Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Waldo!

We had such a wonderful day with our little boy yesterday! I can't believe he's already one! It seems like just yesterday we were bringing home the little baby with the humongous feet who was scared of EVERYTHING. Now he's a big, dopey boy who is still scared of some things, and has finally grown into those feet.

We really weren't sure for a while whether Waldo would make it to his first birthday, as you can see in the video I made for him (at the bottom of the post). The mange completely took over his little body, and we thought we were going to have to put him down at Thanksgiving. But God truly watched over our little boy and made him a FIGHTER!! I know we're supposed to give Waldo presents for his birthday, but the gift he gave me was the best one--he had his first negative mange scraping since AUGUST! When the vet told me it was negative, I cried. It's been such a long battle, but he really pulled through and I couldn't be more excited.

Anyways, enough with the sob story. On to the good stuff!!

We got a new cookbook, and made a Marvelous Muttloaf for the boys. It smelled better than the pupcakes I made for Gus' first birthday, but not by much. Nick said it smelled like "dog vomit". The boys didn't seem to mind too much, though. In fact, Waldo was licking his lips while I was preparing their bowls for dinner!!

All three babies (we're dogsitting Gunner) waiting so patiently for the "OK" signal from daddee....

Nom, nom, nom....

Gunner enjoyed hers so much, she pushed it underneath Gus' legs! This is highly unusual, because she usually doesn't like being within 5 feet of any other dog! The meatloaf must have been more powerful than her fear!

We'll post some more on Thursday about the dessert that they had--right now our post is getting too long. We'll leave you with this video of pictures--a small portion of Waldo's first year!


Princess Eva and Brice said...

Such big paws as a pup but he has grown into them well.

Sometimes those challenges just makes you love them even more.

Princess Eva

Noah the Airedale said...

Waldo mate,
Happy birthday from your pals down under. Love the slide show. Watch Waldo grow yay!!!

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

dewdana said...

oh heavens what handsome pups! So glad he came back from the mange! It looked awful. My moose came with all his med records when I adopted him and the only thing other than wellness checkups and vaccines was mange as a puppy, I don't know how bad it was but I was shocked because his skin and fur are even better (no itchies) than most labs so here's hoping that is the last of Waldo's furs troubles. He is a so handsome boy for sure!
In our experience, the nastier something smells the better it tastes to the hounds so the muttloaf must have indeed been marvelous! All three were very patient while waiting!

Homer said...

Happy Birthday Waldo!

I bet you get lots of love, hugs and treats from your humans?


Maggie and Mitch said...

You are one beautiful boy, Waldo! We LOVED the video!
Your meatloaf birthday dindin looks delicious!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Tobi said...

That looks wonderful... I know my girls would love it. You're such a wonderful mama!

YD said...

Happy Woofday Waldo! You are one TALL handsome boy!
That meatloaf looks so yummy! We are drooling...

Sam & June

Nibbles Treats said...

Birthday... meatloaf... best friends.... it doesn't get any better than that! Happy Birthday Waldo!

Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

The PR Gang said...

Happy Birthday Waldo!!
I love the shot of the three of them waiting for dinner. Great video too.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

My typist has leaky eyes!

Tank woo fur sharing that beaWOOtiful piece!

Woo have khome so furry far! Gus is a lukhky pup to have such a fun brofur!

PeeEssWoo: I see woo will be getting to play with Stella this weekend!!!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Where's Waldo? Having a birthday party of course. Happy birthday!

GoldenSamantha said...

What a happy day! Loved the vid and all the pix - sorry about the mange, poor guy! Such a wonderful family you all are - particularly love the sit/wait positions for dinner feast! Yumzers!
Hugs and Happy Barkday again!
Huge Hugs and Love xo,

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Waldo! And many, many more!

Your pals,
Joey and Zeke

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys!! We have just found your blog!! Happy Birthday Waldo!!! Our mummy has the same cook book that you has, but when she tried the muttloaf it didn't go so well!! BOL ;) We love trying all the recipes out of there!!

We love your photo montage at the end, it looks like Waldo had a tough year but we are so happy to read that the mange is gone!!

We'd love you to stop by our blog if you has time!

Love N Lickies, Scott the Pointer xxx

Martha Basset said...

Happy Birthday Waldo, loved your video - glad you are home and happy.
Martha & Bailey xx

Mason Dixie said...

What an awesome birthday and I love the video. He has done so much in a year and boy oh boy how he has grown. =)

The Army of Four said...

Happy birthday, special pup!
Tail wags,

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful slideshow! Thank you for sharing that. Happiest of birthdays, and we are so glad that the mange is gone. How scary and awful that ordeal must have been!

Mango said...

Waldo! You got the puploaf. I LOVE that book. I am still eating pupcakes from the last time momma cooked. I think you should have had a whole loaf yourself.


Anonymous said...

Looks like yer birfday wuz a good one huh. That meetloaf looks yummers!! Too bad you had to share!

Yer pal Dozer

The OP Pack said...

Awww, happy birthday Waldo!!!! We are so glad that you have such a loving Mom - give her a big kiss from all of us. That muttloaf looks great - we love that pic of gunner under Gus's legs - too funny.

Enjoy your day.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Amber and Nala said...

Ah Waldo, that muttloaf looks delicious! YUM....I got a Shepherd's pie thingy and some pupcakes plus I have one more treat but Mom says I must wait for tomorrow because I have eaten too much today. :) I LOVE the picture of you and Gus running through the river with the sunlight. Also, great news about the negative mange test....WOOHOO!!! You are one strong and handsome boy! :)

Kisses and Happy Birthday wishes,

Mo said...

Happy B*woof* Day to you, Waldo!! Your muttloaf looks DE-licious!! We hope you enjoyed each and every bite!!

~Dolby & Murphy (Mo's two hounds)

Dino and Family said...

That is a marvellous Muttloaf! I am drooling! I love your growing up video too! Happy first birthday, Waldo! Love, Dino

Mindy Lu said...

BARK! Happy Birthday WALDO!
PAW! Happy Birhtday Dude!
What a big dude you are becoming. I am so glad you got back all your furs- Max the dude! and Sasha the Princess

jen. said...

Hey Waldo....what a happy burfday!! My goodness you sure did have the mangy look down for awhile, glad you're better. Yep, Bu and I live in Ohio these days...In Wauseon. Handsome boy just like mine. :) LOVED the growing up pictures.


Leslie said...

Happy 1st year Waldo! My sweet puppies had a hard time with mange too when they first adopted our house. I cried at our little girl's first vet visit because I was so sad for her discomfort. She had many sad bald spots just like you but I'm happy to say that all of her beautiful coat has grown in and you can't tell that she ever had mange. It takes a special pup to fight through something so tough when you're so little. You're such a good big boy!
Pup mom, Leslie
Bonnie & Clyde