Happy Birthday Little Dictator

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole” ~ Roger Caras

Caesar, the little dictator, turns 4 today.  Or 28 in dog years, which is disconcerting because this now makes him the wisest oldest one in the house.  I’m assuming he’s known this for a long time and has just been waiting for this day when us humans would be forced to resign to the fact that Caesar knows best.

As he grows older, I often wonder if C$ is a little too smart for his own good.  I swear that every time I ask him to sit, stay, or lay down, the wheels in his little canine head start turning as he ponders, “if I do, what will I get out of this.”  However, if cheese, onion, peanut butter or salami is involved, his little butt is glued to the ground just waiting for a piece to come over his way. I’m not sure whether I’m more concerned about what this says about my eating habits or about his listening skills.  So if Caes was asked to impart some of his wisdom, now that he’s the eldest of the pack, I’m convinced he’d have this to say:

1.  Help out with homework, specifically, when your human is highlighting for law school.  The best thing to do is try to take the highlighter out of their hands and run with them.

2.  Fetch is much more fun if you have the humans throw it and then you just look at them so they go get the ball.  So much less work when they bring it back for you.

3.  The Dog Whisperer is the best show ever.  When its on, drop everything else to watch and listen.  It’s like dog yoga…calm submissive state.

4.  When running your human, keep them on their toes. And above all, if you see a squirrel, chase it.

5.  Take over the couch, humans like that.

6.  Take over the bed, they like that even more.

7.  Eat the same thing everyday.  No surprises.

8.  Don’t wear clothes, and don’t ever wear halloween costumes. A simple yet stylish collar will do just fine.

9.  Only listen enough to let the humans believe they call the shots.

10.  Eat more peanut butter, it’s good for your health.

Happy Birthday Monkey.

23 reasons to love February 25

“The best things in life are unexpected.” ~Eli Khamarov

Little runner boy

I had no room to like anything else in February. I am the oldest of four children, all three except me, were born in February. Yep. I was all booked up. Then I decided to take my last gen ed senior year. And that my friends is where it began. The class was really interesting but I wasn’t really there. I was going back and forth from my internship and as it was Spring semester of my senior year, my senioritis has reached epic levels.

But something did catch my attention, sitting in a chair across the way to my right a couple seats down. He was attractive, really attractive. I joke that I saw him and liked him cause he looked like Big Ben Roethlisberger but that doesn’t do it justice. Big Ben’s got nothing on mine.

Attraction then turned into silly annoyance. I think it was cause this guy was giving me a run for my money. He’ll call it charm. Ha! I remember coming home from class and telling my roommate how cocky he seemed as he’d perch up on his chair in lab in the Bengals shirt he’d wear. Man he got under my skin. We talked for a bit in lab until he declared we could never be friends. Well naturally. I was from Pittsburgh and therefore a die hard Steelers fan and he was from Cincinnati and for reasons I still haven’t figured out, a hard core Bengals fan. Oh well. His loss right. Damn if I couldn’t stop thinking about that guy. Attraction and initial annoyance seems to be the right combination cause here we are almost three years later and I ended up clearing some space in my busy February for a day that has come to mean the world to me.

23 reasons I love February 25th and what comes with it

1. I laugh more than I ever did
2. Get to go watch men in short shorts run around in circles :)
3. It gave me someone who not only encourages me in everything I do but someone who always has my back
4. I always have a smile on my face
5. My plate on the wall will have the best next door neighbor one could ask for
6. I have the perfect partner for lazy Sundays
7. I have someone to learn with, grow with and explore with
8. Looking forward to New Years now and new traditions
9. I have someone who challenges me to be the best person I can be but is patient with me when I fail
10. I have someone to dream with
11. The Obsession is gone, even if for a few short months
12. I have a partner to go around town with hunting for places that will have the right football games on
13. It came with not only him but an amazing family and a wonderful group of friends to add to the crew
14. I’ve seen the making of a true leader
15. I’ve witnessed passion coupled with hard work as it leads to success
16. I’ve had to stop making fun of figure skating
17. I’ve witnessed perseverance through injury payoff  in a major way
18. Monkey’s Simmie Shake
19. Even the most mundane things now bring excitement, fun and laughter
20. I’ve been introduced (and am actually starting to like) to country music
21. I gave me someone I look forward to talking to, seeing, and playing with every single day
22. I’ve learned how to give someone a mohawk and bake cakes
23. It gave me my best friend and partner in crime

There are so many reasons why February 25th means so much to me but 23 will have to do for now. I’ll tell you more when you’re older ;) Happy 23rd Runner Boy!