Monday, March 16, 2020


This crazy girl turned two over the weekend.
She is currently seven points away from finishing her grand champion, and while our family doesn't show her or care too much about the dog show culture, finishing will mean that she can finally be bred and have her first litter of puppies!

Brad tolerates Cleo, but the rest of us enjoy having her as part of our family. One of my favorite moments of every day is as our morning walk ends.

I command her to stay on the corner as I walk to the driveway before releasing her.
She bolts across the lawn and waits patiently for me to catch up to her at the back gate.
Photos can't show how beautiful and powerful she is when she runs.
Another of my favorite moments is watching her wake up Eve. You can't tell from the pictures, but Eve's bed is really high off the ground, and Cleo takes it in one bound.
She licks Eve awake, usually to Eve's giggles and mild protests (but sometimes to shrieks wanting more sleep).
Who would have ever thought that the little girl who cowered on a table the first time they met would love Cleo more than anyone in the house?
That's the primary reason I love Cleo so much--because she fiercely loves all of her people.

Happy Birthday, girl!

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