Today you are a year old! I can’t begin to describe the transformation Ive gone through in the past year thanks to you. When you came home with us, I wasn’t sure I was really thrilled about the idea of having a dog, let alone one in the house with us. Over the past 10 months we’ve had you, I’ve gone from being okay with the idea to cherishing the sleeping in you enable by curling up in ‘Papa Bear’s’ spot when he gets out of bed in the morning and slipping you the extra rice after dinner because you get so excited by it. I never thought I’d become such a dog-lover. You make me laugh with the crazy way you sleep and the crazy things you do; you’ve challenged my patience with a persistence that rivals my own; you’ve made me a more relaxed person with the realization that it’s okay to stop and play for a while (laundry will wait!); and you provide constant companionship while your Papa Bear works long hours. Happy Birthday Lou, we love you!