Nash’s first birthday party.

Nash and I headed back to Yorktown Heights today for my cousin Erica’s golden retriever’s three year old birthday party. First off, five month’s ago, I would have found the idea of a birthday party for a dog silly, but since Nash and I have come together, it totally makes sense now. Amazing how quickly you can become a dog lover after not having a dog your entire life. Uncle D was kind enough to come into the city and pick me up, as there was some big parade today, and the city was a zoo. I have not been to a parade since I was a kid, so I am not really sure why NYC finds it necessary to have a parade for every group in NYC. Aunt Lona and Uncle D were also kind enough to pick Nash up a 35 pound bag of his lamb and rice, and a couple of cases of Diet Dr. Pepper for me, as both of those things are much cheaper outside the city, so he brought those up with him on his way into the city, and we got everything put away before we headed out.

Nash enjoyed the ride up to Yorktown Heights. He sat in the front with me on the floor, and looked out the window most of the way, resting his head on my knee. It didn’t look to comfortable, but it amazes me how many positions Nash can be comfortable in. When we arrived at Aunt Lona and Uncle D’s house, Nash got very excited like he does whenever we arrive anywhere, and like the last time he was in a car with me, he found it necessary to put his paw up on the seat, and kick me in the balls. That’s three for three on the ball kicking the last few times we have been in a car, so that is something we will have to work on. I am not sure if he thinks I am going to leave him in the car, so this is his way of reminding me that he is there, but we are going to have to come up with a new system.

When we got to the front door, Aunt Lona opened it, and Nash saw Brinkley, and got pretty excited. Not sure if he recognizes Brinkley yet, but they have been together three times now. Nash actually darted forward and through the door, running my head into the door frame, so for the first time in awhile, he got a left handed leash correction. Luckily, it didn’t hurt that much, but he needs to stay focused since he was still in the harness and working. It was good to get the only low point of the day out of the way right away.

Once we got into the house, Nash was very excited, and I took his harness and leash off, and he darted straight for Brinkley’s bed. Most of this was being told to me, as I could not see it, but it sounds very cute, and everyone was laughing. So Nash went to Brinkley’s bed, and took three, yes three of Brinkley’s toys in his mouth. Hey, I have told everyone that Nash is a toy hog. Nash and Brinkley began running laps around the house. They were playfully chasing each other, and would start off in the living room, run through the kitchen and hallways and circle back around. Noe the really funny thing is, we were all standing in the entry way of the house, and Nash would leave the entry way with a toy in his mouth, they would pass each other in the kitchen and Brinkley would come out with the toy in his mouth. This went on for several minutes, and it was like the two of them were running a relay race and passing the baton to each other. It was great for Nash to get to do all this running around, as it was the most space that he has gotten to run around freely since we left Guiding Eyes for the Blind. After playing with each other for a bit in the house, Nash gulped a lot of Brinkley’s water. Everyone thought that it was real cute that instead of just sticking his tongue into the water bowl, Nash sticks his entire head into the bowl.

We then went out back, and Erica lent Nash a thirty foot leash, so that he could run around with Brinkley. They let Brinkley off his leash out back, but it is not fenced in, and I doubt that Nash would run off, but I did not want to take the chance. They had a few frisbee’s and balls, and the dogs both played with them together, and of course Nash did a lot of sniffing, as being in the grass, and three flowers and trees were all new to him. The funny thing is Brinkley kind of realized that Nash was on a leash, and could not go as far as him, so I think he was teasing Nash a little, but it was Brinkley’s birthday, so we let him get away with it, and it was really just playful teasing. Maybe Brinkley didn’t realize that Nash couldn’t come that far, and was like come on lets go over here now. They both play really well together, and I think that Nash and Brinkley like each other a lot.

Nash got acclimated to his surroundings pretty quickly, and other people started arriving, so went on to the deck, and shut the gate so Nash could walk around off the leash, because he loves to say hello to everyone. The amazing thing was someone showed up with a baby, and for the first time all day, Nash layed down by my feet as the baby was near me. I am not sure if he knows to be gentle when a baby is around because he does the same thing with Siena. Nash got lots of treats today, as he was really a good dog, and he had a lot of fun being around all of the people, as he is a social butterfly. One time I had Jessica, my other cousin watch Nash, as I had him on the leash, and I had to go inside to use the bathroom, and then had gone out front for a few minutes, and was only gone for about ten minutes, and when I came back, Nash was sitting by the screen door, looking into the house. Aunt Lona and Jessica said Nash was looking all around for me. It is so amazing that after only four months Nash is that attached to me. Nasg was really pretty good at not trying to jump on any of the tables and stick his nose into any of the food, as he really did have free reign on the deck, and could have tried to get into trouble, but he knows better than that.

Pete, Tracey, and my niece little Siena were also there, and it was a very nice day. Funny thing is, everyone said that with all the running around Nash got to do, that he would come home and crash out and sleep like a champy. Unfortunately, I got home around 8pm, crashed out watching some tv, slept like a champy, and now will be up all night. Ugh, not again. Nash is sleeping on my feet as I have been writing this. Overall, a very fun day for Nash and me, and Nash and wish Brinkley a very happy birthday. Who knew a dog’s birthday could be so much fun. We will have to have a birthday party for Nash, but don’t count on a Bark Mitzvah happening.

Here is a picture of Nash and Siena from our trip out to NJ a few weeks away. I have a few more, and will get them up when I get the time, as they are real cute together, and when I get some of the pics from today, I will get them up as well.

Siena meet Nash

Siena meet Nash

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