Still puppy after all this year

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Lucy on a boat 3A year ago, on August 25, 2009, a puppy—half shihtzu, half toy poodle—was born. I don't even know exactly where that happened, but a little less than three months later, we bought her, and named her Lucy. She's become accustomed to us, and now we're her pack.

By the time dog is a year old, you probably shouldn't call it a puppy anymore, but since Lucy will always remain a small dog, we still think of her as one. Most often, when I return home and she's waiting, I greet her with, "Hello, Puppy."

Until we got Lucy, I never imagined myself as a Dog Person. Dogs always seemed like so much work as a pet—needy and inconvenient, especially for a family such as ours that likes to travel. And yes, they are. Yet our dog is also a great comfort, especially when I'm sick, and she makes us all happier. I now understand the appeal of dogs, the oldest domesticated animal.

Lucy is, of course, entirely unaware that she is one year old today, or even that such a thing as "a year" exists as a concept. We mark the occasion for our own benefit. Today we plan to take her to the dog park, where she'll have some fun and meet some other dogs. Woof woof.

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Congrats to Lucy for finding a great pack to be part of, and to all of you for finding Lucy.

Our 2 dogs - Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso cross - were definitely still puppies for a lot more than a year. Now at three and a half they're pretty grown up, and still a delight.

I hope Lucy has many happy returns of this anniversary.

Looks like Lucy has a bad case of Perma-puppy.
Hey, did you here the one about the guy that crossed a Shitzu with a Bulldog?

Happy Birthday little Lucy!

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