The big day has arrived.
Our little girl is Sweet Sixteen today!
She’s sugar and spice and everything nice. She’s feisty and stubborn and, at times, a handful. She’s fiercely intelligent. She’s funny. She’s playful and determined. She lives life with gusto. She holds no grudges. She lives in the moment.
She is an angel. She is the gift that has enriched our lives beyond measure.
She is a teacher. Goodness knows, I learn from her everyday.
Oh, little girl, we love you so much. We are so blessed that you chose us that day long ago. Your dad-to-be saw you at an animal adoption event and immediately dropped to his knees and said “She’s such a girl!” You had been temporarily named Smiley and your smile won our hearts and the next thing we knew, you were in our car on the way to your new home – the home where your brother-to-be, Winston, waited for you.
You’ve charmed everyone you’ve ever met. You’ve loved your two brothers, Winston and Riley. You’ve traveled across the country. You’ve raced across a beach and swum in the ocean. You’ve chased fireflies. You’ve danced and played and pounced and made us laugh. You are our magic dog, our sprite.
Though you may not run like the wind anymore, you can gallop with abandon, for the sheer joy of it. You still love to pounce. And above all, your smile is a constant, your beauty everlasting.
We love you so much, dear beloved girl. Happy Birthday!