Jun 022013
 

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Well, my dear best buddy and love of my life. It was 10 years ago tomorrow that you were born into this world. Out of the ashes from my previous dog, Brutus, and hence your namesake.

There is so much of him that he’s brought to you. You just finely tuned in things so much better. I’ve been profoundly, forever blessed by you, sweetie. You changed my life forever to make me a better person. I know, I know…but I’m getting there.

The pics are in no particular order. And, I’ve included all of your sitters over the past 10 years except I couldn’t find one of Tessa or Kat. Yes, the one you miss the most is there as I’m sure Courtney misses you.

How ironic that you are sleeping 30 feet away from me right now. Across the fence with the neighbor girl, Elizabeth. I did so much better tonight than last time yet I missed you even more this time. But, you have no idea how many times I called for you or went looking for you. I’m getting there. Meaning, your life lesson to me.

Thank you always for everything. Tears are pouring down my cheeks as type this.

I have over 5,000 pics of you so it was impossible to choose. I did my best for you.

Happy 10th birthday to you Phoenix, my Golden Retriever!

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Yes, I saved your favorite for last, kiddo.

I will love you forever. Happy 10th birthday Phoenix, my Golden Retriever.

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  18 Responses to “Happy 10th Birthday To Phoenix, My Golden Retriever!”

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHOENIX Make your dad give you a great big treat.

  2. Happy Birthday Phoenix! I have two little puppy dogs here at home, and they would like to give you a birthday message. Rose says, “Now remember, taking care of the little two-leg people is important, but have a great day. I’m turning ten in a few years. Tell me what it’s like!” Honey says, “Do whatever you want on your birthday. They’ll let you get away with it!” Have a fun filled birthday and a great day every day Phoenix!

  3. Happy Birthday Phoenix! And many more!
    Great pics of you in here! Love the puppy pics! Have a great day with your daddy!

  4. Happy Birthday Phoenix!!!

  5. Happy, Happy Birthday Phoenix!! Have a beer for me! 🙂

  6. Happy 10th Birthday boy!!!!!! Love the pictures!

  7. Happy birthday to a fellow golden!

  8. Happy birthday!!!!

  9. Happy Birthday Phoenix!
    Love, your mom, Sierra!
    Mike, I’ll email you a couple Sierra pics taken this morning.

  10. Wow Phoenix, 10 years aleady! It’s very interesting to see those older photos of daddy too, huh? The pictures tell it all: You have daddy totally and completely wrapped around your paw!! Keep up the good work buddy! Oh, and tell daddy, “Elizabeth is a pretty girl, duh!” Explain the bond you have with her, ok??

  11. Happy Birthday Phoenix! Royal sends his regards (but no bones) and thought you might like this little poem for your birthday.

    My dog lives on the sofa.
    That’s where he wants to be.
    He likes to sit there night and day
    and watch what’s on TV.
    He surfs the channels constantly
    by chewing the remote,
    then watches what he wants to watch;
    I never get a vote.
    He’s fond of films with animals.
    He takes in nature shows.
    Whenever cat cartoons come on
    he always watches those.
    He loves the pet commercials too,
    and anything with food.
    Whenever there’s a tennis match
    he nearly comes unglued.
    I got him from the dog pound.
    He didn’t cost a cent.
    I asked them for a “watch dog,”
    but this isn’t what I meant.

    –Kenn Nesbitt

  12. Tons of nice pics, Phoenix! Happy Birthday!

  13. Happy Birthday from Misty Blue and Indy! They are not lucky enough to have their own blogs. Make your dad take you to Scraps (they are open today) and get you a Yappy Birthday cupcake. They always have fresh ones in the freezer.

  14. Some great pics there. You have grow up to!!

  15. Happy Birthday Phoenix! You enjoy this day because tomorrow you’re going to have to take care of your Pops some more. He’s a great guy though and your lucky to be his Son.

  16. Thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday! Nope no smart ass remarks from me, for once. Love, Phoenix 🙂

  17. Wonderful photos!! Happy Birthday Phoenix!!

  18. Big Happy Birthday and sloppy dog kisses, hope your special day was wonderful!

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