Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday Joey!

Joey as a puppy!



Joey, our spoiled rotten chihuahua, turns 4 years old today! Our lives have never been the same ever since he settled into our home and our hearts. He is our baby, and will forever be our baby, no matter how big our family grows in the future. If you are a dog lover, you know exactly what we are talking about! Furry kids have a way of making any bad day better and putting a smile on your face even when they have done something naughty. Today, we want to wish our 3-pound son a very happy birthday and dedicate a blog post to the past four years he has brought pure joy into our and our families lives with his unique personality. Here's the story of our chihuahua Joey!



From the moment Mrs. P's mom texted her a picture of a puppy that a woman at her job was selling, she was in love. Joey didn't know it yet, but he was about to become the luckiest baby chihuahua in Miami by being adopted by the most loving newlywed couple he will ever meet. We had only been married for a month and already had a dog named Saki, who Mr. P had had for a few years before he started dating Mrs. P. We weren't really looking for another dog, but Joey found us.


Joey's first bath

The next day, we went to visit the puppy at the woman's house. He was still too young to leave his biological mother and we needed to think about whether or not we wanted another dog, so we waited a few days. One day, Mr. P showed up to the house with the puppy and surprised Mrs. P. She was ecstatic and named him Joey because she wanted him to have a human name.




Joey and Saki got along great and instantly became brothers! They shared their toys and sometimes even slept on the same bed. It was so funny to see such a little dog get along so well with a big dog. Unfortunately, Saki got sick and passed away few years ago.  We think Joey still misses him. We know we do! But we know all dogs go to heaven and we have an angel watching over us.








For Joey's first birthday, we decided to go big! We went with a Mexican theme to celebrate his culture because he is from Chihuahua, Mexico after all! We invited all of our friends and family and their dogs. We served Mexican food, had a piñata, played games with the dogs and watched the World Cup, which happened to fall on the same day. 



Everyone had a great time -- except Joey! You see, he is very territorial and didn't like having all these dogs in his backyard. That was the first and last time we had a birthday party for him at our house. We've thought about having another birthday party for him this year, but we haven't decided yet. Believe it or not, Joey still plays with all of the toys people gave him for his birthday three years ago!





Joey on top of the lighthouse in St. Augustine, FL



For Joey's second birthday, we took him on a trip to St. Augustine, Florida. This old town is very dog friendly and Joey absolutely loves to travel, so it was a perfect excuse to take a weekend trip! We stayed at Casa Solana, a pet-friendly bed-and-breakfast. It is one of the oldest houses in St. Augustine and located on the oldest street there too. Once you park your car, there is no need to drive again during your stay, unless you are going to the beach. Everything is walking distance. We just love visiting this quaint little town and always daydream about one day buying an old home and fixing it up. Joey loves it as much as we do! He is very well-behaved when we take him there. He rides the trolley, visits the San Sebastian winery, and even goes on the ghost tours with us! The restaurants there mostly have outdoor sitting and welcome pets. We absolutely love visiting!




Last year, for Joey's third birthday, we got together with some of his furry cousins at the Coconut Grove Dog Park. From the moment he arrived, he made it known that he was the boss. Our little 3-pound son has a bigger-than-life personality. He thinks he makes the rules at our house and sometimes he does! However, that is not always the case at the dog park, especially when there are bigger and badder dogs at the park. We had to keep an eye on him the entire time. Thankfully, there were no issues at the park and we all had a lovely day. We gave Joey a special collar with his name on it. 



Tonight we are making Joey a peanut butter and carrot cake. This is his favorite home-made doggy treat! We will share the recipe with you all this week. It is really easy and safe for dogs to eat because there is no sugar in the recipe.


Joey at the local pumpkin patch!




Joey after his nap.

Joey with his cousin Mini.

Baby, it's cold outside!

Joey at the beach!



Joey and his toys.

Our little family!

Hanging out!


Thank you for reading Joey's story! We know that every day we spend with him is a gift and treasure every moment we have with him. Here's to at least 10 more birthdays with our little grumpy, but lovable pup!


The P's in North Carolina in 2010.

40 comments:

  1. Awe, what a little cutie pie. Happy birthday, Joey! We're doggie parents, too. Our fur baby turned 4 a couple of months ago but she'll always be a puppy to us. :)

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    1. Thanks Anita! Our babies are the same age then and you are right, he is still a puppy in our eyes!

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  2. Joey is too cute for words! Happy birthday Joey!

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  3. Aww...such a sweet post! Love all the photos, you two. Thanks for sharing. Happy birthday, Joey! xo

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  4. Oh, what a cutie pie! Happy Birthday Joey. I'd love to own such a dog...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. This is the cutest post you have ever posted, Mrs.P.
    Hallo Joey Happy Happy Birthday to you! You lucky one, have great parents!

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  6. Happy Birthday Joey, what a darling little face!

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  7. What an adorable puppy! Joey is so lucky to have you as his parents!

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  8. This is such a fun post - I showed to to one of my daughters (she is five years old) and she loved it too - especially the pictures of Joey with his sombrero.
    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pictures!

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  9. You guys are just toooo cute!!! :D
    And Joey is just the most adorable little guy...he's so blessed to have such a beautiful family.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JOEY
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    Thank you for sharing this heartwarming post and including us in the celebration.

    My absolute favorite picture is Joey and Saki together...they look like the odd couple. Too sweet for words.

    Toodles,
    Tammy

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    1. Joey says thanks for all the birthday wishes!! lol

      We love that photo of them two together too! We miss Saki, but we are so blessed by having Joey as our dog.

      Hugs!

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  10. Feliz Cumpleaños Joey eres muy fotogénicoy adorable...adoro los perros,hugs.

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  11. Happy 4th Birthday to Joey! My daughter and family also have 2 long haired Chihuahuas, and they are such joy!

    Joey is soooo cute, thanks for sharing all the adorable photos!

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    1. Thanks!! We love all kind of chihuahuas and especially the long-haired ones!

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  12. Happy Birthday Joey! He is so cute!

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  13. so so cute :-) happy birthday Joey

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  14. You really dolled up Joey like a baby! Happy Belated Birthday Joey!

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    1. Haha he is our baby alright! Thanks!

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  15. So cute! Happy Birthday (belated!) to Joey :)

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday to Joey! Having a dog is a blessing to both owner and dog ain't it? I love my doggie to bits too :)

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    1. Yes, it really is! We are so in love with our chihuahua!

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