If you know me, you know I love dogs. I mean most people say they love dogs, but I reallyLOVE dogs.
Nothing warms my heart more than a pup.
I got my first dog, Sammy, when I was a young lad in elementary school; he passed away while I was in college. I miss that little rascal! Shortly after we got Sammy, we took in another miniature pinscher named Emmett. Though they were of the same breed they each had very distinct personalities and I loved them both so much.
Emmett passed away in Oct. 2013. While losing Sammy was extremely hard, the fact that we still had Emmett lessened the pain. He became my BFF. To live in a house without a dog felt eerie. I hated it.
Some people lose dogs and are unable to ever have another for fear of having to endure the pain of loss over and over again.
I’m not one of those people. Nor is my dad.
So in November of 2013 we took in an adorable pup (also a miniature pinscher — my dad refuses to break from the breed) and I named him Rudolph. He’s more popular than me – check out his Instagram here.
But this post is not about Rudolph, it’s about Emmett. Today would’ve been his 15th birthday and as a tribute I’d like to share a few photos of him.
If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.
Ahh September. Crisp fall air, crunchy leaves and a socially acceptable time to start drinking hot chocolate (even though we all know I drink that liquid heaven year round). The ninth month of the year has always marked new beginnings for me. A time for reflection and renewal. Not to mention it’s the month of my birth sooo that may have something to do with it. Google even acknowledges their my birthday every year; it’s fantastic.
I’m mere days away from turning 24 and I’ve been thinking tons about what I’ve done in my 23rd year on this spinning globe of crazy. Join me on this trip down memory lane…
September 27, 2014 – midnight. I had just turned 23. I also happened to be at work at ABC News in NYC.
I used my 23rd birthday to raise nearly $2500 for one of my favorite charities, charity: water, and was invited to their yearly gala event where I met so many inspiring, philanthropic folks.
(I’m currently running a campaign for this year too! Please join in and donate to bring clean water to folks who really need it! CLICK HERE!)
I’ve written about my travels, but it’s worth noting again how amazing that adventure really was.
I met tons of incredible people and even got to circle back with a few who ventured to NY after I was back!
Since getting back to NY, I’ve worked some temp jobs in an attempt to build my bank account back up.
But I still made time for other adventures, like hanging in the nation’s capital for a long weekend, trying kangaroo and randomly learning ukulele in Astoria…
I just got my first tattoo (!!!) by a very talented friend of mine. Click here to see more of Heather’s other amazing work!
WOW. This year has definitely been jam packed.
Despite all the times I felt lost and unsure of what the hell I was doing with my life in these last twelve months, it’s nice to look back and see all that I’ve done. I decided to take chances and live outside the confines of what our society deems ‘the norm.’
I can reflect on my 23rd year with such happiness in all of these amazing memories.