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Hazel Ruth turns one today! What a year it has been, for better or worse. That has really made time fly by, but it’s been really wonderful to watch Hazel develop and become a big girl. She’s been a shining spot in the midst of difficult times.

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Hudson’s birthday coincided with the epic Solar Eclipse 2017, a once-in-a-lifetime event that a two-year-old could never appreciate. In fact, I’m pretty sure he slept right through it (since the peak happened pretty close to nap time). Between eclipse viewing and birthday partying, it was a crazy, hectic, but very fun day that I’ll always remember.

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October unquestionably kicks off a season of celebrations, especially in my family where we have not only the holidays but six straight months of birthdays (seriously, Hudson is the only one in my immediate family outside of the range). The last week was particularly eventful with my birthday and Halloween leading off this holiday season.

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Happy eleven months, Hudson! This last month has been an eventful one, though I probably say that about every month. Can you believe you’ll be a year old in just a few weeks?

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Murphy is nine years old! Can you believe it? Given that most dachshunds live well into their teens, he could still have a lot of life ahead of him, but he’s certainly getting on up there (just like the rest of us, I suppose).

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Wednesday was my birthday, one of my favorite days of the year. That birthday feeling and how I celebrate has changed a bit over the years, but I still always look forward to the special day. This year, obviously, is my first one to celebrate with Hudson. He didn’t sing to me or get me a card or anything, but he, Bart, and I had some fun adventures that made it a lovely, extended birthday celebration.

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Last weekend, we noticed that Murphy was acting just a little off. He whimpered a couple of times and looked like he didn’t feel well. I panicked a little bit (okay, a lot), fearing that he was about to experience another slipped disc; we crated him immediately to keep him from moving around too much and proceeded to wait and see what happened.

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As of yesterday, our eventful October has ended, culminating in the most important of celebrations…my birthday! Yes, there may be three days left in the month, and yes, there may be one very popular holiday still at the end, but seriously, the birthday is a hard act to follow.
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Happy first day of fall! Historically, this is my favorite time of year–changing leaves, cooler weather, tasty food, and, most importantly, my birthday! In recent years, however, fall has unfortunately transformed into an unwelcome reminder of the upcoming cold and bitter winter, and for a while I lost quite a bit of the joy and excitement I originally had about it. However, I’ve decided that I don’t want my favorite season to be ruined for me anymore, so I’m on a mission to reclaim fall.
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Murphy, you annoy the snot out of us sometimes: you puke on my new rug, you piddle in the floor every time someone comes over and pets you and you’re so excited, you bark like crazy in the yard, we can’t take you out on the leash because you try to protect us from every perceived threat and sound like you’re going to tear them up, and you are an epic whiner. But you’re a sweet companion, you love everybody who comes to visit, you get so excited over the little things like dinner time and treats, you (sort of) chase the squirrels away from the bird feeder, you want to cuddle on our laps, you are sooo happy to see us when we come home, you’re very intelligent (though stubborn), you run circles around the house like a maniac when you’re feeling ornery and playful, you like to tuck yourself into bed under your blanket dachshund-style, and you’re a good sport when we tease you. Given where we were five months ago, we’re glad that you’re still around, and we don’t take for granted that you can stand and wag while posing for a birthday pic this morning.

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