Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Special Day

Kona turns three today! We celebrated with a trip to her favorite trail. I told her to follow every sniff, chase every lizard, today was her day. (With mad dashes into skin-slashing chaparral, leaps up vertical walls over 8 feet tall and bunny terrorization being exempt from the birthday offering).
It's hard to believe I brought Kona home three years ago. This past year has been transformative for me. I let go the dream of having that dog that goes everywhere with me and instead hold onto the cool canine I do have.
My job as Kona-Mama is to minimize fear, maximize fun and find safe challenges that help expand my dog's world. While that may not include evening strolls in the neighborhood or trips to the park, we're OK with that.
Here's to another year of finding more fun! Happy birthday Kona Girl!

15 comments:

Sara said...

Happy Birthday Kona! I think you're one of the coolest dogs I know. Here's to another year of adventures off the beaten path.

Exploring the trail is way more fun than sniffin' sidewalks.

Life with 5 dogs said...

Happy 3rd birthday Kona. Looks like you had a great day full of adventures.

Oscar the Maltese said...

Happy Birthday Kona!! You are so lucky your human has gone to so much trouble to help you feel safe and happy. I hope you have many happy years together on the trails!

Love, Oscar and the gang

KB said...

Happy Birthday Kona! You have an awesome human who accepts you for the wonderful dog you are, even though things aren't exactly like she visualized before she met you.

Um, a down vest at 60 degrees! I'd be in shorts if it were 60 degrees here!

I hope that AC's knee is doing well. I've been thinking of you two.

MurphyDog said...

Happy Birthday Kona!!

wags, wiggles & slobbers
Murphydog

Kathy said...

WOW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KONA, think of all that she has taught in the last three years about love and life and to think she is only three years old. Just hearing about her and her journey has brightened my life! Glad it sounds like a good day and hope there are many, many, many more lessons and wonderful years to come with the beautiful Kona!!!!

LauraK said...

Happy Birthday Miss Kona! Riley and I think you are the coolest pup ever (we're just a tad bit partial!) We've loved reading about your adventures with your mom and all the fun you have chasing lizards and watching those beautiful sunrises. Hope your birthday was fantastic and that your mom spoiled you with extra special goodies :) Too bad we don't live close so us red and white girlies could romp on those trails together, how cool would that be?!

Priscilla said...

Happy Barkday, Kona!
We wish you have many many more happy years to come and we are looking forward to reading more about your adventures!

Kristine said...

Happy birthday, Kona! I am glad you got to celebrate in such a fun way.

I also really like your philsophy. Minimize fear and maximize fun. Kona is a lucky dog. :-)

Two Pitties in the City said...

Happy Birthday Kona! I do think Kona is the coolest dog, and I do envy how Kona does go on these running journeys with you and the adventures you have.

mayziegal said...

Shoot! I missed Kona's birthday! Happy, happy birthday, Kona. It sure looks like it was Most Wonderful and Exciting. You sure were smart when you chose your human cuz she sure does luv you an awful lot.

Wiggles & Wags,
mayzie

Diana said...

Sorry this is late. Happy Birthday!!!!

Dawn said...

I'm late too! But I know you had a great birthday Kona! You and your human enjoy many more hikes up those mountain trails, ey girl?

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

I'm totally late to the party. Happy, happy, happy celebration the entire month!

Barb said...

A belated birthday wish for Kona! Your sunshine shots are making me smile!