Wilma Wednesday: Birthday Girl

Wilma, seated and pretty

Tomorrow we’ll celebrate Wilma’s seventh birthday with lots of love, her usual two walks, and a new marrow bone. (Shh. The bone’s a surprise.)

“What is a sprize?”

“Oh! Hi, Wilma. You surprised me. A surprise is something you don’t expect.”

“I don’t like it.”

“A birthday surprise is good,” I tell her.

She ponders that.

We don’t know exactly when Wilma was born, so we celebrate her birthday on the anniversary of the day we adopted her. She’s been with us three years, so she’s about seven now. “What have you learned since you moved here, Wilma?”

“I am brave.”

“That’s true. You’re a fine Director of Security. What else?”

“I can gotobed by myself.”

“That’s a big deal.” Wilma used to be afraid to be alone, and she’d wait for us to sit with her while she fell asleep. “Anything else?”

“Lots! I can walk. I can slow. I can stop. I can sit. I can stay. I can cmere. I can gotoyourplace.”

“You certainly are a smart girl.” She’s come far from the frightened, frustrated pooch she was when we adopted her. We’re proud of her.

Tomorrow: one dog, two humans, and enough love to last through all her days (+ a surprise bone) = Wilma’s seventh birthday.


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  1. chris - June 14, 2017 @ 04:31

    She’s come a long way!… Many more happy birthdays and more marrow bones!.. You may have rescued her, but I bet its been twofold

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 07:06

      You bet it has, chris!

  2. TheChieftess - June 14, 2017 @ 08:05

    Happy Birthday Wilma!!! Kelly sends you slobbery kisses!!!

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 08:33

      Slurpin’ right back at Kelly!

  3. Jean Spitzer - June 14, 2017 @ 08:38

    Happy birthday, Wilma!

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 10:43


  4. Lowell - June 14, 2017 @ 10:37

    Happy Birthday, Wilma! You are fortunate to have such a loving family to provide you a loving home and loving birthday parties. I think you will love your birthday sprize!

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 10:43

      We’re lucky to have her, too!

  5. Anonymous - June 14, 2017 @ 10:44

    You’ve been so good to her! And now she’s approaching the ideal dog age – where youthful impetuousness gives way to a more staid attitude but she’s still in tip top health.

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 10:49

      All true. She’s doing very well and we’re having so much fun with her!

  6. Katie - June 14, 2017 @ 12:16

    Wow how time flies! Happy Birthday sweet Wilma! Sounds like she’s really coming into her own. Great photo!

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 12:53

      Thank you, Katie!

  7. William Kendall - June 14, 2017 @ 12:54

    Happy Birthday, Wilma!

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 15:15

      Thank you!

  8. foundpoem1 - June 14, 2017 @ 17:15

    Oh my gosh, I look up and see it’s already after 5pm on Weds.

    Hope you’re having an excellent celebration, Wilma!

    • Petrea - June 14, 2017 @ 17:26

      Right now she’s patiently waiting for her evening walk. She looks so pretty in her resting pose.

  9. magiceye - June 16, 2017 @ 20:56

    Belated ‘Happy birthday Wilma’!!

    Hope you had a woofsome day!


    • Petrea - June 19, 2017 @ 20:40

      Tell Bozo Wilma says hi!

  10. Shelley - June 16, 2017 @ 22:48

    I just watched an episode of This Is Us that I cried just about the whole way through. I’m not sure if that’s why I cried at the end of reading this, Petrea, but they are happy tears. Bless dear Wilma’s sweet heart ~ happy birthday, beautiful honey bun.

    • Petrea - June 19, 2017 @ 20:41

      I haven’t seen the show, but I hear such good things about it so I have to check it out!

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