So, it was the noise box's birthday yesterday. He turned 5. I can't believe he's been part of my life for almost 5 years - that number seems both too large and too small.
We had an excellent lead-up to his birthday. On Thursday, before his "Swim and Trim" workout, we stopped at the vet's to use the scale. He weighed in at 38.4 pounds! He has been on a diet for about two and a half years, stubbornly remaining at a 43-pound plateau from January 2008 to May 2009. His goal weight was about 38 pounds, so we kicked off his birthday weekend in a very celebratory mood.
His main gift was a matching collar and leash set from Regal Hound Designs and the new tag from Jazzy Tags. We all had bbq steak for supper (Gabe got 200g instead of his usual 170g of homecooked food - not wild and crazy, but a little extra); and Gabe also had an extra large chewie for his Saturday night movie chew time. Auntie Mary dropped by, too, with a toenail grinder gizmo as a birthday gift - we'll see how that goes over.
Otherwise, it was just a good day. A little play time, a little snuggle time, and our usual 3K walk.
Happy Birthday Gabe-O!