The number 13 may get a bad wrap in some circles, but we’re loving it today! It’s Ty’s golden birthday – he’s 13 years old on the 13th – and this is an especially sweet one. Birthdays always put me in a reflective mood … thinking back over the year that just passed … and Ty has had one heck of a year!
Last year for his birthday we were in Vancouver, British Columbia, and celebrated with a day trip up to Whistler.
Our travels then took us south, and we met up with our friends for a hike on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Ty did battle with a high fever shortly thereafter, and we booked it down to Palm Spring, settling in for a couple months while he recovered and got his strength back.
When February rolled around, he was ready to roll and we took off on The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip! Our first stop was in Carmel, California, and all the boys were happy to be on the road again!
Visiting the top pet friendly attraction in each state has been even more fun than we imagined! What dog wouldn’t be tickled to see Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, all within a few weeks?
Our trip across the south continued, and Ty took his first canoe ride on the Buffalo National River in Arkansas.
It was around this time that we noticed our little guy was having difficulty keeping up on hikes, and we still had a lot of miles to cover. So we got Ty a stroller, and he settled right in! He strolled the trails at Fort De Soto in Florida, posed with some fans at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and rolled about seven miles exploring our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
He’s been to the tops of mountains, and to one very special mountain where dogs are tops!
But in New England Ty had another bout with Shar-pei Fever, which scared us terribly. Of course, he took it all in stride, and with a new medication was back to himself and ready to roll in a few days.
Our next stop was my parents’ home, where Ty received a through spoiling and we all got a little R&R. Today finds us in one of my favorite places, Custer State Park in South Dakota. We’ve had a lot of fun here with Ty on our previous visits, and we’re looking forward to a spectacular day with the boys again today!
The past year has been quite and adventure for Ty, and while his hearing and vision are failing, he’s still having fun. He’s nose still works, and we’ll be sure there are plenty of interesting things for him to sniff along the way. We’ll always cherish the memories we’ve made this year, and we’re looking forward to what’s down the road for Ty and us.
The happiest of birthdays to you, sweet boy!