Today would have been Melvin’s 11th birthday. I am infinitely happy that he was born, that he proved to be too much for his first family and that he ended up on small lab rescue site that I happened to stumble upon.
Aside from the one-year anniversary of losing him (coming up in April), this birthday, is our last ‘first’ without him. In fact, we found out about his cancer the day after his birthday last year. I sorta like that his birthday is our last hurdle of all the firsts, because there are very few things in life I am more profoundly joyful about than the fact that he was born. Today, we celebrate that he was here, that he was ours!
Melvin, Jake and I miss you every minute of everyday, but we also feel your love and guidance. You are with us, we know it. A beautiful part of our soul and happiness and joy. Happy Birthday my sweet, angel! You and I (and Jake) were written in the stars. We love you, forever!
Today, in honor of Melvin, please go hug a senior (dog or human). But of course, ask first!
And here are my past birthday letters to Melvin (since starting the blog)
9th Birthday (this one may be my favorite)
10th Birthday (even if I had known what was coming the next day, this is still the letter I would have written).