(Letter to Maggie. Yes I know she can't read, but maybe if one of you are nice enough, you'll read it to her.)
I can't believe you're turning 1 today! It seems only a few months ago that we first met you at the adoption center. We picked you out from your brothers because you were quiet, yet friendly. You were so tiny back then and seemed so fragile.
You've grown so big since then. I've also learned a lot more about you. You are very stubborn, still to this day if I say "sit," you seem to process it for several seconds knowing full well what I mean but considering your options. You are very clever - you can unzip your way out of your crate, slide under the baby gate, and somehow sneak into our bed at night without alerting Brian or I to your presence (that is, at least, until I figure out that I've lost 1/2 of my side of the bed to a curled up fuzzball). You are a kind companion to me and Brian, always curious to know where we are and always happy to greet us. You are friendly to all strangers and dogs. You make people of all ages smile when you give them a kiss.
I do miss some of your puppy ways - but I'm thrilled that you've given up a few. I don't know how or when you decided, but one day it just seemed you gave up on chewing the corners of the rugs, unrolling the toilet paper, and playing keep away with the kitchen/bathroom towels. You still make off with a flip-flop from time to time, but that's okay as long as it's Brian's.
So Happy Birthday to you Maggie! You're the best! (This is her new birthday shirt, I think she kind of hates it.)
P.S. Happy 1st Birthday to Fiona too! It seems many special girls were born June 5th.