Today, sweet Mala Beads, you are 1. (Experience this post on Instagram.)
You were born under Gemini Sun and Cancer Moon — you are bright, curious, clever, playful, and you pick up on my every emotion, which means you’ve done a really good job of calming me down. Teaching me to rest. Helping me embrace playfulness. Getting me to release MY anxiety so our entire home is more pleasant.
You sit at your spot with an uplifted Paw of Anticipation. You are skilled at “go show daddy.” You love visiting aunt Tracy for puplates (you share a love of sloths).
Whether it’s desqueakifying a new stuffed toy within an hour of receiving it or playing RUN-RUN-RUN with any of your favorite balls, your energy is so fun and sweet and social. I especially love that you never chase after one thing without another thing still in your mouth. So Gemini!
When we go for walks, you always get compliments from folks in our neighborhood. (You do have lovely long legs and such an approachable disposition!) Chasing a leaf down and then walking with it, proudly, as if it’s a big cigar in your mouth… that’s another of the so very you things that you do.
You very recently let us know that you like alone time and don’t need to follow us everywhere all the time. *gasp* This is thrilling! And also a clear sign of your growth in these 10+ months we’ve shared.
Sweet Mala, you have my heart. You’ve helped me heal. You make me laugh more every day than I have in years.
Your angel-wing markings, belly freckles, and curly-Q tail are all a part of what makes you so YOU.
Thank you for being born at the exact right time! Happy birthday! And thank you to The Labelle Foundation and the BEST fosters! Very special thanks to Beth Goldfarb-Jackson to whom I said “absolutely NO chihuahuas” a year or so ago.
You’re part chihuahua, part min-pin, part pom. And PURE love.
Thank you, Mala. For being.