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Happy Birthday to ME!

I’m ten. A decade. 3652 days. That’s 521 weeks and 5 days. I was born on a Wednesday, which my Mom says is ironic, because evidently there is some poem she read that talks about Wednesday’s child being full of woe.

I don’t know about that, but I do know that currently I am full of WOW!! On November 11th, I was officially 20 months post amputation. On November 27th, we celebrated my birthday (one day early) at the cabin with a SWIM. It wasn’t even cold. My Mom says I’m acting like a much younger dog. Maybe that’s because I don’t see any reason to act a particular way. It’s like this saying by Satchel Paige, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”



I get it, though. I understand why my Mom keeps track. Not only do people who love dogs have to say goodbye over and over, when you love a dog like me, it can be especially tricky. I have definitely kept her on her toes. Plus, I’m constantly reminding her that you can’t control who or what sneaks into your heart. Sometimes it’s there before you know it.

“It is madness says reason. It is what it is says love. It is unhappiness says caution. It is nothing but pain says fear. It has no future says insight.Β It is what it is says love. It is ridiculous says pride. It is foolish says caution. It is impossible says experience. It is what it is says love.” – Erich Fried (thank you Raina).

Silly rabbit. It is what it is. I am who I am. Tonight I’m just a big, red, three-legged dog with a little bit of gray, who beat the odds and lived for a decade, even when so many didn’t think I would. Life is good.

Happy Birthday to me! Let them eat cake. Or at least let me. I’ve earned it, don’t you agree!

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln




  1. riosmom’s avatar

    Oh! Big Stink, you handsome boy!!! I was just thinking about you today!!! Happy birthday! I am beyond thrilled that you are keeping folks on their toes, and even happier still that you are swimming and playing and showing everybody how to get it done.

    Love ya, big guy!

    Mom says: As a Wednesday’s child myself, I’m glad somebody finally got the spelling right!

  2. AbbysMom’s avatar

    Happy Birthday Lincoln! You are quite the philosopher. I love that Satchel Paige quote too.

    I sure hope they let you eat cake!

    Happy birthday hugs from me and kisses from Abby,
    Jackie, Abby’s mom

  3. etgayle’s avatar

    lincoln, happy birthday!! we’ll celebrate here in ET, declaring it the month of lincoln (and christmas too, you’ll have to share)… a is a.

    charon & gayle

  4. samsamsmom’s avatar

    Oh Lincoln, a very happy birthday to you! You are simply amazing! You rock! Xoxo Sue

  5. anjl’s avatar

    YAY for Lincoln!
    So very much to celebrate!

  6. maximutt’s avatar

    Happy Birthday big guy! You are quite the amazing pup! I hope you got lots of turkey and cake!

  7. chilidawg’s avatar

    Happy birthday, Lincoln! 10 years is definitely cause for celebration. I hope you got cake after your swim πŸ™‚

    Jenna & Spirit Chili Dawg

  8. maggie’s avatar

    Happy 10th Birthday Lincoln!!! You are one amazing, big, red, 3 legged dog! πŸ™‚ Hope you had lots of swims and lots of cake!!!!

    Tracy & Maggie

  9. Dakota Dawg’s avatar

    Lincoln, you are beautiful-wonderful-amazing and you show the rest of us how to live! Thank you for your example and many happy returns of the day!


  10. Ginger’s avatar

    From one big, red, three-legged dog (with a lot of gray) to another -Happy Birthday!!
    10 years old, now that deserves some cake. Eat a piece for me too! You deserve it!

  11. admin’s avatar

    You never cease to amaze us big fella! Keep on keepin’ on… πŸ™‚

  12. jack crowder’s avatar

    Hoppy Birthday Lincoln!!!!

    10 years old, you are simply amazing!

    I think a touch of gray makes you even more handsome…sigh

    Shelby, the P.P.

    P.S. Cheeseburgers and fries for everypawty!!!!!!

  13. jerry’s avatar

    Lincoln, I meant to tell you hOppy 10th birthday but I started eating cake and just now finished. Ohhh my tummy!

    But seriously Mr. Miracle, we wish you all the love and swims and hoppiness the world can bring a dawg furever and ever! Dog nose you deserve it. Hoppy Birthday!!!!


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