Nicknames: Hockey Puck, Punkin, Punkin Pie, Princess
Birthday: May 28th 2001
Likes: Going bye -bye in my Jeep, Spending time with Mommy and Daddy, Going to Tennessee
Pet-Peeves: Baths, Vet, My little brother, Harley.
Favorite Toy: sticks, balls
Favorite Food: Anything mommy and daddy cooks, especially smoked chicken.
Favorite Walk: I like to walk around the neighborhood where we sometimes see crabs and turtles. I also like walking the trails in Tennessee
Best Tricks: I do the bunny hop, I have also trained mommy and daddy to do what I want.
Arrival Story: When I was four weeks old, a bad man threw me out of his truck. He didn't stop or anything. My mommy was at the stop sign and saw it happen. She ran over and picked me up. At first, I growled at her. But, I spent the first 3 nights on her chest. That was it, she was mine. Daddy wasn't so easy, it took him a little while to figure out that I am the princess. Mommy took me to sonic to get hamburgers to get me over my fear of cars. It worked, I like cars now.
Bio: I am the boss! When Daddy got his new car, he and mommy went for a ride and he said I couldn't go. Well, while they were gone, I just had to go potty. Really, I had just been right before they left and they weren't gone 5 minutes. But, I couldn't hold it. So, I went poopy all over Daddy's alarm clock. I don't think they went for a ride without me again. I am spoiled and proud of it. I get birthday parties, go see Santa and get lots of presents. I also go to Tennessee on vacation.
Today we celebrate the day you joined our family. I remember that evening oh so long ago. You were a little ball of fire back then who defended me and took over from day one. I am so glad I was there when that bad man through you out. I am so sorry that happened to you, but I am so glad I was there to see it, pick you up, and let you immediately know love and compassion and not be lost and out on your own at 4 weeks old. I pray you do not remember that day for I don't want you to know that side of man.
That day, my life changed forever and for the better. I didn't know it then that you would change my life. I have learned so much from you and because of you. I am so very grateful for you. I love you with every ounce of my being. Today we celebrate you and what you have done for our family.
It's been a crazy year, but have handled it all like a trooper. You got a new little sister, who you quickly taught who was boss. Then, in July you tore your left ACL. I want you to know I have never been so scared, knowing you were in pain but not knowing why. Then, you had to have surgery. Oh baby, you may never have known this, but your daddy went up there raising all kinds of cain because we didn't think you were receiving the level of care you should, and we got it all fixed. Then, just 6 weeks later, you tore the other ACL. When you did this one, I knew what it was and did not panic, but because of an approaching hurricane, you couldn't have surgery until the next week, so we evacuated so very carefully. A week later, we did the surgery again, and this time, no cain had to be raised. But, even with all this, you would not be stopped, you are my inspiration to not quit when the it all gets tough.
Right now, you are laying on the couch waiting to hear those words, "Its time to go to Tenwacee!" I love seeing the look in your eyes when it's time to go. You love the mountains so very much. You love going to eat at Bennett's, and I love seeing you so happy. Even though you are not my only girl, you are now, will always be, Mommy's girl, my baby, my princess. I am forever grateful that God chose me to be your mommy.
I can't believe another year has come and gone. This year you showed me what true strength and determination is.
You turned seven on May 28, and I had a really hard time with the fact that you were becoming a "senior". Little did I know that you would show me that there is no slowing down in you. You are my strong determined baby girl.
On July 14, you tore your right ACL. I don't know if I've ever been so scared. I had no idea what had happened. All I knew was you were running and then you wouldn't put any weight on your left leg. I didn't know if you had been bitten by a snake or what happened. So, I rushed you to the doctor, crying and scared. You put your paw on my shoulder and looked at me. That calmed me down immediately. We waited and waited and eventually saw Dr. Dill. He told me you tore your ACL and you would have to have major surgery on the 17th. He explained what happened to your knee with a model and said that we now had a 50% chance that the second would go too. You had your surgery and daddy came up and saw you. I think that at that point, the vet's office realized how much you were loved. You didn't have your things that we brought for you and we were both upset. We wanted you comfortable.
Then, on Aug 28, the other ACL went. It was after the doctors office closed so I had you there first thing the next morning. This time I knew what it was but was still upset. Hurricane Gustav was coming in and it would be a week before you could have surgery. We had to evacuate for Gustav and went to Thomasville, Ga for a few days. We went in two different cars, and you rode with Daddy on a heated seat and shared his snacks for the trip. We did all we could to keep you comfortable on the trip. When we came back, you had your surgery. We were there when you came out. Seeing you coming out of the anesthesia was probably the hardest thing I've ever seen. But, we put our hands where you could smell them and we could tell that you knew mommy and daddy were there. It was the hardest thing to leave you over night. The next day, I went and got you and your daddy picked Harley and Sophie up from daycare so you would be comfortable on the way home. You left the hospital already putting weight on your leg.
You have been so determined with this recovery. You wouldn't let your legs keep you down. Just yesterday, you went the entire 3 miles of our walk. You have absolutely amazed me with your strength and determination through this recovery. I wish I had the strength you have. You are my rock. You are my baby girl.
I love you sweet Hershey more than you could ever know. I know that 2009 will be another year of strength and determination.