We don't know Taz's actual date of birth - but we adopted him on December 17th and the vet thought he was about 4 months old so we gave him the birthday day of August 17. For today's post, I am simply humoring myself and finding / posting favorite Taz photos from the past 9 years starting with the classic ...is he ever going to grow into those ears?!
Approaching his first birthday (summer 2012), he showed us one of his favorite snacks.
Lots happening around his second birthday (2013): he helped us put up the Little Free Library that we built for the school/neighborhood, he glowed with his approaching birthday, and he just didn't know what was happening when our street turned into a river with the 2013 flood.
2014 - three years old and, yes, he did grow into those ears! He also discovered the joy of lounging in a pile of leaves after a run.
Four years old and such a good running companion.
And on the eve of the fourth anniversary of his adoption day, one of my very most favorite photos of happy happy Taz pup.
For his fifth birthday, a major celebration: Taz and the waves of Lake Michigan - his fave!
Did I mention how much he loves the waves of Lake Michigan - which he gets to play with whenever we travel back to my hometown of Petoskey? He had plenty of opportunities during his sixth year (2017).
We can't have a photo album of Taz without including photos of his new "brother." Taz's boy Paul adopted Barley on New Years Eve 2017, and Taz has had a major hand (paw?) in raising li'l Barley. Barley helped Taz celebrate his 7th birthday.
Just after his seventh birthday, we set off for a bunch of trail runs in the northeastern states - and Taz got to explore some new territory. Here he is in New Jersey on the Paulinskill Valley Trail.
And that brings us to today, nine years old - celebrating with treats in the morning and demonstrating his uncanny ability to find shade while on a walk in the heat of the day.
And to finish off the day: Squirrel Watch!
Taz the amazing cattle dog!