! Isn't it amazing how dogs can so easily become the loves of your life?

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  20. Isn't it crazy how much you can love a dog(s). Mine has been there for me through sooo much!! Love the photos of your babies :)

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  21. Just read their story and am completely choked up now, what a total miracle! Meant to be. Happy Birthday, little ones!

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  22. good.ness.me. they are such dolls! i just love how much pets can affect your world. i don't know what i will do when my furbabies aren't with me. {sobs} great pictures of two very beautiful pups! XO

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  23. your dogs are soooo gorgeous. And they have such character. I have a jack russell mix and she also has oodles of character and personality that pre-dog owner, I never knew possible. Happy birthday to your pooch's xx

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  24. Happy Birthday, little G + P! I have one of my own who is upping in age and I look at her little white face and think of all the life she's lived with me and how much I love her...

    It's insane how much these creatures become not just a part of our family, but a part of our hearts.

    -Heather
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  25. Love this! I have my own little kiddies and love them just as much. They've been with me through most things too. Love the way the black and white one (i want to say Cooper) is sitting, my Buckley sits like that sometimes and I always say 'That's very casual Buck'. Such a dude! xx

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  26. Happy birthday to them! So cute :D

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  27. I don't know your dogs, but I love them anyway! Happy Birthday, Gracie and Cooper!

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  28. I'm not a doggie person but omg they are just too cute!

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  29. oh jenni, i jsut read the sweet story of your babes- our nubster had parvo, too, and we found out on our way out of town! it was awful! so i definitely can relate..

    are your dogs full pitbulls? they are so adorably sweet and affectionate, but i can't tell if they are full or mixed...

    oh, and don't invite me over, because me and girl pitbulls have, like, A THING. i must have been a pitbull in a past life, i swear, we get along so well (:

    happy doggy day!

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  30. Aww Happy Birthday Gracie and Cooper!! :-)

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  31. Great pictures- what type of camera do you use?

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  32. Sweet babies. Awwww.
    You're such a good fur-baby momma!

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  33. Is there anything better than the love of your furbaby(ies)???
    I can't imagine life without my sweet babydog!
    Happy Birthday to gracie and Cooper...wishing them many, many more!

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  34. What a sweet post! Happy Birthday Gracie and Cooper!

    My boyfriend always comments that he hopes he loves his children as much as he loves our dog :) I don't think he realized he could feel so much love.

    G&C definitely look well loved!

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  35. So precious!! Love love love sweet puppies!

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  36. Cute puppy pictures! Glad to know I'm not the only one with a million pics of my furry child!

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  37. Awwww!! I love animals. They seriously are the best things in the world! They are always there for you no matter what is going on in your life, the good and the bad. Happy birthday puppies, we love you! :)

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  38. Sweet, sweet babies :-). Wish you could stuff them in your suitcase! But then Coop would probably be charged the "overweight luggage" fee ;-) Ha! Give them a little scratch for me tonight. I guess strictly speaking, I should be Norman's "GREAT Auntie K", and just plain "Auntie K" to these two munchkins, huh? Shew. Glad we got that straightened out.

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  39. gah this is sweet. happy day to those two cuties.

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  40. I love your pooches so much and their story is just so wonderful and inspiring, and brings a tear to my eye every time I read it.

    Happy 7 years pups!!!

    http://unpublishedworksofme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  41. Happy Bday Pups! I love my Ollie like that. Sometimes I tell my husband that maybe I love that darn dog too much, but really I don't think that's possible.

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  42. Hey Jenni. This post is hitting me hard because I have a pup that is only 8 months. I got him with someone I was with for 2 and a half years and I feel sad and hurt that they can loose their feelings for me but also our dog. Its what you were saying about the fizzled relationship. I hate thinking he is as hurt as I am because he doesn't have him there like he used too. How did you cope with this?

    Cristina Marie

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  43. Aww! Happy belated birthday to Cooper and Gracie!! I don't know how old you are in dog years, but I'm going with human on this!

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  44. aww! So cute! Animals are the greatest.

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  45. they are such cute pups. i'm a new follower.

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  46. They are SO SWEET! Doggie love is the best kind of love. :) Are they pit bulls? I adore those little faces, and they look a lot like my own pit bull terrier mix. We just got him last week, and I don't know how I can love him more. Meet little Jibboom here: http://sarawhatsonmymind.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-addition.html

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  47. They are so sweet! What breed of dogs are they? They look Pitbull to me. I read their story and I got chills! Truly amazing!

    I lost my 16 year old dog back in May and I know that sooner rather than later I am going to get a new companion. Dogs really are the best!

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  48. aahhh they are the sweetest!

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  49. Dogs are just great to have around an uncanny experience. Companionship is a great thing to have.

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  51. @Christina Marie - hey girl, not sure if you'll even see this reply (I am ten years late here!!), but I wanted to respond to your question! I know where you're coming from... my ex and I basically had a clean break and almost never spoke again after we broke up, mainly because he was, understandably, hurt and pissed that I started dating someone after only two days of our splitting! (that Matthew... he really swooped in quick! Ha!) I still get twinges of sadness when I think of what my ex lost, because I know how much he loved Gracie and Cooper and it wasn't fair that I got to keep them. But he really couldn't afford to take good care of them and didn't have a place of his own at the time, so I just got to keep them by default. I never dwelled on it too much though, and I would advise you to try not to, either. Relationships are complicated and messy, but at least the dog has a loving mama and a great life, I'm sure. :)

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  52. Happy (majorly belated) birthday Gracie and Cooper!

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  53. This made me a bit teary. Definitely could relate to loving dogs tremendously and beyond. They're simply the best!

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