Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, pup


My girl, Roxy, is seven years old today.

I'm not sure when and how this happened.  It seems just like yesterday that we brought her home:

A tenacious little ball of fluff she was; she looked like a tiny Ewok:

From the very beginning, she was adept at clearly communicating her likes and dislikes.
She really liked  her ball:

But she greatly disliked  being locked in the laundry room with the puppy pad:

And, although she didn't care much for school, she was able to graduate from puppy academy before moving to the farm:
...which is fortunate, because it takes a lot of knowledge and dedication to be a farm pup.

She is my faithful companion in everything I do:

She is the ever-vigilant watch dog:

She helped raise our flock of chickens from day old chicks:


And she insisted on being with them:

until the day Roopert the Rooster grew bigger than she:
Now, she just watches from afar.

She was, of course, on hand to personally greet the first six donkeys to arrive on Critter Farm back in 2008:

And Pete and Reggie, our Nigerian Dwarf goats, have been her goats from Day 1:

She takes her job with them very seriously:

And even though they are now quadruple her size and outweigh her by about 50 pounds, she is still the boss of them (which delights her to no end):

Roxy has had her share of challenges and there have been times when she hasn't felt her best:

But she is always up for new adventures:

and experiences:

And though some of them are a little unusual, she is always a good sport about them:

So, to celebrate the beginning of her 8th year of life, we had a small birthday party:

Roxy invited her favorite goats and waited patiently for her guests to arrive:

The guests, in their excitement, nibbled and licked the decorations:


These particular party guests were, unfortunately, quite impatient and more than a little pushy:

And, overall, they were not at all well behaved:

Somebody should really speak to their mother about their manners:

About the time the headbutting broke out, it was time for the party to end:

Roxy seemed more than ready to move her party into the people house:

So we did:

It was a much more civilized affair.

She really liked the flowers:
:-)

59 comments:

Beth said...

Made me laugh. Roxy is such an adorable pup. Happy birthday, young lady!

John said...

What a joyful day! Happy Birthday Roxy, and a wish for a long and happy life.

I think Pete and Regie were just trying to get the party going.

The Dancing Donkey said...

What a great party! Loved the pictures.

the7msn said...

Oh how I loved seeing this Roxy retrospective. Smooches to the birthday girl.

Marigold said...

Okay, the shredded puppy pad picture just cracked me up! Go Roxy! You know what they say about boring women never make history. :)

Kathryn said...

Happy Birthday, Roxy! You are such a sweet pup! You always make me smile!

LindaG said...

Happy Birthday, Roxy! :-)

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

What a fun and beautiful series of photos to honor your sweet pup. Her expressions are priceless.

MTWaggin said...

I love love love that pup! She is the most photogenic thing ever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROX!

Dog Trot Farm said...

Happy, Happy birthday dear sweet Roxie. Your mom certainly knows how to throw a birthday bash. My goodness those goats need an adjustment in their behavior. Winslow Homer and I wish you many more happy years. Sending birthday greetings from Maine, Julie and Winslow Homer.

Mellimaus said...

Herzlichen Gluckwunsch zum Geburtstag und alles Gute von meiner Mutter Gudrun und mir ;)
(She says you need grandchildren ;) )
Lol! Thanks for the laugh. You're too funny ;) Every now and then we still discuss your 'shaving at the gas station' story, haha.

Eve said...

I remember all but the very first photos Danni! We just love Roxie and Daisy Lu says "Happy Birthday to you sista!!"
What a wonderful fun post! You made my day Danni!

Linda in New Mexico said...

Happy happiest birthday Roxy farm pup. What a wild and wonderful pictorial of Roxy's credentials and adventures. You really know how to show a pup a grand birthday soiree, Ms. Danni.
Oma Linda

Inger said...

Happy Birthday, Roxie! You sure had a fabulous party and I was so happy to get to see it all on mommy's blog. You really are a very good farm dog and companion to your mom and all the farm critters.

Farmer Jen said...

Happy Birthday Roxy! What an adorable little fluffy puppy. Love those photos of her at the table. Her face and eyes are so expressive.

Dreaming said...

What a delightful post. I cracked up at the naughty goats! Gee, I remember some b-day parties with some of my son's friends who acted that way!
Loved seeing it all.
Happy Birthday to Roxy who was and is the cutest thing ever!

Mike Portnoy said...

Happy birthday, Roxy! I'm curious, did she blow out the candles herself? If so, she's *quite* the talented farm pup.

As your faithful companion, it appears that Miss Roxy has also learned to drive a car while you are focused on using your camera. How does she reach the pedals? :-)

JaneK said...

oh how sweet!!! what a wonderful life she has had thus far! and I know there are many more adventures up ahead....

....and you had 6 donkeys???? that is a lot of donkeys :)

Paula said...

I especially like the inside pictures. Soooooo cute.

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

Awww lovely! Brought a tear to me eye it did! Happy birthday Roxy ♥♥♥

georgie said...

