Eleven years ago today, I helped the Humane Society and the local police confiscate a whole bunch of dogs from a very bad man. On that fateful day, there was one tiny puppy I picked up that I couldn't put down. She was about six weeks old, and so sweet. She kept shivering under my hair and making this little whimpering sound, because she was so scared. Because there were a bunch of dogs being taken in, the people who were running the rescue were happy to look the other way while I carted this little girl off, telling myself that I would take on the job of finding her a proper home.
Well, my Rottweiler, Mercy, took one look at Cinco and decided we were keeping her. She was really funny about it. She made damn sure I knew that Cinco was hers. As it turns out, Cinco has been one of the loves of my life. Now that Mercy is gone, it's just the two of us, and Cinco goes with me just about everywhere. She is my most faithful companion.
I chose to celebrate her birthday on the anniversary of our finding each other since I don't really know the exact day of her birth. Today, I was feeling bad because I had a graduation celebration to attend that would keep us apart for a good portion of her special day. But, I have some of the best friends on the planet, who offered to invite Cinco to their festivities today. So, Cinco spent the day with Andi Lea and Poe and Chibi and Willow. Thanks ya'll for loving my doggie for me, today. She even got a love note from an admirer. Eli, one of the dobermans who comes in the pet shop where I work part-time, left her a card and a bone today, and she got to pick out a new toy. She is curled up at my feet as I type, passed out cold. I think she had a great day. I'm off to go cuddle with her and a crack open a good book. Hope your Cinco de Mayo was great, too.
I'll leave you with one last image of Mercy and Cinco back in those first few weeks. They were so funny, the huge overwheight Rottie that I had rescued a few months earlier and the tiny little puppy. They didn't care about their differences. They were just happy to be together.