April is a special month, my husband and I share birthdays 10 days apart, and 10 days later we get to celebrate my dog Jackson’s birthday.
I’ll be honest, I know that a multibillion dollar pet industry sells treats, clothes, and raw/paleo food to our favorite companions, but I’m a bit stingy when it comes to pet gifts.
Because as much as he seems human, he does in fact eat frozen goose poop, which leads me to believe that these gifts would generally go unappreciated.
That being said, I do like to celebrate his birthday, and give him a better day than normal (normal meaning a long walk in the morning, unfettered access to my face for kisses and breakfast crumbs, and the ability to sit in my lap while I attempt to work).
Just like Kim & Kanye might opt for a lavish birthday weekend in place of a simple celebration on the day of, we likewise decided that several days of festivities would be more suitable for our furry friend.
We started our Saturday with a leisurely walk along the Hudson.
Lauren wanted me to take some pictures of her with Jack, I obliged. The problem was that ungluing him from my side was upsetting, and it was his birthday after all, so I let him do what made him feel comfortable. Which was howl at the moon and beg for an escape…
…and then pin me against the barrier for what I would imagine to be a pretty serious make out session. But as much as I love him, I can’t always give a brother what he wants.
Poor Jack had to settle for some companionship of the less frisky variety.
Even Sam and Lauren got caught up in the moment.
Finally we headed home.
We arrived to find that in our absence, Emma had hit the sauce a little too hard.
That one…total lightweight.
Lauren thought it would be fun to style Sam’s hair and pretend to draw on the walls.
You may have noticed that crayon already marked the walls. Apparently they were pretending to draw where there were already marks, making it more realistic. Clever….
After some downtime at home, we headed back out to the park for one of those glorious Spring days. Balmy breeze, trees blooming.
Lauren practiced with her jump rope which involves launching 3 feet in the air at each turn of the rope. I don’t have the heart to tell her that there’s a more efficient way to do it. Just like I don’t want to tell Emma that it’s actually “mine” not “mines”. I treasure these things.
Sunday night, Rodney packed his bag and hit the road for some work travel. Jackson wasn’t happy at all. Weekend travel isn’t acceptable for anyone in the family, especially Jackson. It makes him anxious.
For the record, I’d like to pull that stunt the next time I have some anxiety issues. Pin myself against the nearest person and hope they’ll nuzzle me and give me a biscuit.
At last, it was his birthday. Jackson woke up to a homemade dog collar….
….and then dragged me into the pet store to buy him some treats including some luscious Elk tendon.
How could I say no? He really is the best dog in the universe. I just wish his breath would smell a little better. So Jackson, a very happy birthday. To 8 wonderful years, and with any luck 8 more.
Happy Birthday to you, your husband and Jackson. I make our dog, Milo, homemade peanut butter biscuits on his birthday 🙂
Thanks so much Robin! Oh you’re so sweet to bake cookies for your pup, lucky boy…
Love those shadow shots!
I read the whole story as I always do. Your blog is like a picture diary. It sounds like you all had a great April month with birthdays. Congrats to all 3! That jumping is amazing. I never saw a kid jump so high. You captured it well. Amanda loves jumping jump rope now that she knows how. It’s great exercise.
Happy birthday Jackson! Libby turned 2 in April as well – popular month! Great post, made me smile 🙂
Awe, that skipping rope photo is priceless! love it!!
Happy Birthday Jackson! 🙂
Oh that pic with the shadow is frame-worthy!
Happy birthday Jackson! Looks like a lot of fun! Hi Jessica!
Hi Jaclyn, happy birthday to you too lady! xx
That is so special for your puppy, though he probably just truly enjoyed your company. It was very emotional to read it. Love your life, Jessica! So much LIFE in your daily activities. And the photos are FAB, too! Thank you for sharing this all with us all!
Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful comment!
Happy birthday! It looks like it was a great day!
Happy birthday to all! Looks fun!
Teresa from NanaHood
You can tell your family really loves your dog. Happy birthday, Mr. Jackson!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL – BUT ESPECIALLY JACKSON!!! I’m an April gal too. Good month this. &* Hope you have 8 more together too. I miss my darling red girl Jade Dog still – after five years… YAM xxx
Happy Birthday to all three of you! I enjoyed looking at your photos. Have a terrific day!
Happy birthday to Jack. I hope Emma has recovered from her little party! My hubs birthday is a day after mine. God help him if he ever forgets! lol
Happy Birthday to your doggie! It’s great you celebrate his day.
Cute pet post! Happy birthdays all around to your family. ^.^
I love the skipping rope photo and all the rest of the fun too. happy family birthday 🙂
Happy birthday! That’s like us in May.. my hubby, daughter and I all have our birthdays next month 🙂
Happy birthday to all of you in advance 🙂
Happy Birthday to you and your crew!
April is a rad month. I an April born too 🙂
Happy birthday to Jackson. You don’t have to spend money to make a dog happy. They make great children!
Sorry that I had to link and run earlier…
Happy Birthday Jackson! Hope your day was full of great things.
Hope you all had a great birthday month. Love those photos. Beautiful kids and dog. Great shadow.
Yes, a great birthday month, glad you like the pics, we had a great weekend…xo
Made me miss my dogs at home. Happy birthday =) #WW
He’s being very gracious about that homemade collar!
Looks like a happy day all around!
Happy Birthday pup!
Our poor dog has her birthday on April Fools’ Day, so my kids spend the entire day attempting to trick her. Poor thing, I think she would much prefer your version of birthdays.
Same birthday as my husband, he gets the same treatment!
Our bday season kicks off in a few days starting with our DS. Our kids are grown and no longer live at home, but when they did May – July was busy for us. Thankfully my bday is set apart from the rest of the family in December.
Looks like Jackson and the kids had a good time. Isn’t that what it’s all about – fun times & memories? Nice photo shoot!
BTW, I named you this week’s featured photographer on my WW post! 😉
Congratulations on being featured at Curious as a Cathy this week. Love all the hugging shots in this post.
Happy Birthday to all of you! Looks like Jackson got the royal treatment! Today’s my husband’s birthday too!
Have a great day 🙂
Oh my heart! The pictures with your dog are so adorable!
That shadow shot is awesome!
Happy birthday to one cute pooch.
I chuckled all the way through this — and I swear: no sauce had yet today. 🙂
What a gorgeous doggie! Ours gets very upset when she sees a suitcase come out. She knows someone is leaving her 🙁
I love reading your daily adventures and to me a little doggy kissing and nozzeling always adds to the fun.
Thanks, always fun to write something that people enjoy reading, thanks for visiting 🙂
OMG this whole thing made me laugh so hard! I loved it! What a fun day 🙂
Thanks for linking up at Eight Days a Week! See you next week!
Thanks so much ; ) Glad it made you laugh…
I love reading your blog and I especially love this one! You can tell a lot about people by how they treat their dog. Jack is a lucky boy!