Birthday (kind of) Boy

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I apologize for the radio silence that has occurred during the last weeks on this site. I had the ultimate blogger heartbreak… my computer went into the infamous blue screen of death mode locking all my content including my photos in the technological grave it put itself in. After much grief, some of my stuff was restored thanks to a very helpful friend capable of restoring my hard drive. Alas, my computer will be staying in that grave since it is beyond repair. I have quite a bit of catching up to do and I will try my very best to do so from my iPad.  But be patient with me, since I am in the middle of moving to Los Angeles where I will be able to get behind another computer.

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First night home.
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Same bed, same dog one year a part. Also a different gator toy since the first one lasted about a week.

On the brighter side of things, we had a celebration in the Mercy family recently. On March 12, Grayson had officially been with me for one year! It’s been a year of incredible change, growth, and, well, right down craziness but that pup as been with me every step of the way. At the beginning of March in 2016 I was more than a bit lost. I was struggling with finding myself through a barrage of feelings. I was recently out of a less than amazing relationship that had cost me my self-identity and I was having a hard time finding the silver lining in such a dark storm. It was then that my mother brought up the idea of going to the shelter to look at puppies, because who doesn’t love baby animals? As I walked through the lines of barking and whining dogs, I felt my heart sink.  But then, in the middle of the cages, a quiet and sad puppy pressed his precious face against the metal grate and looked at me with eyes so deep I felt myself fall in. It was over. He was mine and I was his. He made no noise but as I approached his kennel the tail went into over drive. It was like my presence revived him and I could literally feel my heart melting.

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First bath.

I would have taken him home right then but he was on hold for the next 5 days. He had just been taken in to the shelter and his family had 5 days in which to claim him. I immediately put down a deposit and returned every day to sing to him, sneak him treats, and let him know that there was a home and heart ready for him as soon as I was able to take him home. March 12, 2016 would become one of the best days of my life because that morning I finally got to take Grayson home. The shelter made me go through the bonding process which meant that they would watch as Grayson and I met in an enclosed yard to see if we were a good match. When the door opened he ran straight into my arms and the trainer giggled, saying “Oh, I knew you were his mom from the start. The only time he would ever make noise is when you left and he would perk right up the moment you walked through the doors.” I was his and he was mine and now he was coming home to stay forever.

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It was in the weeks right after his adoption that Grayson really made his home in my heart. On the nights I couldn’t stop crying and I felt alone he would crawl into my lap or lick my face until my tears dried. He would sleep soundly next to me, his little head on some part of me, until the sun would rise. If I made eye contact in the morning it meant that mom was up and puppy play time was on. I couldn’t help but be happy. On the mornings it was too hard to get out of bed he would whimper for attention and force me to get out and into the sun if only just to walk him. I may have saved this little guy from the shelter but be sure that he is the one who saved me.

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Calamigos Ranch last week.
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Pagosa Hot Springs the start of March.
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One year celebratory picture.

One year later I look back on my life and I see how much more wonderful it is because Grayson is in it. From pound puppy to globe trotting pooch who stays at 5-star hotels, he really is growing up! We had to celebrate his Adoption Birthday in fashion so we hopped on over to Three Dogs Bakery and let him pick a treat. I love my fur baby so much and I can’t wait to see where life takes us next. I know that the trip will be amazing because I have this guy by my side.

Mercy

P.S.

I’m seriously considering starting an Instagram for Grayson’s adventures around the world because when I lost my phone a few months back I lost almost all his puppy pictures and it was one of the most heart breaking things I have been through. Would you follow it?

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