A six pack of donkeys would be awesome. Happy birthday dear Roxie, you are a very lucky little farm pup.

Lilla said...

Happy Birthday, Roxy! What a wonderfully patient photo model you are.

Zitrone said...

My grandmotherly heart swells at seeing these photos. Roxy and I have a very special relationship, and I am sorta her home away from home. She is not only beautiful and bright but also the most loving, sweet doggie I have ever known. I can say this because Wolfi is already asleep and can't hear these accolades.

Roxy's table manners are impeccable - much better than some humans I know. My favorite phot is the next to the last one. Roxy is deliriously happy eating her birthday broccoli. Just look at her eyes!

Happy birthday, sweet puppy!

Carol in Colorado said...

Happy Birthday, Roxie. You are one lucky girl to have a 6 pack of donkeys, some chickens and goats as playmates.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

happy birthday roxy! you are teddy's age. she turns 8 on april 9th. your party looked like lot of fun. you are such a cutie!!!

pilgrimscottage said...

My most favorite post of all! Happy birthday to sweet, delightful Roxie!! You rock!!!

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday Roxy! It looks like you had the perfect day, love the B-day hats.

Christine said...

Oh. My. Gawd! My husband and I both are cracking up here. I don't know how long it took you to get all those pictuers, but it was worth it. This post is priceless!

Bibi said...

Oh, dear, I am suffering from cuteness overload !

A wonderful post !!!!!!!!!

CeeCee said...

OMGoodness!! What a wonderful, happy post!
Belated kisses to the birthday girl! It look like she had a wonderful day. :)

DebH said...

Love this story! All the while I read, I was thinking, your family and especially your children are laughing, smiling and shaking their heads! Mine would and it makes it all the better!! Happy Birthday Roxy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to the sweetest little pup on the blog scene! Such a sweetheart :)

Missed you all :)

Mike said...

You are the coolest!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Awesome post Danni! One at Critter Farm could there be such a party! Happy Birthday dear sweet puppy doggie Roxy! You are such a cutie pie.

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Well that just made my day! Happy Birthday Roxie.

strivingforsavvy said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!! Happy Birthday Roxy!

linda m said...

Happy Birthday to Roxie. I think she is still cute.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Cutest photos of the most beautiful girl ever!!! Happy belated Birthday Roxie!!!

Denny1600 said...

Way too cute! Happy day to a great girl pup!

And This Little Pig said...

Ah Roxy sorry I missed your birthday, so happy belated birthday from...
LiBBiE in Oz, Meah and the Long Dogs Evie, Quincy & Podge

Grace said...

What lovely pictures. Roxy is always adorable but her puppy pics were too, too cute.

You're a good mom to give her such healthy birthday treats, Danni. I made my dog meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato icing for her birthday. (I used peas and shredded cheddar for sprinkles.) It was a big hit with all of the dogs and the humans, too but didn't do much for anybody's waistline.

Betsey said...

OMG - The picture of her at the dinner table is priceless. Such a doll! Happy birthday Roxy girl!

goatgirl said...

Happy Birthday Roxie! Never invite a goat to a party.

Chris said...

This was cuteness overload and many LOL's! Happy Birthday Roxy...you are soooo loved!!

Dianne Rodway said...

What a sweet post and a smart and patient pup!

jillian said...

Oh how fun! Happy belated birthday, roxy! Gumbi will be 7 later this year...and I have a similar picture of her in a life vest!

Carolyn said...

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Tina said...

AWWW!!!

x0countess0x said...

wow! such a lovely places and pets you have...

Chai Chai said...

Pete and Reggie look so small...Roxie sure has had a good life full of wonderful friends...and a loving owner!

Chai Chai said...

I would love to read the story about the six donkeys arriving at your place....is it already posted here somewhere or can I inspire you for a historic post?

What happened to them? Can you crank up the WayyBack Machine?

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Hi Danii, I tagged you here http://jsmwebber.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/tag-youre-it.html Hopefully you can play along, don't worry if not but being a nosey sort I would really like to hear your answer to number 8! :D ♥♥

Jess said...

What a great celebration of your sweet pup's life! Can hardly imagine those baby pics are her!

Morning Bray Farm said...

Oh my god. I have tears in my eyes. (Good ones.) This has to be the absolute sweetest post ever. I can so totally see how you love her so much. I have an overwhelming need to hug her (and you) right now!!! :)

CaliforniaGrammy said...

How did I miss this post? I'm cracking up as I scroll through Roxie's life-pictures. Happy Birthday sweet doggie, you are the perfect farm dog ever!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Oooops . . . I meant Roxy with a "y" not an "ie" . . .

Farmer Jen said...

Just looking at her puppy photos again. Made me smile. ♥ She is soooo cute!

Knatolee said...

Best doggy birthday ever! Glad the guests didn't eat their hats.

Amy @ Heritage Homemaker said...

AWH!!! I just love Roxy to death!! Of course I love my 3 ladies, as well :-) The final photo just brought tears to my eyes...so precious!