Happy Birthday, Jimmie Dog

April 16, 2007 at 2:15 am 6 comments

Today I greet you 2300 miles away from home and I would like extend a remote birthday wish to my dog, Jimmie.  He’s ten today– though if you watched him on a hike you probably couldn’t tell.  Most people peg Henry the Beagle as the older of the two.

It is a challenge for me to accurately express the magnitude of emotion I have towards Jimmie.  I have had many dogs in my past and I expect to always have a dog by my side and I will love them all.  But for a few years now, I have recognized that none of those dogs will have the opportunity to impact my life the way Jimmie has.

This is not a reflection of the dogs of my past or even the ones that lie ahead.  Timing is Jimmie’s key advantage.  I graduated from college and two weeks later I started my very first grown up job.  It was three months after that, I adopted a thirteen pound puppy from the Montgomery County Humane Society.  So here were the two of us, fresh faced and naive in our new worlds, discovering it together.  As the puppy learned about cat claws and cold snow and details like where to poo, I was navigating my way to becoming an adult and just laying the foundations for my future career.   Together, we picked up my very first brand new car.  And together, we solidified my love of exercise and the outdoors. 

Sean, Baby Jimmie and a Blonder Me

Baby Jimmie with Carolyn (already showing her preference for cats!) and Barnabus

When Jimmie was little, I often rollerbladed a five mile round trip to campus with him by my side.  When he was older and had a strong urge to chase rabbits, I sought a more stable form of exercise– jogging.  I hated jogging, but I did it anyway because I wanted to make sure the dog was getting exercise.  Before I knew it, I actually enjoyed my afternoon jogs and it became a steady stress reliever for me.  And finally, some of my very first solo hikes were done solely as a nice outing to share with the dog. 

I started doing all these things for the dog, but now here I am– rollerblading and geocaching in different states as I travel for business, jogging to free myself from frustrations and hiking as frequently I can.  There were other catalysts involved, but Jimmie was key to unlocking those passions.  I will always be in debt for that. 

People often tell me they hesitate to get a puppy because they don’t know if they would take it outside enough.  For me, it was the puppy that was the motivation to be outside.  Getting a puppy turned out to be one of the healthiest decisions of my life!

Jimmie has also proved to be my most dependable companion.  Even when my human friends abandoned all activities except frequenting smokey bars, I had Jimmie.  Jimmie would come with me on errands.  We camped together.  We paddle boated together.  We explored Smith Mountain Lake on a speed boat together.  We walked together.  We hiked together.  We traveled to Nova together.  He doesn’t complain.  He’s just happy to be with me.  He is my “Adventure Dog”.  He’s my “Canine Soulmate”.

Hiking Buzzard Rock in George Washington National Forest

Camping – Jimmie stole the sleeping bag

On dock at Smith Mountain Lake

With a short-haired, brunette me and Henry on the way to Tinker Cliffs

Paddleboating on Gatewood Lake

The next generation of canines won’t be “my dogs.”  They will be “our kids’ dogs”.   And that’s fine.  I will love those dogs and they will love me.  Together we’ll tackle the challenges of family life and embrace a new special set of memories.

But through all that lies ahead, I still know in my heart of hearts:   There will always be something special about Jimmie.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  April 16, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Your *kids*?

  • 2. tgaw  |  April 16, 2007 at 8:34 am

    A girl can hope, can’t she?

  • 3. Clint  |  April 16, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Not on my watch.


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