We tried to crate-train you, but your adorable puppy eyes and pitiful whimpers turned our hearts to mush.
We tried to tire you out by taking you with us on the long runs of our half marathon training plan. While we wanted to pass out on the couch when we arrived home, you wanted to play fetch. You are immortal.
We tried to never give you people food. Your sorrowful eyes made us slowly give in, first trying to trick you into thinking people food was gross by giving you a piece of broccoli. Of course you loved it.
We thought adding a dog into our lives wouldn’t be that big of a change. Then you decided it was your mission in life to make us pay attention to you at all times. So now we mess with you whenever possible. (I’m pretty sure you love it.)
We tried to teach you how to fake die upon hearing the word “BANG.” It took you 10 “BANGS” to actually “die,” which seemed a little too slow and gruesome. The trick was abandoned indefinitely.
We tried to remember to keep up with the training assignments we were given during puppy training class. We forgot nearly every week and you were fortunately smart enough to learn a trick in the five minutes before class began. Except for “BANG.” And heel.
We tried not to turn into dog-obsessed crazies, but it happened. We fell in love.
Happy Fourth Birthday to Sadie!