Monday, March 6, 2006


A special day in our house today.

                It's our Grizzly's birthday.  Happy Birthday to my Grizzly!  He's waiting for Megan to get home with his vanilla ice cream cone from Dairy Queen.  Of course, he was waiting for me to drive into the driveway with his Ferrari (I think his dad, Joey, has something to do with that every, Grizzy.)

I got the site to make the neon sign from my PSP group.  It's really a simple make-it-yourself thing and really cool.  Here's the link in case you want to make something for yourself Neon Sign Generator

I have to tell Grizzly's story again.  After my ex was out of the house, Joey bugged me endlessly for a puppy.  He was always dragging me off to look at puppies that people were giving away.  I held my ground for a couple of years.  I didn't have the time to train a puppy and didn't want one.  The puppies were all adorable but I had no intention of getting one.  Life was frantic enough plus money was tight.  He called me at work one day at the end of April.  He said that our very good friend's dog Big Griz (the original Grizzly Bear) had a litter of puppies again.  He was quite the man (dog) about town.  He had fathered several litters.  All the puppies were always adopted very fast as Big Griz had such a wonderful temperament.  Everybody that had ever taken a puppy into their home were thrilled and had the nicest dogs.  I didn't hesitate when Joey asked me.  I said "yes" right off the bat.  He was shocked and so excited.  He had his heart set on one of the other puppies who had already found a home.  Our Grizzly had his heart set on Joey.  Joey told me one of the pups just kept following him around, trying to get his attention constantly.  He decided to choose that puppy since the one he really wanted he couldn't have.  So cute, Grizzly chose Joey.  Knowing Griz's personality, I can see that happening.

When we went to pick him up, I fell in love with a little female who was creamy colored and looked like a white lab.  Of course, we went home with two puppies...Grizzly and Princess.  Someday, I need to get the pics scanned of those two.  They were so adorable.  Grizzly was the king and Princess was the sweet one who put up with his antics.  They were inseparable.  Princess developed a seizure condition when she was a year old.  She never responded well to any type of treatment for very long.  Her seizures were out of control when she was 2 1/2, and she had to be put down.  It was right when we were moving.  Grizzly was a mess for a long time.  Dogs do know these things.  Becky brought up one of Princess' old blankies a while ago.  Grizzly acted really odd when sniffing it.  It had been a good many years but he knew and looked so sad and lost.

The eeriest thing was Laura, who owned Big Griz, called me about a week after the pups were at our house to tell me their birthday.  She had been there when they were born and written it down because she took Princess' identical twin.  March dad's birthday.  I got chills up and down my spine.  When I told Joey, he almost started crying.  He and my dad were best friends.  A part of Joey died with his grandfather.  He said he knew Grandpa had talked to Jesus which is why I said he could have a dog this time.  I think I agree.  Grizzly was our special gift from my dad.  Grizzly is named for his dad.  He was the only pup out of 8 who looked identical to the daddy; hence it was Big Griz and Little Griz.

Grizzly is 9 today.  I thought he was going to be 10.  Now, he wasn't too happy with me adding a year onto his

Our dinner was wonderful yesterday.  Everything turned out perfectly.  We had the leftovers tonight.  The kids were so excited because it had been a while since we had my BF over to eat.  The only one missing was Becky who had things to do and lives an hour away.

Another day winding down.  I need to read a few journals and get myself ready for work.  Have a great night all!




queenb8261 said...

Hey Happy Birthday Griz!!!! Give him a scratch behind the ear for me, will ya?  It's my hubby's bday today too.  I'm about to O'D on German chocolate cake. Just what I didn't need. It was 84 degrees today, but hubby is feeling so bad I thought a big bowl of beef stew with LOTS of veggies might hit the spot.  And it did.  He loved it.  Sounds like your dinner was a hit. We'll be having leftover stew sometime this week. Have a good one!!

jckfrstross said...

Looks not loves lol

jckfrstross said...

Happy Birthday to Grizzly loves real good for 9:) dinner sounds like it was a sucess have a good week


thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Happy Birthday dear Grizzly.  Hope you all gave him some lovin.  Hope all is well with you as well.  smiles and hugs.  TerryAnn.

am4039 said...

so happy dinner went good. Happy Birthday Griz, what a nice story. I love dogs.  I have one, it's a good thing my kids don't drag me everywhere to find a dog, I would take them all home.  I'm sorry about the other dog, how sad. Dogs sense so many things.

oxobagladyoxo said...

This entry was cute but sad. Happy Birthday Grizzly!


pennietoonz said...

Grizzly is so adorable. I just love that face! Happy Birthday!! Nice story, Chris. You always bring tears to my eyes with things like this.
Love ya,

queeniemart said...

I am glad you all had a good dinner. I love the story about Griz! What a cool dog...happy bday Griz! Sounds like he has your dads spirit surrounding him too. Please add the pics of him and Princess soon!
LOVE,lisa jo

topazscorpio26 said...

Happy birthday, Grizz.  My Sasha turned 10 I November.  -Dawn-

chat2missie said...

Happy Birthday Grizzly!!  Hope it was a good one for him.

shayshaydc said...

Awwwwww Happy Birthday Grizzly!!!!! May you have many more!!!!

dwhee70041 said...

Happy Birthday Grizzly!  David

riverdaughter196 said...

Happy Birthday Grizzly

lv2trnscrb said...

Happy belated birthday, Grizzly! Great story, Chris. Isn't it neat how dogs seem to migrate to those they think will make good masters/homes?

glad dinner turned out good!


helloimkara said...

AHHH! Grizzly is no doubt just as happy that you have him as you are!!

Kara :)

debbted said...

Gawd, gurl; I almost fell back asleep in the time it took this journal to load! ;-) I have been away from this SN and hence the alerts and look what you have been up to while I was gone?! Great job on the PSP; you are getting so good! ;-))))) A belated Happy BDay to Grizzley!!! Woof and lick, lick form Fox, Dancer and Teddy!
I am on to read some more. Insomniacs do tend to find comfort with each other, don't they?;-) GBU-xox Sassy