On December 16th, 2004 I met "my dog" for the very first time. He came through the door as a scraggly, pot-bellied puppy with an infinite obsession of chewing leashes (including a very expensive one, I might add!). He was my family's first dog and our first foray into puppy-ownership 101.
We certainly have had our challenges, but more than that we've had so many memories made.
He is an overly intelligent dog which made him a difficult "first" dog for a teenager, truthfully. But both of us prevailed and he is now my "go to" dog for just about anything. He accompanies me on nearly every horse-ride I go on and is never far behind.
|Sleepy Ty <3|
|Waiting for a walk, 2010.|
|Being goofy, 2011.|
|2010 with Cinder|
|Taking it back to 2008, I believe.|
|Winter of 2008|
|Summer of 2008|
|Playing in the Fall leaves, 2008.|
|Camping at the lake, 2009.|
And with that being said, he is more than just a dog to me; he is a representation of my growth, and my journey into adulthood. He stood proudly at my side as a gawky, shy teenager and has seen me go through many career choices, schooling and financial woes without so much as a negative look. He is my confidante and my "baby". I know that things have changed, especially over the last few years, but I will always love him like I did the day he walked through the door on December 16th.
|My High School graduation, 2009.|
|Shopping at Greenhawk, 2009.|
|Meeting my sister's puppy, Cinder.|
|Lola and Ty.|
|His favorite window spot in my parent's old house.|
|By the river on a cold, wet day.|
|Being pretty damn regal in 2010.|
|Thanksgiving photoshoot in October, 2012.|
|Howling like a wolf, 2012.|
|His 9th Birthday party, 2013.|
|Running on the frozen river, 2014.|
|Cuddled up in a blanket, 2015.|
|Being goofy, 2015.|
|Cheesin' it, 2015.|
I know there will never be another dog like him, and I wouldn't want there to be.
He is fiercely loyal, humble, and above all, my best friend.
Happy 11th Birthday, Ty
And may there be many more.