Happy birthday, Rico and Roxy … I think.
I adopted Rico from a shelter and Roxy had been fostered by individual rescuers. Based on the information provided about each one, I estimate their birthdays to be this month. Some time.
It’s kind of nice, though, knowing at some point this month, it’s time to celebrate their birthday. Doesn’t matter if it’s today or next week, as long as it’s in January. And, really, neither one cares about birthdays, they just like getting something special.
Heck, I buy them special dinners, bake or buy them home-made treats, give them new toys, and take them on field trips “just because” all year-long. So whatever day in January I decide to celebrate their birthday benefits me more than them. Nor would it matter if I celebrated in the month of their birth or the month they came home (although having them in the same month is awfully convenient).
Those who stumbled across Dog and Dojo early on might remember a piece I wrote about the special gifts from our senior pets. R&R’s graying muzzles remind me to appreciate them every chance I get, every day.
So the annual birthday celebration, for me, is less about honoring them as individuals and more about taking a day to purposefully acknowledge and feel grateful that I’ve kept them safe, happy, healthy, and loved one more year on their life journeys. And they have done the same for me for yet another year.
Is there a greater birthday gift in this world?