Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!
I bought Leila when I was 19, just a month shy of my 20th birthday. She was a present to myself. I wasn't in the market for a dog, I was only a sophomore in college and was moving into my sorority house the next fall. But I couldn't help it. She was just so cute and when she stared up at me with those big brown eyes, I fell in love. That and I had a brand new Visa card in my wallet. The two were a dangerous combo.
The next year she lived with my mom, and our Akita, Bear, and our Shiba Inu, Champ. They all became fast friends. Leila would take naps sleeping on top of Bear, even though he was literally 20 times her size. Sadly, Bear and Champ were already old dogs by the time I got Leila, and within a few years they were both gone.
Leila has been an only child now for many years. And that year she lived with my mom when I was in the sorority solidified my mom's attachment to her, she never did live with me again. So she is in Colorado, and I am in Los Angeles. I think about her every day and am so glad she is able to come visit every now and again.
I mean, just look at her! How could you not be in love this girl?
Happy Birthday, baby girl! Mommy loves you!
Hope you're having a great weekend!