This picture was taken right around my 26th birthday (and obviously before we had a digital camera). Joe and I were living in Japan and I was getting ready to leave to go back to the states. Both Utah and Nago were just over a year old. Prior to me leaving, we had an awesome party for both my birthday and going away. That was 11 years ago this weekend and I really don't care if you do the math and conclude that I will be turning 37 years old in a matter of days.
But it is precisely because of how much Utah and Nago enriched our lives, how much a part of our family they were, how much they were loved that the only thing I want for my birthday this year, is to bring another dog into our home. And so it is with much pomp and circumstance that we will be doing precisely that this Saturday when we pick up the newest addition to our family. Be prepared for the picture overload that is sure to take place by early next week. Until then, here is a sneak peek of the little guy, taken a few weeks ago:
I conclude already that he is going to be the BEST birthday present ever.